Iron rich meal suggestions

Back to Sango, and the latest on her Intermittent Fasting successes (which are quite mind-boggling and extensive. Less 20 kg now, with glowing skin and uber energy). Some tips and suggestions. All sources of iron should be eaten with Vitamin C rich food such as spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, bean sprouts, dried beans, lentils,…

Shikanji – Homemade Lemonade

Traditional Indian lemonade, this is a summer favourite … and with current sweltering days and soaring temperatures … a welcome relief ! 1.2 litres of water 6 tbsp sugar Juice of 3 lemons black salt to taste Pepper powder, to taste A pinch of powdered cumin or ginger or chaat masala spice blend Mint or…

Sangeeta’s Quinoa, Chia & Flaxseed crusted Chicken

Another from Sango’s kitchen, table, imagination, research, cookbook … 200 gms chicken breast boneless Marinade 1 cup buttermilk 1 tbsp Coleman’s double superfine mustard powder,  into a paste with 1 tbsp cold water salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 6 cloves of garlic finely grated finely chopped herb of your choice, basil or…

Sangeeta’s Beet Hummus

I have the very very good fortune of knowing gifted, intuitive cooks who – apart from being close friends – are willing to share recipes, thoughts, innovations, suggestions. Sangeeta is one such, and one of my dearest treasures is the handwritten cookbook she gifted me over 30 years ago. Now a passionate advocate of Intermittent…

Pinhead or steel cut oats for Brekkers

Steel cut oats. The Sangeeta version.   A bowl of slow cooked pinhead oats, lavished with thick coconut milk, bananas, pomegranate and some macadamia nuts ! Delicious !! My mantra is soak everything for at least 7 hours ! Pix off the net, with thanks …

A Green and Delish Breakfast

So, no grains. Nothing acidic. Light yet filling. Tasty. This is entirely Veron’s creation and it was so good, so good. Boiled eggs, halved. Yolk discarded. Avocado into guacamole sans tomatoes (and it tasted better). Organic kale chopped, freshened with a simple olive oil/lemon juice/salt/pepper dressing. Roasted pine nuts. And for those who wanted grains…

Ambrosia

This quintessential southern American salad (or dessert) was a light and refreshing to end a light and refreshing plated dinner at the peak of Singapore’s hot, humid, steamy summer (having jettisoned the traditional cherries, marshmallows and cream). I don’t know where I discovered the recipe years ago, but the slip of paper in my book…

Saturday Lunch

When family visits, its food, drink and long conversations well into the afternoon. Menu : Bubbly Roast chicken with pumpkin and sweet potatoes Blanched asparagus spears with brussel sprouts and diced prosciutto Greek Salad (a variation) The leaves were fresh and crisp, the avocado just right. Added pomegranate arils, cubed feta, sliced button mushrooms and…

Veronica’s Chicken ‘Aroma’

Cutting calories and food portions gets  repetitive and boring : its the same old, same old with some slight variations, at least as far as I am concerned. Its a drag to explore new variations on 100 or 150g of chicken per meal, month in and month out. Veronica, who is a part of the how…

400 Calorie Lunches

These may hold a few surprises – so little yet so much … or vice versa. Guacamole & Pita 2 tbsp guacamole with 1 wholemeal pita,85g rocket and 1 tbsp olive oil / vinegar dressing. Salad Salad leaves, a few cherry tomatoes, 1/2 sliced avocado, 50g goat’s cheese, 1 tbsp pistachios and a drizzle of…

Are all changes good in a food programme ?

There will be changes to your body when you start a food programme – that is the whole point. But are all these changes for the good ? A friend wrote in about her spouse who lost 10 kg on his nutritionally controlled diet but developed painful hemorrhoids, possibly because he did not vary his…

The Chalkboard

A friend emailed a link with the brief comment – interesting. Indeed, it is. Check it out.

Wild Olives – 2

The wild olives from my garden, after being soaked in water for 2 days. Check the link for a picture of how they looked on the tree, before the picking and the pickling.

Strangely beautiful Veggie Mix for Wraps

Just cooked my 1/2 cup veggies for lunch. Yum. I doubled the quantity (for tomorrow as well) so I’ll just give you ingredients. Handful of green beans diced in 1 cm pieces Handful of corn kernels Handful of peas 1 red onion Chili flakes Panch Phoran Garlic flakes Pinch of Za’atar – Middle eastern spice…

Sunshine on a Plate : tian of tomato

Came across this recipe by Chef Reynaldo Arriola of Halia Restaurant in Singapore. Haven’t tried it, but reads delicious and sounds healthy ! Vine-ripened tomatoes have the perfect balance of sugars and acids, as well as flavour. Teamed with ripe mango and avocado, and just a dash of seasoning … sounds mmmm. 1 vine-ripened tomato,…

A page from Marc Perry’s BuiltLean website

Came across this while googling images … very informative (and reassuring … we are doing it right !!!) Marc is the creator of the BuiltLean Program and Editor-in-Chief and Producer of the BuiltLean blog and videos. A fast rising fitness star, Marc has appeared on NY1, NBC and various print and online media including Men’s…

Delicate, yet filling Chicken Soup

Chicken soup can be quite bland but this one has some oomph to it. I made it last weekend while we stayed over at some friends home in the Barossa (South Australia). You make it in two stages but it’s really simple. Makes 4 Man serves or 6 for smaller helpings (as recommended for right…

Tortilla Hotdog

One of the most satisfying ‘lunches’ on the food programme. The nutritionist asked me what I would like to eat and when she suggested sausages, I practically prostrated with gratitude. And a whole wheat tortilla, she said. Got big, fat, juicy chicken-baked apple sausages (and she could even out the calories somewhere else during the…

The Dalia Dosa

Bursting with health ! Whole wheat, broken up, she said, do you get it in Singapore ? Hmm, I do get the ‘dalia‘ I replied and she said, perfect. Though dalia is normally eaten at night because it is ‘light’, I would prefer that you had it in the morning because I believe it is…

Preparing yourself for a new food programme

Having recently embarked on a new food regime to re-balance and recalibrate one’s metabolism for optimal functioning, we had to undergo a week of preparing the body – a kind of cleansing or detox. Here are the fundamentals. 8 – 10 glasses of water a day. 6.15 a.m. : One glass of water before coffee…