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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.

Gyoza

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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A Stepford Moment

I am not the most domestic of people, but I seem to have have had a Stepford weekend. First I baked and iced batches and batches of cupcakes for my niece’s birthday party, then I spend the rest of the weekend doing mad things like cleaning out all the cupboards in the kitchen and washing everything in them. Next thing you know I’ll be accosting random strangers and foisting homemade marmalade and tomato relish on them. Or, worse, actually enjoying doing the vacuuming. Save me, please!

Nevertheless, I am quite pleased with the somewhat rustic result with the cupcakes.

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I’m Stunned

I am not sure what is worse – the grossly in-your-face product placement, or the actual menu itself for Bush’s Inaugration Dinner. I mean, turkey marinated in coca-cola and stuffed with donuts? Puleese!

(Not sure where I nabbed this link from, so if it was you, please let me know!)

Therapy

Monday is therapy day. I leave work early, hop on a train and go to Rozelle to spill my guts at $110 an hour. It helps, though. Believe me, it helps.

And it also helps that just around the corner from my therapist’s office is the very best chocolate therapy I know: Belle Fleur.

I wish I could describe the absolute bliss of their Lime chocolates; one of those does more for my mood than a pack of Effexor! Imagine a dark chocolate base, topped with a whipped cream and a little a dab of natural lime flavour on top to cut the richness, all coated in white chocolate with a little candied lime on top.

If a chocolate could be a saint, this would be sublime St Lime!

Ok. That might be going a bit too far, but you get the idea.

Yum!

I just had Summer Rolls for lunch. I love Vietnamese food! The ones I just ate were bought from the local takeaway, but John makes some really yummy ones at home as well. He made a batch for our last party, some vegetarian and some with duck meat; they disappeared very quickly.


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