Thursday, October 26, 2006

Good news! Ready-meals at Marks & Spencers

Marks & Spencers have relaunched their ready-meals, and now I'm no longer a smug vegetarian, a whole host of opportunities have presented themselves, namely M&S Chicken Casserole and Beef Casserole. Both are fine for the anti-Candida diet - providing you're not gluten-intolerant (there's a bit of wheatflour in the herb dumplings) - with no hidden nasties or additives. Both dishes come in two portion sizes, i.e. serves one or two people. I'm going to try the chicken casserole tonight...

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Watercress Soup

Apologies for my recent absence. I've been up to my neck in it recently and not feeling terribly positive, so I've been trying to cut back on the myriad of extraneous stuff I do just to relieve the pressure a bit; this blog being one one of them.

Having said all that, I had a bit of exciting news recently: I can have cakes and biscuits made with fructose now! Just need to find some good recipes and time to try them out now. Will post the results as soon as I'm able.

Continuing working my way through Miriam Polunin's book at the moment. Made Watercress Soup (p. 103) yesterday and about to have the second serving for my lunch. Pretty good, but quite gloopy, probably because I didn't add the soured cream recommended in the recipe. Perhaps a spot of goats milk will slacken the texture a bit...?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Book Review: 'Healing Foods: A Practical Guide to Key Foods for Good Health' by Miriam Polunin

I found a copy of Miriam Polunin's 'Healing Foods' in my local Oxfam for £1.99 the other day. It's packed with great advice on the nutritional and health benefits of different types of food and includes some fantastic healthy recipes designed to support the body and counteract the effects of a range of conditions (inc. candida overgrowth). Recently I've made Carrot and Corinader soup (good for heart health and the body's defences, apparently) (p. 100) and Dhal (which helps to protect against respiratory infections, anaemia and support circulation, heart and diabetic health) (p. 127). Both recipes were easy to follow and the results were very tasty. Looking forward to having a second helping of carrot and coriander soup for my lunch shortly!

Monday, October 02, 2006


At long last I've found a range of snack bars (which are actually quite delicious) and suitable for an anti-Candida diet! They're made by Wallaby Australia and are available from 'Holland and Barrett'. I've tried the yoghurt fruit and nut bar (see picture) and the macadamia and cashew bar. Both really, really good :)

They probably wouldn't be suitable for someone just starting out on the diet (because of the nuts and fruit), but for those maintaining, like me, they should be fine.