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It's all good in the hood

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Hi all

Just a quick hi to say I am doing really well weight wise and life wise.

Between getting the cooking biz happening and a new full time job am very busy.

Good thing is every low carb thing I cook can then be my breakfast/lunch/dinner so despite being flat chat am still eating well and losing about a kilo (2 lbs) a week and fitting in exercise where I can.

The network card on my laptop died last Friday do at the moment my only internet access us through my phone which means less time sitting in the net - a good thing ... but lots if frustration trying to type things like this in my phone. No matter how much weight I lose I am afraid these fingers will always be a little too big for a phone keyboard 😀

Once I am back online for real can be more regular with updates.

Thx to everyone who checked - it's all good :)

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GGJUNEBUG 4/30/2014 12:23PM

    So happy for you, David!

I check up on the twitter account once in a while to see the food pictures you post there.

Glad all is well!

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EDDYMEESE 4/8/2014 8:30PM

    Keep it up!

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ARTJAC 4/5/2014 12:37AM

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PHEBESS 4/4/2014 3:44AM

    Keep on keeping on!

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DUTCHPETE641 4/4/2014 3:11AM

    Good to hear you are well, hope you have a great weekend!

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TENNISJIM 4/3/2014 11:46PM

    Awesome emoticon

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WENDYJM4 4/3/2014 7:17PM

    great news David, awesome weight loss. Hope you get the Net up and running soon.

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/3/2014 7:03PM

    I was thinking of you this afternoon. So glad you are too busy!! It's about time, right? Right! Keep going strong.

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I just bought 5 kg's (12 pounds) of LINDT Chocolate!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Yuo know when people see you and say "Hi, how are you doing" or "Hay whatsup" ... they don't really mean "SO tell me exactly how you are feeling, everything that has been happening and whether you are tired/achy/hungry/sad/depressed...

We expect to hear "Great!" or "Good, how are you" or "Awesome!".

Well because I don't want to be one of THSE people that you meet I'll say it here.

"I'm tiiiiiired" - imagine the whiniest voice you can emoticon

It's a good tired, with 4 or 5 hours a night of sleep while I am planning my food empire and working full time.

I woke up at 4:00 a.m. yesterday and sudedenly thought "Of COURSE! I can order windowed boxes for my sweet treats from China - they will be MUCH cheaper".

An hour later I have 100 flat packed window boxed being shipped from China.

This morning I woke up and was thinking about how to make things cheaper without compromising quality and starting searching for bulk supplies of chocolate and almond meal (the main thing I use to replace flour in cooking).

And by tomorrow morning I will be the proud owner of a 5 kilo VERY large bag of Lindt Dark Chocolate in hexagon shapes for easy melting. You know Lindt, the GOOD stuff.

Considering I am developing a real taste for dark chocolate I can only ask that my Sparkfriends pray for me that the chocolate ends up in the fudge not my belly! emoticon

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Recipe for today:

Gingerbread Bacon Maple Stack.

I know - it sounds like something Elvis would have eaten but at around 400 calories and 12 grams of carbs it's not THAT naughty for Sunday breakfast.



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EDDYMEESE 4/2/2014 11:11PM

    Divine!

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TENNISJIM 3/28/2014 6:07AM

    Spark On

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WOUBBIE 3/27/2014 9:18AM

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Prayer offered on behalf of your lovely food porn!

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THINFITKINDVGAN 3/27/2014 5:39AM

    You've found your bliss and you will enjoy.

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RDEE22 3/27/2014 4:25AM

    I don't think the chocolate would make it to the cooking in my house, I think it would go MIA. Stay strong! emoticon

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WENDYJM4 3/27/2014 3:58AM

    sounds good David. and I am going to agree with the I'mmmm tireddddddd

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SKATER787 3/27/2014 12:58AM

    Who is the supplier? Local or Amazon? I've been looking for good prices on Lindt or any good dark choc. Thanks.

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PHEBESS 3/27/2014 12:04AM

    That's a LOT of chocolate!!!!! You can keep it in the fridge, way in the back, so you don't munch on it.

We bought 33 lbs (or so) of dark, semisweet Guillard chocolate for our wedding cakes - friends made 25 chocolate decadence tortes so we could have one cake on each table. It was amazing! (The chocolate came in 11 lb blocks, or 5 kg - but the woman at the store chopped them into 1 lb blocks for us, to make it easier. Oh it was so tempting!)

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ARTJAC 3/27/2014 12:03AM

    emoticon IN THE BELLY SOUNDS GOOD

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Cheesecake married brownie! Whats next - the gays?!?!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I really wish I could be on here more as I love reading tales of inspiration from the wonderful sparkers but I seem to have trouble finding time in the day lately.

Generally its because it's because of a new job. Working in a small bookshop where it's just myself, my housemate (who got me the job) and the boss.

My housemate and the boss have had a major split so it's just me and him now and there are plenty of hours in the week to fill so am working a lot more.

BUT it's such a relief to have an income I can actually live on and know its a dependable income source for awhile.

