Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Tuesday 8 May - More sickness, not a lot of food

Slept like the dead and woke up about 09:30 feeling sick.

Breakfasted on strawberries and coffee, them plugged myself into the PC again. Have not been to gym since I got home from California. Read some stuff on-line about exercising while ill and scared the crap out of myself with stories about forcing viruses into the heart muscle etc. Anyway, will wait until feeling better.

Had a quick, simple lunch of prawns and asparagus with fusilli.

Prawns & Asparagus with Fusilli
175g asparagus
75 wholewheat fusilli
110g cooked prawns
1 pat herb butter
2-3 spring onions, sliced
15g grated Parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente. Meanwhile, steam the asparagus.

Melt a pat of Herb Butter in a non-stick skillet an briefly fry the prawns & spring onions to warm them through. Add the cooked pasta & asparagus, toss together and season to taste with salt & freshly ground black pepper. Top with grated Parmesan and serve.

Nutrition Data
Calories (kcal) 440.5
Carbohydrate (g) 49.7
Protein (g) 34.1
Fat (g) 11.8
Fibre (g) 11.1

Dinner was again pretty low key. I had a big herb salad, a cup of Kikkoman Instant Miso Soup (California haul again, although you can also buy it in the UK) and a couple of slices of some Molasses Rye bread I made.

Molasses Rye
200ml water
10g yeast
100g blackstrap molasses
1 egg
10g salt
200g organic rye flour
200g very strong white bread flour
1 tablespoon caraway seeds

Combine the water with the molasses & yeast and leave to bloom.

When yeast as bloomed, add the egg, salt and rye flour and beat into a batter/sponge. Leave the sponge to rise for about 1 hour.

Beat down the sponge and add the white flour & seeds. Knead well and leave to rise again until doubled in bulk.

Beat down, knead and rise once more. Then form into a loaf and place in a 2lb bread tin. Leave to rise one final time before baking in a hot oven for about 20-25 minutes, until the bottom sound hollow when tapped.

Makes one 700g loaf.

This is a pretty dense & chewy loaf - I liked it, but it might be a bit heavy for some people.

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