Cereal, How I (Used To) Love Thee…

I find myself ‘reminiscing’ about things I no longer eat.  Like cereal.

I haven’t eaten cereal since climbing aboard the Primal wagon almost 2 years ago.  We’d tried a ‘low-carb’ diet several years before, when Atkins / South Beach / (insert name of other low-carb diets here) were all the rage – in fact we went with Barry Groves‘ approach from his ‘Eat Fat Get Thin’ book and stuck with it for over a year.  Being ‘true carnivores we found it worked well for us, but went back to the Red/Green approach from a Slimming World diet we’d done on and off over they years, when we wanted to re-introduce baked potatoes, pasta and rice back into our daily food choices – we missed them…

However, Mike was finding his tolerance for rice worsened as he got older, giving him VERY unpleasant side effects that escalated to the point where he’d not be able to breathe due to the amount of swelling in his stomach after eating it.  The swelling was literally giving organs such as his LUNGS no room to expand… :(.  Mint tea was an absolute god-send.  (I must add, rice also makes me feel uncomfortably bloated but nowhere near as bad as Mike).  As is usually the case with intolerances, it’s a food he adores, having been brought up on it as a toddler in Singapore.  His ‘last meal’ would happily be  plain boiled white rice with a soft fried egg on top and soy sauce .  I use the present tense rather than past tense on purpose – the craving hasn’t gone away – just the memory of the pain – and terror the side effects caused –  hasn’t completely disappeared.

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Climbing back on the Primal wagon

To be totally honest, we sort of gently slid off the wagon starting late November last year, ably assisted by my birthday, a trip to New York early December, followed by Christmas, New Year and finally my sister’s birthday weekend last week.

Thinking about it, we didn’t so much as slip as sit on the edge of the tailgate bit at the back, holding on by our fingertips, getting jostled around and watching out for any particularly big potholes that could throw us off it completely.

Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t turn into bread, pasta and french fry guzzling monsters – more like discerning nibblers…

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Adventures in Carrot Cake Land

I tasked myself with making a carrot cake for my sister’s birthday.  I’d never made one before so off I went to do my research on the good old internet!

I eventually settled on this one by Rachel Allen from the UK TV Good Food site.  I occasionally watched her show on their satellite channel and liked the way she cooked – she also runs a baking school which they show parts of in one of her programmes.

If you’ve browsed around my ‘About’ page you’ll see we’re ‘Primal’ with our eating habits.  This means the ingredient list raised my virtual eyebrow so I immediately started ‘tweaking’ it in my head – a big ‘no-no’ in the cookery world really, but I wanted to try get a balance between it being a great birthday cake and not having all that wheat flour and sugar in there.  (I don’t use refined sugar by the way – I always use unrefined / raw cane sugars – Read the rest of this entry »


Drumroll please…!

WordPress

Welcome to my ‘new and improved’ blog!

Thanks to the wonders of WordPress and their brilliant free templates, a great deal of the work was already done for me – all I had to do was choose the one that best fitted what I wanted this blog to look and feel like.

Of course before I could do that, I had to think of a name – which isn’t as easy as it sounds.

As you can see, I ended up with ‘101 Uses Of A Fork’ – no, it has nothing to do with forks (or their uses).  It feels ‘catchy’ though.  I decided to go for it as a wordpress.com address (101usesofafork.wordpress.com) and may even decide to buy a domain for it.  I’m not sure whether to go .me or .com yet – possibly the former.

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