Attitudes- Anon

Attitudes- Anon

I like this little poem given to me many years ago by a friend,when I was stressed out before medical exams! Tattered and yellowed with age , but always relevant!

Low cholesterol fruit cake recipe ! Just in time for Christmas!

Over the years, when advising patients with high cholesterol who love cakes and biscuits, I have said ” you can make cakes without fat- butter , marg. or oils… I know a good recipe !!

Now that I have the luxury of being able to post on my website I can put it out there:

Low fat fruitcake


1.5 cups each of raisins (or craisins!) , dried apricots, sultanas, currants, almonds chopped roughly, 1 cup date paste or dates, 2 lemons, 3 eggs, 1 dessertspoon each of cinnamon and mixed spice,750g wholemeal or brown rice flour 1/4 cup Agave syrup or honey, 200ml cold water


1.Preheat oven to 180 C,

2.Mix all fruit except dates and almonds with 500ml water and heat in saucepan, until steaming. Cool.

3.Chop dates , add 1/4 cup of water, bring to boil, then puree with Bamix or mash with fork

or use date paste

4.Grate zest of lemons and squeeze juice

5.Mix all of the above

6.Add eggs and agave syrup or honey

mix flour and spices and add to fruit mixture

7.Pop into lined 25 cm cake tin, shape of your choice

cook 1.5- 2 hours

Allow to cool in tin, then remove from tin

Slice and enjoy !


Very well known.  and very good medicine! I have observed that a lot of anxiety , depression and unhappiness results from  an un willingness to accept it when things go pear-shaped. When we can accept that things have gone pear shaped with serenity, then without all the stress we can make clear decisions, and find the courage to make necessary changes- to improve a situation or to walk away from it- that’s where the wisdom comes into the picture!


In the midst of life’s endless movement
 let me be still
In the midst of life’s constant noise
let me be silent
In the midst of life’s strain and stress
let me be calm
In the midst of life’s uncertainty and doubt
let me be true
In the midst of life’s sickness and dying
let me be strong
In the midst of life
let me be
A beautiful poem by Tim Murray, in memory of his wife Anne Murray, who is one of the most inspiring people I have ever known , and whom I had the great privilege of working with and knowing for many years.