Breakfast: Poached eggs with chilli and soy (175 calories)
Lunch: Smoked salmon and dill cream cheese crispbreads (199 calories)
Dinner: Lamb and lentil koftas with tzatziki (196 calories)
= 570 calories
Although this wasn’t the most nutritionally balanced day, being rather higher in protein and with fewer vegetables than previous days, it was definitely the menu that kept away hunger the most impressively. It also incorporated enough treats that it didn’t actually feel like a fast day!
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.
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
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.
It’s been 5 months since my last post – a case of too much time eating and not enough time writing about it (though that is, of course, the best way round…). One trip that definitely deserves a belated mention is a trip we took to Belgium last November. Friends of ours had returned from a holiday on America’s West coast raving about sours. As sours are based on the Belgian lambic method and Belgium is a hell of a lot closer than the US, we decided to spend a long weekend in search of Gueuze. These are the beer tasting notes from the trip.
For our birthdays this year, our families had bought us both a voucher for lunch at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. At the time we were in the depths of moving house and when we booked, August seemed like ages away, but all of a sudden the day was here and we found ourselves starched and pressed and on the long drive to Oxfordshire.
Traditionally I always make a cake for my friend Lianne (aka Lion) on her birthday and this is this year’s effort.
Here are a few pics from today’s New Forest Show demo…. full write up soon!
We’re off to visit Justin’s little sister and family this evening for dinner and I promised to make dessert. You know how sometimes you have to think for ages about what to make and other times you just instantly know? This was one of the latter: Black forest brownie cupcakes….
I went into Alresford yesterday to meet a friend for coffee at Caracoli. On the way I popped into CE Evans the butcher and couldn’t resist the packet of sweetbreads they had behind the counter. It’s one of those ingredients that often tempts me on a restaurant menu, but which you so rarely see retailed, so I couldn’t believe my luck. Evans also have a proper wet fish counter where I discovered my first English samphire of the season; possibly my all time favourite vegetable. All the makings of 2 great dishes….
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