Uniformitarianism

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.

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
Sparkling waterSparkling water

Boswell

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.

In the story ‘A Scandal in Bohemia‘, Sherlock Holmes refers to Dr. Watson as “my Boswell,” saying he would be lost without him.  And who is Boswell? The son of a Scottish judge, James Boswell was born on October 29, 1740, into the time of the Scottish Enlightenment. In his heart he yearned to leave Scotland due to its provinciality and up-tight religious views.  While staying in London, the young lawyer was introduced to Samuel Johnson, noted author, essayist, wit, and man-about-town, at a bookshop. Their friendship lasted for 20 years, during which time they traveled and socialized. All the while, Boswell took notes. Johnson joked that it was as if Boswell were spying on him. After Johnson’s death, Boswell dug into his own journals and wrote The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D.  It has been called ‘the greatest biography ever written’ for its lively style and Boswell was hailed as ‘the first of biographers.’  Indeed the noun ‘Boswell’ means ‘one who records in detail the life of a famous contemporary.’  If Johnson is famous today, it is because Boswell made him so.                                                                                                                                           We will celebrate Boswell by serving the foods of his rejected land: Tattie Scones and Cullen Skink, both as Scottish as Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.

Tattie Scone w: egg, pears

Tattie Scone with Egg:  286 calories   5.4 g fat  3.6 g fiber  13.3 g protein   47 g carbs   210 mg Calcium   PB  Tattie Scones have been part of a Scottish Breakfast ever since potatoes were considered fit to eat. Easy to make with left-over boiled or mashed potatoes.

One 2-oz egg                                                                                                                                                               1 tattie scone, see not by bread… Feb 7 2018                                                                                               2 oz pear                                                                                                                                                                     5-6 oz fruit smoothie or green smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                     nearly-black coffee or tea or lemon in hot water

Prepare the Tattie Scone and keep warm or re-warm. HINT: Prepare the night before and cook them, too. Fry the egg to your liking. Prepare the fruit and beverages. Plate the scone, top with the egg. Plate the fruit and pour the beverages. Almost instant, if you made the scone beforehand.

Cullen Skink

Cullen Skink:  228 calories   4.5 g fat  2.9 g fiber  26 g protein  20 g carbs  161 mg Calcium  PB GF  We found this old Scottish recipe to be divine!!  Despite the low calorie count, it is very satisfying. Comfort Food with a Scottish dialect.

3 oz finnen haddie [smoked haddock]                                                                                                               3 oz milk                                                                                                                                                                small pinch ground cloves                                                                                                                                bay leaf                                                                                                                                                                              ¼ cup onion, chopped                                                                                                                                           2 oz potato, diced                                                                                                                                                                            2 oz asparagus in 2” slices                                                                                                                                                        1 tsp butter                                                                                                                                                            parsley  for garnish

Skin the fish and put it in a small pan with the milk and bay leaf. Cook gently until the fish is warm. Remove the fish from the milk and break it into large pieces. Add the onions, potatoes, and cloves to the milk along with a little water. Simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaf. Run the milk and vegetables through the blender/food processor/VitaMix [or use immersion blender] to a fine puree. Cook the asparagus. Return the fish to the pan with butter and the puree and heat. Add pepper to taste. Plate the fish, cover it with the ‘soup’, sprinkle with parsley, and arrange the asparagus around the sides. You will want to eat this again!

Spirit of ’45

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 Byunga who is now Following.

On April 16, 1746, the Scots army was defeated by the English at the Battle of Culloden, ending the Jacobite Rising.  Since 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie [Charles Stuart] had been raising an army and razing towns held by the English.  The goal was to put a Stuart back on the throne of England and ScotlandOften depicted as a fight between the rag-tag kilted Highlanders vs the might of the German king of England [George II], the sides were more evenly matched than that.  The end came due to lack of supplies, poor battlefield conditions, and some good soldiering by the English: it was a slaughter.  The romance of the doomed Young Pretender was perpetuated and Scots clung to it with a wish for independence [Braveheart revisited].  It has brought us “The Skye Boat Song,”  the novels and TV series Outlander, and Drambuie liqueur.  We will start our day eating Scottish bannocks [in honor of the 1314 battle at Bannockburn] and end with the quintessential Scottish comfort food, Cullen Skink.  Alas for the ‘King over the Water’.

Bannock & Bacon:  284 calories   3.8 g fat   3.2 g fiber   18.7 g protein   43.6 g carbs [33 g from fruits/vegetables]  176.5 mg Calcium  PB   For years we have enjoyed this on Slow Days, only to find that it fits for Fasting, too.Bannock &amp; Applesauce

3 two-inch bannock [see …not by Bread… 7 feb 2018]                                                                                   2 slices Hormel Canadian Bacon  Or Jones brand   [‘back bacon’ of 60-70 calories]                                                           ½ cup applesauce, unsweetened                                                                                                               blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                 5-6 oz fruit smoothie or green smoothie or natural cider

Prepare the bannock according to the recipe and bake. HINT: if you prepare and bake extra bannock, they freeze well or can be used for a meal later in the week. Warm and lightly brown the Canadian bacon. Plate the applesauce and pour the beverages. Simple and delicious.

