A post of mostly food related subjects AGAIN but to begin… There are times when the mind just boggles, ones head shaken in disbelief and you ask yourself… why? Whilst idly looking around different websites at various items of clothing – nothing particular in mind and almost certainly not going to buy anything, various pop-ups pinged onto the screen – a coat, a dress, a plush mermaid tail. Yes, seriously, a woman wearing a mermaid tail! Not a fancy dress outfit but apparently an actual thing that people buy. They are sold as blankets and are available from several outlets (Google it)! Imagine – there you are watching TV wearing your tail and there’s a knock at the door. I’d probably forget that my bottom half was enclosed, jump up and end up flat on my face. Apologies to anyone who thinks tail-wearing is a perfectly normal activity; I just don’t get it.
Margaret mentioned New Berry Fruits on her blog and it prompted the childhood memory of taking a box as a gift when we visited my grandparents. I can’t recall ever having them at home so it as such a treat to be offered one. My favourite was the raspberry flavour. I’d suck the sugar off and then let the jelly melt slowly in my mouth in eager anticipation of the liquidy centre. This prompted thoughts of other sweet treats enjoyed as a child. Can anyone else remember Fry’s Five Boys chocolate? Mint Cracknel with its crystallized mint shards? Aztec, a dark chocolate covered nougat and toffee bar? At high school I often took a Husky Bar (a crispy cheese filled tube) to eat with my lunch. I’m absolutely certain that it was made by Cadbury, despite containing no chocolate, but I can find no reference to it on the internet at all.
Cadbury cream eggs have been in the shops since the start of the New Year. Am I the only person not to like these? Just about everyone else seems to positively drool when presented with one. I
like am addicted to chocolate and have nothing against fondant, indeed in an After Eight mint or a Quality Street orange cream makes me all but swoon, so what’s the problem with cream eggs? Well, it’s that bilious yellow bit. Logic tells me that the yellow fondant will taste nothing like a runny egg yolk which I cannot bear, but I still can’t bring myself to bite into one!
I wrote recently that I had tried a new recipe for coffee cake and that it was the best I’d tasted. The simple difference is that I am using a 5/5/5 oz mixture plus 50ml of liquid to 3 eggs instead of 6/6/6 oz to 3 eggs. It made such a difference and the cake was so moist. I diluted two heaped teaspoons of coffee in hot water, and put the whole lot together in the mixer. I’ve since tried the ingredient ratios in a lemon cake (using lemon juice and zest for the liquid) and it was equally successful. As my hands/wrists seem to be getting weaker and weaker the mixer is proving a very worthwhile investment.
I’ve had a good rummage through the freezer yesterday, consolidating and tidying. I now know what’s in there and have planned dinner for the week. Tonight we will eat sausages (Linda McCartney red onion and rosemary for me) with mash for husband and SW chips for me. Tomorrow Husband will be making my favourite tomato, chili and garlic bruschetta with Parmesan. Other meals for me will include Chestnut and mushroom casserole, nut roast, salmon, plaice and some kind of cheese dish. Husband will eat both the fish meals and the cheese dish but will have gammon and chicken on the other nights. I have no meals out planned this week so hope to stay within the SW limits. I have booked my flight to Ireland in May so want to drop (more than) a few pounds by then! I’m feeling cautiously confident that I’ll have a loss at this evening’s SW meeting. Fingers crossed!
Postscript Monday 7pm – I lost 2.5lb. Result!