Category: food and drink

Stuart’s mammoth roast dinner

  Sunday dinner. Could only have half, so I finished it last night. Made it last twice as long, for twice the pleasure!

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Diet like it’s 1999

So the doctor said that the weight I have put on was likely to be caused from my lazy thyroid. Not at all then from my recent habit of celebrating the end of every work day with the modern equivalent

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Difficult = difficile

I spoke too soon. Yesterday I was surprised at how easy I was finding it to stick to 2,000 calories a day – I should instead have shut up and braced myself. For today it was well hard, but I

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My cheap, convenient, fat loss diet explained

Disclaimer: do not try this at home. Or if you do, remember that it is entirely your responsibility. I have been eating tinned food for the last thirty-six hours. There’s a reason – and a plan – for it. Over

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Food = cibo

Interesting programme on TV last night: My Big Fat Diet, about Claire Sweeney stopping to control her food intake and exercise, and putting on two stone in just a few weeks. The programme was not particularly full of incredible revelations

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Sunday lunch: microwave Mexican slow carb omelette

I thought I discovered something extraordinary last week, when I put three egg whites in a bowl, loosely covered it with a saucer and stuck it in the microwave at full power for two minutes. Egg white omelette with no

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Even Oprah can’t keep her weight down

So Oprah has stacked on the pounds again. I have now following her yo-yo dieting for twenty-five years now, looked into every one of her new amazing weight loss regimes, and every single time I saw right through her achievements

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Sunday lunch: Marmite courgettes

I love courgettes, I love Marmite. Once I tried mixing a teaspoon of Marmite into stir-fried thinly sliced courgettes, and it was yummy. It works well with a bit of garlic and pepper but make sure you do not add

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Sunday lunch: tapas

A few weeks ago we invited over some friends we went to Sitges with three years in a row, and we cooked a selection of tapas. The dinner proved to be a success, firstly because of the lovely ladies and

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How to save 140 pounds in 7 weeks

If you are a heavy coffee drinker as I was, just give up coffee like I did seven weeks ago (I used to spend about two pounds a day on it) and you’ve got one hundred unspent pounds there looking

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Do not drink Diet Coke

I was reading how big companies have started to realise that ‘your home page is Google’, and the given example was how if you search for Diet Coke the third result is ‘Don’t Drink the Diet Coke‘, which links aspartame

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Free access to britannica.com for bloggers

Last Friday, when I read on Techmeme that the Encyclopaedia Britannica is giving out free one-year subscriptions to publishers, including bloggers, I contacted them straight away motivating my application, and did not think much of it. Imagine my surprise when

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10 reasons why Ocado rocks

I recently saw an ad somewhere that said: “Tesco prices. Waitrose quality. Ocado delivery.” After staying last weekend in Manchester with friends who spend a little more than I do on food – and tasting the difference it makes, I

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Ho mangiato troppo a pranzo

Ho mangiato troppo a pranzo I ate too much at lunch Literally: ‘(I) have eaten too-much at lunch’. Listen to the audio file My lunch usually consists of some chicken (pre-cooked and packed from the shop, or steamed or oven-roasted

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Oggi mangiamo uova e pancetta per colazione

Oggi mangiamo uova e pancetta per colazione Today we are having eggs and bacon for breakfast Literally: ‘Today (we) eat eggs and bacon for breakfast’ Listen to the audio file Do you want to get rid of that little bit

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Sunday lunch: Xató

A typical salad from Cataluña. I had it several months ago on the last day in Sitges before leaving for the airport, but it is best eaten during the colder winter months (January and February in Cataluña). Xató recipe at

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Mother’s ground beef pasta sauce

It was not without apprehension that last Saturday I set off to go visit my mother in Italy. She had been ill for a while, was taken to hospital for six weeks of tests last spring, but they could not

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A nutrition experiment that failed miserably

I have already written about how two days into my holiday my mobile phone reset itself and all data was wiped out. I saw this as a sign to let go and try not to make a note of absolutely

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Sunday lunch: no-hassle boiled rice

About one year ago Dr B. felt like making curry. He seldom cooks, so I welcomed the idea with enthusiasm and sent him off to the market. He came back with two kilos of brown Basmati rice, made two curries

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The contents of our fridge

The contents of our fridge, originally uploaded by bitful. I am considering buying a new compact digital camera for a forthcoming trip, and was not too impressed with anything that’s on the market at the moment (and that does not

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Sunday lunch: chicken Caesar salad

There was a time when I used to make this every Thursday night. Then Tesco’s Healthy Eating ready meals made my cooking redundant. The other night I offered to relieve Dr B.’s grumpiness and frustration at not sleeping much because

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Ditch diet food and lose weight

There seems to be a trend around to persuade people to stop eating reduced-calorie processed food and eat a pretty much everything in moderate amounts. You know it when it get to read about it in Metro (Wednesday’s issue, page

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Sunday lunch: coq au vin

Another French-themed dinner last night, this time in honour of Bastille Day (and to reciprocate on two dinner invitations received well over two years ago – what took us so long?). We had the baked camembert with home-made bread as

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Sunday lunch: bangers and mash with red wine gravy

British cuisine is quite special. Often, the name of the dish is the recipe itself. Cheese and beans on toast. Scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Ok, I’ll grant you these are not the most elaborate of recipes, but

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My waking-up goodies drawer

My waking-up goodies drawer, originally uploaded by bitful. I have not had a Saturday morning lie-in since, well, I’ve never had one, and now that I need one I’ve prepared a drawer full of goodies to make me stay in

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My photo on the Schmap London Guide

Cheap and grumpy, originally uploaded by bitful. Blimey. A cameraphone photo I snapped at Wong Key last December has been selected for inclusion in the newly released third edition of the Schmap London Guide. View my photo on the Schmap

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How expensive is your cheap food?

A few statements (I’d say facts, but I have no means to verify them) from the article Revealed: Why prices are rising faster in rip-off UK (thisislondon.co.uk, 30 May 2007): “British consumers are suffering the biggest increases in food prices

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June will be light orange

I like to record data and then I like to look at data. Sometimes I like to share data. Just like I like to write down every single penny I spend, I also enjoy making a note of every single

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I REALLY should not have watched Whistleblower on supermarkets

Ten days ago I watched the BBC’s undercover investigation on lack of basic hygiene in supermarkets. For the last ten days I have been living on hard-boiled eggs, canned tuna, rolled oats, and assorted fruit and vegetables. Anything with the

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I should not have watched Whistleblower on supermarkets

I have always enjoyed the convenience of supermarket food. However, I have lately started reading labels a bit more thoroughly than just the calories content, and I did not like what I saw. The other night I got stuck in

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