Hye Thyme Cafe: Top 10 of 2016 - And a Confession of Sorts

Welcome to the Hy
e Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.

Whether you like to cook, bake, have never done either, or just like to play with your food...come on in and join me! :)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Top 10 of 2016 - And a Confession of Sorts

Top 10 of 2016: Hye Thyme Cafe

I'm sorry to say the pikins were pretty slim for this year's Top 10. That's where the confession comes in... 

Back in February, I had a snowball of symptoms that temporarily threw my life into a tailspin. There was everything from wonky vision (I was practically blind for a while there), severe dry mouth, and leg cramps, all the way to a large portion of my hair falling out. Because my current job doesn't include benefits, I had no health insurance, so I was hoping it would go away. Wishful thinking! I signed on for a health plan through the state health exchange right at the cut-off. Before that, I hated the idea and was just holding on until my job became full-time, with benefits. I couldn't wait any longer!

The very first day my insurance went into effect, I had a doctor appointment scheduled. Turns out I not only have hypothyroidism, but I'm a Type 2 Diabetic. Ironically, it turns out to be one of the best things to happen to me in years!

After learning of my condition, I went home and immediately dumped all of the juice, popsicles, etc. that I had been downing to soothe the dry mouth. All that sugar was actually intensifying the effect. About two days after I started my medication, 95% of my page-long list of symptoms miraculously vanished! As a matter of fact, I'm doing so well, I was already able to stop taking one of my medications. 😊

I can still technically eat anything I want, I just have to watch my carb count, but I was totally paranoid about it for a while there, sticking mostly with yogurt, steel-cut oatmeal, lots of veggies, and hummus. It was easy to ditch my usual diet, which was pretty much Pepsi and Coffee all day, then dinner and something to munch on during TV time. The hardest adjustment has been making sure I eat three times a day. I've never been a morning person, so my breakfast was always a Dunkin Donuts coffee - same for lunch pretty often. I can't give up my Dunkies, but I did start ordering a smaller size and reducing the sugar. As for Pepsi, I haven't had a single glass/can since February! No looking back on that one.

In addition to the list of symptoms that resolved, I also started automatically losing weight. Two other symptoms I had for YEARS that I had no idea were related until they went away are edema - my hands and feet would swell up something awful when the temps would rise above 70 - and vertigo! I had a few really bad bouts of vertigo over the years, then for several months leading into last February, had a chronic mild vertigo. It suddenly occurred to me one day that I haven't had it at all since I started treatment. Go figure!

So, you can see why I haven't been doing much baking and have been steering clear of high-carb foods as much as possible. Now that I've gotten into a better rhythm with things, I'll try to do a better job of coming up with new, low(er)-carb recipes to post.

In the meantime, these were the Top 10 reader favorites of 2016 ...

  1. Coconut Granola Custard (have to admit I'm glad this was the fave)
  2. Pizza Dip with Pepperoni Chips 
  3. Concord Grape Pie (color me surprised this made #3)
  4. Roasted Carrot Hummus 
  5. Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan
  6. Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad (I practically live on this)
  7. Greens & Beans
  8. Tabouli-Style Quinoa-Kale Salad with Lemony Garlic Tahini Dressing
  9. Chicken Taco Salad
  10. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
As always, thank you for inspiring me and for following along with my kitchen adventures. I wish us all a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2017.


  1. Congratulations on the top picks!! Good you went to the Dr.!! Hope you have a great 2017!!

  2. Can't believe my old doctor didn't pick up on some of the symptoms I had for years. As much as I hated the idea - thankful for Obama Care - now scared about what will happen with it under Trump! :(


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