Sunday, 27 February 2011

One Thousand Kilometres for One Thousand Euros

I'm committed to this now, having (a) announced it to the Cyclo Club today and (b) received some money towards my efforts. So let me tell you about it.

As you may have gathered, I'm not exactly keen on exercise (or anything, for that matter, that requires an effort!). However, being kinda porky, I know I need to do some exercise; but I know myself: I won't do it just for the sake of my health. I need to have a reason. The last time I did serious training was when I was doing a Cycle Challenge of 800 km in 3 days (that was relay. I didn't do it all myself) and I knew that I'd be letting people down if I didn't put in the effort.

So, this year I've set myself a challenge: to cycle 1,000 km in 6 months. It's a challenge for me - working out at between 40 and 50 km per week - but not so much of a challenge that it's not achievable (albeit with a bit of effort) But that wasn't enough. I needed a reason why I had to do it. Which is where the 1,000€ comes into it. I'm asking people to sponsor me to complete the 1,000 km, and the money raised will be going to this school, the Chisomo Community Trust school. This is a charity supported by a friend of ours, who spends half the year here in St Just, and the other half out in Zambia, helping build the school.

My 6 months starts on Tuesday 1st March and runs until Wednesday 31st August. To that end I've joined the Cyclos of St Just, so I'll be going out with them on Saturday afternoons (when will I watch the Corrie omnibus, she wails plaintively) plus trying to do at least one other ride per week. I'm terribly unfit, so I'm thinking that for the first couple of months this is going to be a real struggle, but it's something that I do want to do. If only for the school. And my pride, as I've told so many people I'm going to do it!!!

If you'd like to sponsor me I'd be very, very grateful. However, I am aware that to most of you I'm just some bod you know through t'internet. For all you know I might be planning to run off with all your money and go on a cruise around the Carribean. So, if you would like to give money to support the school but don't want to send it to me, then please, by all means, send it to the address given on the site, but please let me know how much you have given so I can publish it on my totaliser.
Go, Dormouse, go!!
Date Distance cycled Distance to go Money raised Money to go
27.02.11 0 1,000 20€ 980€

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

This Week's Weight Loss

I'm reasonably happy about this week's loss... It's not my best, but nor is it my worst.

102 kg
224.9 lbs
75 kg
165.3 lbs
27 kg
59.6 lbs
21.7 kg
47.8 lbs
5.3 kg
0.7 kg
1.5 lb
 213.2 lb

I'll keep plugging along. Next week I'm starting my cycling challenge - I'm going to post more about that another day, but at least it will mean I'm doing a little more exercise...and can eat more calories! Huzzah!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

RECIPES - salmon

Someone asked me if the oriental salmon recipe I posted earlier was any good, because she had recently purchased 10lb salmon at an auction (as you do...) and was looking for recipes. I promised to look out some of my favourite recipes with salmon, & post them here. Which I am doing.
I'm not promising any of these are particularly low calorie, but you're big boys and girls, and can decide for yourselves if they're what you're looking for.

This is a favouriteof ours... SALMON WITH NOODLES (4 people):
Sauce ingredients
2 red chillies, finely chopped
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
Juice 1 lime
Other ingredients:
 400 ml can reduced fat coconut milk
2 tsp fish sauce
4 salmon fillets
200g rice/egg noodles (as preferred)
200g pak choi. (I use leeks as pak choi is hard to find)

Slice leeks thinly (into matchsticks) & soften in a little FryLight/ oil in a large shallow pan.
Mix sauce ingredients together & add to leeks with the coconut milk, 300 ml water &  fish sauce
Add salmon fillets. Cover with a tight fitting lid (I never did this part as my pan doesn't have a lid!) & bring to the boil. Simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Meanwhile cook the noodles according to packet.Add them to the fish. Then serve in warmed bowls.
NOTE: if using pak choi, cook it and add at the end, rather than at the beginning, as with the leeks.

30g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
60 g mushrooms, chopped
20g flour
3/4 bottle og burgundy
4 salmon fillets.

