Two Richards

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If one said, “King Richard of England,” two people might come to mind: Richard the Lionheart [first of that name] and Richard the Third. We have been trained by Hollywood to think that #1 was a great man and by Shakespeare to think that #3 was a monster. Curiously, each was crowned on July 6, #1 in 1189, and #3 in 1483. Richard I was hardly ever in England during his 10 year reign. Mostly he was off crusading or planning for it. While in-country, he wasn’t worth Robin Hood’s support [although he was better than his brother King John]. Richard was so far removed from his people that he never learned to speak English and he spent most of his time in Aquitaine, France. Richard III had scoliosis, hence his purported hunched back. He was a York and, like the rest of his family and their rival Lancasters [prototype for House Lannister], schemed for power and control of the throne. Yet some say he was a pretty good ruler. His reign and his death ended the War of the Roses, ushering in the Tudor Dynasty. Shakespeare, writing propaganda for the Tudors, painted him in the most unflattering light. Neither of these kings is who we thought he was.

In recognition of Richard II’s French heritage, we’ll have a breakfast which includes a fine French cheese. The dinner is from Yorkshire, like Richard III, and indeed he might have eaten it.

Raclette Bake:  287 calories 8.4 oz fat 3.3 g fiber 15.6 g protein 38 g carbs 295 mg Calcium NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages.  PB GF Raclette is a cheese from the Swiss/French Alps which is melted to make the eponymous dish of the region, presented with bread or potatoes. Here it is used to give a wonderful flavor to baked eggs. Wow.

one 2-oz egg ¼ slice 70-calorie whole-grain bread 1/3 oz raclette cheese, grated  2 Tablespoons blueberries Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water   Optional: 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie  [88 calories]

Set the toaster oven at 350 F. Toast the bread and cut into cubes. Put the bread in a lightly-spritzed ramekin. Whisk the egg with the cheese, salt, and pepper and pour into the ramekin. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Pour the beverages, portion the berries, and think about the Alps.

Whitby Fish Pie: 294 calories 15.4 g fat 1.7g fiber 17.5 g protein 15 g carbs [1.7 g Complex] 139 mg Calcium This fabulous recipe is from Paul Hollywood, of British Baking Show fame. It is simple and delicious. Dear Husband loved it. HINT: This recipe is enough for two [2] people.

233 ml [1 cup] skimmed milk ½ bay leaf
½ small onion
2 whole cloves [the spice]
Put the milk in a pan with the bay leaf and onion studded with cloves. Bring slowly to the boil, turn off the heat and let infuse for at least 30 minutes. Strain the milk into a liquid measuring cup.
20 g butter
20 g = 2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour 40 g spinach, fresh or frozen 1 Tbsp chopped parsley salt & pepper
Melt the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook gently for a few minutes, then gradually stir in the infused milk. Increase the heat a little, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, for a few minutes. Add the spinach, parsley and some salt and pepper.
133g/3.5 oz fresh haddock
133g/3 oz finnen haddie [smoked] 58 g/1.5 oz shrimp, cleaned salt & pepper
Skin the fish and remove any pin bones. Cut into bite-sized pieces and put into a 4”x 6” dish with the shrimp/prawns. Pour on enough sauce to cover, gently mix with the fish and check the seasoning. 
Purchased puff pastry, 1/6 sheet ~47 g

Heat the oven to 200°C/400F/Gas 6. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to form a 4×6” rectangle. Cut into 6 strips and use to form a lattice atop the pie.  Bake for 20-25 mins until pastry is golden brown.

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