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The Pounamu Prophecy - birth of a book Two women, two cultures and an ancient Maori prophecy that will change their lives. That's the tag line for The Pounamu Prophecy - my first novel. It has been a slow process, interrupted by moving...

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Can I eat mussels if I have high cholesterol?Can I eat mussels if I have high cholesterol? The short answer is yes - you can eat mussels if you have high cholesterol. Mussels are low in kilojoules, cholesterol and fat. The little fat they do have is mostly healthy unsaturated fat with plenty...

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Bran MuffinsBran Muffins These bran muffins (adapted from a recipe by Alison Holst) are super filling - a great snack when you are trying to control your weight. Enjoy these muffins with a cup of tea but don't expect to absorb...

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Beat the flu with Chicken Noodle Soup It’s Queen’s Birthday holiday today in New Zealand and thank goodness, the sun is shining. I’m sitting in a sunny room writing this post, sheltered from the icy wind blasting up from Antarctica....

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My nanna's recipe for homemade Rewena (Maori) bread Rewena Bread Step 1 1 c flour 1 tsp sugar 1 potato Peel and cut potato into small pieces. Place in pot with 1 cup water, lid on, and simmer to mashing consistency. Mash, cool and when luke...

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No. 12 …

Posted on : 26-12-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Uncategorized

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I found these beautiful decorations at the Saturday Balmain market: cinnamon sticks, dried chillis and a native Australian gum nut. The ideal foodie Christmas tree decoration and so much better than candy canes or sweets.  Oops – this one is a bit late –  Christmas Day has been and gone. I hope that you have had a fun and joy-filled day with perhaps a few quiet moments to remember the true meaning of this celebration.

Christmas giving: No. 11 Give someone a break

Posted on : 24-12-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Uncategorized

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No. 11 Give someone a break: Strife and stress on Christmas day is often because of old grievances still held against some family member. It’s easy to stay angry and hard to forgive. But as the Bible story goes of the crowd who were ready to stone an adulteress, Jesus said to them “If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” No-one did. Sometimes it’s easier to let an offense go when we remember that we are not perfect either!

 

Christmas Giving! No. 10 – Give a sporting gift …

Posted on : 23-12-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Uncategorized

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Get your family moving over Christmas with some activity presents such as a cricket set, rugby ball, roller blades, skateboard, a triathlon, Pilates classes or bicycle tour.

Give a helping hand at Christmas!

Posted on : 22-12-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Uncategorized

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No. 9 Give a helping hand: Some people appreciate a gift of service more than a present. These people are usually the types who rush around helping others: people usually give what they would like to get. Give them a beautifully wrapped voucher which says you will wash their car, clean their house, cook them a meal or whatever you think you could do for them.

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