Sweet like chocolate

3 09 2012

I’m slightly bothered by something, not because it’s bad, but because it’s weird.

And I’m writing this because although it’s likely that it’s happened to others, it’s rather unlikely that anyone else has opened up about it before.

A warning to those of a delicate disposition, this post may “squick you out”, to the rest of you, I’m doing this for science.

You would mostly be aware (via posts here) that I had bowel cancer, had the tumor removed, and had follow-up treatments.

You are also quite likely to be aware that I had an ileostomy, a bag, sort of like a colostomy, which was temporary (I had it for five years), which was finally removed a couple of years ago.

Well here’s the awkward truth.

My farts and indeed my poo, often, not always, but often, smells like a mix of coffee, chocolate and biscuits.

That’s right, poo is supposed to smell bad, it’s supposed to smell… like poo.

But mine smells…. nice.

Sweet, and fragrant.

It’s wrong, what’s happening?

It’s not all the time, sometimes things do smell terrible, but often I leave the lavatory leaving the room smelling something like coffee and chocolate.

I had wondered, had I simply become used to how utterly awful the ileostomy output was? believe me, you haven’t lived until you’ve smelt the contents of those things. “putrid” is the right word.

Poo would come in at about six points on the stench-o-meter, but ileostomy waste is a good ten.

But then I had it for five years, so perhaps I simply got used to it.

I have noticed this sweet smell quite a lot recently, I wonder what it is?

Also, I do not live on coffee and chocolate, I have two cups a day at most.


A little pudding thing

24 08 2012

I saw this very nice recipe for what was supposed to be a bikkie but sort of turned out like a little pudding instead, but that didn’t matter, it was completely delicious.

Now I’ve tried these three minute cup cake things in the microwave before, and the results have been terrible, so my expectations were very low, but instead I was delighted.

I’m going to Ozzie-fy the recipe here so that it makes sense, although it wasn’t hard, and give you a few extra suggestions.

You need:

Two Tablespoons of Butter (The original said unsalted, but please!)
One and a half Tablespoons of Sugar (US = Granulated)
One and a half Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
Five Tablespoons of Plain Flour (US = All Purpose)
One Beaten Bum Nut (or Egg)
A few drops of Vanilla Essence (Use the real stuff, please!)
A quarter of a teaspoon of baking powder (Not Bicarbonate!)
Pinch of salt (So why did the original ask for unsalted butter? Skip this)
One snack pack of sultanas (I like fruit)
A Dessert spoon of Choc Bits

Sift the flour into a bowl and add everything except the egg

Beat the egg and add it to the dry stuff.

Mix everything together till it’s nice and smooth.

Pour into ramekins.

Bung it in the Microwave for two minutes on high.
(You may have to adjust this for your microwave)

I used a ramekin but found the mixture bubbled up and over in the microwave,
So use two, and share one with a friend or save it for later.

Here’s a converter for Australian/US Food, which was useful

And here’s a link to the original page, with photos.


Wolfies Bikkies

14 07 2012

I have been making these biscuits which are from the recipe on the side of the Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, They used to have another name, but it was changed to Rocky Crunch Cakes… It doesn’t appear to be on the boxes anymore so I was very careful about keeping the last recipe, and not throwing it out as usual.

You may call theses Wolfies Bikkies as I have tinkered with the recipe a bit, and they’re delicious.

I find these are very good for breakfast, even one is quite filling.

Also, I find I can’t come at anything milky in the mornings, so cereal is out… but this is a way to have cereal without the milk, I usually have it with my coffee (which has just a little bit of milk in it).

So the Ingredients are:

110 grams of butter – For those without scales, it’s roughly half a cup.

1/2 a cup of sugar

1 3/4 of a cup of plain flour, sifted – I just use a large strainer.

A cup of goodies (Not Graham, Bill and Tim)

1 1/2 cups of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes

2 teaspoons of baking powder (Not Bi-Carb) – I say this out of frightful experience, yuck!

1/2 a cup of milk

Microwave the butter in a cup on a very low setting for a minute or two, just to soften it up, you’ll need to stir it into the mixture, so the softer it is, the better.

Now, The goodies can be anything you like, fruit, nuts, choc bits, anything that comes up to just under a cup, and I have found the best things to get are the fruit snack boxes which are for putting in a kids lunchbox, they’re normally sold in six or eight… I get “Sultanas and Apricots” and “Sutanas and Apples” and use two of the first and one of the latter… then I throw in a handful of choc bits… you could use pine nuts or something else, but try to stick with the healthy stuff.

Mix all the ingredients EXCEPT the cornflakes together till it looks really well mixed together. The reason I suggest leaving the cornflakes out is because as you mix them, they break, until all you have are cornflake crumbs.

Once the mixture looks well combined, then add half a cup of flakes and gently fold them into the mixture (which is going to be pretty firm, but that’s ok), then add another half, fold those in, and then the final half.

Then cover a baking tray in baking paper, and get a real tablespoon, we have a very old one and I think a friend of mine, who does cook, was amazed to see an actual tablespoon, they are kind of unusual these days, and spoon the mixture onto the paper… you may need to work it off the spoon with a teaspoon.

If you do it right, you should have from about six to eight lumps of goo on your baking tray.

Now the thing is with bikkies (Aussie slang for Biscuits) is that they can burn easily, so you put them on a fairly low-ish heat, 150c is about enough (300F). What you want to get in your mind is that you’re not cooking/baking these, you’re drying them out, this idea stopped me from burning mine.

Then set the timer for about 30 minutes, though it may take a little longer, that’s ok, nice and slow.

If they look *slightly* golden on the top, they’re done, don’t push it… the underside can burn and the top can look as though it isn’t ready… nice… and… slow.

The best way to know if they’re done is to hang around the kitchen, if you suddenly smell something nice, they’re done.

(I use the nose when making pies too, it works).

Get them out of the oven and allow them to sit, they will come out of the oven hot and soft, but they harden as they cool, remember that!

Once they are cool (If they’re still there), wrap them in something air tight or pop them in the bikkie jar.

I hope you like them.