Polonium

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Marie Sklodowska Curie stirred and stirred her cauldron of melted pitchblende. It was 1898, and she was in a wooden shack behind the Sorbonne in Paris. This was not the university life she had imagined as a child in Poland. Marya [Marie] had entered the Sorbonne to pursue a degree in science when the University of Krakow [Poland] would not admit her. She did research into the energy given off by certain salts and crystals [like Uranium, discovered in 1789], an energy which she dubbed ‘radiation.’ Together with her husband Pierre, a professor of chemistry at the Sorbonne, Marie thought that pitchblende/Uraninite contained undiscovered elements which were radioactive. By July of 1898, they had isolated one of those elements, which they named Polonium in honor of Marie’s native land. By the end of the year, they also identified and named a second element, Radium.

Foods in honor of Polonium should have a distinctly Polish slant to them. Horseradish is a popular flavoring in Eastern Europe, so that is in the breakfast. The dinner of cabbage soup, also very Polish/French, evokes Curie’s stirring the pot of pitchblende. Marie was a busy woman, having some soup in the freezer for a quick meal would have appealed to her.

Horseradish-Cheesey ScrOmelette: 158 calories 9.8 g fat 0.7 g fiber 11.4 g protein 5.8 g carbs [5 g Complex] 105.6 mg Calcium  NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages. PB GF Barney Greengrass’ place in Manhatten combines eggs with a horseradish-cheese mixture and here is my version. Tangy and unusual. Oh, and good.

1-½ two-oz eggs per person 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 Tbsp Barney Greengrass cheese mixture*** ½ Tbsp crushed tomatoes ½ clementine  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or tea or lemon with hot water Optional: 3 oz green smoothie or fruit smoothie [34 calories]

***Cheese Mixture: 2 Tbsp Old English cheese spread + 4 tsp horseradish from a jar. Save the remainder for another time. 

Stir the cheese mixture and tomatoes together until smooth. Whisk the eggs with salt and pepper to taste, then whisk in the cheese/tomatoes. Pour into a hot pan sprayed with cooking oil. As the eggs set, lift the edge and tilt the pan so that uncooked egg flows underneath. When the eggs are still very moist on top, fold the omelette, take off the heat, and put a lid on the pan. Plate the fruit and pour the beverages of your choice. Then plate that warm, tasty omelette. Yum.

Cabbage-Sausage Soup: 264 calories 11 g fat 5 g fiber 14 g protein 25.5 g carbs [22 g Complex] 66 mg Calcium  PB GF  Since this is Jacques Pepin’s recipe, I’ll let him say it: “When the weather gets cooler in the fall, I make soup. I generally cook up a big batch and freeze some for whenever I need it. This one, with sausage, potatoes, and cabbage, is hearty and good for cold weather.” Or for a quick meal anytime of year.

8 ounces mild Italian sausage meat [using bulk sausage is easiest] 1 ½ cups onions, sliced  6 scallions, cut into ½-inch pieces (1¼ cups) 6 cups water 1 cup chickpeas 16 oz potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch chunks 8 ounces savoy cabbage, chopped/sliced 1¼ teaspoons salt

“Break the sausage meat into 1-inch pieces and place it in a saucepan over high heat. Sauté, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to keep the meat from sticking, for 10 minutes, or until the sausage is well browned. Add the onions and scallions and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the water, chickpeas, potatoes, cabbage, and salt and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 45 minutes.” Portion for storage or serving. One portion = 1 cup.

Ingredients for next week: 

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

plain yogurt + honey + edible flowers1 two-oz egg
Camembert cheese or Brie
Arnold brand Sandwich Thin
watercress or microgreens
grapes
Golden Berries/blueberries
Canadian bacon/Jones brand
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

3oz cooked or raw fish + 1 egg
2 crepes [Not by Bread, 17-Sept-’17
cream + shallot + spinach
carrot + broccoli + cauliflower
nutmeg + canned white beans
leek/bacon filling
Swiss chard + garlic powder

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Good Saint Swithin

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. Welcome to weewritinglassie who is now Following.

