The Traveling Diabetic

Montagu

Snow on the mountains. Blue finger pads. That’s when they are warm enough to move beyond their frozen state. The result of trying to coax blood icicles to measure my sugar levels.

Last minute trip down to Montagu. Grab bag. Toys and food for Prince. Extra jackets for rain and cold. Books. Quick clean out of the fridge for bits that would grow. Jar of French pate and a couple of bottles of wine for emergencies. Riedel travel glasses and Nespresso machine, because why deal with bad wine glasses and coffee.

A decent prosciutto and pecorino salad for lunch. Even if the pasta dishes were tempting in the cold weather.

A veggie, packed bobotie dinner (made without the optional honey) with Dad and Mary for their 8th anniversary. A compulsory extra glass of wine.

https://realmealrevolution.com/recipe/veggie-packed-bobotie/

Blood sugars

Fasting 5,4 mmol/L (target 4 – 6mmol/L)

2 hours after meals 5,3 mmol/L (target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Weight 87Kg

Diabetic Carbs 27g (ideal daily target, less than 20g)

Veggie-Packed Boboti

5 tbsp butter

1 onion , chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped

1 cup grated courgette

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp mild curry powder

1 tsp tumeric

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

3 whole cloves

5 whole allspice

2 tbsp honey (optional)

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

400 g tin whole peeled tomatoes, blended

800 g beef mince

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

salt and pepper

for the custard

1 cup milk

2 eggs, beaten

8 bay leaves

1 Melt the butter in a wide-based pot and gently fry the onion, carrots, red pepper and courgette until soft. Stir in the ginger and the garlic and fry for minute or so. Add the spices and fry for another minute to release their flavour.

2 Pour in the honey, vinegar and tomato, and bring to the boil.

3 Mix in the remaining ingredients, ensuring that everything is combined well; you don’t want meatballs in your mince.

4 Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring all the time. When it’s done, season well with salt and pepper.

5 Spread the mixture in a greased ovenproof dish.

6 To make the custard, lightly beat together the milk and the eggs.

7 Press the bay leaves into the bobotie mixture and carefully pour over the custard.

Bake for 30minutes, until the egg topping has set.

The Traveling Diabetic

Knysna

Higher than expected fasting BS levels.

Insides churned to mush from the jarring cycle along the contours through the forest.

Nothing in my daily food tracker that should have pushed my blood sugars to such levels. Nuts with a couple of glasses of wine at friends and the cappuccino after the cycle being the cause of my daily carbs being above the 20gram level I’m trying to maintain.

It does mean a day of vigilance and while the colder weather may have been an excuse to hide in the studio (read, lazy), I will need to schedule vigorous exercise into the day.

Perhaps it’s the moon?

Blood sugars

Fasting 7.4 mmol/L (target 4 – 6mmol/L)

2 hours after meals 6.4 mmol/L (target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Weight 87Kg

Diabetic Carbs 48g (daily target, less than 50g)

The Traveling Diabetic

Knysna
Headaches, with a tad of grumpiness and more than the usual clumsiness that resulted in knocking over my coffee cup that scared, an already sensitive, Border Collie.
Colder weather increasing my insulin sensitivity? At least that’s the excuse I’m using for my tougher than usual cycle up the hills to Buffels!
Nuts on my new list of foodstuffs to be careful about as I look to get my average daily carb count down to below 30. The target level (rather than the 50 I have been using) indicated in a new study on diabetic control through lifestyle changes.
Despite the red warning zone around milk, a cappuccino is still special.

Blood sugars

Low 3.4 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)

High 5.9 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Weight 87Kg

Diabetic Carbs 23g (daily target, less than 50g)

The Traveling Diabetic

Nieu Bethesda – The Ibis Lounge

One of those rare restaurant meals where we could relax completely, as Barbara designs her dinner menu according to your dietary needs (In my case, the diabetic no sugars, including the hidden ones, or carbohydrates) and what is seasonal in the harsh Karoo climate. Local ingredients that include herbs guided by Nevil, the herbalist, and his generations of knowledge.
Limited seating, with staggered eating times ensure a personalised experience. The creamed mushroom spinach, delicious.
Stopped at the ‘Two Goats’ craft brewery. A beer (even with its loaded carbs), irresistible in the heat with my mouth dry after walking the dusty streets. The beer, sort of, balanced by the cheese platter. Skipping the bread basket. Tried their version of an IPA, as on the few occasions I drink beer, its that or a bitter beer where available. The beer wasn’t too my taste and there were too many sweet bits with the cheeses.
I did get a bunch of photo’s for painting inspiration!

