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Fast Diet recipes – Day 5

Jun 13, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Fast Diet Recipes  //  Comments Off

Breakfast: Prune and vanilla porridge – 193 calories

Lunch: Slow-roasted tomato and red onion soup – 180 calories

Dinner: Smoked Haddock with celeriac and spinach mash – 181 calories

= 554 calories

It seems like ages since the last fast day and we’ve had plenty of indulgences in between, so I feel ready for another 500 – 600 calorie day. Apart from the small portion sizes, this menu didn’t really feel like ‘special diet food’ and there wasn’t any point in the day that I felt particularly hungry.

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Wedding cupcakes

Jun 10, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Recipes, Susie's Kitchen  //  Comments Off

This weekend I had the honour of making a cupcake wedding cake for two very good friends of mine. They both love their food, so rather than go down the traditional wedding breakfast route, they made the whole day a celebration of their favourite flavours and venues. We enjoyed a stunning Thai banquet at Winchester’s Bangkok Brasserie at lunchtime and in the evening we were treated to a wonderful Uptons of Bassett barbecue. In between we went to the fabulously quirky Black Bottle wine bar to avail ourselves of the enomatic dispensers and the cakes were served.

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Fast Diet recipes – Day 4

Jun 7, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Fast Diet Recipes  //  Comments Off

Breakfast: Rhubarb breakfast pots (187 calories)

Lunch: Flageolet hummus (176 calories)

Dinner: Broccoli and cauliflower with chilli and anchovy (140 calories)

= 503 calories

I was a little worried about day 4 as it was the first fast day to coincide with a food styling shoot, but I actually felt less hunger pangs than I would have done on a normal day. Considering it’s the first fast day that I’ve managed to get the calories right down to the recommended ladies’ amount, I think that’s pretty good going!

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Fast Diet recipes – Day 3

Jun 5, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Fast Diet Recipes  //  Comments Off

Breakfast: Banana and cinnamon porridge – 203 calories

Lunch: Poached eggs with chilli and soy – 175 calories

Dinner: White bean, tomato and anchovy salad – 154 calories

= 532 calories (Justin had an apple too which brought his total up to 600)

I had mixed success with yesterday’s recipes. Lunch was fab and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, but while breakfast and dinner staved off hunger commendably, they were the least tasty of the fast day recipes so far.

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Fast Diet recipes – day 2

Jun 2, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Fast Diet Recipes, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Breakfast: Rhubarb breakfast pots (187 calories)

Lunch: Crunchy Asian salad (160 calories)

Dinner: Lamb and lentil koftas with yoghurt dip & tabbouleh (183 calories)

= 530 calories

Yesterday was our second fast day and so far, so good. I’ve managed to bring the calories down closer to the ladies’ quota, so Justin was able to have another portion of the mandarin jelly from last week and milk in his morning coffee to bring him up to 600.

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Fast Diet recipes – day 1

May 30, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Fast Diet Recipes, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Fast Diet recipes – day 1

Breakfast: Apricot and ginger porridge (201 calories)

Lunch: Butterbean, tomato and parsley salad (166 calories)

Dinner: Fava bean puree with chard (192 calories); Mandarin jelly (39 calories)

= 598 calories

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The Fast Diet

May 29, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Fast Diet Recipes, Recipes  //  Comments Off

Asian breakfast eggs 175 calories per portion

After spending much of my teenage life on one diet or another, I gave it all up in my 20s. I love food; both the flavour and sensation of eating and all the social rituals that surround it. Exercise however, I can take or leave. I’m definitely built for comfort, not for speed. PE was a traumatic experience at school as it is for anyone that can’t run fast, catch or throw. Since then the only exercise I tolerate is swimming, walking and dancing. For this reason I’m quite surprised to find myself on day one of the 5:2 diet, aka The Fast Diet.

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Hot Cross Buns

Mar 22, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Recipes, Susie's Kitchen  //  Comments Off

Justin’s a bit of a hot cross bun fanatic, so today I decided to surprise him by making a batch for lunch. This is a really soft enriched dough, so it’s not just laziness that made me resort to the Kitchen Aid. If you’re short of time, do the mixing, kneading and initial proving in a bread maker – it will knock 2 hours down to about 45 mins.

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Chocolate cherries for Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Recipes, Susie's Kitchen, Uncategorized  //  Comments Off

Chocolate cherries

I’ve just made these cherry chocolates as a surprise Valentine’s day dessert (shh – don’t tell Justin!). They look just like regular chocolate-dipped cherries, but no! The stone inside has been replaced with a water-based sloe gin ganache.

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Bergamots

Feb 13, 2013   //   by susie   //   Blog, Recipes, Susie's Kitchen  //  2 Comments

Bergamots

Some of the best ingredients turn up when you least expect them. A couple of weeks ago we were up in London, gorging on amazing pulled pork and smoked onglet at Pittcue. We took a slow amble back to Waterloo via ice cream parlour extraordinaire Gelupo, and there, beside the metal canisters full of frozen loveliness, was a small box of fresh bergamots.

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