Something colourful

I thought I’d share this here. It’s healthy and colourful and almost unbelievable – tasty vegetables! Tasty on their own, cooked without any meat.

I wanted to make ratatouille, but found something more interesting here. It’s easy to prepare, it only requires a bit of patience. The result is worthwhile, it tastes divine.

I had it with grilled chicken, obviously.

[Later edit] I remembered I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I added some sliced garlic to the pan. Everything tastes better with garlic. 😀

So much pain

Those split squats are to blame, as usually. The bad pain didn’t get worse, which is good.

I increased the level on the bike today and still managed to finish the Tabata sets.

Last time I was watching the rubbish bin as if I would’ve been able to run to it in case I got sick. Today I focused on videos during the breaks (without any sound, because I can’t stand wires and ear plugs around me when I’m exercising). At some point a girl bit into an apple and all I could think about was “Oh God, apples!” like it was the most desirable thing on Earth.

I got home cheerful and made myself an enormous breakfast (or brunch). I had some berries with yoghurt and quark and figured the benefits of eating them outnumbered the carbs I’ve been ingesting. I also had an apple for my late lunch because, well, APPLES!!! I should behave for the rest of the day, I want the scale to lie to me nicely tomorrow morning.  At least I won’t be horribly hungry like yesterday. I had enough food for lunch, but ended up with an uncontrollable urge to eat everything in the fridge around 5pm. I took out eggs, bacon and cheese, then put everything back and had a shake with some peanuts. Best peanuts in my life!

The low-carb saga continues

I made another bread experiment. This time I used coconut flour only because I was curious how it behaves. I’ve read about it and found out it’s very dry and you need to add a lot of eggs. So I beat 6 eggs, added some salt and 3/4 cup coconut flour. Before even mixing everything, I turned around to grab the baking powder. I didn’t look at the dough for 10s and when I got back to it everything had turned into a massive lump stuck to the whisk. I had to knead in the baking powder – not a very efficient thing to do. The dough was crumbly and soft, but smelled nice. I baked it for 40 min or so and it didn’t puff up much.

IMG_9189I probably should’ve baked it in a different tin, but I don’t own any and won’t be buying one soon due to storage problems. Also, I like the flat bread, it’s really good for sandwiches.

IMG_9195The coconut bread is very dense and heavy. It tastes nice, but you can’t enjoy it on its own because it absorbs moisture very fast. It is a good vehicle for hummus, though.

IMG_9201I’m not sure I can toast this. I used the almond flour bread in the sandwich maker and it behaved well, but I had to make sure the crust didn’t burn before the cheese melted. I also put a slice in the toaster and it turned out softer in the centre instead of drying out. The crust was nice and crunchy, though. I will see if I can use the coconut bread similarly.

I think the baking time needs to be adjusted. Both breads had a nice crust, but the inside was slightly too moist. Or maybe there’s another problem, I can’t really tell.

I prefer the quark based bread – tastier and much more satisfying. I will probably increase the amount of coconut flour in that recipe. On the bright side, they were both edible.

Low carb bread

There’s this annoying social pressure to eat carbs. Because potatoes are full of vitamins,  aren’t they?! And rice is full of fibre. Or from time to time your friend just feels like eating something sweet. Also, this is tradition, we’ve been eating like that for ages!! How about we have some pasta tonight? And so on and on… There are moments when you can’t say no and moments when you’re too weak to say no.

Or the worst conversation possible – “I want to eat tasty food and be happy.” Yeah, I used to say the same thing and I hate myself for that. That’s not an excuse to indulge in crappy food that makes you fat. It’s only a good reason to choose your meals carefully. Now I want to be pretty and healthy. And by pretty I don’t mean anorexic model skinny. I mean strong and lean and looking gorgeous in that Karren Millen dress I found on sale and never got to wear because I started eating carbs again.

Since my meals have turned into something social, I have to be prepared, because the people around don’t seem to give a damn about low carb. The favourite pastime is pita and hummus so I’m looking for a bread recipe.

I found some interesting ideas on the T-nation forum and the peanut flour recipe seemed very appealing. I didn’t have any peanut flour, though, so I had to improvise. I am going to write down exactly what I did for future reference, but the recipe still requires some improvement.

