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“If only Mrs Brown knew more about food…”

On the flip side of the vintage coin, ‘Cruel Kindness’ from 1967 features a sneering, classist doctor telling working class people that they are ignorant about food and if they just follow doctor’s orders and cease ‘over feeding’, their children will magically no longer be fat.

Oh, and it’s all the mother’s fault.


Eating Japanese

Miso with enoki mushrooms

We’ve always loved Japanese food. Visiting Japan a few years ago only confirmed our love and since our return we have found a really good Japanese supermarket (if you are in Sydney, it’s TokyoMart in Northbridge – which is a bit out of our way, but very definitely worth it) and spent some time researching homestyle Japanese recipes, which we now make and eat at home 9 times out of 10. It’s soooo good.

oyakodon (chicken and egg rice bowl)

But the Japanese style of eating also suits John’s special dietary needs as a dialysis patient waiting for a kidney transplant*. He’s on home PD, so he does not have as many dietary restrictions as someone doing hemodialysis, but he still needs to be careful with his nutritional intake. In particular, he needs protein and calcium whilst avoiding phosphorus and potassium. It’s all a bit of a balancing act. This is kind of hard to do in a traditional western diet, since most of our calcium tends to come in dairy products which he needs to limit. Countless websites have been devoted to helping people on dialysis navigate an interesting and balanced renal diet. But for us, eating Japanese food has gone a long way to helping balance John’s dietary needs without either of us (important!) feeling like we are eating in a restrictive or unsatisfying way.


Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the online resources for Japanese food that we have found after the jump.

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Defeating Dragons

I remind myself that ALL dragons can be defeated…

The creature laughed scornfully. “I,” it said, “am frightened of nothing.”


“Nothing,” it said.

Charlie said “Are you extremely frightened of nothing?”

“Absolutely terrified of it,” admitted the Dragon.

“You know,” said Charlie “I have nothing in my pockets. Would you like to see it?”

“No,” said the dragon uncomfortably, “I most definitely would not.”

There was a flapping of wings like sails, and Charlie was alone on the beach. “That,” he said “was much too easy.”
Neil Gailman, Anansi Boys

Pride and Facebook

I find myself immensely amused and diverted by Austenbook, and must therefore recommend this account of Miss Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as documented in Facebook to my gentle readers.

(I’m probably the last person in the known universe to see this, and I can’t remember from whom I stole the link. Oops. Edit: Austenbook was created by Dee Dee at ramble on.)

Why not?

Via Orodemniades @ Birch and Maple:

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.

2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.

3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.

My list is below the fold:
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