Traveling diabetic #5


Jan here.


Feeling a tad jumpy and out-of-sorts. Sugars, normal. Jet-lag and the morning rocket-fuel coffee?

Totally intimidated by the guys sitting at the next table with their gazillion dishes of different stuff, and bowls of assorted sauces. Was feeling chuffed at my stir fry cabbage, spring onions and tomatoes, with pork strips! Even if I added noodles or rice, I wouldn’t get near to their spread.

A lunch of northern Vietnamese cuisine. Chef Y, of the Hanoi Cooking Centre, had an excellent approach to preparing a diabetic meal. Making the food diabetic ‘sensitive’. Without added sugar, no dressings and soya as a dipping sauce. 

Banana flower salad, with pork, prawn, garlic and ginger. The soya (rather than sweet chilly) sauce a tad strong for delicate rice paper spring rolls, which had prawns and a touch of pineapple. Ginger chicken, served with rice. The sauce unbelievable. Coconut cream, with sweet corn and sticky rice desert didn’t work without the sugar that is usually included. Glass of Italian wine an excellent foil for the subtle food flavours.

Blood sugars

High 6.9 mmol/L

Low 4.7 mmol/L

Author: Jan Raats

Be inspired by the high-energy art of award winning artist, Jandre. An emotional artist, the influence of the Impressionists on his Representational style is evident from his limited pallet of colours, however, it is to Kandinsky that he looks for his inspiration where objects depicted arise out of pure emotion. In this focus on form and colour, he asks questions of the viewer to see beyond the mere representational to the emotional signal contained in clusters of line and colour, reinforced by ridges of light made possible through his technique of painting with his fingers, imparting his emotions directly onto canvas. Traveling extensively, his material is taken from his environment, dominated by his work as a humanitarian – most recently with the United Nations in South Sudan - in post conflict, emergency response, and in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Awards and Exhibitions 2016, Special Merit Award Winner and Honourable Mention 'Art of outstanding quality', LST Open Art Exhibition 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2009 Honourable Mention London International Creative Competition 2008 Finalist at the Thapong Botswana Artist of the Year 2002 Finalist at Patchings, Nottinghamshire Selected for the Permanent World Children’s Exhibition in Toulouse France. Several group and solo exhibitions (Cape Town)

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