In order to return to my normal weight… today both Geoff and I started the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet. Its not too different to our usual fare except for one MAJOR thing: carbs. We eat a lot of pasta. It’s so damn easy, it’s so tasty. This is a higher protein, low carb diet. We aren’t specifically doing the exercise thing (yet) one thing at a time. It also limits snacking and soft-drink/juices.
Naturally I am hungry for snacks I don’t usually eat.
I currently weigh (approx, due to the fluxuating nature of your weight when breastfeeding) around 68kg. I would like by mid year to have lost 10kg, this is lower than my pre-pregnancy weight but I could’ve afforded to lose a few back then.
Tonight’s dinner smell delicious. Roast Lemon Thyme Chicken with red onion and pumpkin and steamed greens. Salad Rolls for lunch and Museli for Breakfast with a few bits of fruit for snacking on.
The other benefit of this small experiment is that we will cook a greater variety of food. I am a tad overwhelmed by the basics in some sense but practically it should be quite easy to follow. I need to sit down and sort a few things out so our grocery bill wont be astronomical – because theoretically that should improve too.
Day 1. 68kg. Muesli, Salad Roll, Fruit, Chicken.
Bookclub tonight. Oh dear, I do hope my pastry chef sister doesn’t bring something too good to pass up or there goes one of my 2 indulgences for the week.
Coffee and tea are allowed. This is rather important, I would probably not be trying this otherwise.
I adapted this from the parsley thief blog: http://www.theparsleythief.com/2010/10/fall-bruschetta.html (Fall Bruchetta)
But I am Australian (hence the Autumn) and I am also lazy. So this is how I did it.
Chop up a butternut pumpkin in to cubes, microwave for less than 4 minutes (I did 4 minutes… which was too long)
Put some bread on to grill with some oil/butter whatever.
Chop up two red onions quite fine, cook gently with red-wine vinegar (I didn’t have balsamic) and a tiny bit of brown sugar.
Add half a tablespoon of paprika, a small amount of cinnamon and chop an apple up (with skin) and chuck it in the frying pan.
Add the pumpkin to the pan. Cook together.
Top the toasted bread (which you have finished off in the toaster because it was taking too long in the oven) with some ricotta and then the bruchetta mix. Eat.
What I would do differently.
In hindsight, I think would add honey to this recipe, not brown sugar and remove the apple so you get that wintery feel without it tasting like a dessert. Caramelise the onions for longer. Cook the pumpkin less. Take or leave the ricotta. Use staler bread.
But… it still tasted really good.
My cooking repetoire is somewhat limited in that I sometimes try new things but I don’t really go about experiementing with strange ingredients. I do however have sisters that are wildly into cooking in quite different ways and my twin sister Laura has just started a blog. Check it. Alas the Bec that gets to taste test is not myself, but her housemate.
Saffron & Nutmeg
Broccoli & Bacon Soup
- Cut up a pack of bacon (however much you like) into small squares
- Cut up an onion
- Put the onion and bacon in a big pot with a teaspoon of minced garlic and brown
- Peel and cube one potato
- Cut up two (or more) big heads of broccoli
- Add 1L of Vege stock to the pot
- Add the potato and broccoli
- Cook until the potato and broccoli are soft
- Stick mix and blend the lot together
and this recipe (for once) is entirely my own – and if I might say so, tastes extremely good.
- 1 kg onions (chopped)
- a teaspoon or so of butter
- a slosh of olive oil
- 3 teaspoons of brown sugar
- Worchester sauce
- 1/2-1 cup red wine
- 1L beef stock
- 2 cups water
- A bit of cracked pepper
Chop your onions. Put the butter and oil in a pot and melt, add the onions, brown sugar and a few sloshes of worchester sauce. Caramelise/brown the onions. Add the stock, wine, water and a bit more worchester sauce and some cracked pepper. Cook away and let sit for a bit or eat up straight away with good bread and butter.
This recipe was adapted from several french onion soup recipes I looked at.
*image uploader is working again! It appears I had a faulty plugin mucking things up.