St Clair

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.

On a recent trip to Normandy, France, we stayed in a cottage in the village of Banneville-sur-Ajon. One of the local sights of which we were told was the chapel of Saint Clair. Naturally I thought this was Saint Clare, the friend of Francis of Assisi. Nope. This is Saint Clair of Epte, France. He was originally from England — Manchester, perhaps — and he lived in the 800s. The man was devout and wanted to be a religious hermit. But he was pursued by a wealthy woman who wanted him for her husband. To avoid her sexual harassment, Clair fled to France. Landing at the Seine estuary, he worked his way up the Epte River, leaving a string of miracles in his wake. [This was not a great way to hide from anybody, much less a vengeful woman.] Clair made a solitary life for himself near a spring and lived there happily until the arrival of henchmen from the spurned Englishwoman. Since they couldn’t convince Clair to go back and marry her, they cut off his head. Clair’s body picked it up and walked to the spring to wash it off. Ever after that, the spring had miraculous healing powers. The admirers of Clair declared him a saint and built chapels to him in Normandy, always near a water source. In Banneville, the Ajon River flows prettily through a precipitous valley near-by. Perhaps because of [or in spite of??] Clare’s unhappiness in love, local engaged couples leave offerings of eggs at the chapel prior to their weddings to gain Saint Clare’s blessing on their life together. We were charmed to see a generous basket left at the chapel door by a betrothed pair. I hope they will be a happy married couple.

Breakfast involves eggs, of course, with some salmon from a prior dinner. Dinner features fish, since good St Clare is associated with water. These are examples of how we can continue the Fasting Lifestyle even on vacation.

A simple omelette with salmon folded into in makes a great travel breakfast, served with locally purchased fruit.
Sole fillets from the Farmers’ Market stuffed with a bread/herb/egg mixture. Served with roasted haricot beans, this meal was easily prepared in the kitchen of our cottage. The food shown served two of us.

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

1.5 two-oz egg1.5 two-oz eggs 
haggis [Spicy 18-Sept-2018
smoked chicken sausage
applesauce
oregano + parsley
Parmesan cheese
applesauce
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

Martin’s whole wheat potato sliders
or 100 calorie slider rolls
Herring marinated in wine
+ lettuce
3.5 oz beef BBQ in sauce
<60 calories/oz
onion + apple + vinegar + dill pickle
cherry tomatoes
beets, canned or cooked fresh
carrots
white beans + hard-boiled egg
Sparkling waterSparkling water

John Chapman

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.

John Chapman was born on September 26, 1774, in Leominister, Massachusetts. If you are scratching your head, wondering who he is, then you might know his nickname: “Johnny Appleseed.” People my age will remember the Disney version of his story and Girl Scouts might remember singing “The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord...” as a grace before meals. Why his he associated with apples? Apples are not native to the Americas [try Kazakhstan!], but early settlers brought them over and soon the East was full of them. Settlers going West into Ohio would be given 100 acres if they settled down and planted apple trees. Chapman was a saavy real estate dealer – he walked out to the frontier [yes, with a bag of seeds], bought land, and planted apple trees. When the settlers got there, he sold them the land and he moved on. The apples he planted were for making cider, not pies. They were hard and sour, more suitable for a bar-room beverage than for pie with the parson. But those apples were what people wanted and Chapman knew it. Johnny Appleseed was a real person who helped to settle the upper Mid-West, one apple tree at a time, eventually becoming ‘as American as apple pie’.

Naturally today’s menus will involve apples: in a Norman-style omelette for breakfast and with pork for dinner. John Chapman would understand and approve.

Omelette Normande: 174 calories 11 g fat 1 g fiber 10 g protein 9 g carbs [8.2 g Complex] 46 mg Calcium  PB GF Cooking in Normandy naturally involves apple and cream, even at breakfast. This is the breakfast version of a Norman dessert omelette.

1 ½ 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. 1-1/2 tsp heavy/whipping cream + ¼ tsp cinnamon 1-1/2 oz apple, peeled and sliced thinly ½ tsp butter + ¼ tsp sugar 1 oz peach  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] NO smoothie today

Peel and slice the apples and cook them slowly in a saute pan with the butter, sugar, 2 Tbsp water, and a healthy spray of non-stick spray. Add more water if the pan gets dry – you don’t want the apples to stick or scorch. Cook until the apples are almost soft and there is no more liquid in the pan. HINT: You can do this the night before. Whisk the eggs with the cream, cinnamon, and a little salt while the apples heat/stay warm in the saute pan. Pour in the eggs and let them cook undisturbed until done. Fold and plate with the peach or other fruit of 11 calories. Picture apple trees in bloom.