Saint Swithin is one of my favorites. He is one of the ‘obscure saints’ [my terminology] who’s Feast Day does not make it onto the modern lists. It is his story that captivates me. Ethnically, he was a Saxon and he lived in the Kingdom of Wessex in England in the 800s. He was chaplain to King Egbert and tutor to his son. Swithin was still alive when the future King Alfred was a child and no doubt he assisted in his education as well. Swithin loved God’s Good Green Earth. Before he died, he asked that his grave be outside, where it could be sprinkled by the ‘gentle rains.’ For about 90 years, it was outside. Then an abbott decided he wanted to make the church a tourist destination by building a fancy shrine for Swithin inside. On the 15th of July, the body was dug up and moved. And it rained. No, it poured! For 40 days! Folks said that St Swithin was angered, and so, posthumously, he became a weather prophet. People still say, “If on St Swithin’s it should rain, for 40 days it will remain. If on St Swithin’s it be fair, for 40 days shall rain nae mair.”

By Robin Hood’s time [he is first mentioned in a ballad in 1370], St Swithin’s ability to cause rain was common knowledge. Thus, for breakfast, we have Robin Hood Eggs. [Swithin is credited with restoring broken eggs] For dinner, a meal with many vegetables, grown in the sun and washed by the rain. Keep an eye on the weather.

Robin Hood Egg: 150 calories 6 g fat 1 g fiber 15 g protein 26 g carbs [7 g Complex] 111 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages. What this breakfast has to do with the legendary outlaw, I don’t know. At least no robbery is involved – you can keep your wallet and your waistline.

½ Arnold multi-grain Sandwich Thin, or similar round bread at 50 calories one 2-oz egg 1 slice Jones-brand “Canadian bacon” [round, 1 oz = 20 calories] 2 oz sliced tomato

Lightly toast the sandwich thin and plate it. Broil the tomato slice and briefly warm the Canadian bacon while you fry the egg in a pan spritzed with non-cook spray. Assemble the layers in your order of preference and pour the optional beverages. Tuck [not Friar Tuck] in with knife and fork.

Fish Kabobs: 236 calories 8 g fat 4.3 g fiber 27 g protein 22 g carbs [all Complex] 77 mg Calcium PB GF Any firm fish will work for this simple meal. The Fresh Polenta is from Jacques Pepin and it is a keeper.

3.6 g firm fish [swordfish, tuna, halibut], cut in 1-2” cubes 1 oz eggplant cut in 1” chunks, skin left on 1 oz cherry tomatoes 3/4 oz red or yellow bell pepper, cut in 1” squares 2 tsp Pimenta do Queilo or other red pepper sauce ½ cup fresh polenta *** Second Fiddles I-9-’19 ½ cup side salad

Combine the pepper sauce with 2 tsp water in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Toss the eggplant and bell pepper in the pepper sauce and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bell peppers and microwave the eggplant 45 seconds longer. Cool the vegetables and save the marinade. Prepare the polenta. Assemble the kabobs on skewers and brush with remaining marinade. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Broil 4 minutes, then turn the kabobs, brush with marinade, and broil for 4 minutes more. Prepare the side salad and plate to applause.

Scout and Jem

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On July 11, 1960, Harper Lee‘s novel To Kill a Mockingbird was published. What a sensation it made! The writing lovingly evoked a childhood passed in a sleepy Southern town, oppressed by heat, humidity, and racism. As the narrator describes the events surrounding a sensational trial in the town, tensions unfold that are scarcely understood by young Scout Finch and her brother Jem. Since her own father is the defense attorney, things could turn dangerous for the family, not to mention for the wrongly-accused defendant. My mother said how much she liked the book and that Scout reminded her of me. When I went to the library to get the book for myself, I was told to go back to the Children’s Section for my reading material. In 1962, the story was reintroduced, this time as a movie starring Gregory Peck as Scout’s father. It was made into a stage play and a new version is on Broadway. Harper Lee’s story of Scout’s childhood deserves to be told again and again. Reread it soon.

Calpurnia, the Finch family’s cook/nanny/housekeeper, would surely have combined ham and corn and eggs for a meal. And here they are at breakfast. And on hot summer nights, nothing beats a BLT [Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato] sandwich with a 3-Bean Salad. Very Southern.

Ham-Cup Egg with Corn: 140 calories 6.7 g fat 1.3 g fiber 10 g protein 11 g carbs [10 g Complex] 36.8 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages. PG GF  Ham and corn are such a grand combination. Easy to prepare ahead for a quick breakfast.