As I am in recovery (AA) I have to be careful about stress as it's a major tipping point for my drinking AND eating but fortunately the bookshop is not exactly a high stress environment! emoticon

But as for this scandalous marriage?!?

This recipe is kind a merge of several I have seen and then it has been low carbed.

The challenge with cheesecake is that you need a nice biscuity base for it and that equals a whole bunch of carbs and then it occurred to me - why not use a low carb BROWNIE as the base and here it is!

I have to say I am starting to enjoy photographing the food as much as I enjoy making it for others!



I guess this could be considered an inter-cake-al marriage...get it? HA HA HA ... ha ha ... ha.

Well it was funny when I thought of it believe me!

It's actually quite easy - recipe is here.

www.evernote.com/shard/s404/sh/0e9ff
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(Sorry I know it says something about creating an account BUT you CAN scoll through the recipe as you normally would without doing that...I REALLY need to get my food blog up and running - not enough hours in the day! lol)

Please let me know if you try it and how it went :)

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BRENNRENN 6/9/2014 11:49AM

    That's it!! I am subscribed to your blogs! This looks pretty tasty!! Keep posting!! emoticon


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TENNISJIM 3/27/2014 7:43PM

    thanks for sharing

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PHEBESS 3/26/2014 7:03AM

    YAY for the job - I always thought working in a bookshop would be wonderful!

And I've had chocolate cupcakes with a cheesecake center - yummmmmmm!!!!

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RDEE22 3/26/2014 6:45AM

    Congratulations on the job. It is so good to have an income.
I love the yummy looking cheesecake, and I just may try it. The trouble is I will eat it as well, and then another piece. emoticon
Have a good day.

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ARTJAC 3/25/2014 11:21PM

    yummy

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EDDYMEESE 3/25/2014 10:52PM

    Ok.

First of all, as much as I love Evernote, it is an absolute CRIME that you do not have a real food blog. Have you seen NomNomPaleo, and such? They've had so much success. You could do even better. So seriously. Seriously. SERIOUSLY! It's time to bite the bullet and make time for that blog because you are a waste of talent on Evernote.

Um.

Photos? AMAZING.

Recipe? OMG. I can't wait to try this.

You are brilliant. I want that brownie cheese cake in my stomach right this very minute.

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WENDYJM4 3/25/2014 6:35PM

    looks and sounds yummy David. I am going to try this one.

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THINFITKINDVGAN 3/25/2014 6:19PM

    Looks wonderful if you eat deserts. LOL

So happy you got a job that is stress free.

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WOUBBIE 3/25/2014 6:17PM

    Uh, hon, I think you're a little behind the times on the "inter-cakal marriage" thing. Nowadays we just call it "marriage".

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JANE-DOE 3/25/2014 5:25PM

    I had to click on this blog because it made me LOL!

I was able to look at the recipe. I'd like to lick my screen. emoticon It looks divine.
Brownies + Cheesecake has got to = happiness.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/25/2014 5:12PM

    Congrats on the new job. I'm very happy for you as I know what a relief it is.

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PICKIE98 3/25/2014 4:52PM

    Unable to see ,, required to open an account to access. BUT it looks decadent!! I am diabetic,, would it still work?

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The Birds!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hi all - hope you're doing smashingly well!

After quite a few weeks of losing well I hit a rodbloack... well a chocolate block actually!

Several of them!!! I have gotten a taste for dark chocolate and have been indulging BUT no more - its been put on the banned list.

I was going through some photos to put up on my food blog and stumbled across these ones which gave me a laugh.

When I was living in Queensland I would feed the lorikeets daily at around 5:00 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m.

It got to the point where if I hadn't served up their snacks they would start to stalk me.

They got to the point where they would hang off the screen door leading outside and screech at me till I gave them food



(Ignore the red circle - just something I was playing with)

And this was just a normal feeding for them...if you look at the very top of the picture you can see some tail feathers - the birds would line up and wait once the table was too full to land on LOL



Have a great day all !

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ARTJAC 3/26/2014 12:14AM

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WITCHYALISHA 3/24/2014 10:14AM

    I just subscribed to your blog. Keep updates the good work, I can't wait to try some of your recipes.

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GGJUNEBUG 3/19/2014 2:12PM

    LOL. They even let you take their picture! I used to feed birds in our little balcony by the window, very similar to yours. We were only renting the apt. so we were told after a year to stop feeding the birds. Mind you, by then, if we ever were late at feeding them early in the morning, some of them would fly to the other side of the apt. where the bathroom window was and tap on the glass with their beaks. If not, they would go to the window, squawk and tap the main balcony window some more. Really. We were still living in our old apt. for a year before we moved, and still the birds would stop by every day and try to tap our window. I felt so bad for them. I was so thrilled to have so many birds every morning waiting for me. It made me so happy, but they did have an excess of doo doo, so what to do?


Enjoyed seeing your pictures!
We had sparrows/starlings/pigeons/seagulls
/cardinals/warblers (?).

Miss them so much.


