Posts Tagged ‘food’

From the Chick's Køkken: Hot Cauliflower-String Bean Salad

In Culinary Improv on 29/09/2008 at 21:46

I love food. Oh gosh, how I love it. As is evidenced by my waistline, most definitely. We are working on that still, which I’ll post about a bit later, but in the meantime, it’s important that we adjust our recipes to keep food tasty, but adhering a bit better to lower fat and more natural ingredients. Finally, we have a few recipes that are ready for posting here, which we hope you will enjoy.

Oh, and for anyone considering ordering our particular brand of construction dust seasoning, I hate to say it but we are officially out of stock, and will not be replenishing our supply any time in, say, the next 5 years or so. Yes, you heard it here first, our kitchen is done. DONE!!! Barring a few minor, cosmetic, things, the evolving kitchen has finished its mutating, and now bears a distinct resemblance to a spread in Bedre Bolig og Have (Better Homes and Gardens for the danishly-challenged). Which means that now, we can do anything Betty Crocker can do, maybe even better. And we’re working on the cookbook to prove it!

So, enjoy the recipe, and stay tuned, as I intend to get up a few more over the next weeks. Honest! Props to my sister-in-law Trine for getting her blog going, and including some recipes. She’s an excellent cook, so make sure to check her out.

Hot Cauliflower-String Bean Salad

1/2 Head fresh cauliflower
3 Large handfuls fresh string beans (approx. 350 grams)
10-15 Cherry tomatoes, halved, skin still on (unless you really hate tomato skin, then peel away)
Some Butter/Country Crock/Lätta to taste (yes, this is a random measurement, thus ‘to taste’)
5 Cloves fresh garlic, chopped up
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Cook string beans and cauliflower, drain and set aside. Heat up the butter in a pan, add garlic and tomatoes, cook until garlic and tomatoes are warmed up and butter is slightly bubbly. Dice up cauliflower and beans, put in a bowl and add the butter-garlic-tomato mix, then toss until the cauliflower and beans are covered. Serve with a steak or other type of beast, and it should satisfy even the hungriest man or woman sitting at your table.

Enjoy! 😀


The Lighter Side of Wren – weeks 4, 5, 6

In Wren Light - half the calories all the sass on 09/07/2008 at 22:54

Ah, gentle readers, you might be wondering why it appears I’m writing for 3 weeks at a time. Well, a simple answer… summer vacation! Yes, even those of us attending weight loss meetings get a summer vacation, at least from the meetings. Which, in this case, will also include weighings. So, as we have eschewed a scale in our home as a tool of the Devil, we will not be weighed for the next few weeks. However, to show that we are still committed to the process, and filling out our daily food logs and whatnot, we did measurements this week, and will also do them the last week of vacation, to help monitor our progress. Then, of course, the DH and I will let you know what the results of 3 weeks of self-discipline have wrought, at least according to the scale

Some small details about the Wren:
(as of 7/5/08)

Height – 172 cm – as of yet, no change
Feather-weight – 113.7 kg
Waist – 107 cm – 3 cm lost, approx. 1.25 inches
Bosom (beneath the extra feathers) – 108 cm – 3 cm lost
Bosom (including the extra feathers) – 123 cm – 1 cm lost, approx. .5 inches
Wingbone width – 38 cm, as of yet, no change

So far, I’ve lost 17 cm, approximately 6.75 inches in all. Not too bad for eating more like a bear than a bird. The DH (lucky duck he is) has lost 20 cm, approximately 7-75 inches in all. *sighs* The endless battle continues, but I guess it’s to be expected, since he is a guy. I could go on about the fairness, or lack thereof, of that, but I won’t. 😀

We’re still working out recipes, which I will be posting in the next week or so, I promise. It takes a while to adapt some of our prior meals into a more healthy, weight-reduction-encouraging fare, but we’re working on it diligently. We figure it’s better to have the food we like fitting into the new regime, as it will (hopefully) keep down the cravings and ‘sinning‘ via McDonald’s or the local chocolate shoppe. ‘Sinning’ is what our group called wandering off the diet path. I think of it as almost a necessary evil, just to stay sane at certain times, but still best to be avoided as much as possible. All I can say is, I’m really glad God doesn’t have a weight limit in Heaven… just in case. ;=D