Hometown Heroine from Nice

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Catherine Ségurane was a washerwoman in Nice. Nice was not part of France in the 1500s, it belonged to the Duke of Savoie who had a long-standing disagreement with Francois I, the King of France. Mostly, this was of no consequence to Catherine. But Francois made a pact with the Ottoman Empire, an odd thing for a Christian sovereign to do. If the Ottomans would attack his enemies, Francois would arrange a lucrative trade deal. Done. The original target was the Papal army in Italy, but that would be a bit audacious. So the Ottoman fleet was sent down the coast to besiege Nice. When they scaled the walls of the unprotected city, they were met by ordinary citizens carrying whatever ‘weapons’ they had handy. Our girl Catherine was ready with her clothes-beating stick and she hit the standard-bearer of the attacking Turks, knocking him down and taking his flag. According to the story, she then hiked up her skirts and mooned the invaders. As good Muslims, they were so shocked by a woman with crude behavior that they retreated to their ships and Nice was saved. Sometimes average people rise to the occasion and perform great acts.

If a humble laundry-lady can defeat an army, then couldn’t you overcome your urge to over-eat for a day and eat only 600 calories? Of course you could. Today’s menu showcases the flavors of Nice and shows how delicious a ‘Mediterranean Diet’ can be.

Mediterranean Bake: 138 calories 2 g fat 1.4 g fiber 10.4 g protein 8.4 g carbs [7.5 g Complex] 55 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake and fruit only, not the optional beverages. PB GF  Oh! Those sunny flavors!

one 2-oz egg 3 Tbsp Mediterranean Vegetables , see Sidekicks II, 4-Oct-’19 for recipe 1 Tbsp chevre cheese salt + pepper + large pinch of herbes de Province 2 oz melon  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]

Set the toaster oven at at 350 degrees F. Spritz a ramekin with oil or non-stick spray and spoon in the Med. Veg. Pop the ramekin in the warming toaster oven for 30 seconds to warm the vegetables. Whisk the egg with the cheese and seasonings. Pour in the egg mixture over the vegetables and bake in the toaster oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. Brew your optional warm beverage; shake and pour the optional smoothie; plate the melon. A fine way to enjoy a breakfast.

Salade Nicoise: 283 calories 16 g fat 3 g fiber 22.5 g protein 12.7 g carbs 198 mg Calcium PB GF   ‘Nicoise’ of course means ‘as they do it in Nice’ and boy-oh-boy is it ever nice. HINT: If you plan ahead a bit, this meal goes together in minutes. A few days before, eat a meal of baked or grilled salmon, served with green beans. Prepare 3 oz more salmon than you’ll need for that meal and save it for this meal. Also cook an extra bit of green beans and save them in the ‘fridge. Here’s a TIP: If you won’t need the salmon for a week or more, cooked salmon freezes well. Just leave enough time to thaw it thoroughly. 

3 leaves Romaine lettuce, sliced into 1/2″ pieces 3 oz cooked salmon 3 oz green beans, cooked and cooled 2 black olives, quartered ½ hard-boiled egg 1 radish, sliced 5 cherry tomatoes DRESSING: 1 tsp white wine vinegar + 1.5 tsp olive oil

Whisk the oil and vinegar in a wide, shallow serving bowl. Add the beans and turn them to coat with dressing. Remove to another plate. Coarsely slice the lettuce and toss with dressing. Place the salmon in the center of the salad. Surround it with the remaining ingredients. A wonderful meal in no time flat.

Nonna

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Long ago, in the 4th century CE, in Cappidocia, lived a woman named Nonna. She was a Christian but her husband was not. She raised their two sons and one daughter to follow her faith and daily she prayed for the spiritual health of her family. Her husband Gregory converted and became a bishop of the young Turkish church in what was then the Roman Empire. He eventually was named a saint. Beyond the conversion of her husband, Nonna is revered for her piety and for being the mother of three — count ’em: 3!! — saints. Gregory [theologian, archbishop, poet]; Caesarius [doctor, politician]; and Gorgonia [model wife and mother]. Nonna was declared a saint, and thus the entire family was so honored. My, my — what a legacy!

