Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Scrambling and Wednesday Weigh-In

I've been scrambling in the kitchen since Monday and I don't like it. Basically, since I was on vacation for four days, I didn't have time to do much food prep for the work-week. Trying to grill fish in the morning on the Foreman grill while trying to dry my hair has been... interesting but mostly stressful. I should have done the prep before I left. Seriously I don't know what I was thinking. Just not thinking!  

Went to the grocery, stocked up on some eggs, meats and fish. I think all I had left was a can of tuna in the pantry and no other protein. I bought a couple of big chicken breasts, baked them tonight with a small amount of chili pepper flakes, garlic, coriander, cumin and a bit of cinnamon. Sort of Thai inspired seasoning. Had about 6oz of the chicken for supper on a bed of greens with some sweet potato fries, and I made a small amount of harissa mayo. 

Growing up as a latch-key kid in suburbia in the 80s, all I knew about mayonnaise was it came in a Hellmans jar. My mom, while a fab cook, when she was working full time she went for convenience and casseroles. It wasn't until I met my man's relatives who are French/Italian and into their traditional cookery that they told me mayo is basically just beaten eggs. Who knew? Since I still have some harissa paste left, I just beat it in with the eggs and the other ingredients (oil,vinegar, Dijon mustard, a little salt) and it made a mayo with a spicy kick.  

I'm still somewhat clueless about the basic techniques of cookery. Sure I can follow a recipe, but I mean knowing what various cuts of meat are best for and how to properly cook veggies to bring out their natural flavours. I'd like to take a course but the one I'd like to take is $ costly $. Since money is tight right now, I'm socking away a bit of my pay each month. One part of a cooking course I can skip is the desserts and baking part. Will not step anywhere in that minefield!

Weight-wise, down this week again. Not much, but that's about what I expected to have lost. Now at 173.7 lbs.


  1. Good loss!!! Slow and steady wins the race.

    Also, good on you for cooking fish in the morning while doing your hair!? I am just like you. I can basically cook, but I have no idea how to cook PROPERLY. I just do what I was taught, which are the basics and they get me by. Throwin' stuff together I think will work!

    1. Thanks Shannon! Exactly, that's what I'm thinking :)

      Maybe this is a generational thing. A lot of friends are in the same boat as we are.

  2. I can totally relate, Nikki... I get wayyyyy too much credit for what I cook--when in reality, I'm right there with you---I dance my way around a kitchen doing things in an experimental fashion-- and I sometimes get lucky. I have a hard time actually following recipes--I typically wing it.
    I'm super impressed you made your own mayo!!! Mmmmm... Nice!!
    I think you're much more talented in the kitchen than you give yourself credit for--- me too, probably. My best, always!

    1. Yep dancing around the kitchen, so true. Wish that would burn off more calories than it does!

      Honestly I couldn't believe how easy it was to make mayo. Beats wasting money on a big jar, when I only use mayo in anything once in a while.

      Thanks Sean, that's so nice of you to say so even without ever having tasted my cooking :)

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    1. Too bad. Maybe a project for you to surprise your lady with a romantic supper some day? :)