#MeatlessMonday: Lentil Hotpot with Steamed Greens – The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet -Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor

CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor. Available now, Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.

 

p178 THE CSIRO HEALTHY GUT DIET
21 G FIBRE PER SERVE GOOD SOURCE OF RESISTANT STARCH
UNITS PER SERVE BREADS AND CEREALS 1 PROTEIN 2 FRUIT 0 VEGETABLES 3 DAIRY 0 FATS AND OILS 0

Lentil hotpot with steamed greens

SERVES 4
PREPARATION 20 minutes
COOKING 1 hour, plus potato cooking time

 

Lentil Hotpot

olive oil spray, for cooking
1 onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 stick celery, finely chopped
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 × 400 g tin salt-reduced chopped tomatoes
1 × 400 g tin lentils, drained and rinsed
1 × 400 g tin salt-reduced four-bean mix, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups (180 g) frozen peas
5 potatoes, cut into 5 mm thick slices, steamed and chilled overnight (see page 41)
sweet paprika, for sprinkling
1 head broccoli, trimmed and cut into small florets
100 g green beans, trimmed

 

Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced). Spray a 1.5 litre baking dish with olive oil.
Heat a deep heavy-based frying pan over medium heat and spray with olive oil. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and curry powder and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Stir in the tomatoes, lentils and bean mix and bring to a simmer over medium–high heat, then stir in the
peas and return to a simmer; add a little water if necessary to prevent the mixture from sticking.

Spoon the lentil mixture into the prepared baking dish, then top with the potato slices, placing them in overlapping lines to cover the lentil mixture. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.

Bake the hotpot for 45–50 minutes until the potato topping is golden
and crisp.

Just before serving, steam the broccoli and beans in a steamer basket over a saucepan of simmering water for 3 minutes or until tender but crisp.

Serve the hotpot with the steamed vegetables alongside.

into small florets
100 g green beans, trimmed

 

Slow-Roasted Lamb Shawarma with Crushed Chat Potatoes and Salad: The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet – Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor

CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

Recipes extracted from The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet by Dr Tony Bird, Dr Michael Conlon and Pennie Taylor. Available now, Macmillan Australia, RRP $34.99.

 

BEEF AND LAMB MAINS 175
8 G FIBRE PER SERVE LOW FODMAP GOOD SOURCE OF RESISTANT STARCH
UNITS PER SERVE BREADS AND CEREALS 1 PROTEIN 2 FRUIT 0 VEGETABLES 2 DAIRY 1 FATS AND OILS 0

SlowRoastedLambShwama

 

 

Slow-roasted lamb shawarma with crushed chat potatoes and salad

SERVES 4
PREPARATION 25 minutes
COOKING 2 hours 30 minute, plus potato cooking time.

2 teaspoons ground allspice
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
3 teaspoons dried Greek-style oregano
pinch of ground cinnamon
1 × 800 g boneless butterflied lamb leg, all visible fat trimmed
olive oil spray, for cooking
600 g chat potatoes, steamed, lightly crushed and chilled overnight (see page 41)
juice of 1 lemon
200 g salt-reduced low-fat feta, crumbled or diced

BROCCOLI, CUCUMBER AND PEA SALAD

1/2 small head broccoli, broken into florets
150 g frozen peas
1 baby cos lettuce, base trimmed, leaves washed, dried and shredded
1 Lebanese cucumber, halved length ways, seeds removed, then thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 spring onions (green tops only), finely chopped
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced). Combine the allspice, paprika, 2 teaspoons of the oregano, the
cinnamon and some freshly ground black pepper in a small bowl and rub all over the lamb to coat well. Place in a ceramic baking dish, then pour in enough water to come 2 cm up the side of the lamb, taking care not to pour it over the lamb.

Spray the lamb with olive oil, then cover the dish tightly with foil. Roast for 2 hours, checking the
water occasionally and adding more if necessary. The lamb should be tender and easily shredded with a fork.
When the lamb has been cooking for 1 hours, place the crushed potatoes in another roasting tin and pour the lemon juice evenly over the top. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1 teaspoon of oregano, then roast for 1 hour, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp.

