I hate driving in the dark, am a terrible passenger who dislikes being driven by someone else, don’t like the cold, damp, rain, snow or ice and so avoid going anywhere after 4pm in winter whenever possible. That said I am a very sociable person, love meeting friends for coffee or lunch and even going to the gym (though regular readers will know that it’s the company and not the excerise that appeals). So the fact that at 5.30pm on Monday evenings every week I drive a couple of miles to my Slimming World group may come as a surprise. I could find a morning group and in fact I did try a couple but it wasn’t the same. I like THIS group. I am one of two members who do the weighing. As many as 100 come through the weigh-point though only half of these will usually stay for the IMAGE therapy (Individual Motivation and Group Experience). Tonight around sixty weighed in, about two thirds of them staying. Other long term members help with running the shop, taking payments, preparing the award certificates and running the weekly raffle whilst our consultant welcomes new members and takes them through the programme. She refers to us as ‘The Dream Team’.
This evening, after weigh-in and instead of our usual meeting, we had our Christmas party. Members bring in ‘free food’ or low-syn dishes. My contribution to the party was a St. Clement’s not-a-trifle (9.5 to 12.5 syns for the entire dish) and spicy potatoes (syn free).
Both dishes went down very well. I was especially pleased with the dessert because it was an experiment. For any Slimming World members who are interested, here’s the recipe:. Make up a packet of sugar -free orange jelly (2 syns)according to instructions and pour over either two segmented satsumas (free) or drain a small tin of mandarin oranges in juice( 3 syns). Leave to set. Makeup another jelly (2 syns) and into this one whisk two Muller Light Orange or lemon yogurts (1 syn each). Pour on top and leave to set. Spread one small tub of 0% fat Greek Yogurt over the top and then crush half a box of M&S ‘Super mini lemon meringues’ (3.5 syns) and sprinkle on top.
The spicy potato recipe comes from an old SW Christmas recipe book. Cut potatoes into small chunks and coat with a mixture made from 8 tablespoons of passata, 2 teaspoons each of cumin seeds, black onion seeds, paprika and a sprinkle of salt & pepper. Roll the raw potatoes in the mixture and lay them in a single layer on a baking tray and spray with fry-lite. Bake at 200F until cooked through. They look a bit burned but they’re not; it’s just the coating. I often take these to an SW taster session (we have quite a few) and they always go down well.
Here is the party table before everything was added. My friend and I agreed that tonight’s was the best selection we’ve had.