Moby Dick

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 healthsmatters who is now Following.

Moby Dick, originally titled The Whale, was published on October 18, 1851. Herman Melville’s epic was based on the author’s own experience at sea. Melville had crewed on a merchant vessel; served in the US Navy; participated in mutinies; been captured by cannibals in the South Seas; and been a harpooner on a whaling ship. When he wrote about ships and whaling, he knew what he was talking about. Melville had penned two previous novels: Typee and Omoo, both about the South Seas, both best sellers. So Herman was convinced that he could go to that well again. Moby Dick is about obsession [Captain Ahab’s pursuit of the whale];and madness [Ahab and the boy Pip]. The crew is a metaphor of the American melting pot, with different races and cultures coming together in friendship and understanding. The reviews were mixed, from ‘ill-compounded and absurd’ to ‘poetry in blubber,’ and sales were poor. Melville was despondent for the rest of his life, despairing that his goals of greatness and wealth would never be achieved. They weren’t. But in 1919, the Melville centenary started a re-evaluation of his work. Suddenly, Moby Dick was on high school reading lists and the Great White Whale became a metaphor for everything unattainable. Now the book is considered a classic and much ink has been spilled explaining it and comparing Ahab’s quest to all the human errors of the 20th and 21st centuries, from slavery to the Holocaust. Have you read it? You decide. I think it is time to read it again.

On a whaling ship, the food was abysmal: filling, but low in quality and monotonous. Dried beans, salt pork, and dried fish were often on the menu. Fresh fish were sometimes caught and when in port, fresh vegetables were added. Bad as the food was, whalers often ate more fresh fruit and vegetables than their countrymen back home during the winter. The sailors never would have seen eggs, but the pork and beans would be familiar, as would the salt cod for dinner.

Pork ‘n’ Beans ScrOmelette146 calories 8 g fat 1 g fiber 12 g protein 7 g carbs 50 mg Calcium  NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages. As for the inspiration for this combination, I thought, ‘Well, why not?’ And it tastes good, too – the breakfast equivalent of a New England Saturday night supper.

1 ½ two-oz eggs  HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week  1 Tbsp baked beans, straight from the can ¼ oz pork tenderloin, raw or cooked [left-over from a previous dinner] ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce ¼ tsp HP sauce 1.5 oz strawberries, thawed or fresh   Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water  Optional: 5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie  [88 calories]

If the pork is raw, mince it and combine with the beans and a little water. Put in microwave for 45 seconds.  If the pork is cooked, mince it and combine with the beans. Pour pork & beans to warm into a saute pan which has been sprayed briefly with cooking spray. Whisk the eggs with the two sauces and pour over the pork and beans. Scramble to taste, seasoning with salt and pepper. By now the beverage is hot, the smoothie is shaken, and the strawberries are looking wonderful. Sit, eat, enjoy your breakfast at sea, as mariners never ate it.

Saint Kitts Salt Cod Stew: 243 calories 2.4 g fat 3.4 g fiber 39 g protein 14 g carbs 140 mg Calcium  PB GF A savory stew of salt cod and fresh vegetables is just the ticket for a filling meal any time of year. In the Carribean, this is served with a coconut dumpling, but they have a lot of calories and I’m not happy with the recipe.

This dumpling is not the coconut one favored in the Caribbean. The recipe can be found at …Not by Bread

2 oz salt cod 2 oz bell pepper, any color 1 oz scallion 3 oz tomato 1 clove garlic ¼ c onion 1/3 c fish stock

Soak the fish over night in warm water to soften it and to remove some of the salt. Drain the fish, discarding the water, and flake or cut into bite-sized pieces. Cook the pepper, and the alliums in water or fish stock – NOT the soaking water – for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and fish, then cover and cook for 10 minutes. 

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