Melt butter & olive oil in a wide saucepan. Add onion, garlic & mushrooms. Cook gently for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle in the flour & mix well untl the oil & butter is absorbed. Gradually add the red wine & mix until smooth.
Season & bring to the boil.
Add the salmon fillets, & spoon the wine sauce over them.
Cover & then simmer for 8 minutes until cooked.
Lift out the salmon & keep it warm. Bring the wine back to the boil. With a slotted spoon lift out the mushrooms & serve with the salmon on piles of buttery ribbon pasta, or rice.
The wine sauce isn't actually used. It can be frozen and reused if you like the recipe.

                                                                   G Leyendecker


500g salmon fillets, deskinned & deboned
800g spinach (I use defrosted frozen. But use fresh if it's available)
1 shallot
1 lemon, juice and zest
2 rounds of puff pastry
150g thick cream
1 egg yolk
3 tbsp olive oil
150g feta cheese, if desired. (This is my addition to the recipe)

Preheat oven to 200°C/ GM 6/7
Wash the spinach, & chop it (or defrost it)
Peel & chop the shallot & sauté for 5 minutes in 2 tbsp oil. Add the spinach. Season & cook for 5 minutes, stirring.
Steam the salmon fillets (or cook in microwave with some lemon juice) Let it cool & then separate into flakes.
Mix the feta with the spinach mix. Add lemon zest to salmon.
Lay one round of pastry on an oiled baking sheet. Put the spinach mixture on the pastry, then the salmon mixture, leaving a border of about 2 cm. Top with the cream.
Brush round the edges of the pastry with the egg.
Fold the other round of pastry in two and cut into strips of about 1 cm width.Unfold, & lay the stripsover the salmon/spinach and onto the egg wash around the lower pastry. Roll the edge of the lower round over the ends of the strips & press with finger tips to seal.
Brush with the remaining egg & bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
Serve with salad.


2 Shallots finely chopped
150g butter
300g skinless salmon fillet, cut into chunks
1 lemon, zest & juice
150g smoked salmon, fnely chopped
1 tbsp capers (chopped if large)
small bunch of dill, chopped

Cook the shallots in the butter. Be careful not to let them brown.
Add the salmon fillet, the lemon zest & cook until the salmon is just cooked, turning in the butter.
Break the salmon into flakes with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients & season well.
Fold together thoroughly & then spoon into individual ramekin dishes. Level the top.
Chill, removing from fridge about 15 minutes before serving.
Serve with (ideally) sourdough toast.

This will keep for 2 days in the fridge.


I've cooked & enjoyed all of these except the last one. (that means I haven't cooked the last one, rather than I cooked it & didn't enjoy it!) The salmon in red wine was ok, & I'd probably cook it again,  but the other two were delicious. I frequently cook the first recipe, sometimes substituting chicken for the salmon, or using Japanese ramen noodles.

I quite enjoyed the oriental salmon recipe that I posted earlier. I think my enjoyment was tempered by the fact that I used salmon steaks instead of fillets, and they were exceptionally bony, so Mr D and I spent a lot of time picking out bones, and chewing carefully. We had them with lots of stir fried veg and noodles, so there was also a need for some sauce too. I think that recipe needs some refining - but I'm sure you can find your own routes to success with it.

I'd like to say a special "Hello" to those who joined me via "One World One Heart" which was a fab blog exchange. I really enjoyed visiting lots of blogs around the world, and I was lucky enough to win a "door prize" too. I'm sending my "door prizes" to Canada, Australia and the US...Goodness me! Think of the postage!! No, I really don't mind. With Ship of Fools we do a Secret Santa and a Paschal Penguin (like Secret Santa, but for Easter) - I've enjoyed sending gifts all round the world with that, and receiving gifts from all over too.

I hope you enjoy the blog - and the recipes too.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

RECIPE: Indonesian Chicken

2 chicken breasts
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 clove garlic, chopped
grated zest/juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tbsp Chinese 5-spice powder (I cut this down a bit)
One and 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp grated coconut (I used dessicated)
1 tsp honey
1 tsp chilli powder
60 ml water

Mix marinade ingredients Marinade chickenfor about 1 hour (or more if possible)
Put coconut in a pan with peanut butter, honey & chilli. Add water. Whisk until smooth (unless you used crunchy peanut butter!!!) Bring to boil & then simmer
Grill the chicken breasts, until cooked, brushing with the marinade. (If you wish you could cut the chicken into chunks, & make brochettes with peppers & onions.)
Serve with sauce & salad. And rice too, if you wish.

I'm sorry I don't have lovely photos of my food. I'm not that good at photography - and, to be honest, I'd rather be eating my foosd than photographing it!!!

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

WEIGH IN - rather disappointing!

I didn't post my weighin last week, partly because I didn't have time, but also because there was no change. I stayed with the same weight loss. I was really quite pleased. However this week is a different story...I've put on weight. Sigh.
However, I do have to admit to not being very surprised: we ate out last week, and I drank quite a lot of wine, I've been less careful and I've exercised less too. All these things add up. Still, never mind. I'll start again this week, being more careful and taking a little more exercise.

On the up-side, I have noticed the modicum of a waist arriving. I am definitely losing my spare tyre(s) and my jeans, usually tight the first time I put them on after a wash, were, if not exactly loose, definitely looser!

So here are the figures:

102 kg
224.9 lbs
75 kg
165.3 lbs
27 kg
59.6 lbs
24 kg
49.4 lbs
3 kg
10.2 lbs
1 kg
2.2 lb
97.4 kg
 214.7 lb

Friday, 11 February 2011

RECIPE: Kamchatka

It's not really called Kamchatka, but I always forget its name, which sounds a little like Kamchatka. We had this last night - I'd forgotten how much I like it!

(for 2 people)
1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow pepper, sliced
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 red chilli, chopped & deseeded
Tbsp oil (I used chilli oil, to give it an extra kick)
250 ml red wine (or vegetable stock, or a mixture of both)
4 eggs.
I also added about 250g chorizo sausage, sliced thickly, but that does add to the calories.

Stew the peppers, chilli & onions in the oil for a few minutes.
Add the tomatoes, wine & stock.Add the chorizo, if using.
Preheat oven to 180°C
Simmer veggies for about 20 minutes until soft.
Season, & add parsley if you want. 
Put into an ovenproof dish and make 4 wells in the mixture. Crack an egg into each hole.
Put in oven for about 5 - 10 minutes until the eggs are set. I left mine too long yesterday and they were a bit too hard.
Eat. With bread to soak up the juices. Fight off the cats. (really...!!!)

Sunday, 6 February 2011


If you came here via One World One Heart you're on the wrong blog (sorry!!!) Let me redirect you to:

This is my Weightloss blog. That is my Craft-and-Life-in-General blog. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

RECIPE: Pork, apple & herb loaf

This was really easy and very tasty. Even in my "sicky" state I found it appealing. It's great hot, and cold in sandwiches.

600g minced pork (low fat if possible)
2 apples, grated
1 red onion, chopped
1 tsp ground ginger & 1 of ground cumin
Mixed dried herbs
seasoning to taste
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a 2lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper (or similar)
Mix everything together well. Put in loaf tin.
Cook for about 50 mins - 1 hour.

Serve with a tomato sauce.

We had it with cabbage and roast, spiced butternut squash. Very nice. And I had it with pickle and french bread for lunch. Possibly even better cold!

Friday, 4 February 2011

THIS WEEK's WEIGHT LOSS (slightly delayed)

102 kg
224.9 lbs
75 kg
165.3 lbs
27 kg
59.6 lbs
21.5 kg
47.4 lbs
5.5 kg
12.1 lbs
2.5 kg
5.5 lb
96.5 kg
 212.7 lb

My weight loss this week looks fabulous, but it's not really.
I have been ill - I was sick on Sunday night, didn't eat much at all on Monday, and since Tuesday I've been eating less, because I've really not been hungry. I'm still feeling a bit nauseous, and have a touch of vertigo. I'm actually absolutely knackered as well, which probably makes me feel worse! Still, hopefully I'll be back to normal soon.

I hope I'll manage to maintain this weightloss next week and not gain any. We'll see. More recipes another day.