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Posted on : 23-10-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Super-healthy...er...stuff


Eat seafood twice a week. Most health organisations the world over tell us the same thing. Seafood is seriously good for you. Compared to people who don’t eat it, those who eat a couple of fish meals each week have around one third the chance of dropping dead from a heart attack, which for many people is the first symptom of heart disease!

Whether it’s your heart, your brain, your joints, or your baby, seafood helps keep it healthy.

Although I know the two times a week rule I have to admit that I don’t always do it. My seafood repertoire is often limited to tuna and avocado on wholegrain toast or salmon sushi. But today I have a healthy eating halo on my head. I have just returned from love.fish – a great little restaurant in the inner west bohemian suburb of Rozelle.  It specialises in sustainable, local seafood. If you don’t eat fish you can have the grass fed beef burger but the innovative menu is sure to entice even the novice fish eater.

We started with salmon poori rolls (pic above) – cute little chunks of warm salmon wrapped in very thin flatbread, fried and served with sheeps milk yoghurt and mango pickle.

Salmon, oysters and the Rugby World Cup

Posted on : 22-09-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Super-healthy...er...stuff


In an attempt to boost my body’s anti-inflammatory processes I have been eating more fish, especially salmon and the most delicious smoked trout from my local deli. It shouldn’t take a sprained foot to make me eat more fish. I know I should eat a couple of meals of oily fish each week to get the recommended 500mg of omega-3 fats a day but I have to admit that most of the time my seafood repertoire is limited to canned tuna with tomatoes for lunch.

Like all good Kiwi’s I have been watching the bone-jarring battle for the World Rugby Cup. Those boys could sure do with a few anti-inflammatory foods after a game. I hope they are eating plenty of New Zealand’s fantastic seafood – mostly because it tastes great but also because it’s packed with protein, nutrients and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.  Just one 150 gram portion of NZ King Salmon provides 2500mg –  enough omega-3’s to last a whole week.

Life on the other side of the ‘ditch’

Posted on : 30-09-2010 | By : Cindy | In : Travelling


When I first moved from New Zealand to Australia I assumed that hopping across ‘the ditch’ (Tasman Sea) would be just like moving to another part of New Zealand. How wrong I was. Australia is bigger, brighter and bolder – the multi-coloured birds squawk louder, the television reporters like to chase their reluctant interviewees down the street shouting things like “You can run but ya can’t hide, mate” and the prawns are enormous.

After four and a half years back in New Zealand we have skipped over the ditch yet again – this time to Sydney. It’s great to be in an Aussie supermarket again – like coming home! That warm weather up north means I can buy fresh local mangoes and melons – delicious. In New Zealand I tried to buy only Kiwi grown produce but now I’m in Australia it will be only Aussie-grown for me.

Today we took the light rail tram to Sydney’s Fish Markets. We followed the signs but could just as easily have followed our noses. Over the concrete floors we splashed past bright blue spanner crabs, gigantic snapper, boxes of sardines so fresh they looked as though they might jump out, piles of squirmy octopus, and bright red crayfish. An Asian man gently prodded a pile of whole fish, carefully selecting the freshest one.

What I didn’t realise was that you can eat there. With this discovery I hastily discarded the original idea to buy fish and cook it for dinner. Why risk setting off the smoke alarm by cooking in the apartment’s not non-stick fry-pan? I did that last time we stayed here – and that alarm is very loud! So we ordered a piece of grilled snapper, a piece of grilled gem-fish and four prawns on a skewer, sat down with our plastic forks and had fish for morning tea.

Our fish eating wasn’t yet over for the day. After more exploring and lots of walking we headed back to the Vietnamese cafe next to our apartment for the most enormous prawn and egg spring rolls. These are the healthy, not deep fried, type and I am inspired to try making them. All the ingredients are at the Asian supermarket across the road but I don’t have a recipe.

Omega-3’s are not all equal!

Posted on : 14-02-2010 | By : Cindy | In : Seafood, Super-healthy...er...stuff


There’s no denying that eating fish is good for you. One of the key reasons is that it’s a great source of polyunsaturated fat – in particular the omega-3 fats called EPA and DHA. These fats are help reduce inflammation, clotting, high triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood) and help keep the blood vessels flexible. They are a critical part of brain growth and visual and nervous system development. Some parents and teachers swear by fish oil as a solution to lack of concentration and unruly behaviour in kids although the scientific evidence is not so certain about this.

The Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand have a ‘suggested dietary target’ of 610mg per day for men and 430mg per day for women of long-chain omega-3’s.