Meanwhile, to make the salad, cook the broccoli in a saucepan of simmering water for 3 minutes, then add the peas and cook for another 2 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender. Drain and rinse under cold running water then set aside.

Just before serving, combine the broccoli, peas, cos, cucumber and spring onion in a bowl. Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil, then add to the salad and toss to combine.

Shred the lamb with a fork, then serve  200 g per person with one quarter each of the roast potatoes, salad and feta.

Review: The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet – Pennie Taylor, Dr Michael Conlon, Dr Tony Bird

CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet

Pennie Taylor,Dr Michael Conlon, Dr Tony Bird

Pan MacMillan Australia

ISBN: 9781925481501

RRP $34.99

 

 

Description:

In recent years, we’ve come to realise that a healthy gut is pivotal to a healthy metabolism, a healthy brain and a healthy immune system.

The explosion of scientific research in this field – with CSIRO at the forefront – has also led to the discovery that feeding our gut bacteria with a particular type of fermentable fibre called resistant starch is a major piece in the gut health puzzle.

This book provides information on how the gut functions and what can go wrong, along with a collection of recipes specifically developed to be high in fibre and resistant starch.

Written by a team of experienced CSIRO researchers, including nutritional scientists and dietitians, many of whom are internationally recognised authorities in nutrition and gut health, this book contains simple, practical advice and a wide range of tasty, easy-to-make recipes designed to benefit the gut and overall health.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

The CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has been dedicated to the practical application of knowledge and science for society and industry since 1928. Today the CSIRO ranks in the top one per cent of world scientific institutions in twelve out of twenty-two research fields. CSIRO Health and Biosecurity conducts research into human health, including disease prevention, diagnosis and innovative treatment.

Pennie Taylor is the senior research dietitian at CSIRO Health and Biosecurity.

Dr Michael Conlon is a senior research scientist with CSIRO Food and Nutrition.

 

My View:
As a reader of my blog you will already be aware of how important I feel gut health is to all of us. This book is a very important addition to my Gut Health Library; it contains information and dietary advice on how to improve your gut health, the importance of resistance starch in our diet (not all fibre is created equally) and how to increase the amount of this in your diet.  It provides advice on how to maintain a low fodmap high fibre diet (FODMAP is an acronym for a group of poorly absorbed carbohydrates (sugars) in foods… P.34) and a useful chart comparing the fibre content of common foods and a Heathy Gut Eating Plan and a guide on how to use the recipes and sample meal plans provided in the book.

All in all very useful, well rounded book that provides accessible science, recipes and advice. Start your journey to good gut health today with The CSIRO Healthy Gut Diet book.

 

Review: The Forbidden Place – Susanne Jansson

The Forbidden Place

The Forbidden Place

Susanne Jansson

Translated by Rachel Wilson-Broyles

Hachette Australia

Mulholland Books

Hodder

ISBN: 9781473668553

RRP $ 29.99

 

Description:

In the North Swedish wetlands lies Mossmarken: the village on the edge of the mire where, once upon a time, people came to leave offerings to the gods.

 

Biologist Nathalie came in order to study the peat bogs. But she has a secret: Mossmarken was once her home, a place where terrible things happened. She has returned at last, determined to confront her childhood trauma and find out the truth.

 

Soon after her arrival, she finds an unconscious man out on the marsh, his pockets filled with gold – just like the ancient human sacrifices. A grave is dug in the mire, which vanishes a day after. And as the police investigate, the bodies start to surface…

 

Is the mire calling out for sacrifices, as the superstitious locals claim? Or is it an all-too-human evil?

An international sensation, THE FORBIDDEN PLACE is a darkly gripping tale of the stories we tell ourselves to survive, and the terrible consequences they can have.