‘Nonna’ is also the Italian word for ‘grandmother.’ Saint Nonna was a grandmother, since her daughter had several children. In honor of grandmothers, we will enjoy a homey porridge for breakfast and real comfort food for dinner.

10-Grain Pudding: 181 calories 1.3 g fat 5.4 g fiber 10.4 g protein 35 g carbs [29 g Complex] 43.5 mg Calcium  PB Delicious hot cereal for any day of the week. The applesauce and maple syrup give just the right sweetness.

1/4 cup uncooked Bob’s 10-Grain Cereal  2 Tbsp cottage cheese 1 tsp maple syrup 1.5 Tbsp applesauce pinch of nutmeg + pinch of cinnamon  sprinkle of sliced strawberries or blueberries Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water Optional: 3 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie [44 calories]

Put the cereal in 3/4 cup of boiling water, turn down to a simmer and cook, covered, for 8 minutes. HINT: Do this the night before. Cool the cereal, then mix in the cottage cheese, maple syrup, applesauce and spices until well-combined. In the morning, put into a microwave-safe bowl and cook in the microwave for 50 seconds until hot through. Top with a little fresh or frozen fruit. Pour the beverages and you will have a warm, filling start to your day.

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, cut 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 [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 and ‘soup’, sprinkle with parsley, and arrange the asparagus around the sides. You will want to eat this again!

Martha

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Poor Martha! All she wanted was a hand in the kitchen… That new Rabbi was passing through town, so she invited him over for dinner. The fact that he was traveling with about 40 other people wouldn’t be much of a problem — her sister Mary would help her while their brother Lazarus entertained the guests. Martha heads to the kitchen to cook. But where is Mary? She’s in the living room listening to the Rabbi talk — that’s not helping! Martha takes the Rabbi aside to get him to make Mary retreat to the kitchen. Instead, he gives Martha a gentle rebuke: “Martha, you are worried about many things. But only one thing matters and Mary has chosen it. Do not take that from her.” This is how Luke tells the story in Chapter 10 of his Gospel. Martha became the patron saint of cooks for obvious reasons. I remember seeing a statue of a female saint high on the wall of the kitchen in the 15th century charity hospital at Beaune, France. It was Saint Martha, of course, ready to give her spiritual help to all the workers in the kitchen who were cooking for others.

Today’s meals are easily prepared for guests and they are similar to foods that Martha and Mary might have served. OK, they didn’t have tomatoes or quinoa, but these meals have Eastern Mediterranean origins.

Shakshuka: 158 calories 8 g fat 5 g fiber 12 g protein 17 g carbs [17 g Complex] 144 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg bake only, not the optional beverages. PB GF This breakfast from the Eastern Mediterranean is a real treat. If you prepare part of it the night before, then morning meal prep is very easy. HINT: This recipe serves 2 [two] people. Easily doubled or tripled. This prepares and bakes in one pan.

2 two-oz eggs 1/3 cup sliced onion 1/3 cup sliced red pepper 1 clove garlic, sliced 10 oz whole tomatoes ¾ oz feta cheese, cubed or crumbled 2 large pinches each of ground cumin + paprika + cayenne

Slowly saute onion and pepper, using non-stick spray, until very soft – about 20 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more until it is tender. Add spices and cook one minute. Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Simmer 10 minutes until mixture is thickerand someof the tomato liquid has cooked off. Add feta cheese. [TIP: you could do this the night before and stop here] Set the oven to 375 degrees F.  If serving two, the mixture could be divided into two separate dishes for baking/serving or kept in one larger dish. Using the back of a spoon, press an indentation in the vegetables. Carefully break one egg per person into each depression. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bake 7-10 minutes. If you want the yolk to cook, put a lid on the pan for the last 2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro or flat-leaf parsley.

Fish with Mediterranean Vegetables: 278 calories 6 g fat 6 g fiber 28 g protein 25 g carbs [24 g Complex] 290 mg Calcium PB GF Mediterranean Food, anyone? Here it is, full of protein of seafood and Calcium!

