The Alderney

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.

“The Dairymaid 
She curtsied, 
And went and told 
The Alderney: 
“Don’t forget the butter for 
The Royal slice of bread.” 
The Alderney 
Said sleepily: 
“You’d better tell 
His Majesty 
That many people nowadays 
Like marmalade Instead.”  The King’s Breakfast, A. A. Milne

And what, you ask, is an”Alderney” and why can it be rude to the King of England? The place called Alderney is one of the Channel Islands that lie off the coast of Normandy. They were traditionally owned by the Duke of Normandy. When, in 1066, the Duke of Normandy [William the Conquerer] became the King of England, the Channel Islands became part of England. Sort of. Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark are part of the sovereign ‘Bailiwick of Guernsey,’ which belong to King Charles III alone. In the poem above, the Alderney is a cow, one of a special breed from the island. Dairy cattle were important on the Channel Islands, provoking much pride and competition among their citizens. The Alderney was recognized in the late 1700s as an established breed, famous for its docility and the quality of its butter. The breed is mentioned by Jane Austin. In 19th-century England, ‘Alderney’ came to be a generic name for a cow from any of the Islands, so people were confused about the breed and authenticity of the brand name. On Jersey and Guernsey, they say that the Alderney is a degraded, inferior breed, but those who knew said that the three breeds were recognizably different, the Alderney being smaller, ‘deer-like.’ All of them originated centuries ago in Normandy and Brittany, and were subsequently affected by breeding programs on each Island. Before the Nazis invaded in 1944, many people and some cattle were evacuated. But however-many pure-bred Alderneys remained there were slaughtered by the Nazis, so the breed is no more. The most common dairy cow in the US today is the Holstein. There are herds of Jerseys, there are herds of Guernseys, but none of us will ever see an Alderney again.

Our meals, naturally, contain lots of dairy products — but no marmalade — in honor of the late, lamented Alderney breed of cow.

Herb Cottage Cheese Bake: 146 calories 5 g fat 4 g fiber 9 g protein 12 g carbs 36.4 mg Calcium   PB GF – if using GF crackers or omitting  This is a very pleasant and easy-to-prepare breakfast that takes advantage of the flavors of garden-fresh herbs.

One 2-oz egg 2 Tbsp fresh herbs, chopped 1 Tbsp cottage cheese 2 pinches crushed red peppers 2 oz peach 2 slices Finn Crisp crackers  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]

Preheat toaster oven to 350F. Spritz an oven-safe dish with cooking spray. Whisk together egg, herbs, cottage cheese, and red pepper. Pour into baking dish and bake 12-15 minutes. Plate with peach and pour an optional beverage. Simple and satisfying.

Ham Flan [Rigodon]: 284 calories 9 g fat 3 g fiber 27 g protein 25 g carbs 231.5 mg Calcium  PB GF – if using GF flour In Burgundy, they like their ham. Here it stars in the glorious ‘rigodon’ or ham flan. Easy to prepare and splendid to eat.  HINT: This recipe serves 2 [two].

3 oz ham, preferably 97% fat free 1 cup skimmed milk 4 two-oz eggs 2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour big pinch allspice big pinch thyme Side Salad OR 2 oz green beans

Dice the ham and put it on the bottom of a glass or ceramic pie plate which has been spritzed with non-stick spray. Bring the milk slowly to a boil. Whisk the eggs and flour until well combined. Take the milk off the heat and add to the eggs in a thin stream while whisking quickly so the eggs don’t cook. Stir in the seasonings and pour it all into the baking dish. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes, until set and golden brown. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Ingredients for next week: Breakfast, single portion for Monday …………………………… single portion for Thursday:

1 two-oz egg + crab meat1.5 two-oz eggs 
soy sauce + ground gingertuna + clementine
sprouted seeds + scallionsFrozen spinach 
garlic powder + pearMediterranean Vegetables
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

Dinner, single portion for Monday:………………………….. single portion for Thursday:

Chicken breast meat + chicken stock3 figs + mint leaves
Satay Sauce  + peanut butterchèvre/creamy goat cheese
2 chicken momos  + 2 pork wontonsBayonne or Serrano ham
1 oz Chinese BBQ Pork, purchased plain croissant
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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