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Does Marzipan Count Towards Your Five a Day?

20130107 Marzipan Fruit Face 150x150 Does Marzipan Count Towards Your Five a Day?Hello!  Happy new year to you!  Is it too late to wish you a happy new year?  It’s certainly too late to ask you if it’s too late to do so, as I’ve already done it.  Confused?  Yeah, me too.  My little plastic brain hurts.

So, this website’s best friend Jen sent in another picture. It’s a box of fruity marzipan she got from her sister Sal.  Whilst it looks delicious, it certainly doesn’t count towards your five a day… in terms of fruit and vegetables at least.  On my planet the Vaxian government’s advice is to suck up 5 portions of sugar a day.  At least that’s what it was when I left my home planet and before I crash landed on your blue sphere.  I bet it’s all changed now…  Remember to brush your teeth, kids.  I’m lucky I don’t have teeth.  They got knocked out of my mouth when I crashed…  Right, I’m going to go back to doing nothing now.  Byeee!

 

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Five a day

20110326 Building eating greens 150x150 Five a day

I have had a block of garlic butter in my fridge for a month or so, which I originally bought to go with a nice steak.  I think it might have been a rib eye steak, but it could equally well have been anything else.  You see, I don’t know much about steak except that I like it rare and that it can be quite expensive.  It’s one of those things I want to learn more about but never seem to get round to.  Cooking is something I don’t have much time for but when I do I find it relaxing.  The only problem is it always seems to take four times as long to cook something as it does to eat.  Perhaps the solution is to cook larger portions and freeze some as a healthier alternative to ready meals.  Well, healthier or not, that depends on what you’re cooking! 🙂

Last week I made myself the promise of cooking more from scratch and I am currently on a chips ban.  Not that I ate chips every day or anything, but it is definitely something to limit to once a week, or less in my case – even those famous McCain’s Oven Chips that I tend to buy, that boast as little as “5% fat, 5% fat, 5% faaaaaaaat…”

Spring has come around and it is time to lose some of the winter pounds, ready for the summer and this time, hopefully beyond.  It is like a new year’s resolution, except it started at an arbitrary date of my choosing, loosely coinciding with the start of spring.  I am by no means fat, but I there is definitely some winter excess, which I seem to hide quite well.

Fruit and veg is the way to go and I have been eating a fair amount of it in the last two weeks.  The thing is, my appetite for fruit and veg seems to decline in the winter months – maybe because fruit is cold or because of its naturally lower calorific content it is less appealing to a body trying to keep warm – I’m not a biologist or dietician.  Despite this, they recommend 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.  Who are they?  Are they the same they that said it was going to rain?  Or are they a different they?  That’s one for another article!

In order to use up the garlic butter I decided to try to make some home-made garlic bread.  What to buy?  Obviously I wasn’t intent on eating it all in a single meal, as that would be an artery-clogging quantity of garlic butter and a half for a single meal.  So I bought a six-pack of mini baguettes and some parsley, which I chopped up with a new carving knife I purchase a couple of weeks ago, mixed with the garlic butter and wedged into grooves cut into the baguettes.  They now live a quiet life in the freezer waiting to be shoved in the oven and tasted.  I have no idea whether they are any good but they certainly look the part and what’s more, as they are mini baguettes they are perfectly sized for individual portions as a side, unlike the ready made ones you get in the supermarket.  Mine use less butter as well, and as they are home made, I can be fairly certain that there is no junk in them – except what was in the garlic butter (though according to the packaging only butter and crushed garlic) and the mini baguettes… Hmmm…

Problem: After I had made the garlic bread I was left with an over-abundance of parsley in the fridge.  So I made egg-fried rice and managed to freeze some for later.  But there is still a lorry load of parley left in the fridge to use by the end of today.

The above scenario reminds me of croissant syndrome – a phrase coined by a friend of the family several years ago (circa 1998 – yikes!).  Basically it is derived from the condition of having a croissant with jam, finishing said croissant but having a significant amount of jam left on your plate and being forced to eat another croissant to finish the jam, only to finish all the jam but now having excess croissant…  The remedy?  More jam!  And so the process repeats itself until either food source runs out or your stomach explodes.  I have to say I prefer croissants with cheese and ham.

My parsley conundrum combined with a drive to cook more, has inspired me to do some food association.  It is like word association but with food and it should result in a food chain or sorts, but not in the conventional sense.  Basically, I am going to try to cook something else with parsley today, which will inevitably lead to an excess of another ingredient.  My challenge will be to use up the excess of that ingredient in another dish.  Hopefully I will learn some new (hopefully quick) recipes in the process and will waste less food and eat healthier.  Those of you who have read other posts will know I hate waste.

By the way, the picture is a building on the harbourside in Bristol, England.  It is a walkthrough to a courtyard, I think, and it has a plant pot in front of it.  To me it looked like a face about to devour its greens – plate and all.  That’s got to be at least two of its five a day!  One disturbing thought is that it also eats people…

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Taking the carpet for a test drive

20110103 Chandelier 300x225 Taking the carpet for a test driveI was at my friend’s house on New Year’s Eve and as bedtime approached (and passed) I started feeling a little tired.  Since it was a sleepover, I decided to try out the living room carpet for comfort – like a test drive.  As I lay there I noticed how the chandelier cast a shadow on the ceiling.  It looked a bit like an evil overlord.  What it reminded me of was a series of Photoshopped self-perception/self-image pictures I once found on the internet.  I can’t find the link but this is the kind of thing I’m talking about.  If you Google it, there are some really profound images around.  A particular favourite of mine was an image of a small bird looking at its own reflection in the water and seeing an eagle.

Back to the chandelier, there is this delightful contrast between the light and dark – chandelier and shadow – and the evil face in the shadow seems fitting with the image associated with darkness in our culture.  The question then: Is the chandelier’s shadow betraying its true nature?  Or is it the opposite?  Or maybe it’s just a luminaire.  I decided I didn’t like the carpet and slept somewhere else…

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Boots are made for walking…

20101231 Rock Band Drum Pedal 225x300 Boots are made for walking...Have you ever played Rock Band on one of those games consoles?  A couple of my friends are really into it and have played such games ever since the first Guitar Hero came out.  It’s good fun now and again, at parties or when there’s a small (or large) group of people.  On New Year’s Eve I found myself playing again and ended up playing virtual drums.  So, what do you call a drummer who…  You know, I’ve never really “got” drummer jokes.  I find drum kits fascinating and admire the hand-eye co-ordination and physical endurance required to play.  You have to be pretty physically fit to play properly, according to a BBC News article I read some time ago.

As I looked down at my feet, I noticed an angry face looking back at me: it was the bass drum pedal.  I’d be annoyed too if I constantly had to endure people stamping on my face!  Do unto others, yadda yadda…  One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello and welcome to my brand spanking new website! A slightly belated happy new year to all (if you follow the Gregorian calendar, that is)! I hope you all had a great festive season. At this time of the year I always reflect on the previous 12 months, looking back at the highs and lows and remind myself that no matter how low the lows, Life’s been good! (That’s one of my favourite songs right now.) I wonder what lies in store for the year ahead. So many people not yet met, so many faces not yet seen, so many stories not yet heard… Life is a journey full of faces, stories, friendships and adventures. Have a great one!

Here’s hoping 2011 will bring us more of the good stuff and less of the bad.

Yours Truly

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