1 two-oz egg 1 slice “Cottage Ham” [4” diameter thin slice of ham] I used North Country Smoke House brand at 21 calories/slice 1 Tbsp fresh polenta [see Second Fiddles I-9-’19] 1.5 tsp red bell pepper, diced dash or two of Sriracha 3 oz watermelon

Fit the ham into an oven-proof container that measures 3.25” in diameter and 1.25” deep. [I used a cleaned tuna can. It was perfect.] You will need to snip the ham on 2 sides and overlap the meat to make it fit better into the mold. Combine the polenta with the diced pepper and season with Sriracha/salt/pepper to taste. Whisk in the egg and pour into the ham cup. HINT: I did this the night before and put it in the ‘fridge.Turn on the toaster oven to 350 F and bake the ham cups for 20+ minutes, until the filling is puffed and set. Prepare the optional beverages and the melon. Use a wide knife to loosten the ham cups from the mold before plating. Some of the egg will have oozed into the mold as it baked, but that is easy to remove too. This is a real treat!

BLT: 291 calories 10 g fat 4 g fiber 14.4 g protein 34 g carbs [22 g Complex] 231 mg Calcium  PB GF – if using GF bread Until I worked out the calories, I wouldn’t have believed that this would be fit for a Fast Day. But it is! Go ahead, enjoy.

2 slices whole wheat bread at 60 calories/slice 2 slices uncured bacon 1 oz lettuce 2-oz sliced tomato 1/3 cup 3-bean salad, see Sidekicks I, Sept 17, 2017 ½ button original Baby-Bel cheese

Lightly toast the bread. Cook the bacon until crispy. Assemble the sandwich: lettuce, bacon, tomato, lettuce. Plate with the salad and cheese. A real treat.

Ingredients for next week: 

Breakfast — single portion for Monday ………………… single portion for Thursday:

1 two-oz egg1.5 two-oz eggs 
slicing tomato
crushed tomatoes
Arnold multigrain sandwich thin
cheddar spread
Canadian Bacon, 20 calories/slice
horseradish + clementine
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

firm-fleshed fish + butterbulk sausage meat
eggplant + yellow bell peppers
chickpeas + onion
cherry tomatoes + fresh corn
scallion + potato
salad ingredients [Second Fiddles, 9-Jan-’19
Savoy cabbage
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Summer of 1816

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In 1815, an Indonesian volcanic island near Bali blew its top. The eruption of Mount Tambora scarcely made the headlines, but it had long-ranging consequences. Tambora was a type of volcano that puts out huge quantities of ash and gasses [remember the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull in 2010?]. Ejected high into the atmosphere, they were carried by the jet stream around the world. This had the effect of blocking much of the solar energy [light] which enters the atmosphere. The result? Cooler temperatures in North America and Europe. Just as the farmers crops were sprouting from the ground, freezing temperatures and snow would kill them. While thousands of people died directly from the eruption, many more died half a world away due to famine and hypothermia as winter came on. This came to be called The Year Without A Summer, immortalized in books and doggerel: “Air so cold you could see your breath/ 1800 and froze to death.”

Our breakfast contains sprouted seeds, in remembrance of the crops that died in the fields that summer. The dinner is fish chowder, which probably became a staple that fall and winter due to the lack of food from plants. Whatever your weather is tomorrow, at least this isn’t the summer of 1816.

Sprouted Bake: 129 calories 5.3 g fat 1.8 g fiber 9.5 g protein 7.8 g carbs [6.9 g Complex] 45.5 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages. PB GF Time to get the sprouts out of the sandwiches and into the breakfast.

1 two-oz egg ¼ c radish sprouts OR microgreens 1/2 oz avocado 1 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese ¼ cup blueberries Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Optional: 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]

Mash the avocado and mix with the cottage cheese. Heat the toaster oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz an oven-proof dish with cooking oil or spray and put the sprouts in it. Whisk the egg with the avocado mixture and pour over the sprouts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Portion the fruit and pour the optional beverages. 

Chowdah: 294 calories 7.3 g fat 1.7 g fiber 33.6 g protein 17.2 g carbs 114 mg Calcium  PB GF Here in Northern New England, chowder is king. Cod or haddock is traditional but hake is more flavorful and lower in calories. If you can, make it one day and eat it the next day for richer flavor.

