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

Knysna

Hi,

Jan here.

The daunting task of negotiating the menu at our Italian restaurant on a late summer evening. A table alongside the canal with a glorious sunset. A hint of the coming winter in the air.

As pizza and pasta on the menu were not options, I settled for an oven roasted veal ilvoltini (“involtini.” usually refers to something rolled up around a savory filling, and is also known as Braciole) with prosciutto, cheese and spinach. Served with oven roasted veggies.

On the carb log, veal ilvoltini has anything from 3grams to 72grams per serving, depending on whether a home made or commercial (with a large sugar component) sauce is used.

As Mario’s is a family owned and run restaurant, I was comfortable that Genaro made his own sauces. However, there was no doubt that it was on the sweet side and a carb number of 17 was probably more reflective of the dish.

Raats Cab Franc, a magical pairing.

Fasting blood sugars a tad in the high side, even after a run, but nothing crazy.

I’ll ask for the tomato sauce as a side dish next time.

Blood sugars

Low 6.2 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)

High 7.0 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Weight 86Kg

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

VEAL INVOLTINI

YIELD: SERVES 4 PREP TIME: 15 MINS COOK TIME: 1 HR 15 MINS

ingredients:

8 Thin Slices Veal Scallopini

8 Thin Slices Prosciutto

2 Cups Cooked, Chopped Spinach

1/3 Cup Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese

Salt & Pepper

8 Tablespoons Olive Oil, Divided

FOR THE SAUCE:

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 Cup Chopped Onion

2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 (28-ounce) Can Crushed Tomatoes

2 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley

1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

3 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Fresh Basil

Salt & Pepper To Taste

directions:

. Use a meat mallet if needed to even out the thickness of the scallopini.

. Use your hands, or a nut bag to squeeze out as much liquid from the spinach as possible, then place in a bowl.

. Add the cheese and two tablespoons of oil to the spinach and stir to mix.

. Season the spinach mixture with salt and pepper.

. Lay out each slice of veal, then cover with a slice of prosciutto.

. You can either cut the prosciutto to fit, or fold it over.

. Divide the spinach filling equally onto each slice of veal spreading evenly.

. At the narrowest end, tightly roll up the veal and square with two toothpicks, or if you prefer, tie with kitchen twine.

. Place the veal rolls on a plate and refrigerate until needed.

. Heat the olive oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until lightly smoking, then cook the onions, stirring often until translucent, about 7 to 8 minutes.

. Add the garlic and cook another minute or two or until fragrant.

. Add the tomatoes, parsley, oregano, basil, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.

. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 m minutes.

. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

. In a frying pan, heat the remaining olive oil and heat over medium heat until lightly smoking.

. Brown the veal rolls on all sides, turning as needed.

. Place a scoop of sauce into the bottom of an oven-proof casserole dish that will hold all of the veal rolls.

. Place the veal rolls side by side into the dish, then cover with the remaining sauce.

. Cover casserole dish, then bake until very tender, about 45 minutes.

. Remove toothpicks or twine, then serve warm with sauce.

http://www.italianfoodforever

Traveling diabetic #25

Johannesburg

Hi,

Jan here.

Larger than normal jump in my blood sugars after my morning run. Body screaming for extra energy to cope with the hills and unaccustomed altitude?

Some good news as elevated blood sugars only seems to kick in when exercising above ones VO2 max (maximum or peak volume of oxygen consumed in exhaustive exercise). Although this does make me wonder if I’m only ‘coasting’ the rest of the time!

Jenny made a delicious diabetic sensitive meal on the Weber with boereworse wrapped in cheese and bacon. Served with cold grilled veggies and a tomato and avocado salad. Mum’s cream and strawberry cake not an option.

A lazy Border Collie puppy.

Blood sugars

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

High 7.3 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Weight 86Kg

Traveling diabetic #23

Knysna

Hi,

Jan here.

Merry Christmas to all.

Christmas season. Bombarded with delicacies that are no longer special, or optional. Christmas mince pies, out of the question. Chocolate roulade a disaster and even the traditional cherry trifle a stretch. But not impossible!

Of course, there is always the super-size insulin option, if you don’t mind feeling as if you have been kicked in the stomach by a mule.

Two diabetic sensitive, flour and sugar free, sponge cakes made (one more simple than the other), to use as the base for the trifle.

Creme Anglaise, as all the custard options were loaded with sugar.

Didn’t manage the egg-yolk separation thing very well, with a fair degree of mess. At least it didn’t turn into scrambled egg!