Cullen Skink:  228 calories  4.5 g fat  2.9 g fiber  26 g protein  20 g carbs   161 mg Calcium PB GF  We found this old Scottish favorite to be divine!!  Despite the low calorie count, it is very satisfying.  Comfort Food with a Scottish dialect.Cullen Skink

3 oz finnen haddie [smoked haddock]                                                                                                              3 oz milk                                                                                                                                                                 small pinch ground cloves  +   bay leaf                                                                                                                 ¼ cup onion, chopped                                                                                                                                          2 oz potato, diced                                                                                                                                                          2 oz asparagus in 1- 2” slices                                                                                                                       parsley                                                                                                                                                                optional: 1 tsp butter

Skin the fish and put it in a small pan with the milk and bay leaf. Cook gently until the fish is warm. Remove the fish from the milk and break it into large pieces. Add the onions, potatoes, and cloves to the milk along with a little water. Simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaf. Run the milk and vegetables through the blender [or use immersion blender] to a fine puree. Cook the asparagus. Return the fish to the pan with butter and the puree, and heat the mixture. Add pepper to taste. Plate the fish and ‘soup’, sprinkle with parsley, and arrange the asparagus around the sides. You will want to eat this again!

Margaret of Scotland

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.

My mother’s middle name was Margaret and her birthday is today. Tomorrow will be the feast of Saint Margaret of Scotland. Scotland is the country of several of my ancestors and the name “Margaret of Scotland” always sounded lovely to my ears. Born in Hungary of English nobility, her family sought refuge from a storm at sea in Scotland.  King Malcom of Scotland wooed and won the young Princess of England. In the course of her 48 year life [1045-1093], she is credited with ‘civilizing’ her husband [!!!] and raising her sons to be just and pious rulers. Sounds saintly enough for me!   Since Margaret was an ardent faster [for religious reasons], we will mark her day by Fasting with Scottish foods.

Oatmeal Pudding 301 calories   3 g fat   3 g fiber      15 g protein     16.3 g carb      198.6 mg Calcium    GF PB   A riff on a recipe found in Marion Cunningham’s Breakfast Book, this can easily be prepared the night before.  NB: THIS MAKES ENOUGH FOR TWO [2] SERVINGS.  Make them both, as two are as easy as one, and freeze the other.Oatmeal Pudding

1/2 cup rolled oats, cooked in 1 cup water                                                                                                        2 tsp maple syrup                                                                                                                                                   ½ cup fatfree cottage cheese                                                                                                                           pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon                                                                                                                            4 Tbsp. blueberries [fresh or frozen]                                                                                                                5-6 oz fruit or green smoothie or natural apple cider                                                                          blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

Cook the oatmeal in the water, on the stovetop or in the microwave. Take off the heat, stir in the maple syrup and nutmeg. While it is still a little warm, stir in the cottage cheese. Let sit to cool. HINT: I did this part the night before while cleaning up after dinner. If making one portion, pour half of the pudding into a freezer container and top with 2 Tbsp blueberries. Freeze it. HINT: make the entire batch, eat half of it today and freeze the rest for a really simple-to-prepare breakfast for another day. With the remainder, stir in 2 Tbsp blueberries and pour the pudding into a ramekin. Nuke it for a minute to heat through – longer than that and it will bubble over. Serve with the fruit smoothie, and hot beverage for a hearty, healthy meal.

Rumbledethumps:   243 calories    10 g fat     4 g fiber       12.6 g protein    19.5 g carbs     171.4 mg Calcium  PB GF   Where do you get a recipe with a name like that? Sundays At Moosewood, of course. Hearty meals like this, made with winter vegetables are common in Scotland and Ireland. HINT: The recipe makes enough for 2 servings. Wrap half in cling-wrap and foil and freeze for another dinner.Rumbledeethumps w: salad

¼ pound potato                                                                                                                                                     ¼ pound cauliflower                                                                                                                                              3 Tbsp skimmed milk                                                                                                                                                       1.5 tsp butter                                                                                                                                                            ¼ tsp ground mace                                                                                                                                                  2 egg whites                                                                                                                                                            ¾ cup cabbage, chopped                                                                                                                                                             ½ cup leek, sliced                                                                                                                                                                         ¼ cup broccoli, chopped                                                                                                                                                 1/3 cup cheddar, grated                                                                                                                                       per person: ¾ cup salad greens + 1 oz tomato + ½ tsp olive oil + ½ tsp cider vinegar

Cut potato into chunks and the cauliflower into florets. Boil until soft and mash with the milk, butter, and mace. Let cool. Steam the cabbage, leek, and broccoli until cooked. Take off the heat.  Whip the eggwhites until stiff and fold into the potato/cauliflower mash. Taste for salt and pepper. Gently stir in the remaining steamed vegetables. Smooth into a lightly-spritzed baking dish or loaf pan. [choose the dish with the idea that you will be dividing this into 2 equal portions] Sprinkle with the grated cheese and bake at 350 degrees F. until the cheese is bubbly and just starting to brown. Whisk the oil and vinegar together and toss in the greens. Serve the cool, crispy salad with the hot, creamy rumbledethumps. Good.

Ingredients for next week: breakfast, single portion

1 two-oz egg Bob’s Red Mill 10-grain Cereal Mix
 bleu cheese  reduced fat ricotta cheese
 leeks  pumpkin puree   +   nutmeg
 mushrooms  maple syrup  +  cinnamon
 strawberries  raspberries  +  pecans
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:

 2.5 oz venison, cooked or fresh  Thanksgiving Dinner, according to your conscience
 chicken stock
 cranberries, fresh or frozen
 mushrooms   +  dried apples
 cauliflower to roast
 thyme  +  half & half [blend cream]
Sparkling water Sparkling water