Thursday, 17 January 2013

Snow & Singing Swedes

Today, I finally managed to wake up and get out of bed in the morning. First time this week :) Go me :) The joys of working shifts, and the luxury of a week off mean that this occurrence is quite rare, but I wanted to get a few things done today - and so dragged myself out of bed at a reasonable hour! Breakfast was foremost in my mind, but as I'm still following Success Express some help from the lovely Claire was required, and we had a bit of a chat regarding the merits of eggs and tomatoes on toast as a breakfast on SE, the outcome being that as long as I had 1/3 eggs and 2/3 tomatoes the toast, as a HeB, would just be additional. Happily advised I went to make breakfast, and realised we had no sorry Claire for asking a zillion questions this morning for no good reason ;)

Breakfast therefore had to have a bit of a rethink as supplies are rather low, and so I ended up with another fruity affair.

A couple of bananas, pineapple and my HeB of simply fruity cereal. Not quite egg on toast, but it did the job before we headed out to the shops! We had a few bits to pick up, but had some fun wanderings too, and we finally got some snow as well. it was only a spattering, and it didn't last long - but it got me all excited :) We didn't go mad buying crap, as we can sometimes do, but I did pick up a rather good veggie cookbook for £2.99 which has lots of recipes which can be adapted for SW in it, so hopefully I'll get a chance to try some of them. Whilst out, we popped into the market to pick up some decent sized jacket potatoes, and the stall also had mahooooooosive mushrooms. I couldn't resist, and so picked up a couple of those too, one of which was destined to be lunch :)

See? Mahoosive! I topped it with spinach, and then Quark, which I'd mixed with herbs and garlic, and finally with 30g of Stilton :) with some wedges and salad it was a rather yummy lunch, and I still have another mushroom to play with another day :) Any suggestions? 

With snow, and it being bloody cold, what else could I have for dinner except a nice filling stew? I'd put all the ingredients in the slow cooker when I did breakfast and so it was ready and waiting for when I got hungry. As an accompaniment, I decided to give the Singing Swede a go. There has been a lot of talk on the various SW groups on Facebook about cooking swede in the microwave - no peeling, no chopping, just bung it in the microwave (I cooked mine for 15 minutes), and when it's cooked, chop it in half and scoop out the inside. It really was that easy!*

That's what you call comfort food, and still very much a Success Express meal, as the only non superfree ingredients were some pearl barley and lentils (the rest was frozen veg of various ilk, tinned tomatoes, stock and herbs). I think I'm getting the hang of this Success Express malarkey :)

After such a heavy meal, it was quite a while before I wanted anything else, but I really needed something sweet, and hadn't had any syns, so I treated myself to a few sweet nommies :)

Food Diary (Success Express)

Free Food
cherry tomatoes
salad leaves
fat free salad dressing
mixed frozen veg
frozen casserole mix
tinned tomatoes
pearl barley
vegetable stock

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk

B - 40g DC simply fruity muesli
B - 30g Stilton

Shape delight yogurt                1/2
12 Mikado                              6

Total syns                               6 1/2

So another Success Express day done and dusted - and now we have food in the house again, it'll only get easier :) Tomorrow is the monthly girlie lunch, and so I'll stay syn free to try and minimise the damage. Much as I'd love to have uber willpower, it just fails me when I'm faced with a menu of delicious food! I do want that loss though, so perhaps that will be the motivation I need tomorrow? It'll all depend on that moment when I'm asked what I'm having....

*Singing Swedes refers to the noise the swede makes when cooking, NOT Abba :)


  1. love the thoughts of cooking swede in the micro never thought of doing other veg, i do butternut squash like that, so gonna try some other veg in micro, as i hate trying to peel hard veg xx

    1. Now I know you can eat the skin of a butternut squash, I just cut it in half and roast it :)

  2. great idea about the swede and the above comment about doing butternut squash the same way. I will give it a go, do you have to prick the veg, like you do a jacket potato, or just bung it in? Love your blog, always look forward to reading it and you are doing fantastic xx

    1. I pricked it, but some people don't bother - I just didn't want it to explode :)

      Glad you enjoy the blog, thanks so much for reading it x

  3. Love the blog! been reading and following since before Christmas. I miss a few days due to work but love catching up with what you've been up to.Your doing great! xx
    ps THANKYOU for the butternut squash and swede advice! yay! xx

    1. Thank you :) I was rather pleased about the BNS and swede too, anything for an easier life! x

    2. Hi are you still blogging or have you left us all behind having reached target?