After looking at various options to serve the trifle in, settled on small French desert bowls.

Diabetic sensitive, although I’m sure the calorie count is through the roof!

Blood sugars

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

Low 6.0 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)

Weight 85Kg

Banting, Diabetic Sensitive, Fresh Blueberry and Strawberry Trifle

This is best if left to stand overnight, so make the entire recipe and refrigerate.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 120 minutes

Total Time 150 minutes

Ingredients

• Sponge cake – Recipe below

• Creme Anglaise – Recipe below

• Fresh strawberries, rinsed and quartered

• small punnet blueberries

• 250ml cream, whipped to the soft peak stage

• 90ml dry sherry

• fresh mint, to garnish

• roasted almond flakes, to garnish

Cube and arrange the sponge cake at the bottom of your individual serving glasses, and pour the sherry equally over the 4 portions. Top with creme anglaise and a layer of cream. Top with strawberries and blueberries, then another layer of cream, and berries and fresh mint to garnish. It’s a good touch to roast almonds flakes and scatter them on the top.

This is best if left to stand overnight, so make the entire recipe and refrigerate.

Simple banting almond and lemon sponge cake

Ingredients

• 6 eggs

• 250 g almond meal/flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 1 lemon

• 4 tbsp granulated sweetener of choice or more, to your taste

• 1 tsp vanilla

• 1/4 tsp Salt

1. Add all the ingredients, and the juice from the lemon in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth.

2. Pour into greased sponge tins.

3. Bake at 180C/350F for 20-25 minutes. Test the centre with a clean fork or skewer to ensure it is cooked thoroughly.

https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/almond-and-orange-flourless-cake/

Simple banting creme anglaise

Ingredients

• 15 grams zylatol

• 3 egg yolks

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• 250ml milk

1. In a bowl, whisk together sugar, egg yolk and vanilla.

2. In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it is steaming. Gradually add a bit to the egg mixture, stir to combine, then add to the saucepan. (By adding a bit to the egg mixture first, it will help prevent getting scrambled eggs).

3. Stir over low heat, stirrig constantly, for 5 – 8 minutes or until slightly thickened. Do not boil.

4. Pour the sauce into a bowl. Place a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the sauce. Chill.

http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/simple-creme-anglaise-269305

Traveling diabetic #20

Emirates, Business Class

Hi,

Jan here.

Spoilt with Business Class lounges and lights in Emirates, thanks to accumulated miles on UN missions.

Salmon gravlax, cheese and a stir fried steak with seasonal veggies the easy choices. Scallop tartare. Bresaola with Parmesan and more smoked salmon the in-transit options in the revamped terminal B lounge. 

A very good Hermitage red wine irresistible.

Blood sugars

High 5.0 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Low 4.7 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)

Weight 84Kg

Traveling diabetic #19

Hi,

Jan here.

Can Tho City – Mekong Delta

An organised tour, with nothing in our control, other than being ultra cautious.

Elephant ear fish, presented whole, on a rack, with all the pride of a prize catch. The flesh is peeled from the fish and wrapped in rice paper with greens and more noodles than anything else. Served with a chilli sauce, it didn’t taste like much. Ginger chicken bits, spring rolls and a plate of green beans and carrot. The dressing the worry.

Particularly after a morning of being shown through the other delicacies of the Mekong Delta. Coconut candy made from caramelised coconut juice, sugared ginger, rice popcorn, sticky rice cakes with honey and peanuts, jasmine tea with honey and kumquat, rice flower and sesame seed cake. Fortunately they were happy with small, polite samples.

A modest supper of green mango salad and pork spring rolls.

Blood sugars

High 7.3 mmol/L (2 hours after meal target, less than 7.8 mmol/L)

Low 5.6 mmol/L (Fasting target 4 – 6mmol/L)

Traveling diabetic #18

Hi,


Jan here.

HCM

Terry has figured out that Pho, without noodles, is on the menu as ‘Chen them’ and when ordered with ‘Tai’, it comes with small pieces of beef. The only problem being that they serve it in a ramekin type dish, which means that I’m not only perched on a tiny chair at a low table, but trying to eat soup from what feels like a thimble! Etiquette being that you do not lift the Pho dish from the table. It gets messy.

Our default salad of bamboo stalk with sea food has been removed from the menu. Shredded chicken with cabbage the next best option. Or rather it would be if they didn’t drown it in a dressing loaded with sugar. 

Back to cashew nuts.

Blood sugars

High 10.7 mmol/L

Low 4.5 mmol/L