An overdue catch up… with SAUSAGE ROLLS.

I am going to desperately try to commit a little more to this page. As I have previously mentioned, I am far better at using my instagram, but for the last year I have been frantically working ridiculously hard to pass my PGCE (and I did!). It really didn’t leave me with a lot of time to post on here, or on my instagram. BUT, I am really going to try this time.

I love cooking. I love everything about it – not just eating the final product. 

And I miss this blog. I miss it. So I am coming back, and we will see how long it lasts.

The truth is, in the last few years I have become very independent when it comes to cooking. I don’t often follow recipes anymore. I throw together what I fancy and something new is born. BUT, as useful as that is for me, its really not that useful for those of you who message me and ask for the recipe. Truth is, I have no idea what the recipe is.

Alas, I’ll give this one a go.

Now this is a favourite of mine. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LOVE A SAUSAGE ROLL then you need to listen up. 

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These babies are good – they are great. I saw the idea on an episode of “Eat Well for Less” and I never looked back.

First thing is first, get yourself to Marks and Spencers because they do the best skinny sausages I have ever had. (Added a link for you – because I’m good to you). These are GREAT and they have never not been on the 2 for £5 offer. If you fancy popping to Sainburys, they stock heck super lean sausages which are great too – I just prefer the juicier M&S ones. ** GIVE IT A GO WITH CHICKEN SAUSAGES TOO – THEY ARE STILL GREAT! **

However, if you really aren’t the bothered about the fat content of your sausages then just go ahead with your favourite bangers – BUT THE BETTER THE QUALITY, THE BETTER THE SAUSAGE ROLLS. Please get some bangers with a good amount of pork percentage. (Equally, if you are a veggie or vegan then given these a go! I made these at christmas with some chestnut and cranberry soy-sages from a great little vegan shop in Norwich called Tofurei – give them a visit if you are ever around because I just eat their soy-sage rolls because they’re great).

Enough with the chit-chat, right? You want the sausage rolls.

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Ingredients

  • 50g/1¾oz butter or vegetable oil
  • 6 pork sausages (or whatever else you fancy!)
  • 6 large sheets filo pastry, room temperature (ideally remove from the fridge 20 minutes before needed)
  • salt and pepper
  • OPTIONAL (but a must-have if you are me) – caramelised onion chutney. (Here’s a little idea that I like to use – whack in whatever you want! I’ve tried chilli jam, mustard, pesto when using chicken sausages.. whatever you fancy!)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 210C/190C Fan/Gas 7 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat and season with salt and pepper. If using oil, just season the oil in a bowl with a pastry brush to hand. Meanwhile, make a slit along the side of the sausages, peel the skin off and discard.

  3. Lay a sheet of filo pastry on a clean work surface and brush with the melted butter/oil. Layer another sheet on top and brush with more butter. Lay two sausages along the shortest edge of the filo, then roll it up to form a long sausage. If you are using the caramelised onion chutney they layer a thin line on top of the sausage meat and roll with the sausages. Cut into four pieces and place onto the baking tray. Repeat this step another two times.

  4. Brush the tops of the rolls with any remaining butter/oil and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until cooked through and golden-brown.

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I mean, they are beautiful right?

I’ve seen various slimming world videos circulating around facebook where they use wraps as the pastry too – worth a go if you are feeling inventive! 

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Lots and lots and lots of love,

Henrietta x

Who has missed me?!

I’ve not been very good at using my blog – in all honestly I’m much better at posting on Instagram (give me a follow if you’d like! @thedietingdiabetic).

I’ve gotten to a stage where I’m comfortable mixing things up when I’m cooking. I know healthy foods so well that I don’t have to follow a recipe and, often, I’ll just wing it and never think to write it down and post. And for that I apologise. 

Now the last thing I posted stated I had surgery number two lined up and, just as I said I was, I was crazy enough to go through with it! And, in all honesty, I am so glad I did. I may have had that *slight* issue with the opening of my hip wounds last time, but that upper back skin removal has made such a difference to my body and my confidence. Once the post-op swelling went down, of course! (Shown below).

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But look at that difference in my upper back!

