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Let’s Talk About Knives . . .

Have you ever wondered why chefs have all those different knives?  And what they are for?   The kitchen knife is the most essential of cooking tools. Knives Cooks Love is a comprehensive 180 pages of knowledge on buying, sharpening, using, storing, and otherwise getting great use out of a good knife (or three).  And it has lots of photos of beautiful knives – the damascus steel ones are works of art.

The best book on knives you'll ever find

I have something of a weakness for  knives, to the extent of my partner going ‘ack!’ when I wave one around, so was delighted to get my copy of Knives Cooks Love for just $5 at a pop up stall in a mall a couple of years ago.  I’ve since bought one for a wedding present (along with a old cook’s knife and sharpener), and hones my knowledge (sorry, couldn’t resist) on the finer points of knife terminology, use and care.

If you get geeked up about kitchen knives and their uses, Knives Cooks Love is a book you’ll actual

ly sit down and read. It has some recipes too, so it’s a 2 in 1 bargain.

via Fishpond link  Knives Cooks Love: Selection. Care. Techniques. Recipes..

A few links to sites about damascus steel knives – just eye candy for knife-a-holics!

Mastersign      Esford (Australian)      UniqueJapan      DevinThomas

And of course we couldn’t NOT include Bob Kramer‘s beautiful works of art


I’m B a c k!

Sorry to have been MIA so long, severe lack of get up and go, I’m afraid.

However, I hereby promise to try to post more often.

So You’re eating ‘Healthy Oils’

Are you sure?

How many of you attempt to eat ‘healthily’ by replacing  of dietary saturated fats (from animal fats, common margarines, and shortenings) with omega 6 linoleic acid (from sunlower,  safflower and canola oils, polyunsaturated margarine)?

You may be interested in this report on the the Sydney Diet Heart Study, a single blinded, parallel group, randomised controlled trial conducted in 1966-73, in BMJ 2013;346:e8707 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e8707 (Published 5 February 2013).  And you may get a nasty surprise.

(Italics are mine, not the original authors.)


The intervention group (n=221) had higher rates of death than controls (n=237) (all cause 17.6% v 11.8%, hazard ratio 1.62 (95% confidence interval 1.00 to 2.64), P=0.05; cardiovascular disease 17.2% v 11.0%, 1.70 (1.03 to 2.80), P=0.04; coronary heart disease 16.3% v 10.1%, 1.74 (1.04 to 2.92), P=0.04). Inclusion of these recovered data in an updated meta-analysis of linoleic acid intervention trials showed non-significant trends toward increased risks of death from coronary heart disease (hazard ratio 1.33 (0.99 to 1.79); P=0.06) and cardiovascular disease (1.27 (0.98 to 1.65); P=0.07).


Advice to substitute polyunsaturated fats for saturated fats is a key component of worldwide dietary guidelines for coronary heart disease risk reduction. However, clinical benefits of the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid, omega 6 linoleic acid, have not been established. In this cohort, substituting dietary linoleic acid in place of saturated fats increased the rates of death from all causes, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. An updated meta-analysis of linoleic acid intervention trials showed no evidence of cardiovascular benefit. These findings could have important implications for worldwide  dietary advice to substitute omega 6 linoleic acid, or polyunsaturated fats in general, for saturated fats.”

So butter, and cream, and natural fats are not the big nasty horrors we have long been preached about.  You do not have to cut them entirely from your diet.  Of course, all fats should be eaten in moderation, and their calorific values should be considered a smaller part of your total intake.  But the seed oils, sunflower, safflower, canola etc are, due to their extraction methods, NOT beneficial to your health.  The best oil is cold pressed olive oil, which I use as my cooking oil, along with butter – sometimes together and sometimes one or the other.

Break out the butter and bon appetit!

I’m B A C K !

Hi to all.

I have been AWOL for quite a while and been had ups and downs in my weight loos / health seeking goals.

The big news – nothing to do with Primal really but – we are moving to Tasmania. House is bought and settles on 4 July and we will be living at beautiful Glenorchy. You can see images of our new home at my Flickr set.   The HUGE pack up / weed through / throw out is in progress, and we hope to be ther by mid Septemebre but end of Sept is the deadline.