Pork with Apples: 273 calories 8.1 g fat 4 g fiber 22.7g protein 18.8 g carbs 84 mg Calcium  PB GF Long a favorite combination in lands where local meats and local fruits are blended in hearty meals. The flavor of pork with apples is a winner.

3 oz pork tenderloin, raw or cooked 2 oz round slices of apple, unpeeled + ½ oz cubed apples, unpeeled 4 oz chicken stock 4 Tbsp Bechamel sauce, no cheese [see Sidekicks I, 17 September 2017] thyme + sage + salt + pepper to taste 1 oz broccoli florets + 1 oz cauliflower florets + 1 oz carrots

Poach the apple slices in the stock until they are tender. TIP: if cooking for 2, this may require poaching in 2 batches. Remove slices and reserve. Slice the pork into rounds about 1/4” thick. If pork is raw, braise it briefly in the hot stock, and remove from stock. Put 1 Tbsp stock in the oven-proof pan in which you will cook the dinner. Combine diced apples, Bechamel, seasonings, and remaining stock in the sauce pan, stirring until apples are soft and sauce is medium-thick. Adjust seasonings. Arrange alternating slices of pork and apple in the baking pan. Nap with the sauce and bake at 350 until warmed through, about 20 minutes. Steam the vegetables and enjoy a hearty autumn meal.

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

1 two-oz eggwhipped cream cheese 
onion + sweet potato
herring marinated in white wine
white whole wheat flour/GF flour
Finn Crisp crackers
applesauce + Canadian/back bacon
cherries
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

beef liver
potato + carrot
onion
onion + egg white
butter
nutmeg + rye bread + milk
green beans
3%-fat ground turkey
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Rollo the Granger

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Monday, eat the meals that will be posted on Sunday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

On 11 July, 911 AD, we find ourselves in the region of Eure in the lower Seine valley. The Viking Rollo [Hrolf to his family] and his merry band of mauraders had made a sweet deal with the locals: you French give us the lower Seine River and the coastline, and we’ll stop raiding you. King Charles the Simple and his advisors agreed to the deal, and Rollo, a giant of a man who was so large that no horse could hold him [hence his nickname “The Granger” or Walker], became Duke of Normandy.   The day almost ended badly.  The haughty King Charles told his new vassal to kiss his foot.  The unbowed Rollo refused but told one of his henchmen to do it for him.  The henchman, unwilling to bow to honor the king’s foot as he sat astride his horse, instead grabbed the foot and raised it to his lips, almost tipping the king over!   Rollo was generous to his followers, and gave much land to his half-brother, Bernard, called ‘The Dane’ even though he was from Norway.  Bernard is my direct ancestor and he settled the town of  Thury which is named after his battle cry: Thor-aie!  The family name became ‘Harcourt‘, also a place name in Normandy and a well-known name in England. Rollo’s great-great-great-grandson became William the Conqueror, but that’s for another day.   

Since Rollo and Bernard woke up on July 11 as Norsemen, we will enjoy marinated herring for breakfast.  Since they went to bed on July 12 as Frenchmen, we will dine on crêpes made with Jarlsberg cheese, because Rollo and Bernard’s father was ‘Jarl’ [earl] of Møre, Norway. Enjoy your Fast Day, and shout ‘Thor-aie!!”

Herring Plate: 292 calories  8.4 g fat  4.9 g fiber  12.6 g protein  32.8 g carbs  199 mg Calcium PB  If you like herring, this is the breakfast for you. It makes a nice change from morning eggs and this is prepared in no-time-flat. Get your doctor’s OK to eat herring if you are taking a MAOI antidepressant medicine, as herring is high in tyramine.herring Plate w: cherries

3 Finn Crisp crackers                                                                                                                                           1.25 oz herring marinated in wine [not sour cream]                                                                                    2 Tbsp whipped cream cheese                                                                                                                                    4 Bing cherries OR ½ cup strawberries, sliced                                                                                             oz  fruit smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                                            blackish coffee or tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                                  Do I need to describe this preparation? Spread the cream cheese on the crackers and pile on the herring. Delicious and so satisfying.

Crêpes w/ Ham & Cheese, home version: 283 calories  13 g fat  2.8 g fiber  15 g protein  27 g carbs [21 g Complex] 125 mg Calcium  PB  Not the street-food version of the crêpe, the filling is more like a Croque Monsieur.Ham&amp;Cheese Crepes, home-made w: asparagus

2 crêpes, see Sidekicks, Sept 17, ’17                                                                                                                     1 oz ham, diced or ground                                                                                                                                       ½ oz Jarlsberg cheese, grated                                                                                                                              3 Tbsp Béchamel sauce, no cheese [see Sidekicks, Sept 17, ’17]                                                                    5 oz asparagus    OR     2 oz tomatoes  +  1 c. lettuce, shredded                                                                                              dressing: ½ tsp olive oil + 1 tsp cider vinegar + ½ tsp Dijon mustard

