Post Script: The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us

Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781509842827

 

Description:

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

 

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.

 

Assume nothing.

 

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

 

Read between the lies.

 

 

My View:

I am a lover of the domestic noir and this book held some remarkable twists and surprises which I delighted in.  Domestic violence favours no particular socio economic group, and this novel highlights how appearances can be deceiving – how the public and private domains do not always reflect a congruent lifestyle.

 

Be worried. Be thrilled. Be pleased when you discover the ending.

 

Thai Prawns with Coconut Milk and Seaweed: The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book- Dr Clare Bailey

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Extracted from The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey with Joy Skipper, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99  Photography © Joe Sarah

 

 

Thai Prawns with Coconut Milk and Seaweed

Simple to make and packed with health-boosting antioxidants.” p.141

Serves 2

 

140g green-pea pasta (or wholemeal pasta)

150g broccoli, broken into florets

3 tbsp coconut oil

½ red onion, sliced

2cm root ginger, grated

½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (or ¼ tsp chilli flakes)

200ml coconut milk

Juice of 1 lime

½ tbsp Thai fish sauce

2 nori seaweed sheets, chopped

2 00g prawns (fresh or frozen, defrosted)

Generous handful of fresh coriander, chopped

 

  • DAIRY-FREE
  • GLUTEN-FREE
  • GOOD FOR PHASE 1
  • 700 calories

 

Thai prawns with coconut milk and seaweed

 

  1. Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions.
  2. Steam the broccoli for 4-5 minutes and set it aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onion for 4-5 minutes. Add the ginger and chilli, cook for 1 minute and then pour in the coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, seaweed and prawns.
  4. Bring the pan to a simmer, then add the broccoli and simmer for 2 minutes more before stirring in the pasta with the coriander. Serve immediately.

 

Prawns are high in protein, low in calories and a good source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron and selenium.

Chocolate Eggplant Cake with Pear and Walnuts: The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book – Dr Clare Bailey

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Extracted from The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey with Joy Skipper, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99  Photography © Joe Sarah

 

Chocolate Eggplant Cake with Pear and Walnuts

Serves 8

Chocolate eggplant cake with pear and walnuts

 

1 medium eggplant skin on, diced

150g dark chocolate (min. 70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces

60g coconut oil

60g pitted dates, chopped

½ tsp salt

3 eggs, beaten

1 tsp baking powder

80g ground almonds (or 100g gluten-free brown flour)

80g walnuts, chopped

1 ½ pears, cubed

 

  • DAIRY-FREE
  • GLUTEN-FREE OPTION

370 Calories

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Steam the eggplant for 15 minutes or until it is soft. Then place it, still hot, in a bowl. Immediately add the chocolate and coconut oil and stir until they have more or less melted. Then mix in the chopped dates.
  3. Blitz with a hand blender to obtain a smooth paste. Add the salt, eggs, baking powder and ground almonds and whizz one more time, then stir the walnuts and pears into the mixture.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake it for 35-40 minutes, until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave it to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack.

 

Oaty Pecan Pancakes: The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book- Dr Clare Bailey

 

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Extracted from The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey with Joy Skipper, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99  Photography © Joe Sarah

 

Oaty Pecan Pancakes 

“These indulgent wholemeal pancakes have extra substance and flavour thanks to the oats and pecans. Delicious eaten straight from the pan or once cooled, popped in the toaster.” p. 207

Makes 10-12

Oaty pecan pancakes

 

 

120g gluten-free rolled oats

120g buckwheat flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp maple syrup

270ml almond milk (or any milk of your choice)

40g pecan nuts, chopped

1 tbsp coconut oil

  • DAIRY-FREE
  • GLUTEN-FREE

130 calories

 

  1. Mix the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, then pour in the vanilla essence, maple syrup and milk and stir well. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients and gradually stir them in, followed by the nuts. The mixture should be thick but pourable. Allow it to rest for about 15 minutes.
  3. Melt half the coconut oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Drop blobs of the mixture into the pan, using 1-2 tablespoonfuls for each pancake. Repeat, leaving space around each one, and cook them for 2-3 minutes until they’re golden brown and holes appear on the surface.
  4. Flip them over carefully with a spatula and cook them for 1-2 minutes on the other side. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  5. They taste great served with 1 tbsp Greek-style yoghurt (add 75 cals), 1 tsp honey (add 20 cals) and some berries or half a sliced banana (add 50 cals).

A Book I Know Many Have Been Waiting For

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The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book

150 delicious recipes to mend your gut and boost your health and wellbeing

Dr Clare Bailey with nutritionist Joy Skipper

Simon and Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781925640779

 

Description:

The companion cookbook to the international No. 1 bestselling Clever Guts Diet

Australian and New Zealand edition 

150 delicious recipes to help you nourish your body from the inside out

Your gut is key to your physical and mental wellbeing – home to your microbiome, an army of microbes that influences your weight, mood and immune system. In this companion book to Dr Michael Mosley’s bestselling Clever Guts Diet, Dr Clare Bailey and food and nutrition consultant Joy Skipper offer the definitive toolkit for bringing your gut back to optimum health.

With 150 delicious recipes, ranging from healing broths and fermented foods to enzyme-stimulating salads and meals rich in pre- and probiotics, this book shows you how to put into practice Dr Mosley’s revolutionary two-phase gut repair programme and then to incorporate the core principles into your daily life.

This book is for everyone – for anyone looking to undo the damage done by processed foods and antibiotics, to IBS and food intolerance sufferers, and anyone wanting to cut sugar cravings, boost their mood and immune system, and even lose weight naturally. The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book is packed with nutritional information, meal planners and all the advice you need to mend your gut and boost your health and wellbeing.

‘The life-changing new plan that’ll make you healthier, happier and slimmer’ Daily Mail

 

My View:

As you are  most likely aware I am a big fan of all things gut health and of this particular series of books and documentaries.  This book is presented in an easy to read language and full of recipes that will not break the bank to make; most ingredients are already in your pantry/fridge/freezer; Sausage and Mediterranean veg tray bake, beef and orange stew with mushrooms, black bean beet burgers, vegetable and paneer curry…slow roasted shoulder of lamb…and healthy nutrient bars and cakes, there is something here for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

In the Mail 17th February 2018

What a great week or two of new arrivals – my bookshelf is toppling over with the weight 🙂 Among these some great Australian women writers…now where to start? Any recommendations?

 

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Post Script: Path to the Night Sea – Alicia Gilmore

Path to the Sea

Path to the Night Sea

Alicia Gilmore

Regal House Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9780998839844

 

Description:

What happens while we choose not to see? When we ignore the paper on the windows, the absence of a child, the menace of a neighbour? What happens behind the locked doors, in the overgrown yard, during the passing of the years? What happens in the silence, in the seclusion, in the darkness and the night? What happened to Ellie?

 

 

My View:

What a read! Alicia Gilmore is a writer to watch out for, I cannot wait to see what inspires her next novel.

 

This book has:

√  Drama and is a dark, brooding and poignant narrative.

√ Perfect pacing, you will devour this in one sitting.

√ The dialogue is authentic and chilling. The voices/the characters pitch perfect.

√ The locations leap off the page.

√ The protagonist’ situation will break your heart, yet there is no melodrama here. This work of fiction screams to me – this could happen, this has happened and recent new feeds sadly support my theory.

√ The writing is extraordinarily good – and this is a debut novel? WOW!

√ An element of optimism; tragic yet the light shines in.

 

Alicia Gilmore I congratulate you! And look forward to your next book.

 

Happy book publishing day.