Marlene Dietrich

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.

Marlene Dietrich was born as Maria Magdelena Dietrich on 27 December, 1901. Her father died when she was 10, her step-father died in WWI. Initially, she trained as a musician, mastering violin and piano, but then she turned to the cabaret scene of Germany in the 1920s — think ‘Sally Bowles’ of Cabaret. She sang and danced, to the disapproval of her family, prompting her to change her name to Marlene — a mash-up of her first and middle names. A few minor film roles followed, with her big break in Der Blaue Engle in 1930, playing a cabaret singer [watch the trailer!]. Hollywood called, and although she was successful and famous, she was always cast as a sultry prostitute. Her persona was that of a femme fatale, often dressed in men’s clothing, and she was considered the sexiest woman of the 1930s. To break from her stereotypical casting, she showed her comedic chops in Destry Rides Again, 1939. During the 2nd World War, Dietrich was active for the Allied war effort, entertaining troupes [playing the musical saw] and volunteering at the Hollywood USO. She was decorated by both the US and France for her work. After the war, she turned to a singing career and performed at clubs worldwide. Breaking one of her famous legs caused her to be bed-bound in her Paris apartment for the last 13 years of her life. From there, she chatted with world leaders by phone, lobbying for her favorite causes. She was a woman of many parts.

Our meals are typically German. They are different from the norm and that catches your senses in an intriguing way — rather like Marlene Dietrich as an actress. Dietrich enjoyed house-wifely tasks and one might imagine that she cooked these meals.

Fruited Toast with Sausage:  225 calories 11.5 g fat 2.5 g 10.4 g protein 20 g carbs 39 mg Calcium  PB GF – if using GF bread  Another fine Frühstück [breakfast] from Germany. Delicious.

1 slice 70-calorie whole-grain bread [we like Dave’s ‘Good Seed‘ ] 1½ oz Bockwurst 2 Tbsp small-curd cottage cheese, reduced fat ¼ c mixed berries or sliced strawberries    Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [85 calories]   or lemon in hot water

If fruit is frozen, thaw in a sieve overnight. Slice sausage and braise or bake to cook thoroughly. Toast bread lightly and spread with cheese. Pile the fruit on the bread and plate with the hot sausage.

Senfeier (Eggs in Mustard Sauce): 323 calories 15.5 g fat 2 g fat 17 g protein 12 g carbs 158 mg Calcium   PB GF – if using GF flour in the sauce + GF bread or omitting   This recipe represents ‘comfort food’ in Germany: simply, homey, the sort of meal your Grossmutti would serve you for lunch or supper.  TIP: prepare the bechamel before-hand [handy to have in freezer] and boil the eggs the day before. Very easy to prepare, this is a meal for a busy day.  HINT: This recipe serves two [2] people. 

4 hard-boiled eggs ½ c Bechamel sauce, no cheese  1 Tbsp grainy mustard 2 fl oz/¼ c white wine ¾ c frozen, chopped spinach nutmeg 1 oz sour-dough rye bread [optional: omit to lose 35 calories]

Combine the bechamel, mustard and wine in a saute pan and warm them gently, stirring to combine. In a separate covered pan, warm the spinach with a little water and many pinches of nutmeg. Peel and halve the eggs and put them in the sauce, cut-side up. Cover and keep over low until eggs and sauce are warm. Warm the optional bread. Either plate the spinach along side of the eggs, or under the eggs, or combine the spinach with the sauce. Delicious any way you plate it, with or without the bread.

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