½ slice bacon ¼ cup onion, chopped 2 oz potatoes, 1/2” dice 1.5 cups fish stock 4 oz cod or hake fillets, cut into 1-1/2” pieces ¼ cup 2% milk salt + pepper + parsley

Cook the bacon until it is almost crispy, remove from the pan, blot dry of fat, and chop coarsely. Pour most of the fat from the pan and add the onions. Cook slowly until soft and transluscent. In another pan, boil the potatoes in water until tender. Drain and salt the potatoes. Put the fish stock, cod, potatoes, and milk in the pan with the onions. Heat slowly until warm. Add the bacon, parsley, and seasonings to taste. [TIP: Best if held in the ‘fridge for 8-24 hours before you heat slowly [do NOT boil] and taste for seasonings again.]

Uniformitarianism

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Never heard of ‘uniformitarianism‘ before? Neither had anyone until July 4, 1785, when it was proposed by doctor/farmer/geologist James Hutton. This Scottish amateur scientist returned to run the family farm after the death of his father. Caught up in the scientific and intellectual zeitgeist of the Age of Enlightenment and the Scottish Enlightenment, Hutton applied science to farming. Noticing that crops grew better in certain places, he started to analyze soils and rocks. Observing erosion, he saw that even a small stream would carry away soil and sand, only to deposit them after meeting a larger body of water. From there he began to look at rock layers in a new way. Scientists of the time thought that violent cataclysms [volcanoes, earthquakes, floods] formed the rocks of the Earth in fits and starts. Hutton disagreed. He said that just as gradual changes happen today, causing layers of sand to build up at the bottom of a pond, the rocks of the Earth were formed gradually and uniformly, over time, to create the layers of rocks such as those we see in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. In short, “The present is the key to the past.” This brilliant idea was a major breakthrough in the science of geology and the study of the Earth’s history. Bravo, Hutton!

The way you have eaten in the past is the key to your weight today. Fasting can change your eating habits and your weight. Todays menu features kippers and eggs, no doubt a staple on the Hutton family farm. Dinner contains another favorite of thrifty Scots: haggis. Do not fear it — it is a form of lamb sausage and in spring rolls it defies expectations.

Kippered Eggs: 152 calories 9 g fat 0.8 g fiber 12.6 g protein 5.8 g carbs [5.2 g Complex] 56 mg Calcium  NB: Food values shown are for the plated foods only, and do not include the optional beverages. PB GF Kippers are tradionally served with eggs, but why not have them in eggs? We did and it is terrific!

1-½ two-oz 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  0.4oz kippered [smoked, salted, dried] herring ¼ tsp dried mustard 1 tsp lemon or lime juice 4 sweet cherries  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Optional: 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]

The night before: Soak the kipper fillet in warm tap water for 30 minutes. Mince the fish. In a small bowl, combine the juice and mustard, then mix in the fish. Leave it until morning. Next morning: Put the fish with its flavorings into a lightly-spritzed hot non-stick or cast iron pan and warm them. Whisk the eggs and pour over the fish. Let the eggs cook without disturbing them, then fold and plate with the cherries. A delightful meal.

Haggis Spring Rolls: 262 calories 12.8 g fat 2.8 g fiber 23 g protein 26 g carbs 41 mg Calcium The first time I enjoyed these was at the Whiski Rooms in Edinburgh, along with a wee dram of single malt. Today, the whisky is in the dipping sauce to complete the fusion of Asian-Scottish flavors. This meal has Dear Husband’s approval, so it can’t be that weird .

4 six-inch rice spring roll wrappers/skins 8 Tbsp haggis filling see Spicy from 12-Sept-’18 1 cup lettuce leaves sliced into <1/2” strips 1/2 oz carrot, grated 1 tsp flavored olive oil + 1 tsp red wine vinegar + finishing salt 1.5 tsp Thai hot chili sauce + ½ tsp single malt Scotch whisky [I used Craggenmore from Speyside]

Put water into a wide, shallow dish such as a pie plate. Lay a tea towel on the counter. Place onespring roll wrapper in the water. Initially, the wrapper will look like a piece of thin, stiff, whitish plastic. Soon it will become more transparent, colorless, and pliable. Remove it from the water while still a little stiff [do NOT let it become limp] and lay it on the tea towel. Place 2 Tbsp haggis filling on the lower 1/3 of the wrapper, arranged as a little log. Roll it up, folding the sides in after the 1stturn. Move finished roll to the side as you repeat the steps. Heat a 10” cast-iron skillet over medium flame and spray with non-stick spray. Place the spring rolls in the pan with room between them. Cook slowly on one side, then roll onto another side. Continue until all the rolls are browned on each side. Prepare the salad and plate it. Combine the chili sauce and the whisky in a dipping cup. Plate the haggis, cue the bagpipes.

