I 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.
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, robin-ellis.com. 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.