Monday, 30 March 2015

Successes and Failures


My new favourite gorgeously tasting snack of choice at the moment is one of Deliciously Ella's Raw Brownies.  I admit to being sceptical the first time I made these but my worries were obliterated the first time I bit into one.

The recipe is on her blog HERE and of course is also in the book.
You can also watching Ella making them HERE.


I tried adding some different dates to the Medjool dates, just as a trial to see if you really do need to splash out on the Medjool variety which are usually the most expensive.  This pack of chopped dates made into block form works out as the cheapest way to buy dates and I got this one from T*sco.  

 In my honest opinion if you don't mind adding more of your liquid sweetening agent these work almost as well, but for richness of flavour I think I will move back to all Medjool dates in future.  As I only eat one of these brownies at a time .... and if I can hide them a bit from Lovely Hubby who thinks nothing of polishing off three at once .... one batch of the brownies actually last me well over a week, so the additional cost is really neither here or there.

The brownies are just the job when the urge for a chocolatey rich treat is too much to resist, and are a good filler with a cup of coffee if you get a rumbly tum between meals.


Another success, tried for the first time this week, was a salmon fillet, topped with Garlic and Herb Philadelphia ...


... flipped over wrapped in puff pastry (so the seam is underneath as it cooks), brushed with beaten egg and cooked for thirty minutes.

This is what comes of using up things found at the bottom of the freezer.  I found a large tub full of salmon fillets the other day, obviously bought when they were on offer and individually wrapped and boxed as is my way.  The frozen puff pastry was lurking under the bags of veg in the chest freezer (as were three more packs of shortcrust pastry ... all ready rolled too ... obviously another of my bargain buys).

The only thing is ... I forgot to take a photo of the finished dish ... we ate the flaky pillows of deliciousness with a leafy green salad.  Something I'll definitely be making again.



I did however take a photo of this weeks 'failure'.

There should be nothing wrong with it, these were also found in the freezer ... a bargain pack of raviolis stuffed with cheese and herbs and served with a jar of homemade sauce, topped with Parmesan style grated cheese. It just tasted wrong ... so shortly after this photo was taken the whole lot was tipped in the bin.  Now normally the chickens would have had these as tasty snack but as they had long since been tucked up in their henhouse for the night and I didn't fancy this failure hanging around the kitchen or the fridge until the following morning .... into the bin they went.


To end on a success and to keep up with my accountability on Weight-loss Monday, here is a photo of the scales this morning.

Yay ....  I'm in the twelves at last.

Sue xx



12 comments:

  1. Your salmon dish sounds interesting, but 30 minutes seems like a long time to cook it. Salmon to us is usually best when cooked just a few minutes on each side so it doesn't dry out. Don't you just hate it when you find something in the bottom of the freezer you have forgotten? Which reminds me that I need to dive into our deep freeze and see what's there!

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    1. On the lowest part of the hot oven on the Aga 30 minutes was exactly what it took to cook these perfectly. Don't forget the salmon was protected from the heat by a thick layer of cream cheese and wrapped in pastry.

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  2. I am going to give the brownies a go. I have everything on hand to make them :O). Thanks for the link to the recipe. Your scale accountability is fun, though I can't make head or tails of ya'lls scales lol.

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    1. 12st 12lbs is 180lbs, sorry I should have put that. There are 14 lbs to a stone.

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  3. well done on your weight loss and I love the look of the salmon dish.

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    1. Thank you. I wish I had remembered to take a photo of the finished dish ..... I'll have to make it again :-)

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  4. That would be a great snack for my diabetic husband when he's working in the garden as they're high in natural sugar. I have to keep him topped up while we are working. Well done on the weight loss.

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    1. I just have to work on my diabetic husband eating them one at a time!!

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  5. Going to try the salmon, bet that was lovely. Great job with the weight loss, well done you!

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  6. The salmon sounds lovely :) and well done on the weight loss!

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  7. Well done on your weight loss,talk about accountability!

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  8. Have been so busy so only weighed myself yesterday. Lost another 2 lb. Well done you!

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