A couple of cups of black coffee before lunch. A chocolate and nut snack mid-morning. Unnecessary for nutritional purposes, but spending hours on a computer needs a reward sometimes.
To break the fast, I was going to prepare a cheese omelette. Eggs are so versatile. It’s amazing to think they were once demonised as heart attack material. They can be boiled, scrambled, omeletted with any amount of accompaniment, spinach, bacon, mushrooms, cheese, tomatoes, onions, or all of those together. They can end up in keto bread, pizza bases and low carb quiches. I used to have three-egg omelettes but am now down to two. I might have three if it is going to be the main meal. I used to buy large eggs, but someone told me that the chickens could struggle with those. I’m not entirely convinced. I used to keep chickens, and they laid eggs of all sizes. I don’t think it’s a thing you can force them to do, lay large eggs. But I couldn’t find anything but medium eggs this week, so I was freed from the agony of choice. I think if we were chickens, most of us would be happy laying smaller eggs. I Don’t know.
Today for the cheese omelette. 2 eggs, a small dollop of double cream, some black pepper. Beat with a fork. Add to a frying pan where you have heated olive oil. Let it spread out a bit and get ready to turn down the heat. As soon as the top has set, it’s ready to go! I grated some cheddar on and added a bit of mayonnaise. That was it—a glass of cold water to finish, which set me up for the afternoon.
Tonight, the chicken was going to get its final preparation. I’m not going to eat it tonight, just get it out of the kitchen. Chicken and mushroom soup is on the menu for a few meals. So, it was time to remove the meat from the bones. Most of the chicken meat went with the first two meals, but there were pieces here and there. These went into a large saucepan with the remainder of the chicken curry, and then the chicken bones went in. Add a chopped up rest of the onion, some salt and pepper and cover with cold water just enough to cover the bones. Simmer for about a couple of hours. You want all of the goodness to come out of the bones. Some people buy bones especially to make bone broth. If you get something like a beef bone, it’s a 24-hour process. I reckon 2 hours is enough for a chicken.
When it has all cooled down, recover the bones. I added a few of the mushrooms, having lightly fried them in olive oil. Then a small pour of double cream and either blend with a hand blender or just eat as is. What a great way to get nutrition from something many people throw away.
I couldn’t face the chicken tonight. It was going to be Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheese Bake. I took a quarter of the monster cauliflower, half of the normal-sized broccoli, cut them into florets and steamed them for 10-15 mins until lightly crunchy. ‘Arrange’ on a plate, or just empty the contents of the pan onto the plate. That will do. Grate some cheese, add some mayo if you want, and crush some black pepper to season: a light and delicious meal.
Those too-large-to-be-credible strawberries are so large they look alien in the fridge. And they are still fresh enough to eat. It’s just not natural. Talk about chickens and large eggs. I reckon the strawberry plant would have been heaving with that on its stalk. The last time I saw a commercial strawberry farm, the strawberries were in hanging baskets. These are larger than eggs. I put one in an egg box and couldn’t shut the lid. But to be fair, they have a nice texture, colour, aroma, and flavour. It’s just their size. Perhaps one day this will be normal for all strawberries. But you would need, I reckon, 50 wild strawberries for every one of those.
Strawberry Fool. A single strawberry blitzed with 50:50 Greek yoghurt and double cream. I added some crumbs from the chocolate and nut snacks. A cup of coffee and that was it for the day. Tomorrow’s meal is already made. Good all round.