Category Archives: Ingredients

Cauliflower and Pineapple Curry

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Exams are over, and I am going crazy with food!

Being on a ‘eat whatever is around as cooking wastes precious revision time’ diet for over a month, i’ts time to start to going back to my normal life and start cooking!

Celebrating with flavoured beer and lots of olives followed by chocolate, it came to a point where I needed vegetables. Desperately. So a veggie curry was needed, and it was YUM!!!!!

  • 1 Medium Cauliflower
  • 1 Medium Aubergine
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Small Chillies
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Tins of Tomatoes
  • Half a Tin of Pineapple chunks
  • 3 Heaped tbsp of Jalfrezi Curry Paste
  • 1 Chicken Stock cube
  • 2 Cardamom Pods
  • 2 Curry Leaves
  • 2 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • Rice – Half a lemon, starenise, 2 cloves

Start by boiling the cauliflower till soft. Brown off some the diced onion and aubergine in the olive oil, add some water to the frying pan to help the aubergine cook. After five minutes or so add the cauliflower, crush in garlic, and add chillies and pineapple. Add the cardamom pods and curry leaves and follow with 2 tins of tomatoes and 3 tbs of jalfrezi paste. Don’t worry if you have not got the spices, just use more of the paste :D Add the chicken stock (1 stock cube mixed in with half a cup of hot water) and allow the curry to simmer in all the juices for about 10 minutes. Serve with rice, I prepared my rice by adding half a lemon, 2 cloves and a starenise for flavour.

Calories – 1019 kcal for the curry, which makes 5 servings. Remember to add the calories of the rice you are using as it will vary!

Enjoy! Hope this curry warms up these not so sunny summer days.

Love, S

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It’s so fresh, it makes noises

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I finally got the courage to cook fresh mussels…

Yes, it is pretty weird when you are scrubbing away the shells and you can see the remaining ones opening and closing as they wait for their turn, but all that squeamishness is worth it.

The difference between already prepared and frozen mussels and fresh ones is insane!

The recipe is simple…

  • 1 kg of Scottish Live Mussels
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 100 ml of double cream
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 1 tbsp. of butter

Fry the diced onion and garlic on a little butter, and once browned add the wine. Bring to the boil and add mussels and cream, pop a lid on and allow to steam away for around 5 minutes. Any shells which do not open need to be thrown away!

Season the sauce to taste :)

Calories, this is a difficult one to calculate, but this portion is for two therefore it is around 300 kcal per portion.

Love, S

My Pasta Addiction Continues

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I am determined to continue eating pasta and losing weight…

Most diets forbid pasta/potatoes, especially on an every-other-day basis. But who with a pasta addiction like me can live like that? It’s impossible.

The trick is to keep the amount of ingredients which you add to pasta minimal. The usual’s such as meat/tuna/mayonnaise can push the calories way up. My way of keeping the calories down is using a rich sauce to create a lot of flavour and add ingredients which will enhance the flavour such as olives and cheese.

The best thing about this recipe is that none of the ingredients take away or mask the pasta flavour which I love so much.

A serving this size comes to 550kcal depending on how much cheese you use.

  • I used 100g of Spaghetti Pasta
  • 1/3 of a large Dolmio jar of tomato and basil sauce
  • 30g of cheddar cheese
  • 10 Olives

By the way, pasta is great for revision periods when anything besides revising makes you feel guilty, this dish requires 15 minutes from dry pasta to a lovely plate spaghetti.

Love, S

Pre-Holiday Milk

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To normal people, milk is the last thing on their minds when packing for a weekend away.

But as we have already established from my previous posts, I hold many weird relationships with food, and one of them is heartbreak when I have to throw something away.

Let’s begin with the fact that when I started my diet, I pretty much gave up milk and that is probably because I only use it for cereal, and when I realised how many calories cereal has, I was put off. But! A few weeks ago I experienced a craving for muesli, like I said, weird relationships with food, just keep that in mind. Wanting to finish the box of muesli off, I obviously had to buy milk, but trust me, milk comes with consequences :(

It is so super hard for me to finish a 2 pint bottle of milk in a week’s time!!! Now I feel like the left over quarter keeps staring at me with puppy eyes, and sending me messages like ‘Why are you leaving me behind?  So to anyone who would like to adopt my leftover milk before I go away tomorrow, please get in touch :P

Nevertheless, if you are capable of finishing a bottle unlike me, milk is actually great. I realised that when I do have it, it helps me stay full for longer.My advice is be careful about what cereal and muesli you pick, some of them seem healthy, but things such as nuts and raisins can really push the calories up.

Aim for about 400kcal per serving, including the milk. My semi-skimmed milk is 98 kcal per 100 ml.

I promise I will do a more detailed post on cereal/muesli, I think certain brands need to be stripped of their ‘healthy’ titles.

Enjoy your milky weekend, and spare a thought for my lonely left over milk :)

Love, hellotummys xx

Ps. For those who are interested in the benefits of drinking milk, apart from the obvious calcium of course, there is actually a genuine website for it. Visit realrawmilkfacts.com.