21 and counting..

It’s been a while world, and for that I can only apologise. The new year bought new challenges for me, and I had a ridiculous amount of work to do – finding internship opportunities and all sorts. 

I’ve made a few recipes along the way…

  

HOME BAKED ONION BHAJI = dream come true 😍

   TURKEY STACK OF DREAMS 😘

  

LOW FAT COTTAGE PIE?! 😧😍

Anyhow, the recipes will follow in the coming months – I have exams to study for!

But let’s not forget I turned 21 recently. 

  

And how did I celebrate? 

Well, with food. 

  

Loch fyne SEAFOOD GRILL

 
Loch fyne SQUID TEMPURA WITH CHILLI JAM

  

And, following loch fyne, a family wagamama. 

  

But let’s not forget Gordon Ramsey’s beef Wellington. 

Well wasn’t that the most delicious birthday I’ve ever had. 

  

And don’t forgot the cake! (Or soufflé in this case)! 

Henrietta x

How to keep motivated

I’m not going to lie, I really hesitated to post this but I wanted to show everyone how I keep motivated. My 20th post had to be a special one. 

4 months ago I was diagnosed with type two diabetes, weighing 115.6kg (255 lbs) – a BMI of 40 (my god, that means I was morbidly obese!) 

Today I weigh in at 91.6kg (202 lbs) – almost four stone lighter and feeling a lot healthier for it. I’m still, unfortunately, obese technically, but I am 5.5kg (12 lbs) away from being just plain overweight. 

I know not many people pride themselves on being overweight, but if I could get out of the obese category and into the overweight category in the near future I would be delighted. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t considered obese.


I’m aiming to weigh 60-65 kg (132-143 lbs) before I’m happy with being a healthy weight. Based on my height I need to weigh between 54-73kg to have a healthy BMI. 

My then and now photos are how I keep motivated. I have to say I’m not too sure of the difference other than the fact that I know my face is a lot slimmer, but I’m looking forward to noticing the difference in my appearance myself. The strange thing is that I haven’t noticed yet – when I look in the mirror I’m not too sure I can see a difference which is why these photos remind me it’s doing something. 

Keep going everyone, even if you’re sure it’s not making a difference. It is, it’s just takes time to see it. 

Henrietta x

(And please – no hate on the photos). 

 

The alternative to steak and chips

Well, it was one of those no expense spared nights last night at a lovely little restaurant on tresco (the scilly isles). After carefully considering my options from the menu provided I asked my mother about the sweet potato wedges. 

“Are they deep fried or oven baked?

To which my response was along the lines of “they’re much too crispy to be oven baked”. It seemed, however, my question spoilt everyone’s fun as my mum then decided that the six of us could only share the single portion of sweet potato wedges given my concerns on how they were cooked. 

Oops. 

Anyhow, that somewhat spoilt my choice to have a healthier version of steak and chips, though I did manage to work my way around the menu. 

First of all, when it comes to ordering steak, you want to choose the least fatty cut you can. Fillet is by far the healthiest option you can go for – but it is also the priciest. I didn’t have beef fillet available on the menu last night so my second best choice is sirloin. I tend to avoid rump at all costs after learning it has a higher fat content than I expected. 

If you prefer your steak rare then you are in for a treat. You actually burn more calories digesting a steak the rarer you have it – and, luckily, that’s just how I like it.

Once my steak was chosen I was back to my dilemma of what to substitute in the place of chips. I had already discovered the sweet potato wedges weren’t my best option, despite their low GI rating, so I reverted back to my safest bet – boiled potatoes please.

Obviously they aren’t quite the same as having steak and chips, but I have to say the health benefits make you feel a lot less guilty upon finishing the meal. 

So there it is: my posh steak and chips. A rare sirloin steak with chickpea purée, boiled new potatoes, roasted tomatoes and steamed beans and broccoli, marinated in aged balsamic. 

Now, come on, were you really expecting me to tell you to still eat chips

Henrietta x