Monday, 20 October 2014

The new series of.....

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor began this week and some very interesting things were examined and discussed.

For any of you who have redheads in your family, take note. They fall into the category of 'high risk' for skin cancer caused by sunburn etc. If you have red hair you really need to slap sun screen on when you are out - in all weathers, face and neck but especially on the tops of your ears if you tend to wear a baseball cap in summer.

They also looked into people who work indoors all the time and did a trial after testing some office workers. Just under half of them were Vitamin D sufficient, more than half were deficient and 2 were dangerously low.

For 3 weeks, one group ate 100g of oily fish 3x a week, another group went outside in the sun during their lunch break for 10 minutes, the final group were given Vitamin D supplements.

Each group improved their levels but the best seemed to be the supplements (if I remember correctly) and more so if they also took a 10 minute break outside. They did suggest though that getting everything you need from diet is preferable to always relying on pills.

The final thing they looked at was levels of insulin after eating carbohydrates, especially pasta, rice and potatoes. They chose to look at pasta. If it is eaten as soon as it is cooked and ready, the levels of insulin rise very quickly. If any leftovers are eaten cold, they rise but not so quickly. The most interesting group was the re-warmed pasta meals.

They showed the slowest rise (and considerably less overall, than the other two ways of eating). Their conclusion was that eating rewarmed pasta was better for your overall health and digestion than the other versions!

Who would have thought it? Well done Andy on winning your tournament in Vienna.
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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Menu tab updated and welcome

First of all, welcome to V. Papageorgiou.

Just a quick note to let you know I have updated my menu tab with the meals we have eaten for the last fortnight.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Friday, 17 October 2014


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Despite cleaning out the wood burner chimney when we finished using it in Spring, we like to do it again shortly after using it again in Autumn after a couple of fires. These help loosen anything still up there.

Getting the room ready requires protecting the carpet and anywhere the chimney rods are liable to touch when withdrawing them from the chimney. DB has made a board to go over the front, then a small hole was put in it to push the rods through once the first brush one is up round the back of the burner.

Remembering to always twist the rods clockwise to prevent them coming adrift up the chimney which would be a disaster, he pushed and pulled and we could hear more debris dropping:
It is a job that I love to do but he had already got his overalls on and I was busy in the kitchen so he did it. My job was to go outside and yell when the brush reaches the top of the metal cowl on the chimney!

Here it is just finished:
Quite a bit of debris fell, maybe a mug or two, just goes to show it is worth doing twice a year. Everything was put back together, he re-laid it and cleaned the glass front. Then I washed down the exterior and polished the hearth:
There we are, all ready for another Autumn, Winter and Spring. Talking of Winter, the winter bedding has gone on finally, after several nights of being less than warm. Winter clothing was brought down from its attic storage and the summer clothing put up in its place. Ah, that is so much better!