Curious Incident, London, 1814

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: a simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

Sometimes an event occurs that is so bizarre that you can’t believe it happened. Here is one such story. The Horse Shoe Brewery was located in London’s East End on Tottenham Court Road. This was definitely the poor side of town [Pygmalion‘s ‘Eliza Doolittle’ sold flowers there] but breweries did a good business. In 1810, in an effort to upgrade or modernize, the Horse Shoe’s owners installed a new fermentation tank for their brown porter. It was 22 feet tall — a gigantic wooden vessel holding 3500 barrels, and bound with stout iron bands. Business was booming for the Horse Shoe. Until October 17, 1814. One of the iron bands broke, but no one noticed — of if they did, it would be assumed that the other bands would hold firm. They didn’t. When the tank ruptured, the force of it broke other tanks nearby. The pressure pushed out the back wall of the room and a 15-foot wave of beer in various stages of fermentation rolled down the street. This sounds hilarious, until you realize that people were injured badly and some died. At a toddler’s Irish wake, the deceased was soon joined in the afterlife by four mourners. A woman and her daughter drowned in their basement apartment. From far and wide came residents with buckets and pitchers, scooping up the beer to take home. Several days later, a man died of alcohol poisoning, the 9th death attributed to the flood. Those affected were London’s poorest and they had no assistance to help them recover. Courts ruled the event as an ‘act of God’ so no compensation was given to people who lost their homes or shops. Insurance payouts allowed the brewery to rebuild and continue until 1920. For weeks, the neighborhood ‘smelled like a brewery.’ The memory of the curious incident of 1814 left the neighborhood along with the smell of beer. A theater was constructed on the site and nothing is left of the Horse Shoe Brewery.

For our meals consist curious combinations. You have eaten a reuben sandwich, right? How ’bout those ingredients at breakfast in eggs? Yummy! You might have had salmon cakes, but have you had them with a taste of Asia baked in? Delicious.

Reuben Bake: 141 calories 7 g fat 2 g fiber 10.5 g protein 9 g carbs 78 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages.  PB GF  What is more delicious than a good reuben sandwich at lunch? This deli delight is here as a flavorful breakfast and its a winner. Not Kosher, due to the cheese served with the beef.

One 2-oz egg ½ oz corned beef 1½ Tbsp sauerkraut [1.5 oz] ½ wedge Laughing Cow cheese 1 tsp catsup 2 oz strawberries  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]

Spritz a ramekin with oil or non-stick spray and set the toaster oven at 350 F. Chop the corned beef. Chop the sauerkraut. Cream the cheese with the catsup and stir in the beef and ‘kraut. Whisk in the egg and pour into the ramekin. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the beverages and portion the fruit. Mmmmmmm – reuben 🙂

Salmon Cakes: 233 calories 10.5 g fat 1.5 g fiber 21.5 g protein 10.5 g carbs 46 mg Calcium  PB GF – if using GF bread  Eating Well magazine is the source of this fine recipe. Serve with Corn-Tomato Salsa, a Side Salad, or Coleslaw to add up to 61 calories, taking the total for the meal to 294 calories.

4 cakes. Sv 2Cast iron or non-stick pan. 1/3 cup measure 
1 c cooked salmon
one 2 oz egg
2 Tbsp red onion
1 Tbsp coriander seeds 1 Tbsp chile-garlic sauce
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp 5-spice powder
Flake the salmon. 
Whisk egg.
 Chop the onion finely. 
Crush or grind coriander. Use fresh cilantro if you have it. 
Add other seasonings and combine well.
½ c/1 oz fresh bread crumbsFold in bread crumbs. Form in 1/3 c patties.
1 tsp sesame oilHeat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook cakes 3 mins per side.
½ cup coleslaw -OR- 1 cup zucchini
½ cup Corn-Tomato Salsa
Adds 41 calories………Adds 35 calories
Adds 61 calories

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