Ingredients for next week: 

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

1 two-oz egg1 two-oz egg  + Melon
low-fat cottage cheese4″ diameter thin ham slices
radish sprouts/microgreens
corn kernels, fresh or frozen
avocado + blueberries
red sweet pepper + Sriracha
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

fish stock + 2% milk
2 slices 60 calorie bread
cod or hake fillets
bacon [American streaky]
potato + bacon
lettuce + tomato
onion + parsley
Baby-Bel cheese
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Canada Day

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155 years ago, a few colonies of the British Empire, the ‘Province of Canada,’ New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, met on Prince Edward Island to discuss confederation. In a few years, they formed a new colony called “the Dominion of Canada.” Other colonies were formed and joined, and so it was, in 1982, they became a fully independent nation. This is what is celebrated on Canada Day, July 1st. Flags, fireworks, parades, and speeches are the order of the day. And cookouts. And food with friends.

Our gastronomical celebration of Canada Day begins in the Maritimes, where the Fathers of Confederation first met. Dinner is from the icy waters of the newest Canadian province, Nunavut, where Arctic Char make their home.

Maritime bake: 150 calories 6.5 g fat 1.2 g fiber 16.6 g protein 6 g carbs [5.5 g complex] 84 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages. PB GF To us, the Maritimes of Canada are all about seafood, potatoes, local cheese, and lots of the herb Savory, winter or summer. Then there are the strawberries: June/July in Nova Scotia; July in PEI; August in Newfoundland. Good people, good food.

1 two-oz egg 1/2 oz salt cod [cover with water and soak 30 minutes] 1/8 oz Cheddar OR ADL brand “Old/Fort”, grated 1 tsp dried savory 1/2 Tbsp dry potato flakes + 1 Tbsp water pepper to taste 2 oz strawberries  optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or tea or lemon in hot water optional: 5-6 oz berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories] or green smoothie or unpasturized apple cider

The night before: 1] stir the potato flakes and water together in a small bowl and let sit to moisten. 2] cover the salt cod with water and soak 30 minutes. Drain and flake into small pieces.  Next morning: Spritz a ramekin with cooking spray. Set the toaster oven at 350 degrees F. Combine the potato, cod, and savory and put into the ramekin. Whisk the egg and pour over the cod. Top with grated cheese and bake 12-15 minutes. Prepare the beverages as you like them and plate the berries.

Arctic Char with Peas: 263 calories 8 g fat 3 g fiber 28 g protein 10 g carbs [10 g Complex] 25 mg Calcium  PB GF  Arctic Char is a member of the Salmon Family which can be both sustainably fished in the wild and farm-raised. It is delicious, too. There are two presentations given: one ridiculously easy, the other slightly more complex. Both are great.

Recipe I: 4 oz arctic char fillets ½ cup green ‘English’ peas, fresh or frozen Bake the fish at 400 F. for 10 minutes/ inch of thickness or grill for 4 minutes/side. Cook the peas and serve over/around the fish.

Recipe II: 247 calories 8.7 g fat 2 g fiber 26.7 g protein 7.3 g carbs [5.5 g Complex] 74.7 mg Calcium PB GF 4 oz arctic char fillets ¼ cup watercress sauce [see SIDEKICKS II oct 4, 2017] 1 cup snow peas, stems and strings removed Bake the fish at 400 F. for 10 minutes/ inch of thickness or grill for 4 minutes/side. Warm the watercress sauce and serve over the fish. Cook the peas and plate. 

Vieux Quebec

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.

By June of 1759, the ‘Seven-Year War’ [aka: the French and Indian War] between the English and the French was beginning to wear everybody out. The previous year, the English [aided by American colonists] had a decisive victory at Louisbourg in Nova Scotia. Now if only they could seize Quebec City, the capital of Canadian New France…. A plan was developed by Major General James Wolfe and Admiral Charles Sanders. The army sailed up the St Lawrence River to take possession of Ile d’Orleans, a move that surprised the French General Louis-Joseph Montcalm who did not expect an attack from down river. The ensuing bombardment and cutting off of supply lines laid the groundwork for the Battle of Quebec in September, 1759, 260 years ago. Spoiler alert: the English won the battle and the war.

