Moon Shot

How this Fast Diet  Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow, for a calorie total of less than 600. On another day this week, eat the meals from a different post, another day of eating 600 calories or less. Eat sensibly the other days of the week. That’s it. Simple way to lose weight and be healthier. Welcome to InspiredLiving who is now Following.

We were in a bus, returning to Paris. ‘We’ were a mixed bunch of college students from the US on a student “tour with cultural experiences and language immersion.” It was a Sunday in late July, 1969. The organizers had herded us into a bus for a weekend trip to Normandy and Brittany which we had dutifully toured. Now it was dark and we had a couple more hours ahead of us on that bus. We had been singing, chatting, napping, and suddenly the bus driver turned on the radio. An excited French broadcaster was beginning to shout: “L’Aigle est atterri*! L’Aigle est atterri**!!” Those who knew more French translated for the neophytes: ‘The Eagle has landed!” And so we knew that the Apollo 11 lunar lander was safely on the moon. What a moment! As one, we began to sing The Star Spangled Banner. Writing about it now gives me goosebumps. The next day, every cafe in Paris had a TV out on the sidewalk, so everyone could share the adventure. That night, the Place de la Concord had screens on which the TV images from the moon were displayed. We, France, and the world were mesmerized by the event. Fifty years ago and I can still remember it in detail.

*The word ‘atterri’ [or ‘landed’] literally means ‘come to Earth.’ Soon a new word was coined: ‘aluni,’ meaning ‘land on the moon.’ ** I remember the word a “atteresse” [with a accent aigu on the last ‘e’; and the moon landing version as “alunisse” but maybe I that is a detail that I have mis-remembered…

Our meals today are in the image of the full moon, with a round of dairy at breakfast and a fish timbale at dinner. NB: The idea that the “moon is made of (green) cheese” comes from the detailed observations of an early astronomer. He was looking at the moon through his telescope and writing notes to himself. To describe the color of the pale orb, he gave a comparison: it was ‘the color of green [meaning young or un-aged] cheese.’ Some idiot took him literally.

Bombadil’s Breakfast: 146 calories 5.1 g fat 2.5 g fiber 10.5 g protein 15.3 g carbs [8.3 g Complex] 312 mg Calcium  NB: the food values given are for the plated items only, and do not include the optional beverages. PB GF Vegetarian When Tom Bombadil served his guests breakfast, it was plants, fruit and dairy of his own collection or production. The plants should be watercress [since his wife Goldberry was the River-Man’s daughter] and the fruit shall be Golden Berries [aka Peruvian Ground Cherries], again in a nod to his wife.

½ oz Camembert cheese ½ cup watercress leaves or microgreens ½ cup plain yogurt ½ tsp honey 1 oz Golden Berries edible flowers [violets, chives, nastursum, or others]  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Optional: 5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]

Warm the honey and stir it into the yogurt. Plate the items to your taste and enjoy a magical breakfast in The Old Forest. Wear a blue jacket and yellow hat.

Fish Timbale:  276 calories 17.3 g fat 1.6 g fiber 23.5 g protein 8 g carbs 95 mg Calcium  PB GF Sounds high-falutin’ but really very easy.

1.6 oz mackerel or salmon + 1.3 oz haddock or cod 3/4 oz egg [either pullet egg or an egg white] 1/3 oz white beans 2 Tbsp cream + 2 Tbsp spinach + 1/2 Tbsp shallot 1 oz Swiss chard 1/8 tsp olive oil nutmeg + granulated garlic

Wash the spinach and leave water on the leaves. Put in a lidded pan along with the chopped shallot. Put on the lid and let cook until the spinach is limp. Remove, chop, and squeeze the water out of the spinach. Thoroughly mash the white beans and add the cream. Stir the spinach/shallot into the bean/cream. If fish is raw: Put in a pan with a little water. Cover and steam until fish is cooked. Flake the fish and combine with the other ingredients, except the chard. Turn into an oil-spritzed ramekin and bake at 400 degrees F. for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, coarsley chop the chard and cook it in a little water until done. Drain and season with nutmeg and granulated garlic. Run a knife around the sides of the timbale and invert the plate over it. Turn the plate right-side-up and remove the timbale. Plate the chard.

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