If the crêpes are in the freezer, thaw draped with a tea towel. If the crepe batter is frozen, thaw it, then cook the crepes, keeping them warm in a tea towel. Dice or grind the ham and grate the cheese. Combine ham, cheese, and Béchamel sauce. Divide it between the crepes and warm in a slow oven until warmed through and the cheese is melty. Cook the asparagus OR Whisk the salad dressing, then toss with the lettuce and tomato. Simple and good to eat.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg 1.5 two-oz eggs
 slicing tomato mild, buttery Azores cheese or Gouda
 1/2 Arnold multi-grain sandwich thin  Pimenta do Queijo  [red pepper sauce]
 Canadian Bacon  kiwi fruit
Whatever you need for your smoothie Whatever you need for your hot beverage
Whatever you need for your hot beverage Whatever you need for your smoothie

Dinner, single portion:

 Roast venison   +  broccoli pork +  pork bone broth
 tomatoes   +  marinated mushrooms  broccoli
 roasted red pepper  cabbage
 dried pear  collard greens
 lettuce  onion
 olive oil + balsamic vinegar  carrots
Sparkling water Sparkling water

Calvin

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow. On Thursday, eat the meals that will be posted on Wednesday.  Eat sensibly the other days of the week.  That’s it.  Simple way to lose weight and be healthier.                                                                     Welcome to Adrian K. who is now Following.

Jean Calvin [aka Jehan Cauvin] was born on Monday, July 9, 1509.  Little did his parents in town Noyon, Picardie know of the tremendous impact their son would have on their country’s society and religious life. Destined for the clergy, Calvin grew up in the shadow of Martin Luther’s ideas to reform the Church.  His father’s falling out with the local church elders steered young Jean to the law.  In the 1530s, Calvin grew into a new theology, a synthesis of the ideas of Luther, Zwingli, and other leaders of Protestantism. Through studies in Basel, Switzerland and Strasbourg [then in Germany] Calvin went on to organize and codify the new church.  From the Cathedral of Saint Pierre in Geneva [where you can still see ‘Calvin’s Chair’], he oversaw the training of priests, the writing of liturgy, and the spread of the Reformation through his homeland. For the next hundred years, France was torn apart by religious wars as the Protestant Huguenots fought with the Catholics to worship as they pleased.

Calvin believed in predestination, but you are not pre-ordained to be over-weight.  Enjoy eggs baked with the Camembert cheese of North-Eastern France for breakfast, as a way to begin Fasting.  And since Picardie borders the ocean, Mackerel will be our dinner and I’m sure Calvin would approve.

Camembert Bake: 287 calories  10 g fat  2.5 g fiber  14.3 g protein  35 g carbs [32 g Complex]  241 mg Calcium   PB GF   The best-known cheese of Normandy stars in this egg dish. Easy to prepare and so delicious. I hope you will try it.Camambert Bake

One 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                       ½ oz Camembert                                                                                                                                                 1 tsp Dijon mustard                                                                                                                                    grating of nutmeg                                                                                                                                               2 oz strawberries OR 1.5 oz apple slices                                                                                                 blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon juice & hot water                                                                         5-6 oz fruit smoothie or natural apple cider

Cut the cheese [rind and all] into small chunks and leave to soften at room temperature. Stir in the mustard and nutmeg. Whisk the egg, then stir in the cheese mixture. Pour into an oven-proof dish that has been spritzed with non-stick spray and bake at 350 F for 12-15 minutes. When the beverages are ready, plate with the fruit.

Mackerel with Gooseberry Glaze:  276 calories   16 g fat [Omega 3 fat!]  0.9 g fat   22 g protein  7.3 g carbs   26.7 mg Calcium   PB GF  This popular dish from Normandy usually features fresh gooseberries. Here in the USA, those are less common, so we make a glaze of gooseberry jelly. The zucchini picks up the color of green gooseberries.Mackerel w: Gooseberry Glaze

3 oz mackerel, frozen cooked or fresh fillets                                                                                                    2 tsp gooseberry jelly/jam                                                                                                                                     3 oz zucchini ribbons

Heat the oven to 300 F. Put frozen or fresh fish on a baking tray and brush with melted jelly. Using a potato peeler, carve long, thin slices from the length of the zucchini until you have 3 oz. Toss the ribbons with salt and pepper. Place the ribbons on the baking tray in a heap [if they are in a thin layer, they will over-cook]. Bake for 5 minutes. Rearrange the zucchini so that the bottom layer is now on top. Bake 5 minutes more, or until the fish is thawed or cooked. Plate the fish with the zucchini ribbons for a remarkable flavor.