Vieux Quebec has grown up a bit, but it is our favorite North American city: very European, very walkable, and with great food. The city is still surrounded by ramparts and a walk to the battlefield provides a wonderful view of the city and the river all the way to Ile d’Orleans. At breakfast, we will eat like a French-Canadian, the people who became known as “Cajuns” after they were expelled from Eastern Canada when the English won the war. At dinner, we will dine like an Englishman, enjoying a meal from the ‘old country,’

Cajun ScrOmelette: 142 calories 7.6 g fat 2.1 g fiber 10.5 g protein 10 g carbs [8.4 g Complex] 73 mg Calcium  NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages. PB GF  The hallmark of Cajun cooking is the sofrito of bell pepper, celery, and onion. Here they are along with the iconic Cajun Seasoning and Tabasco sauce. Cue the Zydeco music.

1 ½ two-oz 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 oz bell pepper + 3 Tbsp celery + 2 Tbsp onion Tabasco sauce, ad lib Cajun seasonings, ad lib 1.5 oz orange slices Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Optional: 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]

Chop and combine the vegetables with the seasonings. Put in a hot saute pan spritzed with oil or non-stick spray. Cook until softened. Whisk the eggs with the Tabasco and Cajun seasonings, and scramble to prefection. Pour your choice of beverages, slice the oranges, and pass the Tabasco sauce.

Cottage Pie 219 calories 7 g fat 1.8 g fiber 21.7 g protein 15 g carbs 35 mg Calcium  GF Cottage Pie is the beef version of Shepherd’s Pie. The addition of mashed cauliflower is a great trick to lessen the calorie and carb count of mashed potatoes. Some people like this with mashed cauliflower only, but I enjoy the combo for a more authentic taste. HINT: serves 2. Freeze leftovers for another dinner or invite a guest.

1 cup roast beef, ground or minced 1 two-oz egg, separated ½ cup mashed potatoes + ½ cup mashed cauliflower ½ cup beef gravy, as fat free as you can make it  per serving: 2 oz peas OR 1 cup lettuce + 1 oz tomatoes ½ tsp olive oil + ½ tsp lemon juice

Add the egg yolk and gravy to the beef, along with salt and pepper to taste. Whip the egg white until stiff and fold into the mashed vegetables with salt and pepper to taste. Put the beef mixture into an oil-spritzed oven-proof dish [2-3 cup capacity] and spread it out evenly. Smooth the mashed vegetables on top and ruffle it with a fork or spoon. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until the top begins to brown a bit and the inside is hot. Cook the peas. OR To prepare the salad, whisk the oil and lemon juice in a wide bowl, add the lettuce and tomatoes, and toss gently.

Ingredients for next week: 

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

1 two-oz egg + herb savory1.5 two-oz eggs 
strawberries + salt cod
kippered herring
dry potato flakes
dry mustard
Cheddar or ADL ‘Old Fort’
lemon juice + cherries
Whatever you need for your smoothieWhatever you need for your smoothie
Whatever you need for your hot beverageWhatever you need for your hot beverage

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

Arctic Char
6″ rice spring roll wrappers
green peas, fresh if possible
Haggis filling [Spicy II, 12-Sept-’18]

lettuce + carrot + cherry tomatoes

flavorful oil and quality vinegar
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Jean Baptiste

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.

The Festival of Jean Baptiste is the main holiday of the Francophone people of Canada. To the rest of the world, he is John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus, who was beheaded by the orders of Herod Antipas. The Quebecquois and the Maritimers of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Canada have adopted him as their patron saint and celebrate his day on June 24. To them, it is an assertion of their cultural identity and it is a major celebration. The custom began in Montreal, Canada in 1834, at the urging of the Jean-Baptiste Society who organized a parade. They were inspired by the Saint Patrick’s Day parade a few years earlier. Parades, dinners, folk music, dancing, and having a great time turned into an official holiday in 1977. If you like a good time, head to Quebec Province or the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick for June 24.

In honor of the Francophone people of Canada, breakfast features eggs in a very Gallic buckwheat galette. And dinner is in honor of Saint John himself. He is described as eating a simple, meatless diet [unless you count locusts as meat], so a dinner of felafel will be just the thing.

