Just a quick hi to say I am doing really well weight wise and life wise.
Between getting the cooking biz happening and a new full time job am very busy.
Good thing is every low carb thing I cook can then be my breakfast/lunch/dinner so despite being flat chat am still eating well and losing about a kilo (2 lbs) a week and fitting in exercise where I can.
The network card on my laptop died last Friday do at the moment my only internet access us through my phone which means less time sitting in the net - a good thing ... but lots if frustration trying to type things like this in my phone. No matter how much weight I lose I am afraid these fingers will always be a little too big for a phone keyboard 😀
Once I am back online for real can be more regular with updates.
Yuo know when people see you and say "Hi, how are you doing" or "Hay whatsup" ... they don't really mean "SO tell me exactly how you are feeling, everything that has been happening and whether you are tired/achy/hungry/sad/depressed...
We expect to hear "Great!" or "Good, how are you" or "Awesome!".
Well because I don't want to be one of THSE people that you meet I'll say it here.
"I'm tiiiiiired" - imagine the whiniest voice you can
It's a good tired, with 4 or 5 hours a night of sleep while I am planning my food empire and working full time.
I woke up at 4:00 a.m. yesterday and sudedenly thought "Of COURSE! I can order windowed boxes for my sweet treats from China - they will be MUCH cheaper".
An hour later I have 100 flat packed window boxed being shipped from China.
This morning I woke up and was thinking about how to make things cheaper without compromising quality and starting searching for bulk supplies of chocolate and almond meal (the main thing I use to replace flour in cooking).
And by tomorrow morning I will be the proud owner of a 5 kilo VERY large bag of Lindt Dark Chocolate in hexagon shapes for easy melting. You know Lindt, the GOOD stuff.
Considering I am developing a real taste for dark chocolate I can only ask that my Sparkfriends pray for me that the chocolate ends up in the fudge not my belly!
Recipe for today:
Gingerbread Bacon Maple Stack.
I know - it sounds like something Elvis would have eaten but at around 400 calories and 12 grams of carbs it's not THAT naughty for Sunday breakfast.
I really wish I could be on here more as I love reading tales of inspiration from the wonderful sparkers but I seem to have trouble finding time in the day lately.
Generally its because it's because of a new job. Working in a small bookshop where it's just myself, my housemate (who got me the job) and the boss.
My housemate and the boss have had a major split so it's just me and him now and there are plenty of hours in the week to fill so am working a lot more.
BUT it's such a relief to have an income I can actually live on and know its a dependable income source for awhile.
As I am in recovery (AA) I have to be careful about stress as it's a major tipping point for my drinking AND eating but fortunately the bookshop is not exactly a high stress environment!
But as for this scandalous marriage?!?
This recipe is kind a merge of several I have seen and then it has been low carbed.
The challenge with cheesecake is that you need a nice biscuity base for it and that equals a whole bunch of carbs and then it occurred to me - why not use a low carb BROWNIE as the base and here it is!
I have to say I am starting to enjoy photographing the food as much as I enjoy making it for others!
I guess this could be considered an inter-cake-al marriage...get it? HA HA HA ... ha ha ... ha.
Well it was funny when I thought of it believe me!
(Sorry I know it says something about creating an account BUT you CAN scoll through the recipe as you normally would without doing that...I REALLY need to get my food blog up and running - not enough hours in the day! lol)
Please let me know if you try it and how it went :)
I am not sure if it is purely an AA saying but it sure applies to avoiding those pig outs that we occasionally hit!
Always make sure you are never too..
I think the HALTS are a great checklist before you dive headfirst into the that bucket of ice cream or that bag of chips.
When you KNOW you are fanging for (Aussie slang - something you want to get your fangs - teeth - into!) that cup cake or those fries ask yourself if its just the HALTS that are the problem.
Some how KNOWING you want something because of a reason like being sad can help you realise what's wrong and give you some strength to avoid the food.
About a week ago I was starving and I was tired and all I wanted was some comfort food. Once I realised that it was me being tired that was the problem not NEEDING to have a do-nut I managed to resist...it really did help to know I was tired not actually needing something.
So what's with the chocolate reference in the title...well...ummmm...I've been super busy lately scouting website names, applying for funding grants...a whole pile of stuff to do with my low carb foodie desires.
I had bought some 70% cacao chocolate
to use to make my Peanut Butter Fudge Squares
as a birthday gift for a friend of mine and decided I would have a little nanna nap before I started.
And in the distance I could hear the chocolate calling my name. Dark chocolate has never been my thing but before I knew it I had one of those squares in my mouth and was slowly sucking down all the dark chocolate deliciousness. And I wasn't munching them down I was just letting them melt away in mouth.
Surely another square wouldn't hurt...maybe one more?...
I needed 125g for the recipe, the block was 200g and suffice to say no birthday gift was made yesterday!
If I had remembered HALTS maybe some peanut butter yumminess would be express posting itself to Melbourne as I type this!
HALTS! Try it! Maybe I should take my own advice! Over and out!
@Susan I would disagree with you on that. There ARE low quality chocolate you can use for cooking but high cacao quality cooking chocolate is virtually the same as dark chocolate and priced similarly as well.
I would never eat the substandard cooking chocolate you refer to by itself.