The art of diagnosis – and my attempt to be chronically awesome

The art of diagnosis - chronic disease and me by Bewildered Bug

I’ve often argued that the quest for a diagnosis is worse than having a diagnosis.  The thought process behind this was that when you have a diagnosis, then you know what you have and can therefore treat it and move on with your life.  The quest, however, has you in limbo for a long time.  I still agree with this.  I believe that the search for a diagnosis is indeed worse – mainly because I have no patience.  What I… Continue Reading “The art of diagnosis – and my attempt to be chronically awesome”

Gluten Free Nutella Bread Recipe #glutenfree almost #dairyfree

Gluten Free Nutella Bread Recipe by Bewildered Bug

“Dear Emelia”, I wrote, “I have a little disaster at my house.  I have officially run out of Nutella”.  I pressed send on my What’s App and waited.  Emelia’s Mom wrote back and informed me that my (then) four year old niece told her to instruct me to “…Go to the grocery and get more chocolate”.  What a sensible little bugger.  I laughed and did just that.  That was years ago, and it was the first thing that I thought… Continue Reading “Gluten Free Nutella Bread Recipe #glutenfree almost #dairyfree”

Chocolate dipped orange and cardamom biscotti # glutenfree #dairyfree

Chocolate Dipped Orange and Cardamom Biscotti by Bewildered Bug #glutenfree #dairyfree

Let’s talk biscotti.  If you google the word “biscotti” you will see everyone saying that the word “biscotti” means twice baked – and that’s true, but if you ask an Italian about real biscotti, they actually use the word to refer to any biscuits…or cookies, not just the twice baked popular long, slightly arched, crunchy biscotti that we associate with the word. Speaking of word association…what on earth is the difference between a biscuit and a cookie?  I actually asked… Continue Reading “Chocolate dipped orange and cardamom biscotti # glutenfree #dairyfree”

Maintain your exercise routine. Mix it up!

Maintaining your exercise routine and mixing it up by Bewildered Bug

If you have been following me on the blog, you would have learnt that I’ve been doing Pilates once a week for the last year.  I love it – and I love the effects it has on the aches and pains that plague me daily.  In fact, because of hamstring stretches et. al. during these classes and the once-in-a-blue-moon times I do my pilates at home, my plantar faschitis is long gone.  Um…once I keep up with the stretches and… Continue Reading “Maintain your exercise routine. Mix it up!”

White Forest Cake #GlutenFree and #DairyFree #Recipe

Gluten Free and Dairy Free White Forest Cake by Bewildered Bug

You heard me right.  A White Forest Cake.  At least that’s what I’m calling it – it’s actually called a Zuger Kirschtorte – it’s a Swiss styled cake that consists of a nut-meringue, buttercream and cake …oh and of course, Kirschwasser.  That’s right, Kirschwasser – or you may know it simply as Kirsch.  You know what that is right?  The awesome, alcoholic liquer that you find more commonly in the Western world in that luscious gorgeousness that is Black Forest… Continue Reading “White Forest Cake #GlutenFree and #DairyFree #Recipe”

Wandering Wednesday: Yearning for York #Bloggerlodge

Wandering Wednesday: Yearning for York by Bewildered Bug

Welcome back to Wandering Wednesdays on Bewildered Bug!  Every few Wednesdays, as I explore my surroundings, I’m going to post something about the area that I find awesome, inspiring, funny …. something to help me appreciate my surroundings more and something to show you what beauty there is all around you and to introduce you to the beauty in other parts of the world wherever you may be! I haven’t done a Wandering Wednesday post in a long, long time… Continue Reading “Wandering Wednesday: Yearning for York #Bloggerlodge”

Celebrations of ancestral ties #IndiainColour

India In Colour - celebrating my ancestral ties by Bewildered Bug

“You do it – seriously!  Your sister does it too!” “No I don’t – you’re so ridiculous!” “Seriously – no is moving your head from side to side, not up and down…you and your sister do the “Indian” waggle”. I didn’t know I did this.  I actually stood up in front of the mirror a few times after and shook my head “no”.  Yep…there it was.  The slight tilt that the world identifies with anyone “Indian”.  Unfortunately, it’s never referred… Continue Reading “Celebrations of ancestral ties #IndiainColour”

Celebrating Women in Engineering and Other Male Dominated Fields #NWED

British Gas National Women In Engineering Day Panel 2

I recently had the opportunity to partake in a conversation with a fantastic panel of women engineers about the challenges facing women in the engineering field today.  This was sponsored by British Gas in celebration of National Women in Engineering Day (#NWED) as an extension of the Women in Engineering conference (that I did not even know existed but will be looking for next year!), and you can read their take on the conversation here.  Although their major concern was… Continue Reading “Celebrating Women in Engineering and Other Male Dominated Fields #NWED”

Life Balance and You.

Find your work-life balance with Bewildered Bug

I sometimes have had people look at me in amazement at the busy-ness of my weekly schedule – and some of them actually vocalise what they are thinking “how do you do it all?”.  I always laugh the question off because the truth is, I don’t do it all.  At some point, one of the roles that I play usually gets shoved under the radar (more often than not recently, this blog – sorry) and forgotten about for quite a while,… Continue Reading “Life Balance and You.”

Skin Allergy Disaster

Skin allergy disaster with Bewildered Bug

So this week my skin decided to remind me how much of an allergy queen I was.  For the first time in about one and a half decades, I’m taking steroids because of an allergy attack.  This time, it was not an mysterious anaphylactic reaction like those that used to happen when I was a teenager, but rather, a reaction to products used in a facial last Sunday.  I was so excited too – a facial and massage – a… Continue Reading “Skin Allergy Disaster”