Saturday, March 20, 2010

Week 9 end

Amazing hey! I'm getting in a little early to finish off the week. I have moved onto the 7 - 8 kg mark after a couple of good days. Just need to round off the weekend on a high, even though we'll be celebrating the m-i-l b'day tomorrow evening. Thankfully I'm on dessert!

Let me start off my saying that my mantra didn't work, maybe I should have been PRAYING instead - Thursday night we had pizza and garlic bread - sigh! It really was delicious and I didn't overeat but just very disappointed. But, I girded my loins on Friday to get on with it and started off making a huge Rainbow Coleslaw to last me thru the day and over the weekend. I got out the good ole V-slicer and made quick work of a small half of a white and a purple cabbage, and 1 huge carrot. I also snipped up 2 shallots and the remainder of the kale I had in my fridge. This made a big bowl of salad so keep that in mind with the following dressing ingredients:

1/2 cup of mayo
1/3 cup of nat yoghurt
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil

Do it to taste as much as possible and if it is too thick just add a little more lemon juice/olive oil to get it to right consistency. This was all mixed in gently. I added chopped walnuts to the top when eating it, some chopped apple would have been great too.

So we started off with that for lunch along with some smoked salmon & chopped avo - yummy, yum yum! And as a treat for arvo tea (my mum and sister were here) I was able to obtain 3 slices of coconut choc tart - no sugar, gluten and grain free, and dairy free. You can not understand how delectable this is without trying it. Yes, they use coconut oil, avo, dates & agave but they spend so much time getting the proportions right that it does taste exactly like the real thing.

And for dinner there was a large array of bbq goodies to share with my parents - chorizo sausages for the others, some nice rump steak, chicken breasts marinaded in olive oil, rosemary and salt, and some yummy veges - red onion, baby eggplant & red capsicum. And all to have with my famous coleslaw! Really enjoyed it all and it made it easy for the rest of the weekend having leftover meat and salad to lunch on.

Saturday, I did not give in to my aching desire for scrambled eggs but just stuck with the coffee and a banana while on my way to the Chiro. Instead I saved the eggs for lunch with shallots and remainder of smoked salmon stirred in - more salad on the side, perfect! I also got to go to the movies in the arvo with my husband (saw Blind side and highly recommend it) and the smell of popcorn was so overpowering that I had to get some .......... NUTS! Just as fattening I know but a slightly better choice. Yes, I had a couple of L's chocettes but did not go overboard.

And now for the gourmet delight on Sat night. We had picked up some incredible scallops at the fishmongers and I used a slightly deviated Wolfgang Puck recipe: Scallops with Apple. All it was (and this is for just 2 people): half a lge granny smith apple peeled and sliced into thin batons, and then sauteed in a hot pan with 1 tbsp of butter till golden and softened. Remove and then add a dozen seasoned scallops in a bit more butter and caramelize them on one side before flipping and cooking another min. Then add a splash of cream and a squeeze of lemon juice, simmer 30 secs before serving over the apple. Totally divine. I actually made some corn fritters to go with it as well using buckwheat flour, 1/2 tin of corn kernels, 1 whisked egg, some coriander & cumin powder and 1 sliced shallot and some fresh coriander too. Just fiddled with the consistency and they turned out lovely and crispy with a little avo salsa on top. I now want scallops EVERY NIGHT! Can see the scallps over a little rice or quinoa and then a julienned raw vege salad with carrot, snow pea, etc. Will def do it again sometime.

I've had all manner of aches and pains in my neck and back and I know its the detoxing flushing out thru my back. My chiro has been a great help. However, my throat is very sore today and I've been coughing quite a lot. I'm keeping up my glandular fever spray and the immuno, as well as my Feroxin (from Neways) minerals supplement. Hopefully it won't hang round. I'm also having Melrose Vit C powder and hoping that this all boosts my immune system a bit more. Anyway, off to bed now as I'm quite tired after a busy busy day - and more cooking to do for dessert tomorrow. Have tried the choc mousse suggested by paulvik in the comments section of Week 8 pt 3, and so far so good, it tastes lovely and chocolatey but the raspberries really make the difference. Will decide how to use it tomorrow. Now, to bed.

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