Hometown Heroine: Queenstown

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 healthtofitness and thinrr who are now Following.

Laura Ingersoll was born on September 13, 1775 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Her father was a patriot who fought for the American cause in the Revolution against Britain. Who is this woman and why do these mundane facts matter? The Ingersoll family moved to the Niagra Peninsula of Ontario, where Laura married a Canadian named Peter Secord. The marriage caused Laura to side with the Canadians = British when the War of 1812 started, especially since her husband was wounded fighting the Americans at the Battle of Queenstown. “Who is this woman???” you demand. After losing at Queenstown, the Americans still tried to occupy Canadian lands along their border. [Remember: the US was not fighting Canada. Attacking Canada was a proxy for Britain.] Somehow, on June 21, 1813, Laura heard Americans planning to attack an English stronghold at a town called Beaver Dams. Thinking to warn Lt. James FitzGibbon of the plans, she set out to walk to his fort. According to her account, Laura walked through trackless forest, fording four rivers before arriving at the British fort after dawn — or was it after dark?. During her “20 mile walk” she had evaded sentries and been ‘abducted’ by First Nations scouts who escorted her the last part of the way. She told of the impending attack. Two days later, American troops were ambushed on the road and defeated by First Nations fighters and English soldiers. Laura Secord had saved the day! At least that’s what the history books say.** FitzGibbon never mentioned her in his dispatches. Multiple times, Laura, her husband, and her son petitioned the Province for a pension to reward her deed. No go. After the war was over, when either neither side won or they both just stopped fighting, Secord was held up as a hero and her story was embellished with many folksy touches. [My Canadian friends contend that Canada defeated the US in the War! Umm. No.] At long last, during a State Visit in 1860, Edward, Prince of Wales, heard about Laura and he sent her 100 Pounds Stirling [$255 USD/$325 CAD as reward. 100 years after her walk, a chocolatier in Toronto began selling his wares under the name “Laura Secord.” There’s fame for you. **I am not denying that Laura Secord made a difficult trek for the purpose of warning the British. The real story is so different from the myth-making of later writers that it is risible. The Parson Weems Effect took her story and ran with it. We know how she got to the fort on June 22, but I want to know how she returned home….

Laura Ingersoll Secord was born in English-held North America, and aided the English in 1813, so we will have a very English breakfast. Our dinner includes Canadian ingredients and was designed for a Canadian friend.

Toad in the Hole: 157 calories 1.4 g fat 2 g fiber 9 g protein 50 g carbs [8.5 g Complex] 28 mg Calcium  NB: Food values given are for the plated foods only, and do not include the optional beverage. This whimsically-named meal is of old English origin – shades of Kenneth Graham and Beatrix Potter. It begins with a Yorkshire Pudding batter which you need to prepare in advance. The Yorkshire Pudd recipe is from the King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary CookbookHINT: make the batter the night before to save time in the morning.

Y. Pudd batter: one 2-oz egg ½ cup white whole wheat flour ½ tsp salt ½ cup fat-free milk Mix all the ingredients together and let the batter stand at room temp for 30-60 minutes or in ‘fridge overnight. You will need ¼ cup of the batter per person. HINT: The remainder can be frozen in 1 cup or ¼ cup batches for future meals. When it is time to use the batter, beat it with a rotary beater until it is frothy.

To prepare the breakfast: 1 chicken breakfast sausage [@ 50 cal/link] ¼ cup Yorkshire Pudding batter, well beaten [prepare the batter the night before and refrigerate] 2 oz pear or apple  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 caloriesOptional: 5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie  [88 calories]

Heat the oven/toaster oven to 425F. Cook the sausage, using a bit of water in the bottom of the pan since the sausage will render no fat. Pour out any remaining water from cooking the sausage. Spritz 5 holes of a mini-muffin pan with non-stick spray. Dice the sausage or slice into 20 pieces, and put four bits of sausage in each muffin hole. Beat the batter until it is foamy, adding crumbled sage. Pour the batter into the pan over the sausage bits. Pop the pan into the oven for 15 minutes. Slice the fruit, prepare optional beverage, and settle down to a quickly-prepared, fun-to-eat meal.

Lillian’s Dinner: 300 calories 4 g fat 9 g fiber 34 g protein 33 g carbs 94 mg Calcium   PB GF  Here is a meal that I designed for Canadian Friend Lillian P. P. when she flirted with the idea of Fasting. The vegetables would be from her garden, of course. A very simple meal with lots of food. TIP: You could cut the cod down to 4 ounces and the garbanzoes to 1/3 cup if you lack a large appetite.

5 oz cod fillet 2 oz beets, sliced or diced 2 oz carrots, cut as coins 2/3 cup garbanzoes

Bake the cod for 10 minutes at 400F OR pan-fry it on a cast iron skillet for 4 minutes per side. Cook the beets and carrots separately by boiling. Serve the garbanzoes warm or at room temperature.

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