  • 250 g quark/cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 eggs + 1 egg white (I happened to have that lying in the fridge)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons ground walnuts ( or as much as your hand can grab from the container)
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • salt

I mixed the quark (I used this brand because it doesn’t taste like cream cheese spread or thick yoghurt.) with the oil and added the eggs one by one. The mixture looked nice and smooth and this gave me hope. Then I added all the dry ingredients. I used a nonstick baking tin so I brushed it with a little bit of sunflower oil and added the dough. I baked it for 50 min at 160°C (fan oven).

It smelled great and looked really nice. I should’ve taken a photo as soon as I got it out of the oven because by the time I ran upstairs and grabbed the camera, the bread collapsed a bit.

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I was afraid to cut the first slice. It looked too nice to be true. The texture turned out a bit spongy and moist for a bread. It would be perfect for cake, though. A bit of xylitol and some blueberries could turn this into a real treat.

IMG_9177I’m definitely making this again. I would like to adjust the quantities and play with the consistency of the dough. The taste is very similar to bread and you can’t feel the cheese or the coconut.

The best part –  the carb lovers liked it too. Although my housemate ate it with condensed milk. 😐

Win!

Vegetarian neighbour admired my signature eggs&bacon breakfast. She said it looks like a great way to start the day. I think she was even tempted, but I didn’t insist.

Yes, I’m alive. Actually slept last night. In bed. Ok, part of the night.

Yes, I miss training.

Yes, it will be over. Soon. Hopefully.

I feel like they’ve been hiding something from me

I was browsing one of my favourite food blogs with plenty of caution because it talks about mexican food, doughnuts, pancakes, brownies, bread puddings and other stuff that make you happy and fluffy when I suddenly came across a post about low-carb burgers.

All these years! All these years!! Seriously, people, why did I find out so late about it? And why so many people still have no clue? My dad thinks I’m the “victim” of a “theory”, that all the ideas about nutrition are wild guesses. Low-carb diets have been documented for decades and nutritionists still count calories and feed grains to fat people. And those who do know what to eat prefer to ignore it completely. Sometimes I feel there’s too much pressure from the entire society to consume carbs. Starting from Granny’s pies that you ate in your childhood and ending with the amount of commercials that invade our lives, it’s all about stuffing our face with sugary foods. I wish I could have a choice regarding my brother’s school menu. I wish I could tell dad he needs more strength when walking by the ice-cream van. I wish I would have more strength to let go of all these bad habits.

Eggs and bacon – how much one can have

No matter what, I always end up talking about eggs and bacon. While I was visiting my parents I realised I’ve developed very specific eating habits. Before I thought I’m just being lazy and eating similar food all the time. The moment I was forced to change my diet I suddenly realised I need those items on my plate. For instance, I can’t live without tomatoes. I have to have them at almost every meal! I don’t feel full, I feel like something is missing if I don’t eat one. Luckily, there were plenty of tasty tomatoes in my grandparents’ garden, so I didn’t suffer.

But let me tell you how my trip there revolved around eggs and bacon. Before leaving I made sure nothing from the fridge is wasted. I was supposed to catch a bus at 3 am. Around midnight I had a massive omelette  – 2 eggs and extra whites, tomatoes, peppers, cheese, salami. The following morning I was walking like a zombie around Terminal 4 when I spotted this menu:

Yes, somebody thought about taking advantage of the low-carb trend. And I couldn’t help but support them. Unfortunately, it was too early and they only served breakfast. The menu was mostly filled with variations of eggs&bacon. I went for the plain version, which arrived on top of two nice slices of toast – real bread, not the square squishy one. No worries, I didn’t eat the bread, but I appreciated its quality. If you’re interested, this is the place:

And it looks quite nice.

Yes, it was that early.

Guess what I had for breakfast on the plane, a couple of hours later!

Not bad, for plane food! It was actually very tasty.

Yesterday, as you might have noticed, I got back to proper training. I do walk kinda funny today. I refuse to think about tomorrow. In the evening I got really hungry and I realised…  this is the most filling and satisfying meal and all ingredients must be there:

OK, that’s only half of the serving. 😀

I hope you’re eating something healthy and tasty today!