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Best-Selling Author Tackles Cancer Curse With New Book

Sunshine Coast author Kim McCosker, of 4 Ingredients fame has done it again with Cook 4 a Cure, a collaboration of recipes using just four ingredients or less.

From humble beginnings back in 2007 when the first 4 Ingredients title was rejected by every publishing house in the country, 4 Ingredients Book 1 went on to achieve phenomenal success as the highest selling self-published title in Australian history.

In addition, The 4 Ingredients Cookbook Series is now the highest selling cookbook series in Australia, with the 4 Ingredients iApp one of the most successful lifestyle apps in the Apple iTunes Australian store.

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Now, Kim’s sharing inspiration and journeys from Australian women, combined with more than 60 recipes of her own, in Cook 4 a Cure.
Kim said her new book was aimed at celebrating food that’s easy to create and devour.

“Whether you’ve been touched directly by cancer, or know of someone who has, together with the sales of Cook 4 a Cure, 4 Ingredients aims to raise $100,000 for much needed breast cancer research,” Kim says.


cancer, author, Kim McCosker

Cook 4 a Cure recipes include a Garden Omelette, Pink Velvet Soup, Herbed Ricotta Pie, Truffles and Mint & Raspberry Soft Serve. And ladies, if you fancy the look of the decadent cake on the Cook 4 a Cure’s front cover (pictured below), you can make it! See recipe below.

The book is $24.99 at Big W (a National Breast Cancer Foundation Platinum Partner), in-store and online. Visit www.4ingredients.com.au.


  • One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s goal is to achieve zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. This is only possible through research.
  • Up to 37 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer every day and seven die daily from the disease.


cancer, author, Kim McCosker

1, 1, 1, 1/2 Cake

Serves 6


1 cup (120g) desiccated coconut

1 cup (250ml) organic coconut milk

1 cup (175g) organic self raising flour

1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar

Rosewater Buttercream

1/2 cup (115g) softened butter

2 tsp rosewater essence

3 drops rose colouring

1 1/2 cups (180g) pure icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven 180ºC. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Line a 16cm cake tin with baking paper (otherwise lightly grease and dust with extra flour).
  2. Pour in the mixture. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted removes clean. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely, before icing with this delicious lot of loveliness.
  3. For the rosewater buttercream: Beat butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until pale and creamy.
  4. Add rosewater and colouring and a spoonful of icing sugar, and then beat until combined. Continue adding spoonfuls of sugar gradually, beating well after each additional, until mixture is smooth and creamy. This gorgeous icing can be piped or spread over 1 large cake or 12 cupcakes.

Who Said Sun Hats Aren’t Sexy?

We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.

When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!

Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.


Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.


Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.


Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.


The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.


The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.


The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.


You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.


The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.

Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.

Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.

You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.

You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!

Image via fashionwomentips.com

Funny Video Raises Awareness Of Pap Tests

“It’s like going to the dentist, except it’s down there … and there aren’t any teeth”

A quirky new video is taking cervical cancer prevention to a new level by bringing viewers along Sophie’s journey of having a pap test. Created by Cancer Council Victoria and PapScreen Victoria, the video follows the character of Sophie who wakes to the shocking realisation that she’s booked in for that awkward pap test.

Confronted by the usual pre-pap test dilemmas, such as whether to shave ‘down there’ and which underwear to wear, Sophie gives herself pep talks to psych herself up for the main event.

“It’s okay. Nothing they haven’t seen before,” she tells herself, unconvincingly. “Okay. Get a grip! No, not grip… relax.”

PapScreen Victoria Manager Hiranthi Perera says with figures showing that more than half of young women are not having regular pap tests, the video aims to relieve some of the fear and anxiety that surrounds the cervical screening test.

“We know that young women especially put off having pap tests because they’re scared or embarrassed. This video is a realistic and light-hearted look at what happens during a Pap test to help ease some of those feelings,” Ms Perera says.

“Sophie also shows us how to best prepare for one – such as wearing a skirt and doing your best to relax.

“It’s so easy to get anxious about what is, really, a very simple and quick test that all women need to have. This video shows women that pap tests are really, not that bad.”

Latest figures show that more than half of young women aren’t having regular pap tests, while new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia this month shows that pap test rates are even lower in those who have had the HPV vaccine.

A pap test looks for abnormal changes to the cells on the cervix, which if left undetected and untreated, could develop into cervical cancer. Around 90 per cent of cervical cancers can be prevented with regular pap tests.

Current national guidelines recommend that all women aged 18 to 70 who have ever been sexually active should have a Pap test every two years.

Anxious about paps? Follow these tips:

  1. Relax and remember to breathe
  2. Wear a skirt, pants or shorts so you can simply undress from the waist down
  3. Feel free to ask questions
  4. Have the test first thing in the morning, so you can get it over and done with before you’ve had the whole day to stress about it
  5. If you feel uncomfortable at any time, let the doctor or nurse know
  6. If you arrive for your appointment but realise you’re not ready to do the test, you can always come back another time.
  7. Take a friend with you for support