Egg-Mushroom Galette/Crepe: 153 calories 6 g fat 2.1 g fiber 9.3 g protein 16.8 g carbs [11.3 g Complex] 39 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg crepe and fruit only, not the optional beverages. PB  Vegetarian This is yummy. The eggs are creamy, the mushrooms are earthy, and the galette is nutty. 

1 galette/savory crepe, see Sidekicks II 4 Oct-’18 for recipe one 2-oz egg 1 oz mushrooms, chopped 1 Tbsp chives, chopped 1 tsp thyme + generous dash of granulated garlic 1 oz raspberries Optional:blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Optional:5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]

Warm the crepe. Spritz the non-stick saute pan with oil/non-stick spray and gently cook the mushrooms. Put the chives, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper in with the egg and beat it up. Scramble lightly with the mushrooms, keeping the eggs moist. Turn out on the crepe and fold it over the egg. Plate the fruit. Sip your beverages and have an amazing day.

Felafel with Mixed Salad 295 calories 13.6 g fat 7.3 g fiber 15.5 g protein 29 g carbs [28 Complex] 174 mg Calcium  PB GF Vegetarian  What a healthy plate of food! When you have felafel in the freezer, a quick meal like becomes almost instant.

6 felafel patties [see recipe from I-13-’19] 2 cups lettuce [I like to slice large leaves cross-wise into 1/2” strips] 2 oz tomatoes, cherry tomatoes or larger ones cut in 1/2” cubes 1 oz carrots, grated 1 oz beets cut in large dice 1 oz Feta cheese in large crumbles ¾ tsp flavored olive oil + ¾ tsp white wine vinegar salt + pepper to taste

Thaw or prepare the felafel patties. If unbaked, heat in a 400 F. oven for 10-15 minutes. Prepare the vegetables for the salad. Whisk the vinegar and oil, then toss the salad vegetables in the dressing. Top with the felafel and feta crumbles.

Alexander

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.

Empires come, empires go. But the Empire of Alexander the Great was remarkable. His life is like a tale from Greek mythology: his mother told him of portents at the time of his birth; he tamed the wild horse Bucephalus at the age of 12; he studied with Aristotle; he won a major battle at age 18. No wonder he styled himself as ‘son of Zeus’ and assumed the status of a demi-god. In his 20 years as King of Macedonia, he took his armies East — all the way to India! — spreading Hellenistic culture along the way. Alexander was wise, he was literate. Alexander was cruel, he was violent when drunk. Alexander was a great leader, but his army and his generals condemned him for adopting ‘Persian’ ways. He died in 323 BC, while on campaign and by June 13, his reign was over. “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair” was not said of Alexander. His influence was much more lasting. Echoing the journey of Alexander, we begin the menu with Greek flavors at breakfast and go all the way to India for dinner,

Greek ScrOmelette: 152 calories 9.3 g fat 0.6 g fiber 12.6 g protein 4 g carbs [3 g Complex] 88.5 mg Calcium  NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beverages. PB GF Feta cheese is such a lovely ingredient. 

1 ½ two-oz 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, pour half of their volume into a jar with a lid, and put it in the ‘fridge for next week. 0.37 [3/8] oz feta cheese, reduced fat 1 Tbsp tomato puree [not tomato paste] large pinch of cinnamon + of oregano 1 Tbsp pomegranate seeds –OR– 1-1/4 oz applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Optional: 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]

Cream the tomato puree with the feta cheese and seasonings, then whisk in the eggs. OR Whisk the eggs and pour into the pan. As soon as the bottom of the eggs sets, spread the cheesse-tomato-seasonings on top of the egg. Scramble or cook as an omelette. Prepare the beverages and spoon out the pomegranate/apple for a real taste of Greece.

Tandoori Chicken and Vegetables: 265 calories 4.8 g fat 9 g fiber 20 g protein 32.6 g carbs 99.5 mg Calcium  PB GF  TIP: You can buy jars of tandoori sauce in most supermarkets. Be sure it does not contain corn syrup or sweeteners. Aim for 70-80 calories/ quarter cup

2 oz chicken, cooked or raw ½ cup eggplant, cubed 2 oz broccoli 2 oz bell peppers, cut in chunks 2 oz zucchini, sliced or cubed  2 oz carrots, sliced 1/4” thick or use ‘baby carrots’ cut in quarters ¼ cup brown rice, cooked ¼ c tandoori sauce 2 Tbsp plain, non-fat yogurt

Cook the vegetables together in a little water until they are tender. Add the chicken and the sauce. Warm it all. If the chicken is raw, be sure to cook it through. Either stir the yogurt into the sauce or serve it atop the meal. Plate the brown rice [warm it if cold] and serve the chicken and vegetables on top. Perfect for eating on a hot night or a cold one.

