Cumin Omelette, The Perfect TV Dinner

After a big whole foodie lunch of lentils, seaweed salad, sweetcorn and chilli tofu at the office, I wasn’t really convinced I was hungry last night and I wanted to watch the first episode of Homeland Season 3 so a simple tv dinner was called for.

I grabbed some eggs, whisked them with a fork, added a pinch of salt crystals, a generous pinch of cumin seeds and some grated cheddar. The cheddar had been frozen then sat uncovered in the fridge until it resembled Parmesan (none of this was part of a master plan!) so I used a fine micrograter to add some to the egg mix. Cooked in melted butter and served on some cucumber and roughly torn iceberg lettuce, this was the perfect tv dinner.

I’m going to try to improve my food photography but this gives a general idea of yummy cumin in eggs.

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So I got on the scales

This blog is not about weight, weight loss, deprivation or any of it. No, I am not having any of that! It’s about a better way of eating and feeling energized as a result. May Optimum Nutrition and all his healthy little chums be welcome at my table. But that said, I haven’t weighed myself in months.

In fact, for the last month or so, my scales were at the office as we were shipping stuff and had to weigh it. But when I took them from the bathroom, they were pretty dusty. So I took them back this morning and let’s say that all the meals on the hoof have not helped. Probably the chocolate and ice cream didn’t help much either! And let’s not talk about my Sprite habit… I will not hear talk of dieting, that just isn’t my thing but it’ll be ski season soon and while I vow every year that I’m going to ‘get fit for ski season’, somehow ski season comes around and I’m less fit each year. So there’s fit and there’s food and the two are clearly linked. What I’m writing here is not rocket science but it helps (me) to get it down. Sometimes we do need reminding about these things.

My friends are really kind and point out that I don’t drink and I don’t smoke (you’re tall, you carry it well etc etc and thanks guys, I love you for it) but I have to face facts, I need to get my butt to the gym, or at least to the swimming pool.

Diet food is disgusting. This morning I had two boiled eggs (nice) and Ryvita. Seriously, Ryvita? Unless they’re smothered with houmous or something real, I cannot see how a Ryvita resembles food. I had them on my desk and they slid off, onto the floor, breaking into about six pieces. Food does not slide. That’s not normal.

So by lunchtime I was back at the Thai restaurant (quick, tasty and pretty natural) and dinner was a scrumptious rice raita (basmati, cucumber and thick Greek yoghurt). I was a bit peckish later on so I had a modest piece (note, not a hunk) of the most deelicious brie we bought at the market. And now I’m going to bed, a little peckish still but I have leftover rice raita for breakfast. Before my meeting which is actually taking place at the gym. Will I make it into the pool afterwards? Let’s see…

Give me whole foods!

Another really poor week on the nutritional index.  Too many rushed business lunches, plenty of ice cream then on Friday night instead of getting down to my whole foodie roots, I said ‘let’s celebrate the bank holiday weekend by stuffing ourselves with pizza, English chocolate, ice cream and Sprite’.  I may not have uttered those exact words but you get the general idea.  Doh! as some would say.

So this morning, we went to Gare de Midi market and stocked up on veggies including some nice looking avocadoes and limes.

Here are some photos from earlier whole foodie meals that didn’t make it onto the blog.

Maybe Merguez

Lunch in a hurry (that’s where it all falls down every time) was brown bread toast and butter, spicy merguez sausages and a delicious wholefoodie bean puree of borlottis with fruity olive oil and ground cumin.  The beans were good, the rest less so.  I buy the beans in open air markets in Croatia, usually Dolac in Zagreb but last year I picked some up in the market in Zadar too.  They are pink and speckled and last ages.  There’s a real meaty smell while they cook.

I want more than just a wholefoodie side dish but I’m not superhuman.  Despite packing boxes and working, I did still manage to soak and cook the beans so that’s not too bad for a Sunday.  I probably should steer clear of merguez though, gurgle gurgle…

Still working the pink rice and lentils

I’m not finding the WordPress platform particularly intuitive and on iPad it’s been disastrous so far but I’ll get used to it, or shift to something else.  I’m more familiar with blogger.

Dinner was warm pink rice and lentils, cold sweetcorn, raw courgette ribbons in olive oil and coriander, chicons (Belgian endive) and a good dollop of mint cucumber yoghurt (blitzed in the food processor).  Topped off with green chili in olive oil.  And there’s some ice cream with my name on it for later.  But a whole foodie dinner two days in a row and lovely dried beans from Croatia soaking overnight for tomorrow nonetheless.

Go easy on the pumpkin this Halloween

The picture below is what happens to me when I eat pumpkin. And tomatoes. And carrots, onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and any fruit except – hallelujah – lemons and limes. So how easy is it going to be to be Katy Whole Foodie with a fructose allergy?

When I wholefooded before I didn’t have the problem with fruit sugar so these days I tend to live on courgettes (zucchini), celery and other green veggies. It makes it more of a challenge and certainly easier to live on bread, cheese and chocolate but that’s not doing me any good. When people come round I prepare great platters of grilled veggies but I don’t take the time to do it for myself. Let’s see how I get on now I’ve made this new commitment to being Katy Whole Foodie. And yes, I’ll be pumpkin-free this Halloween.