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Gluten-Free Raw Christmas Pudding

Recipe by Teresa Cutter

The Healthy Chef

INGREDIENTS

225g fresh pitted dates – approx 10 – 15  dates depending on their size

zest from 1 orange

250g organic dried apricots, chopped

150 g (1 ½ cups) almond meal / ground almonds

1  teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼  tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground ginger

80 g white chocolate, melted for decoration – optional see other great topping ideas below)

Healthy Raw Vegan Custard

2 mangoes

1 x 400 g (14 oz) can organic coconut milk or cream for a thicker custard

1 teaspoon Healthy Chef Turmeric Latte

1 orange, juiced

To make custard

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve chilled alongside puddings.

METHOD

  1. Combine dates, orange zest, apricots, vanilla, ground almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture is combined and looks like fine crumbs.
  3. Spoon mixture into a large bowl and add 1 – 2 tablespoons orange juice then mix again. Your pudding mix should come together in the hands when lightly squeezed.
  4. Divide puddings into 6 small puddings. The best way to do this is to line the base of your desired mould with glad wrap and press the pudding mixture into it firmly.
  5. Invert the pudding and remove the glad wrap. Repeat until all the puddings are formed.
  6. Melt white chocolate in a small bowl that is set over a simmering pot of water.
  7. Spoon a little white chocolate over the tops of the puddings if using and garnish. You can use goji berries, fresh cherries or anything you fancy. Alternatively, omit the topping if you wish.
  8. Arrange onto a serving plate and set aside until needed.
  9. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED TO BAKE THESES PUDDINGS

NOTES AND INSPIRATION

Garnish with fresh red cherries or raspberries.

Top with thick yoghurt in place of custard.

Serve with sour cherry compote or smashed raspberries.

As an alternative to white chocolate combine 100 g melted cacao butter with 100 ml coconut cream and 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix well and drizzle over the puddings then allow to set.

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GP Cardiology Education Evening

Three of our finest cardiologists, Dr Ben Dundon, Dr Nitesh Nerlekar and Dr Stewart Healy held a GP education dinner evening recently in Warragul. The event was very well received with more than 20 GP’s, nurses and practice managers attending the evening with talks on Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation- Medical Therapies and Interventions and Chest Pain Investigations.

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MyMarathon

Staff (and family members) of Melbourne Heart Care have been participating, as a team, in the National Heart Foundation’s MyMarathon challenge. During the month of October, we will have completed 42.2 km’s per person (a team total of 590.8 km) to help fight the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease.  Please support our team who have already exceeded their goal and are currently at 790 km and still going.

https://mymarathon2018.everydayhero.com/au/melbourne-heart-care

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Education session at Holmesglen Private Hospital

An evening education session and tour of our new cardiology service available at Holmesglen Private Hospital, 490 South Road, Moorabbin 3189, Vic.

Speaking was Dr Emily Kotschet, electrophysiologist and cardiologist on new pacing and heart failure devices.

Also speaking that evening was Dr Rob Gooley, interventional cardiologist on new therapies for valve disease, Dr Logan Bittinger, electrophysiologist and cardiologist on acute arrhythmia management and Dr Andrew Tay, emergency physician on diagnosis and management of chest pain in the community and in ED.

 

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Heart implant ‘small as grain of rice’ offering new hope – 9News

9News has published a feature on a device as small as a grain of rice that is being used for the first time in Australia to help treat heart failure.

Melbourne Heart Care’s Electrophysiologist and Cardiologist, Dr Emily Kotschet who is featured in the video said, “The device provides an opportunity to improve the heart failure symptoms beyond what we could’ve thought of,” she continues, “We think that’s a better way to pace the heart, but further knowledge and research will show us this, it certainly looks good in studies done to date.”

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STEPS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19

Thank you to all our patients who have attended our practice so far during the Covid-19 pandemic began. Your understanding and cooperation with new procedures we have in place to protect us all and ensure we comply with government guidelines is very much appreciated.

When attending our rooms you will notice changes such as reduced seating in our waiting room, distancing markings on the floor, protective screens, increased signage on our doors and walls and staff using protective clothing and equipment. Whilst this may seem overwhelming to some, the purpose is for your safety and that of our staff. Please be assured though that our team remain dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and cardiac care.

It is important not to neglect your cardiac health during this crisis and we remain committed to providing all of our usual services.

If you have symptoms of fever, chills/sweats, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle soreness, loss of sense of smell and taste- we advise you contact your GP or local Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND OUR PRACTICE if you have any of the symptoms above or have recently tested Covid-19 positive or awaiting Covid-19 test result or been in contact with someone who has. Also, please be aware of the latest Covid public exposure sites listed on the DHHS website and advice us if you have attended any of the listed sites.

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks#case-alerts–public-exposure-sites

Please call our team on 9592 2177 to advise. We offer telehealth consulting so you can remain in direct contact with your cardiologist when you cannot attend.

Other measures we are taking include:

We include the following links for your reference:
https://campaigns.heartfoundation.org.au/covid-19/
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus