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Sunday, 5 February 2012

A mug of chocolate magic FAT!

5th February 2012

Lasting change happens when people see for themselves that a different way of life is more fulfilling than their present one.  Eknath Easwaran

So it arrived, the snow that is and looking at the big table in my garden we got about 4 inches!  Let’s hope it doesn’t stay, causes way too much disruption for my liking!  This weather does make you wanna eat good old fashioned comfort food though and not do much else.  So yesterday we watched one film after another and has faggots and swede and potato mash for dinner, delicious, unfortunately I used all the potatoes because today I quite like the idea of corned beef hash, maybe I’ll walk down to the Tesco garage with Alfie and get some. 

This recipe takes 30 minutes, it was in the Saturday newspaper magazine yesterday. 

Corned beef hash and eggs (serves 4, 11pp each)

1 onion finely chopped
1 1/2tbsp vegetable oil (6pp)
400g chopped & cooked potatoes (8pp)
300g tin corned beef (17pp)
100g cooked frozen peas (2pp)
1tbsp butter (3pp)
4 eggs (7pp)

Fry onions in 1tbsp veg oil until tender but not browned.  Tip the onion onto a plate and set aside. 

Add 1/2tbsp oil and a knob of butter into the pan and fry about potatoes until they turn lightly golden.  Add a 300g tin of corned beef, cut into cubes, and fry for a few minutes
until the beef and potatoes are piping hot. Add the fried onion and a handful of cooked frozen peas and stir in well.

Make 4 shallow dents in the mixture and crack an egg into each one.  Season with salt and pepper, cover with a lid and cook gently for 5 or 6 minutes until the eggs have set.  Serve with a few flakes of dried chilli for a bit of extra heat if you like.

I also found the above recipe and just worked out the ProPoints – 23pp per person without the ice cream or custard!  I don’t care how in love you are this Valentines day, please think before you waste crazy amounts of ProPoints on chocolate cake or similar, remind your man flowers and cash makes your heart flutter better and keeps you fitter ;-)  I wouldn’t mind if it was a massive cake but you cook it in a mug – then you have to share it otherwise its costing you 45pp!  I had a 3 course Italian meal last week for 45pp!

Well I might be productive today, I’ve already cleared off my desk, I’ve got myself “In Trays” to try and stop me turning my desk into one giant in tray!  A little organisation can make a whole lot of difference whether it’s in the office or the kitchen.  It’s much easier to stay on track if you have some kind of plan.  If you don’t buy the not so great stuff, you can’t eat it.  If you don’t cook too much – your portion won’t be too big!  Remember habits take time to change but you can change them, one day at a time. xx

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