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EXOTEC 3/17/2014 12:28PM

    How wonderful to have such beautiful "pets" that you don't have to monitor every moment! They are screechy sorts though, aren't they?!?

Great pics.
Thanks for the morning smile!


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TENNISJIM 3/17/2014 8:20AM

    Oh my. I thought dark chocolate was good for you...

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/17/2014 8:14AM

    How beautiful!

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WENDYJM4 3/17/2014 7:17AM

    beautiful birds. emoticon

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BAIXOMUSIC 3/17/2014 7:03AM

    Tippi Hedren would be scared.

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DUTCHPETE641 3/17/2014 3:49AM

    They are beautiful though!

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PHEBESS 3/17/2014 1:00AM

    LOL! Those little guys are so pushy, aren't they? We were camping in Queensland, I forget exactly where - and a little rainbow parrot came and sat on my camp chair and looked at me like "so what do you have to eat?" So friendly, but also so pushy!!

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Hang on, hang on so the cooking chocolate is for...cooking?!?!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I am not sure if it is purely an AA saying but it sure applies to avoiding those pig outs that we occasionally hit!

Always make sure you are never too..

H ungry
A ngry
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T ired
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I think the HALTS are a great checklist before you dive headfirst into the that bucket of ice cream or that bag of chips.

When you KNOW you are fanging for (Aussie slang - something you want to get your fangs - teeth - into!) that cup cake or those fries ask yourself if its just the HALTS that are the problem.

Some how KNOWING you want something because of a reason like being sad can help you realise what's wrong and give you some strength to avoid the food.

About a week ago I was starving and I was tired and all I wanted was some comfort food. Once I realised that it was me being tired that was the problem not NEEDING to have a do-nut I managed to resist...it really did help to know I was tired not actually needing something.

So what's with the chocolate reference in the title...well...ummmm...I've been super busy lately scouting website names, applying for funding grants...a whole pile of stuff to do with my low carb foodie desires.

I had bought some 70% cacao chocolate



to use to make my Peanut Butter Fudge Squares



as a birthday gift for a friend of mine and decided I would have a little nanna nap before I started.

And in the distance I could hear the chocolate calling my name. Dark chocolate has never been my thing but before I knew it I had one of those squares in my mouth and was slowly sucking down all the dark chocolate deliciousness. And I wasn't munching them down I was just letting them melt away in mouth.

Surely another square wouldn't hurt...maybe one more?...

I needed 125g for the recipe, the block was 200g and suffice to say no birthday gift was made yesterday!

If I had remembered HALTS maybe some peanut butter yumminess would be express posting itself to Melbourne as I type this!

HALTS! Try it! Maybe I should take my own advice! Over and out! emoticon

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@Susan I would disagree with you on that. There ARE low quality chocolate you can use for cooking but high cacao quality cooking chocolate is virtually the same as dark chocolate and priced similarly as well.

I would never eat the substandard cooking chocolate you refer to by itself.

  
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ARTJAC 3/26/2014 12:16AM

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RITZIBROWN 3/15/2014 12:44AM

    HALTS - how sensible and applicable emoticon . The Peanut Butter Fudge Squares look yummy and your web site is user friendly. Thanks emoticon

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GGJUNEBUG 3/14/2014 3:59PM

    Funny blog! LOL. I should've used that HALTS system myself these past two weeks. Oh well. Had a funny laugh. Nice food pictures in your twitter account! I saw them. If I create a twitter account, I'll follow you!

Have a good weekend.

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WOUBBIE 3/13/2014 12:36PM

    I think Susan is referring to unsweetened chocolate, which is unable to be eaten by itself:

http://www.joyofbaki
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It is, actually, a form of emetic, makes most people gag.

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NELLJONES 3/13/2014 8:43AM

    The "S" is something I haven't seen before, but I learned about HALT many years ago when I was quitting drinking. As far as chocolate, cocoa powder can be used as an ingredient in some Mexican moles, yummy!

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PHEBESS 3/13/2014 7:01AM

    Okay, I'm still stuck on chocolate..........

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THINFITKINDVGAN 3/13/2014 6:52AM

    What I saw in your blog was reference made to all that needs to be done to get your career off the ground. I think if you take a look at it there are quite a bit of fears and doubts attached to this new endeavor. Hence the attraction to the "comfort food".

Each step of the path towards this new life of yours you will find answers to by quieting your mind and being still. This is your path. A path has lots of twists and turns and challenges and trials/tribulations. That's the true gifts of life.

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WENDYJM4 3/13/2014 6:40AM

    great blog David, I also need to remember HALTS and what it stands for. Hasn't been a good couple of days but I am back so as you can see I really needed to read this blog, so thank you.

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TENNISJIM 3/13/2014 6:29AM

    awesome

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SUSANBEAMON 3/13/2014 2:14AM

  I have never cooked with any chocolate (except chocolate chips) you could eat. Cooking chocolate is much too bitter for eating, which is why I use it for cooking.

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NASFKAB 3/13/2014 1:06AM

  thanks so much for the tip

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