Sunday, April 21, 2013

A big sunday lunch

Day 21 

Then: 220 pounds (15 stones 10 pounds) 
Now: 204 pounds (14 stones 8 pounds) 
Lost: 16 pounds (1 stone 2 pounds) 

Today we hosted Sunday lunch for our neighbours. They knew we were on a diet, so arrived expecting the worst. I think they were pleasantly surprised. 

It was a late lunch, so for breakfast I had fruyo vanilla yoghurt (boy am I hooked on that stuff) and cardboard. Cardboard is oatmeal (not porridge oats) cooked in water with pinch of salt, just a dessertspoon of milk, and a tiny squeeze of light agave syrup. Without the agave it tastes just like its nickname.

For lunch, we mostly had champagne and red wine. Quite a few glasses of both, because we were celebrating the arrival of Spring, two months late. 

But the food was very good too: 

Jo served a starter of tiny chinese lettuce cups. The little gem leaves were filled with little cubes of fillet steak, which she'd sauteed with finely chopped fresh ginger, garlic, red pepper, coriander, and a glug of ginger chili sauce to make it sticky and sweet at the end. She sprinkled them with fresh spring onion and smashed cashew nuts. 

The main course was chicken breasts, pounded flat, seasoned, and stuffed with a mixture of pesto, half fat sour cream and a little shredded mozzarella, then dipped in egg and a mix of spelt flour, parmesan and ground almonds. We could have used almond flour if we'd had any. They were baked for about half an hour till brown on top, and served with broccoli, sauteeed with chili and lemon. 

Finally, a treat for dessert: fresh berries. Yeah - fruit at last!

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