It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logoI am especially happy to be  hosting Fashion Flash on Easter weekend.  Its a wonderful time of new beginnings  symbolized by budding flowers,  delicate vegetables and  gorgeous painted eggs.  Our bloggers  are bursting with  fashion, beauty and heath  ideas that are  infused with spring:

*Inka of Glamour Granny  Travels  discovers the origin of the Easter Bunny and Easter  eggs and  finds the world’s largest hand made chocolate egg.

*Josephine of Chic At Any Age  shows  how to  style a cream top  for a spring break in the English countryside.

*Spring is finally here and you can find signs of it everywhere– even on your  nails.Lisa from Beauty Info Zone shares some of the  new KBS Shimmer polishes that will have you loving this change of seasons.

*Cindy of Prime Beauty has discovered the first beauty and lifestyle subscription box for women over  40 women.  Yea!

*You  may be eating a  lot of leftover eggs this week and according to Melanie of Society Wellness  reports that its OK.  They won’t negatively affect your cholesterol, but the leftover cookies and cakes will.

*To Beth of Style at  A  Certain Age  nothing could be better for a timeless spring  look than  a cardigan infused with yellow.

*Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai wants you to  jumpstart your spring exercise program with an outdoor strength workout.  Enjoy the weather while getting leaner and stronger.

Fashion Flash Book Review: Delicious Dishes for Diabetics,Fashion Flash Book Review: Delicious Dishes for Diabetics by Robin Ellis

Last summer while redoing my kitchen in the country, I dropped a 100 year old oak  table  on my foot– and broke two toes.  For the next two weeks, I was stuck on my  couch with my foot on a pillow.  To entertain  me, my husband brought home a DVD set of  my favorite PBS series, Poldark.  Set in 18th century Cornwall,  it was a romantic and historical story of England after  it lost  “the colonies”.  Opening the package, I pulled out the notes to read as I waited for  the disk to open.  I discovered that Robin Ellis, who played the dashing Ross Poldark, had developed  Type 2 diabetes and blogged  about recipes for diabetics at  his site,   I too have Type 2 diabetes and I am  always searching for tasty recipes  that  fit  my nutritional needs– and  I am usually disappointed.  But from the first recipe on this  lovely site, I was delighted with the way Ellis  adapted  traditional French and Italian recipes to make them both wonderful and  healthy for diabetics. I could not wait to get my hands on his cookbook, Delicious Dishes for Diabetics.

The author, Robin Ellis  shares  my focus on getting those 5-7 daily  servings of  vegetables and fruits. He uses classic  cooking  techniques to coax great flavour and texture from eggpplants, zucchini and cauliflower, and without using  butter, salty condiments and  carbs.  His diabetes friendly  recipes including  chicken tagine that contains  green olives and lemon, mussels with tomatoes and garlic, and Florentine broccoli avoid  all the problems of standard  versions, yet lose none of the taste and texture of traditional recipes. This is a huge  leap from standard  diabetic recipes  that tend to use packaged ingredients or sloppy cooking  techniques. Ellis now lives in southwest France, and his recipes use affordable ingredients  that he can buy in local markets.  Again this differs  from  many current cookbooks that require unusual ingredients that are both expensive and hard to find.  Delicious Dishes for Diabetics  is a cookbook  for people  who like to cook and eat well– yet  stay healthy. The dishes avoid  excess calories, saturated fat and  sugars, but are packed with antioxidants and fiber.  In short you don’t have to be diabetic  to enjoy this book.


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