 

 

My View:

My very first impression of this book was created by the wonderful cover art; it succinctly conveys the almost Gothic like chilliness that pervades the landscape, there is an almost palpable sense of mystery, unease and intrigue. Fog, mist, swamp, peat bogs, isolation… the landscape is such a huge character in this book.

 

Moody with finely drawn characters, spiced with a little history, sadness and spooky folk tales, these are the elements that provide the skeleton for this chilling narrative to build on. A great read and a wonderful debut, I look forward to reading more books by this author.

 

PS This is brilliantly and appears effortlessly, translated.

 

 

Review: Unnatural Causes – Dr Richard Shepherd

Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes

Dr Richard Shepherd

Penguin

Michael Joseph

ISBN: 9781405923545

RRP $34.99

 

Description:

A gripping memoir by one of the UK’s most prominent and experienced pathologists. His work has turned cases on their heads and put murderers behind bars. But his obsession with trying to learn what the dead are telling us began in medical school during his first autopsy. Holding the heart of the patient in his hands, he thought of his late mother, who’d died young from coronary heart disease. He wanted to help the living by learning about death. And, in the case of his criminal work, he wanted to see justice.

 

Intelligent, insightful, chilling – sometimes bizarre – and always unputdownable.

 

Unnatural Causes is the true crime book of the year from an expert who’s opening his records and sharing his casebook for the first time.

 

 

My View:

For a pathologist this author makes a wonderful wordsmith!

 

This is an intriguing narrative, a creative memoir that discusses the changes in society and attitudes to policing, medicine and science in an easy to read format that is engaging and illuminating. The discussion around autopsies, mass shootings/acts of terror and suspicious deaths are handled sensitively and considerately, the writer’s humanness shines through these sections of the book.

 

The author is open, honest and empathetic.  This is a sensitively and intelligently written book that will appeal to lovers of memoir, history, true crime and social science.

 

 

 

Review: Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak

Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay

Markus Zusak

Pan Macmillan Australia

Picador

ISBN: 9781760559922

 

Description:

From the author of the no.1 New York Times bestselling novel The Book Thief.

 

“An amazing talent in Australian literature” Sunday Telegraph

 

Let me tell you about our brother.

The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.

Everything happened to him.

We were all of us changed through him.

 

The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy – their mother is dead, their father has fled – they love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world.

 

It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He’s building a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.

 

A miracle and nothing less.

 

Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.

 

PRAISE FOR BRIDGE OF CLAY

 

“Exquisitely written multigenerational family saga…With heft and historical scope, Zusak creates a sensitively rendered tale of loss, grief, and guilt’s manifestations.” Publishers Weekly

 

“An evocative, compassionate and exquisitely composed coming-of-age story about family, love, tragedy and forgiveness. Zusak’s prose is distinct: astute, witty, exquisitely rhythmic, and utterly engrossing. The deliberateness of his sentences, down to the punctuation is something to savour…a profoundly moving and engaging meditation on innocence and the pliable ties that bind family together in a quintessentially Australian setting.” Australian Books+Publishing Magazine

 

 

My View:

When I finished reading this book, about 1 in the morning, it took a great deal of self-control for me not to wake my husband up so I could talk to him about the book (he had read it a few days before me) and he loved it too! And now I cant wait for publication day to arrive so I can talk to others about this amazingly written (I loved the voice, the writing style), poignant, mesmerising read.

 

Perhaps my response to this book can best be summed up in the author’s own words (p. 568/569) “Twice I nearly broke down, and once I thought I’d be sick …” tears were close to flowing on several occasions, I swallowed them down in an effort to appear in control and dignified. I LOVED the book – can I make the call this early – THJE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR!

 

 

 

Book Launch: Find Your Creative Mojo – Josh Langley

Yesterday I was privileged to attend the launch of the new inspirational book by Josh Langley. Josh knows how to encourage, support, inspire… all whilst enjoying life’s journey.

I love the heading of the first chapter: “If you have a heart, you can create art.” This says it all.

 

Thanks Josh for your continued support of my creative journey.