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MIA

I must sincerely apologise for being MIA for the last week or so, there most definately is good reason for this, and in the few sentences / paragraphs to follow, I will explain why, and hopefully you will find it in your heart to forgive me. I want to thank you for your continued support, for coming to check back during the week to see if I have posted, undoubtably leaving dissapointed to find out I haven’t.

I haven’t posted quite simply because I was a little ashamed to. I mentioned to you before, that a lot of my work revolved around events, and food, and as a result, the moment I feared most came upon me, I had to go to a tasting dinner, and I couldn’t be picky about what I ate. At these things, the menu is set for you, and you simply eat what comes to you. And so we began, with an amuse buche of Abalone and Tomato Salsa, followed by an appetiser of Lobster served with Cauliflower Cream, introducing scrambled quail eggs with quail breast and shaved white truffles followed by hand crafted angel hair pasta with red prawns. Main course was pan seared foie gras with duck breast, followed by dessert of chestnut cake served with white truffle ice cream, with shaved white truffle on top. Talk about rich and intense.

Needless to say I spent the night and the following few days feeling rather sick and very much like I had a hangover except in my tummy. Worse than eating too many chillies I tell you.

There is no doubt in my mind now, that vegan seems to be the way to go, granted I may have the odd banoffee pie, but you can be sure I will do my best to avoid as many tasting dinners as possible.

Rest assured. I am back!

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Posted by on November 10, 2009 in Food, Indulge, Vegan

 

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For The Love Of Coffee

This is something I have been debating for some time now. I know coffee is vegan, but after having read Skinny Bitch (which is what inspired my lifestyle change in the first place), they swear off coffee. I understand that this is because it is unneccessary caffiene combined with other additives you are putting into your body, but I do love my coffee. And tea for that matter!

Google being my friend, enabled me to conduct a search on coffee and vegans, and I discovered that coffee is vegan (well thanks Google, I already knew that). 

So I have come to a decision, a couple of cups of coffee a week will not kill me, and it’s vegan…so why not indulge?

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2009 in Food, Indulge, Vegan, Weight Loss

 

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The Binge…

Every once in awhile we have cravings, every once in awhile we allow ourselves a time to binge. To eat what you want, in moderate amounts of course, and shock some sense back into your system. Don’t let anyone talk you into believing that this is not ok. It is perfectly normal. If you don’t do this, then you’re continuing to starve your body of what it needs, and what you want, and the cravings just get worse. Trust me.

My sister has been home for a visit for a week and a half now, she leaves this Saturday, completeing an entire two week vacation at home. It has been lovely having her around, but not so lovely for my waistline. So this time with her, has been my binge. But let me tell you, I have NOT binged the entire two weeks. Just a little here and there.

My sister has a few traditions every time she comes home, much like I did when I lived abroad too. She must have her favourite carrot cake from Dan Ryan’s – it is to die for. So after suggesting we go for coffee and pick up the carrot cake to go so she could enjoy it over a few days from the comfort of the sofa, we decided to have it there, complete with a tall glass of sweet iced tea. Now I couldn’t really sit there and watch her eat the whole thing now could I? This sweet, moist cake complete with cream cheese frosting is the perfect accompaniment to a tall glass of sweet iced tea with fresh lemon. Heavenly!

My second indulgent treat came on sunday afternoon, at lunch with my mum and my sister. Some quality bonding time, combined with retail therapy and dim sum. Oh I do love dim sum. Most of it is made with rice flour and steamed with vegetables, so it’s not *that* bad…

My third, and hopefully final (I’m not sure, still got 4 days left with my sister in town), was an excessively indulgent 3 hour, 3-course dinner complimented with 2 beers. The ultimate indulgence in comparison to how I have been prior to this. Beginning with lobster nachos (less cheese, more lobster), and salt and pepper crispy calamari, followed by pan fried snapper with creamy mash and roasted vegetables, followed by the most amazing Banoffee Pie EVER. Overlooking the waterfront, and watching fireworks being set off in the distance, it was a perfect end to my long weekend, and I don’t feel the least bit guilty for it.

What I do know is that as of Saturday it will be hard-core training back at the gym and seriously healthy eating, because now, I do feel incredibly exhausted after eating so much, and lots of fatty foods, but you know what? Sometimes, it’s worth it.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2009 in Chocolate, Dessert, Exercise, Food, Indulge

 

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