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The jelly is nicely, thank you

Monday, August 13, 2012

I just (ahem!) tested it with a teaspoon. Very good set, and tastes . . . effervescent. Sweet and sharp and fruity and woody.

That's the great thing about jam and jelly making. Every time you eat a bit, all year, you go straight back to the day you picked the fruit.

I'm rather proud of myself today. The office feeder brought in a chocolate cake about 15 inches across and with half inch fudge icing on and I did not succumb. I didn't eat any either. Large numbers of my colleagues were getting their keyboards glued down with crumbs, but I held aloof. My given excuse was that I ate so much junk this weekend, I couldn't face any more.

This is only partly true. In fact, I find it loads easier to control my eating at work. There are loads of thin people looking, for one. Secondly, you are occupied, so your mind doesn't wander off on calorific byways. Thirdly, your day is bisected by lunchtime and that's something to look forward to. Fourthly, and this is a big deal for me, if you eat all the food you brought to work with you, you have to go out and buy more and it's either junk, or very expensive, and you know you'll run through your day's calories and be sorry this evening.

So I was good, more or less. though I did consume two Italian chocolates with hazelnuts in (112 calories for the pair) brought back from holiday by another thin colleague. Not sure they were a bargain in calorie terms or not.

The pound of strawberries I ate at lunchtime were though!

You want the jelly recipe? You'll have to wait. I can give you the recipe but it's all in the technique and that's specific to me.
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POLSKARENIA 8/14/2012 1:39PM

    Good answer! I'm lucky in that I really don't have a sweet tooth, but even I succumb sometimes, usually out of boredom, regretting it instantly as I really do not like fudge icing with chocolate... good for you!!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/14/2012 8:44AM

    I can almost taste that Bramble Jam/Jelly.
It is amazing but when you refuse something to eat by saying,
'Thank you but I am not hungry right now' or
'Thank you but I am just too full right now.'
pretty much anything BUT, 'I can't it is not on my diet' ,
people will not pressure you to consume that which your taste buds say yum-yum but all the rest of your being is saying no-no.
It is good to keep all foods on your 'It is okay to eat this diet list'.
The really big trick is to take control of when and how much of the foods that are less good for you get consumed.
Sure hope you are having a GREAT day. Audra

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/13/2012 10:41PM

    That cake sounds awful. Way too sweet and too much icing. I'd rather have some of your strawberries and some of your jam. emoticon

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/13/2012 7:02PM

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EABL81 8/13/2012 6:32PM

    Congrats on by-passing the temptation. Chocolate cake with fudge icing, no less - wow! That would be a really hard one for me (as you may have noticed). Glad the jelly turned out so well. I hope your ankle is behaving itself.

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PWINCESSEMILY 8/13/2012 3:35PM

    I am working partly at home and partly in the office at the moment. I have been home for two weeks (they kicked us out over the olympics). I am back in tomorrow. I am SCARED.

I have such bad work habits. I am surrounded by feeders. So. Much. Food. I find myself mindlessly munching on a biscuit. Or shovelling cake into my mouth. I need to learn not to!!

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KSCRAP363 8/13/2012 3:26PM

    Good job on passing on the work temptations! Glad to hear that your jam/jellies turned out good!!!

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OBIESMOM2 8/13/2012 3:18PM

    emoticon avoiding the emoticon

I've given up desserts & candy for the month. So far, so good! I've been enjoying lots of fresh fruit and Greek yogurt to satisfy my sweet tooth.

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