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So as well as the upper back lift I had a tummy tuck revision after the area around my abdomen developed an overhand following the opening of my hip wounds, and a breast augmentation because I was left with wrinkled sacks of nothing. I’m so happy with how things have turned out, but there will always be something I think could look better. I’ve toyed around with the idea of having my upper thighs looked at but concluded that I would have to wait until I had more funds and give myself more time to heal.

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They sag ever-so-slightly, and they do reveal their wrinkled state when let loose, but for now I’ll survive with a slight disliking over something I rarely have out in this english weather.  

I am now seven weeks post-op (the second one, anyway) and I am feeling great. My breasts haven’t fluffed as of yet so there are still many changes to come, but the post-op swelling has almost disappeared completely – although if I am bloated it makes an appearance with a vengeance. But just check our this comparison – one year on. 

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100% made the right decision to go under the knife. It was scary the first time having never had a general anaesthetic before, and the side effects of shedding skin have been no fun at all but there’s a bonus – I use so much body butter now that I’m super soft permanently. (Seriously, I think the body butter has entered my blood stream and become part of my DNA).

wish I knew what questions anyone might have who may be about to undergo a similar procedure and I would love to answer them so if you can think of anything, anything at all, drop me a comment and let me know.

Henrietta x

5 weeks post op.. 

So, on Monday, I’ll be 5 weeks post op. It was only 3 days ago that I was re-operated on after both my hips had horrendous open wounds. 



After all the progress I made recovering, I am back at square one. Unable to travel, move, and unable to wear my compression garments. The swelling has come back to unmeasurable levels. I’m in discomfort but I am confident I’ll be okay. 

On the brightside, check out these arms! 



It was never going to be easy, but I’m determined to recover enough to work on some recipes and go for walks at least. 


I can’t wait to see my new body when it eventually reveals itself to me. 

It’s a huge step in my weight loss journey, and it’s a decision I made because I could not have kept the sagging skin hanging off my torso.

Wish me a speedy (-er) recovery! 

Henrietta x 

9 days post-op.. 

I finally had my surgery! 


So, on the 19th December, I had a belt lipectomy and brachioplasty to start my journey in removing my excess skin. 


It seems a lifetime ago that I was 119kg, morbidly obese, and somewhat unhappy. 

If you feel good about yourself being plus-sized then that’s great for you, but I never did. 

How could I? I was bullied, I was often breathless, and I didn’t even want to do anything.

My life has completely changed.


My belly button isn’t a sad face anymore, and my abdomen doesn’t resemble a ballsack! 


They took three kilograms of skin away from me.


Since then, I’ve been happy. No post-op blues, no severe pain, no inability to move – swollen, a little stiff perhaps, but happy. 

I am heavily bruised, especially around the groin. But I cannot wait for the swelling to subside and my body to reveal its true form! 

People say it’s a tough decision, having surgery, and I suppose it is – but the outcome is so much better than you could ever possibly imagine. 

If you’re in the same boat I was… do what’s best for you. There’s no time limit. 

All the best to everyone, whether happy or unhappy, small or large, healthy or not, it’s Christmas. So enjoy. 


Henrietta x 

For the beef eaters too..

 Just a heads up – the earlier posted lasagne recipe works for beef lasagne classics too!  

 Just use lean minced beef and dry red wine instead!

 And I used the right sized dish this time so it looks perfect! 

Henrietta x

20 week weigh-in 

So today was my 20 week weigh-in.

It’s been a long 20 weeks and I’ve given up a lot. I’ve given up macdonalds, I’ve given up sugar, and I’ve given up money. It’s certainly costly losing weight, having to continuously buy clothes that fit and spending more money on healthy options. 

But I’ll tell you what I’ve gained. 

Accomplishment. 

Recognition.

Respect.

Today my weigh-in reveals the most dramatic change I’ve had to my lifestyle since I first gained all this weight. 

I’ve lost 28kg, or 62.8lbs, but what am I most proud of?    
Absolutely this. 

On the 29th April I was classified as morbidly obese. That’s when my journey began. 

4 and a half months later I am now classified as overweight. 

I am so super proud of how far I’ve come and I know that anyone who is struggling can do it too. 

I’ll keep pushing it until I’m at an ideal weight. Wish me luck! 

Henrietta x