Cabbage tree planted

We finally planted the Cabbage tree that I got Thomas for his birthday last year.

I’ve always been disappointed that they don’t actually produces cabbages but it does have a lovely shape.

Cordyline Albertii: A magnificent variegated form of the NZ Cabbage tree. Handsome leaves are coloured matt green with red midribs, cream stripes and pink margins. Formal upright habit. Grows in full sun to 4 mtrs.

Worm farming

The tiger worms moved in to their new home on Tuesday. I got given worms from a guy at work that has been worm farming for 20 years. He was wonderfully keen to make sure I knew what the worms liked to eat. Apparently they enjoy a line of milk powder about once a month*  and they particularly like egg shells.

I’m already quite fond of the worms in an impersonal kind of way. Really looking forward to getting worm juice to put on the garden.

* but be careful not to put it everywhere because it tickles their bellies!!

Lemon tree planted

We planted a lemon tree in our garden. Thomas and I both firmly believe that a home needs a lemon tree :-)

Lemon Meyer: Popular lemon for the home garden, more tolerant that other varieties. Performs well in small garden areas or in pots strategically placed where the sweetly fragrant flowers can be enjoyed. Lemons are medium sized and juicy. Sun – part shade. Frost tolerant. Height 2m x 1. 5m.

Comment from garden centre: Feed three times a year but let it settle first!

Tabouli Recipe

My favourite Tabouli recipe.

1 cups cracked wheat (bulghur)
1 cups very hot water
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1 small tomatoes, chopped
1/2 bunch green onions, (4) sliced
1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
1 cups fresh chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

Dressing:

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
pinch of pepper
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

Soak the cracked wheat in the hot water until the water is absorbed, about 30 minutes. When it’s ready, drain any excess water, if necessary, and squeeze dry.

Meantime, prepare the vegetables for the salad and mix the dressing ingredients together. Set aside.

Stir the prepared wheat, other salad ingredients, and dressing together in a medium bowl.

Serve chilled or at room temperature. Makes about 4 cups, 6 to 8 servings.

Thanks to http://www.greatpartyrecipes.com/tabouli-recipe.html (their recipe serves 12 to 16 – great for a party)

Cron experiments

I’ve been doing an introduction to Cron for three months now. During the introductory phase the main idea is to stop eating empty calories (low nutrient/high calorie) and start focusing on high nutrient/low calorie food.

I just went to my Drs for a check up.

During those three months I have:

·         Lost 5kgs

·         Bought my blood pressure back into healthy range

My Dr is really awesome. Quite supportive of me taking control of my own health while still wanting to help me monitor things and make sure I’m not doing anything silly. I think she likes the idea of working towards optimal health rather than just fixing illnesses.

I’m about to go slightly more hardcore with Cron so she has ordered me a bunch of blood tests which we can use as a health baseline. We will repeat again in 3 months time to see how I’m going.

For anyone who is interested in Cron these are the tests I’m getting done.

·         Renal – Creatinine

·         Renal – Uric Acid

·         Renal – Electrolytes

·         Lipids – Lipids Fasting

·         Thyroid – T.S.H

·         Glucose – Hb (HbA 1c)

·         Liver/Enzymes – Liver Function

·         Renal – Calcium/Phosphate

·         Full Blood Count

·         Ferritin

I’m looking forward to getting these results back. I did quite a few of them about a year ago when the Dr was trying to find out if my high blood pressure was being caused by another obvious problem. Hopefully the comparison is positive.

I really wish I could be part of this study but since I’m not in the States I’m doing it on my own.

Also, I feel great :-)