1 cup Mediterranean Vegetables without chickpeas Sidekicks II, 4 Oct. ’17 3 oz fish/mussels/shrimp, raw or cooked 1 oz mushrooms, sliced 1 oz mozzerella, grated 1/3 cup cooked quinoa

Start cooking the quinoa. Prepare or thaw the Mediterranean Vegetables. Stir in the mushrooms and sea food and heat until warmed through. Place the quinoa on the side of the plate and spoon the warm mixture on top. Top with the grated cheese and pause before serving to let the cheese melt a little.

St Christopher

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Christopher is the patron saint of travelers. Cars used to have tiny statues of the man on their dashboards. He was, purportedly, a giant man who helped travelers to traverse a dangerous stretch of river. Due to his height, his head was always above water. Due to his strength, he kept your head above water, too. The story is told of his carrying a small child across the river, only to have the water rising and the child on his back becoming heavier. Once the other bank was reached, it seemed that the child had turned into the man Jesus. This is why the name ‘Christopher’ translates as ‘Christ-bearer.’ But alas, the Roman Catholic Church declared that there was no actual evidence that he had ever lived, and so he was demoted from sainthood.

“Saint” Christopher’s Feast Day is July 25, so we will observe it with food. And it is food that you could take along while traveling. Leaving early in the morning? Prepare today’s breakfast the night before and wrap it in waxed paper or foil. Next morning, warm it in the microwave [waxed paper] or the toaster oven [foil] and take it with you in the car. The dinner crepes can also be prepared in advance and eaten hours later on the road. They are good even at room temperature. Or they could be reheated in a motel room microwave.

Egg-McArnold: 230 calories 6.5 g fat 5.6 g fiber 13.3 g protein 26.8 g carbs [15 g Complex] 91 mg Calcium  NB: The food values given above are for the egg sandwich only, not the optional coffee. This, of course, is the Fasting version of a fast-food favorite.

1 two-oz egg 1 Arnold-brand multi-grain Sandwich Thin [100 calories] ½ oz Canadian/back Bacon or 1 slice Jones Brand [20 calories/slice] Optional: 2 oz grapes  Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or lemon in hot water NB: NO SMOOTHIE today

Open up the ‘sandwich thin’ and lightly toast it. Fry or poach the egg to your liking and cook the Canadian Bacon in the same pan. Assemble, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy it with your coffee in a to-go cup. You can eat this in the car on the go or you could sit down and slowly savor this Fast food.

Leek & Bacon Galettes: 260 calories 5.5 g fat 4.6 g fiber 10 g protein 37 g carbs 114 mg Calcium  PB Joanne Harris writes in her French Market cookbook about buying these at a market stall in France. Now you can make them at home. NB: It is easier/quicker if you prepare the galettes/crepes in advance.

2 buckwheat galettes/crepes [..Not by Bread.. 17-Jan-’18] ½ cup Leek & Bacon Filling [Savory 27-Feb-’19] 2 oz fresh tomatoes, diced and sprinkled with basil or thyme + salt

Gently warm the galettes and place them on a baking sheet. Warm the Leek&Bacon filling and divide it between the crepes, spreading it on one half of each. Fold the crepes in half, then in half again, placing them on the baking sheet so that the filled part is upper-most [this prevents unfolding in the oven]. Cut and season the tomatoes. Warm the galettes/crepes thoroughly in the oven. Delicious!

Ingredients for next week: 

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

1 two-oz egg1.5 two-oz eggs 
whole tomatoes + feta cheeseasparagus
red/orange Italian pepper + onion
capicola ham
garlic + cumin + cayenne + paprika
clementine
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

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

Mediterranean Vegetables [no
chickpeas]
see Sidekicks II 4-Oct-’17
170-calorie whole wheat tortilla
fish or crustaceans
crushed tomato + mozzarella
mozzarella
onion + mushroom
quinoa
prosciutto + Kalamata olive
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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.