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Slideshow : My omega-3 talk-fest, Nov. 2011 Nelson Aquaculture Conference …

Posted on : 12-02-2012 | By : Cindy | In : New Zealand, Seafood, Slideshow, Super-healthy...er...stuff


Sorry! I haven’t added any audio, maybe I’ll add it later if there’s some interest, let me know … Cindy

New Zealand Chinook Salmon : twice the omega-3 of Atlantic Salmon. How so?

Posted on : 13-11-2011 | By : Cindy | In : New Zealand, Super-healthy...er...stuff


chinook salmon
Why does New Zealand King (or Chinook) salmon have twice the omega-3‘s of Atlantic salmon? It’s all because of the rivers.

If you have to swim a long way up an icy river you need plenty of fat to fuel your journey. If the trip is short, you don’t need so much fat. It’s the fat where you find all the omega-3’s. NZ King (Chinook) salmon is not native to New Zealand. It’s native home is the Pacific north-west coast of America and far north-eastern Russia. Here, the rivers are long compared to the relatively shorter rivers on the east coast of America where Atlantic salmon originates.

In the 1900’s both Atlantic and Chinook salmon were brought into New Zealand but only the Chinook survived. As Grant Rosewarne, CEO of Regal Salmon said, “If we could have farmed Atlantic salmon we would have. It’s much easier.”

It’s called the no. 8 wire trait – the Kiwi knack for ingenuity.

Speaking of seafood: I’m in beautiful sunny Nelson [New Zealand] speaking about it!

Posted on : 08-11-2011 | By : Cindy | In : Maori kai, Travelling


Hi, this week I am away in Nelson situated at the very top of the south island of New Zealand. I’m a guest speaker at an Aquaculture conference and my presentation will be about the benefits of Omega 3 in one’s diet, and ways to promote it’s health benefits. It’s been wonderful here so far, am thoroughly enjoying being back in the heartland of New Zealand, even if it is only for a week. I thought I’d post a few of my powerpoint slides here to give you a little taste of what it is I am going to be talking about.

By the way, if ever there was an idyllic place to grow up as a kid, two of the pics here show that place: Matauri Bay in another (northern) part of New Zealand, sometimes called “The Winterless North”, with views out over the Cavalli Islands … my husbands home for the first six years of his life!


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.