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. Welcome to webcoder who is now Following.

‘Ned Ludd’, in woman’s garb, leading the attack.

On 27 February, 1812, Lord Byron rose to address the House of Lords on behalf of the so-called “Luddites.” For centuries, young men would become apprentices at an early age and spend years to learn the skills of a trade: mason, carpenter, clerk, weaver. It is no surprise that these trades were so much a part of the fabric of society that they became last names. To be a skilled artisan could ensure the welfare of the man’s family and a move to the middle class. Having a skill was important. In the late 1700s, machinery was perfected to weave and knit fabric. With this device, a hastily-trained employee could replace several skilled workers and the workers were angry. They were not against new things, they were against falling into poverty because their jobs were replaced by machines. See? Nothing is new! Supposedly, a young weaver named Ned Ludd destroyed one of the weaving frames in 1779, hoping to get his job back. Whether or not there really was a Ned Ludd, his name was repeated by other angry workers who called themselves ‘Luddites.’ At first, Luddites tried to negotiate for higher wages, better working conditions, and a pension fund for workers. When the requests were rejected, factories and factory owners were attacked by angry mobs, and angry industrialists appealed to the government for help. The UK passed severe penalties for industrial sabotage, including the death sentence. Lord Byron hoped to change minds in his impassioned maiden speech, saying, “Are we aware of our obligations to a mob! It is the mob that labour in your fields, and serve in your houses—that man your navy, and recruit your army—that have enabled you to defy all the world,—and can also defy you, when neglect and calamity have driven them to despair. You may call the people a mob, but do not forget that a mob too often speaks the sentiments of the people.”  Today, one says, “I’m such a Luddite — I can’t unlock my iPhone.” The original Luddites did not want to stop or destroy technology, they wanted a fair work-place and good jobs. We use the term these days to mean someone who is unfamiliar with technology or who doesn’t like it. Not the same thing. The Luddite movement died out in 1816, suppressed by a government unswayed by Lord Byron’s pleas. By then the Industrial Revolution was winding up and there was no going back. Humans have always used technology — we just have to use it to uplift our fellow humans, rather than oppressing them.

Our breakfast might have been enjoyed by a cottager before he walked over to his loom to begin his workday. Oysters were a common food for poor folks near the coast, as they were inexpensive sources of protein. Cheese was the product of ‘cottage industries’ of the early 1800s. Put them together, and a wonderful dinner awaits.

Cottage Breakfast with Egg: 157 calories  7.5 g fat 1 g fiber 8 g protein 15 g carbs 38 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages. PB  I wanted a breakfast that evoked a cottage in the English country-side, so here it is. The pan muffins are very good.

1 pan muffin** 1 oz applesauce one 2-oz egg: fried or hard-boiled or soft-boiled   Optional: 5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 caloriesOptional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water

HINT: I prepared 8 pan muffins from the 10-grain mufffin batter, cooked them, and froze them. I made the remaining batter into muffins to enjoy on Slow Days. 

**PAN MUFFIN each: 71 calories 2.5 g fat 1 g fiber 2 g protein 11 g carbs 8.5 mg Calcium

These are a dandy little bread to add to a breakfast plate. You will see them also in Roman Breakfast.

1 cup dry Bob’s Red Mill 10-grain hot cereal mix
1¼ cup buttermilk/soured milk 
Combine cereal and milk in a small bowl. Let sit 10 minutes
1/3 cup butter 
1/3 cup sugar 1 two-ounce egg 
Cream the butter and sugar, then mix in the egg. 
1 cup unbleached flour
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp baking powder 
1 tsp baking soda
Add dry ingredients and cereal/milk mixture. Stir until just combined. 
Heat a griddle or flat-bottomed skillet to medium temperature.
2 Tbsp batter for each pan muffin Portion out batter onto hot griddle/skillet spritzed with non-stick spray. Cook on both sides.

Take one pan muffin from the freezer the night before and let it thaw. Cook the egg to your taste and warm the pan muffin. Dish the applesauce, brew the hot beverage, pour the smoothie. What a sweet and easy meal.

Oyster & Bleu Cheese Piepie filling only, 1 of 6 servings = 116 calories 8 g fat 1 g fiber 5.6 g protein 5 g carbs [3 g Complex] 88 mg Calcium  pie with crust, 1 of 6 servings: add 193 calories [the entire pie crust for an 8” pie plate = 1160 or fewer calories]  PB GF  NB: if you want a GF meal, do not use any pie crust – especially not a purchased GF crust which is very high in calories. The pie makes a fabulous, indulgent meal but it is low in protein and fiber. For a very special treat, it is wonderful. The left-hand column gives the recipe is for an 8”, full-sized pie plate, which serves 6. The center column gives amounts to prepare a 6” pie plate to serve 4. HINT: leftover pieces can be frozen.

8” pie pan with pie crust 6” pie pan +pie crustRoll out dough + fit into pie pan. Crimp edge. Blind bake 15 mins. Remove foil and weights + bake until golden, ~ 10 mins or so. 
1 Tbsp butter 
½ c leeks
½ c fennel bulb ½ c tart apple
½ tsp ground black pepper pinch salt 
2 tsp butter
¼ c leeks
¼ c fennel bulb
¼ c apple
¼ tsp ground black pepper pinch salt 
Finely chop the leeks and fennel. Dice the apple. Melt butter in a skillet, add leeks, fennel and apple, and sauté on low until tender and translucent.
Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and remove from heat.
Heat oven to 400F.
12 oysters – we like East Coast oysters which are brinier

6-8 oysters

Put oysters flat in a saucepan with just enough water to cover. Heat pan on medium high until water reaches 131F/55C, measured with a food-safe thermometer. Shut off heat and let sit on burner 5 minutes. Remove oysters from water and cool in a bowl. Open shells + a remove oysters, doing so over a bowl to catch the juices. 
4 oz blue cheese 3 Tbsp reserved oyster juice
1 egg white
2 oz blue cheese 1.5 Tbsp oyster juice
½ egg white  
In a separate bowl, mash cheese and add reserved oyster juice. Beat egg white until softly peaked and fold into cheese.
Spread leek mixture in pie shell. Spread cheese mixture on top. Bake 20 mins.
fennel fronds
4-5 asparagus stalks/person
fennel fronds 
4-5 asparagus stalks/person
Take pie from oven, arrange oysters on top. Bake 2 minutes more. Strew with fronds. Let pie set about 10 minutes, then cut in portions and serve with steamed asparagus.

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