it's that time of year

Monday, December 03, 2012

I have got four Xmas/end of year/festive season functions this week. Two of which I have control over, in the sense I will be preparing the food.

Today I had my first function, which was a buffet of three courses, alcoholic drinks plus coffee and chocolates.

From the menu on our tables, I decided what to have before I went up to the buffet. I also decided to make three separate but small plates. First, I had a green salad with 1/2 dozen oysters on the half shell, smoked salmon, and tomato and caper salsa. Thus avoiding the bread rolls, prawns, cold meats, and creamy and oily sauces.

Then I went for a small slice each of turkey and ham, mixed vegetables (carrot, broccolini, cauliflower), two pieces potato from the potato gratin, and chestnut stuffing which was formed into little portions surrounding a whole chestnut.

For desert, I had a slice of fresh honey dew melon and pineapple, chocolate mousse the size of a tablespoon in a praline, and a fruit mince pie.

I didn't touch the coffee, chocolates, or the cheese board. I also drank water, which was very nice because it was a warmish day, and I didn't fancy the wine that was on offer. I felt pressured by my colleagues, as they were all drinking wine, but there was one other fellow that was not drinking wine, and when he saw I was been hassled he joked that I was 'riding'. That is, I had rode my bike from work to the function centre, and would be riding back to work afterwards. I was ever so grateful for his guiding of the conversation away from me not drinking alcohol.

However, I have learnt from entering the food in my SP Nutrition Tracker, that I need to tread carefully as far as fruit mince pies are concerned!

My weekly meal plan for this week includes:

emoticon Italian Lam Meatloaf, Steamed Corn, Green Beans and Carrot
emoticon Lasagne, Steamed Green Beans, Cauliflower and Corn
emoticon One-pot Silverbeet, Potato and Sausage 'Comforter'
emoticon Grilled Steak and Cauliflower Fritters
emoticon Crustless Silverbeet, Pinenut and Olive Tart, Green Salad
emoticon Steamed Salmon with Thai Sauce, Steamed Peas, Carrot, and Broccoli

Recipes from:
emoticon CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet www.csiro.au/en/Outcomes

emoticon The Cook's Companion, Stephanie Alexander
emoticon Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion
emoticon Reader's Digest Quick, Thrifty Cooking
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    Great plan - and great reason for not drinking - although I get annoyed that you were hassled for not having alcohol!! Your menu sounds delicious - yummy!!
    1929 days ago
    congrats on sticking to your plan. Great choice of food. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1931 days ago
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    and the start of your Xmas festivities sounds great. Congrats for sticking to only the healthy foods and the plan you have made.

    1931 days ago
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    Congratulations on making a plan and sticking to it. It's OK to celebrate as long as you fit it into your daily totals or cut back the day before and maybe the day after as needed to average out the calories and totals.
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    1932 days ago
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