Blood sugars

Low 5.8 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)

High 6.7 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Weight 87kg

Diabetic Carbs 53g (daily target, less than 50g)

The Traveling Diabetic

Graaf Reinert ‘Our Yard’

Fabulous wine selection. Art, a tad scary. Maria’s coffee roaster on the premises, ensuring stunning espresso at an unbelievable price.

Karoo lamb. Flavored by sparse, arid plains, fragrant ‘rhinosterbos’. (Memories of which, are festering wounds under my skin caused by hours of ‘fire and movement’ drills as a soldier during the crazy years)

Overpowering tomato sauce that screamed with sugars. A bucket full of vegetables, perfectly cooked. Shaded, comfortable courtyard. Attentive service that was accommodating to a puppy who has spent six hours being buffeted by howling winds confined in his ‘mobi-kennel’.

The ‘onion rings’, sublime!

Blood sugars

Low 5.3 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)

High 6.5 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Weight 87kg

Diabetic Carbs 53g (daily target, less than 50g)

Traveling diabetic

Knysna

Hi,

Jan here.

A tad listless. Can’t imagine the spare ribs with their bbq basting had that much of an impact? Certainly my fasting sugars were a bit elevated at 6.5mmol/L, but nowhere near crazy levels.

Thrilled that the ‘lifestyle’ management of my diabetes is handling the occasional food that I know is off the the rigid dietary guidelines without flying outside the safe limits.

It did mean that instead of heading out for my morning run (the day grey with a slight chill), I did the Border Collie meander, with Prince, around Harbour Town visiting the important ‘sniff spots’. Tea to warm my cold hands.

Tea is not my best, and certainly hasn’t been able to excite like a glass of good red wine does! However, at East Head Cafe I had a cup of TWG rooibos (Crème Caramel Tea), which is blend of delicate French spices and red tea/rooibos. Delicious. I’m hunting a supply.

Blood sugars

(30 day averages)

Low 5.7 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)

High 6.0 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Weight 87kg

Diabetic Carbs 38g (daily target, less than 50g)

Traveling diabetic

The Table
De Meye Estate, Stellenbosch

Hi,

Jan here.

The utmost care is taken to source the highest quality organic ingredients for the country cuisine served at The Table restaurant. Limited seating under ancient oak trees ensures that the service matches the care taken with food preparation.

While the Beetroot Tarte Tatin starter wasn’t an option for me, the green and sour-cream salad was tasty, and the olives delicious. It’s accompanying stone-ground bread very tempting!

I didn’t understand the slow roasted Karoo lamb, with a cold aubergine tagine and roasted veg dish. While perfect for my diabetic needs, the cold veggies made the tender lamb ‘soapish’. Something even the delish Merlot couldn’t sort.

The panna cotta with raspberry gelato looked amazing and there were a bunch of takers to ensure my serving wasn’t wasted.

Blood sugars

Low 5.0 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)

High 5.8 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Weight 86Kg

Diabetic Carbs 45g (target, less than 50g)

BEETROOT TARTE TATIN (serves 4)
ingredients:

  • 8 – 10 small to medium sized beetroots
  • 60g butter
  • 120g brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • fresh thyme leaves or oregano
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • ready rolled puff pastry
  • sour cream to serve

method:

  1. Place the beetroots in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmering boil over medium heat and cook until a knife pierces through the beetroots easily. Drain from the water and allow to cool before peeling and cutting in half.
  2. Preheat oven to 200C. Melt the butter in a heavy based 24cm pan or skillet. Add the sugar and cook until golden and caramelised. Add the red wine vinegar (be careful of hot steam!) as well as the garlic and fresh herbs,
  3. Arrange the beetroot halves evenly over the caramel. Season with salt and pepper. Trim the pastry into a disc or square big enough to cover the beetroots. Tuck in any excess pastry edges, and prick the pastry lightly with a fork.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool in the pan for a couple minutes, then carefully turn out onto a serving plate. Top with sour cream.