Bacon & Egg Pies

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These little babies are so easy to make and really delicious.

You will need:

Bacon
Eggs
Fresh Thyme
Fresh Chives
Mozzarella Cheese (if desired)
Salt & Pepper

Line a muffin tin or small ramekins with middle cut bacon. You can trim the rind if you prefer but i like to keep a little bit of rind around the top because it goes nice and chewy. Put the muffin tray in the oven to cook the bacon for a few minutes. It will start to look like it is moulding itself to the muffin tin.

Mix eggs gently, just breaking the yokes. Mix in fresh herbs and the salt and pepper to taste. Pull the bacon lined muffin tin out of the oven and pour the egg mixture into the middle of the lined bacon muffin tins & top with herbs and cheese if you wish.

Bake for 5-7 minutes until the egg is just cooked. They will easily slide out of the muffin tins. Serve with salad for lunch, with a side of roasted tomato and mushrooms for breakfast or pack them for a picnic.

Enjoy

CaraleeSig

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3 Weeks of Eating REAL food

It has been 3 weeks and I have only eaten what I define as ‘real food’. This means no processed food, just healthy natural foods. I originally thought that I wouldn’t eat diary but I have been eating the odd bit of cheese and milk.

How do I feel? I feel great! I have lost a couple of kilo’s, I know I would loose more if I dropped the diary out of my diet and of course I may have indulged in a few chocolate balls (made from dates)!

Has it been hard? No not really. it is fairly easy in fact.

What have I been eating? My typical day starts with eggs for breakfast, either hard boiled or a herb omelet. Lunch is usually a salad or if I go to sushi (my favourite) a salad and sashimi. I stay away from traditional sushi which is made from rice. Dinner is probably the easiest because it is normal to have some lovely meat and vegetables, I leave off sauces and starches.

Am I going to keep going? Absolutely, why would I stop now! I feel fantastic and I have so much exploring to do with this new way of thinking about food. I am feeling excited about food rather than thinking that food is the enemy that I love so much. Now I am realising that I can LOVE food and it is OK.

CaraleeSig

Chocolate Balls – gluten & sugar free

Chocolate Balls

These are the most delicious chocolate balls with out any of the bad stuff. They are made from whole ingredients and you can whip them up in only 10 minutes.

All you need is a standard size pack of pitted dates, cashew nuts, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds & two table spoons of cocoa. Put all of the ingredients together in the food processor and whiz into a paste. You can add a touch of water if needed. Roll them into little balls and roll in the coconut. Pop them in the fridge or freezer to set.

Theses are so easy to make and the entire family will love them.

CaraleeSig

MY ADDICTION – True Story

Woohoo I’ve done it! A whole week without sugar. No small feat for me that’s for sure. It appears that its true about the vicious cycle of sugar and refined flours, salt and saturated fats. I didn’t doubt it, but I truly didn’t expect to feel this great so quickly after eliminating these things from my diet. Energy levels are great, I feel lighter, happier, and ultimately quite proud of myself. I will admit to a lengthy eye boggling look at a cake a few days ago but the feel good factor totally outweighed the urge to indulge. So here I am – one week down and feeling fantastic. Yay me!
RoseSig

The Eating Out Test.. did I pass?

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Last night I went out to dinner to celebrate 7 years of being in business with our staff from our law practice. I was concerned about the challenges eating out may pose, but was surprised with how easy it was.

Prior to bringing our meals out the chef brought us a complimentary taster, this was an onion soup with a crostini. The soup was all natural and delicious, I gave my crostini to someone else. Phew I passed the first test!

How did I go on the bread roll test? Ahhhh I LOVE bread rolls! The waiter was serving everyone a beautiful selection of gourmet bread rolls. I find chewy crusty breads with lashings of olive oil or butter irresistible. But just like a non-smoker wouldn’t ever contemplate a cigarette, I didn’t look twice at the bread rolls! I politely said to the waiter, “no thanks not from me, I am a non-breader!” (No not really) I just said no thanks and a roll never landed on my plate.

For the entrée I chose the scallops, easy and simple. The mains were very easy to, I was thinking lamb or salmon? I went lamb, which was accompanied with a tomato side. All ingredients were natural, real foods.

Desert was a not brainer… I didn’t even look at the menu. I got a beautiful peppermint tea instead.

I left the restaurant feeling satisfied and not over full like I usually would. The extra bonus was that it was great to wake up this morning feeling light and energetic.

CaraleeSig

Our REAL Food Pledge

Rose and I have pledged to each other and ourselves to eat only REAL food for the next four weeks.

What does this mean you may ask? It is really quite simple, if it is not provided by mother earth we will not eat it.

The list of foods allowed are:

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Natural oils, olive oil, coconut oil etc

It is actually amazing the beautiful meals and snacks that we have been enjoying so far and our families are loving it too. It is not easy breaking the sugar and chemical addiction that we have from processed foods but so far I am feeling excited about my future healthy relationship with REAL food.

CaraleeSig

Snack Time

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So good! I was feeling hungry at 3:30 pm today and instead of reaching for something sweet I made this great snack and it was definitely a taste sensation. Truth be told I had more than four but who’s counting!

Cucumber – sliced into rounds
Smoked trout – roughly chopped
Fresh dill – torn into small pieces
Rock Salt – just a light sprinkling

Assemble and eat with gusto! I did!

RoseSig