Ingredients for next week: 

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

1 sweet crepe 1.5 two-oz eggs 
low-fat French vanilla yogurtIndian curry powder
reduced fat ricottatomatoes + strawberries
fresh strawberriesplain, non-fat yogurt
uncured baconoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

cooked chicken + strawberriestwo 65-calorie corn tortillas
kiwi fruit + spinach leavescheddar + enchilada sauce
slivered almonds + dry mustardcarrot + broccoli + cauliflower
oil + poppy seeds + red wine vinegarchicken
Sparkling waterSparkling water

Crossroads: Indian Ocean

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.                      Welcome to WeightLossNearMe who is now Following.                                  

Locations where the tides of history throw divers cultures together are fascinating to me.  Goa is on the West coast of India. If ever there were a place where “East meets West,” this could be it.  Petroglyphs and stone tools show that people were living there at least 10,000 years ago.  By 1400 BCE,  immigrants had arrived from Africa, Australia, and Southern India.  Then came the Buddhists, bringing their Nepalese religion and cultural ways. Many Buddhists are vegetarian/vegan, but the Goan Buddhists were not due to their contact with the Saraswat Brahmins from Northern India.  In the heyday of the Greek and Roman Empires, their ships would stop in Goa to take on food and water.  And in 1510, the Portuguese arrived, making Goa a territory of Portugal until 1961.  The languages, the religions, the culinary traditions of many peoples swirl in the daily life of Goans. Perhaps because of the well-stirred melting pot, the Hindu majority lives in harmony with the minority Christians, and Muslims.  In some instances, the same foods are prepared one way by the Catholic population, and another way by the Hindu population — but they all agree on the rich spices and flavors of one of India’s smallest provinces.  Goa is an unusual little slice of the Indian mosaic. ‘Visitors’ have been arriving for centuries and they still visit today.                                                                                                                          Due to the coastline and the influences of the “spices of Indies and the East” which lured the Portuguese, breakfast will include shrimp and mixed spices.  Dinner will be that most cross-cultural dish: pork vindaloo

Goan Scramble: 150 calories 7.6 g fat   0.8 g fiber 10.4 g protein 10 g carbs [7 g Complex] 57 mg Calcium NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beveragesPB GF The mixture of spices and spicy foods called Cafreal Masala is typical of Goan cuisine. It really delivers a punch to these eggs!

1 ½ two-oz 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, pour half of their volume into a jar with a lid, and put it in the ‘fridge for next week.                                                                                                      1.5 tsp cafreal masala [see recipe on above website]                                                           ½ oz shrimp, cooked and chopped                                                                           1.5 oz mango                                                                                                        Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Optional: 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [88 calories]

Whisk the eggs and pour into a hot pan that has been spritzed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle the shrimp on top. Drizzle the masala paste onto the eggs and swirl it into the eggs as they cook, sort of like putting the chocolate into marble cake batter. Plate with the mango and serve with your choice of optional beverages.

Vindaloo Pork & Mushrooms: 250 calories 7.2 g fat 5 g fiber 21 g protein 15 g Carbs [10 g Complex] 52.5 mg Calcium  PB GF From southern India comes the complex flavor of vindaloo. You can substitute turkey for the pork or eliminate the meat and use extra mushrooms for a meatless meal. 

¾ Tbsp vindaloo seasonings 1 clove garlic ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 tsp canola oil 1/3 cup [~1.25 oz] onion 1.5 Tbsp cider vinegar ¼ tsp sugar 2.5 oz pork OR turkey, cut in matchsticks 100 g [3.5 oz] mushrooms 1.5 oz broccoli ¼ cup brown rice couscous

Mince the garlic and add the vindaloo spices and the ginger. Stir in vinegar and toss the meat with this marinade. Let sit for 30-60 minutes. Saute the onions in the oil until beginning to brown, adding water if necessary to prevent sticking. Add the meat and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the broccoli and cook further for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sugar and cook for one minute more. Serve with the couscous or brown rice.