How Much Sugar?

winter is here in Melbourne

  • 11 May 2011 4:20 AM
    Message # 588571

    I am making pumkins soup as it is cold and I will know what is in it.  Winter comfort food is needed so must be watchful.

    Beware Tomato soup in a tin is a no no but most beef are ok and handy for the pantry.

    Also wear your glasses in the supermarket.  Smiths chips are on special BUT beware the cheese and chive have the contents list back to front from the other varietys so the sugar 1% on the right is daily intake not per 100.  Cheats!!!!

    Also has anyone tried or done research on the new no added sugar yoghurt(Tasmainia).  I know the fruit would add a bit.

    Hope your all enjoying the wet winter day in Melbourne



  • 14 May 2011 1:07 AM
    Reply # 590970 on 588571
    Hi, Jan, know what you mean, it's been very cold here in Sydney,was 8.6 Thursday morning, but thank goodness, no rain with it. Only those clear skies that indicate snow & frost, & it did snow in some parts, they said down to 700 metres!!  I'm typing this at 2.56 pm, the thermometer in here is telling me it's 14 degrees, my fingers are frozen!!, I have the blinds up to the right of me, & the Sun is streaming in, but not very's also been windy here, coming right off Antartica, too, as you would have been getting , too. 

    What cheats are Smiths. Good job I can't afford any , then , isn't it?  We must be so vigilant with the labels.

    Just had a cup-a-soup, to warm my hands around, mainly!!  hehe

    My dearly beloved has been watching Gary (Masterchef) cooking stocks etc. so decided he was going to do one, has spent ages in the kitchen, faffing around, roasting veg to put into stock. Then tells me he put a small piece of pork into some foil & is roasting it in the oven. So now we know what dinner is gonna be!!  Dry roast pork with strong tasting gravy on a bed of mashed potatoes. He thinks that just 'cos I bought potatoes today, he has to use them all up in 2 days. (4kgs?)...haha..Hope there are going to be heaps of steamed veg as well....only kidding. I'm very grateful to have him cook for me, seeing as I have lost the will to cook in my old age....He's good at most things, but sometimes, well, he misses the mark, & unless he says it himself, can't bring myself to be too critical, it hurts his feeling so.
    Bye for now

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  • 15 May 2011 8:29 PM
    Reply # 591970 on 588571
    Hot cocoa is my thing this winter. I have been FF for about 3 months now and was surprised when I had started to feel hungry between meals. I think it's the cold. So a cup of hot cocoa to warm my hands and insides is the go.

  • 16 May 2011 9:59 PM
    Reply # 592780 on 588571
    Hi, Sally, I have been having a similar experience, my hands are always cold, especially being on the computer for hours, typing all this stuff!!  haha

    I've been having a cup-a-soup in the afternoons. Scared to look at the label for sugar!!  but I promise I will do that today.  hehe

    How do you make your hot chocolate?  (cocoa)  We have been having a lengthy discussion over on the Sweet Poison forum about this. Always open to hear someone elses recipe.

    After reading others' recipes, I have got it down to;  1 rounded teaspoon of cocoa, 1 rounded teaspoon of dextrose powder, mix with a little hot milk, then pour over the rest of the (now boiled )  milk, & stir vigourously, I am using a smaller mug, about 11 oz, instead of my larger mug, which is about 16 oz.  I have started to use the smaller mug for my coffee as well, to reduce my intake of Splenda, now down to 1 tablet per cup instead of the 5 I used to have. 

    I'm pround to announce I'm still losing weight slowly, despite eating a bit more bread, am now down 8.6 kilos   Yay....

    And, I'm

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  • 17 May 2011 3:55 AM
    Reply # 593044 on 588571
    There is no need to mix the dry ingredients into a paste. If you mix the dextrose and the cocoa powder with a spoon, they dissolve into the milk just as Quik does. I mix one cup of dextrose with 3/4 cup of cocoa and keep it in a jar ready for an 'instant' mix. David F.
  • 18 May 2011 7:15 PM
    Reply # 594602 on 588571
    My 11 year old and I tried many different quantities of cocoa and dextrose before we came up with the perfect (for us) mix.  He has a rounded teaspoon of cocoa and a slightly more rounded teaspoon of dextrose. I have a huge, as big as it will hold, teaspoon of cocoa and a rounded teaspoon of dextrose. We mix a little with hot water then pour in milk and chuck in the microwave. You have to use good brand name cocoa, none of that home brand stuff. If you leave it in the microwave a little longer than needed you get a nice froth on the top :) 
  • 18 May 2011 10:32 PM
    Reply # 594692 on 588571
    Both great methods, plus I like that you made up enough to use at a moments' notice, David....I am looking around for a (nice) container to keep my cocoa in, I'm at the market on Sat, so will look harder & do what you suggest.
    I ended up with a large-ish rounded spoonful of cocoa with with a  (just) rounded teaspook of dextrose, & it worked for me, I used your method Thumguard, but will try David's next time....

    Thanks for the input people

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