In one way this will be beneficial to my health as my sister has offered to pay for my monthly membership at the (indoor) Hobart Aquatic centre so I can swim and have a spa every day! She goes 5 days a week and swims 3-4 kms, so I will be going with her and building up my laps. I haven’t swum since mid March, when I caught an URTI and conjunctivitis from the pool we use. The doctor told me it was the 90 day cough and he was so right – I am only just over it. A most unpleasant three months.

My sister is also following the 5:2 lifestyle ( I no longer use the word ‘diet’). She has gone from 90.8 to 77 in 20 weeks and looks fabulous. It’s basically just intermittent fasting 2 days a week. I started 1 June and have gone from 115kgs to 112.4, so it’s working. It also fits in well with my Primal lifestyle.  See all about it at the Fast Diet site.

I have gone totally grain free – I had a few VERY painful and unpleasant reactions to rice and corn products (my last remaining grains) so have bitten the bullet and done it. My gut feels much better. I’m also using a lot of herbal teas for my health now. When I had the bad cough I tried the doctor’s remedies and they seemed to be having little effect. So in desperation I unearthed my two herb books, raided the pantry (it was a Sunday) and came up with a tea of fennel & fenugreek seeds, thyme, honey and a dash of lemon. After two cups I practically stopped coughing. So I have laid in a big supply of various herbs and am treating myself. the digestive one I’ve made up calms any gut spasms much faster than drugs, and I have a big pharmacopeia of anti cough stuff, as that is my weak area.

So that’s it from me, I’ll report in once a week or so at least and see how I go, and try to find interesting and relevant articles to share..

Cheers from Odille

The Cholesterol Delusion

I have heard about a  book by Californian based cardiologist Ernest N. Curtis, M.D.  who has dived deeply into the scientific evidence of the lipid hypothesis and statin drugs.  The Cholesterol Delusion is a book that takes a different but is just as effective approach to dismantling the lipid hypothesis than The Great Cholesterol Con.  If you’re still worried about cholesterol,  the information in this terrific book will ease your mind.  If you need to persuade a friend or loved one, this is the book.

Dr. Curtis’s  dismembers the studies relied on by the lipophobes to maintain the fantasy stating cholesterol really does cause heart disease.

I have always maintained lipids are bad for us, my Mum had dreadful side effects from taking them and was very ill, and their benefits are – in my humble opinion – really negligible.

You can buy The Cholesterol Delusion on Fishpond by using my link to the right.

Weigh in today at the doctors before the dentist – down another 2kgs!

So I have now lost 10kgs or 8.33% of my body weight. And I do feel fantastic – the swimming is really strengthening my muscles and to be able to do normal things like walk upstairs, go shopping, carry bags etc without knowing I am in for long bouts of back pain is like a miracle. I wish I’d discovered swimming years ago! And I cam now do a full 50m lap of breast stroke and back stroke and 30m of freestyle – all with correct breathing. I’m trying to do a bit more freestyle each week.

So to any of you trying to lose weight I really recommend the pool.

The First Day of the Rest of My (Healthier) Life!

I went back and revisited my food/weight loss diary from 2 years ago.  In December 2010(the last recorded measurements) I had the following figures:
date – weight in kgs – bust – waist – hips – upper arm – thigh – base of neck – calf (measurements in cms)
05/12/2010 – 121 kgs – 145 – 130 – 145 – 43 – 71.5 – 47 – 39
01/01/2012 – 112 kgs – 131 – 119 – 136 – 39 – 68.5 – 43 – 39.5
So I have lost 9 kgs and 44.5cm!  I’m really pleased with the loss of 4cm from the upper arms – I am working hard on them to try and muscle the flabby old things!  I don’t mind the calf measurement increasing, I’m doing so much kicking at the pool I reckon they’d have to!
And I have dropped a dress size since the August restart (120kgs), plus I can now walk upstairs like a normal person instead of clutching the hand rail for grim death and gasping my way up!  And my BP this morning was 124/80 pulse 68 – I’m very happy with those numbers.