Well despite my reservations about the scales this week and my screw up on the bank holiday weekend I am happy to report that today I lost 1.5lbs which FINALLY takes me to my five stone award!
The lovely weighing in girl and another regular both high fived and hugged me – which made me rather embarrassingly grin from ear to ear! This result and their jubilant support means that I have now officially lost the full sized fire extinguisher.
The 6 stone certificate is calling me and I WANT IT!!!!!
The SW group was a bit different this morning – in that there was an opportunity for us to vote for and listen to the stories of the candidates for ‘woman of the year’. After this we then had the arduous task of trying all the lovely food that people had brought along with them.
Today honestly was probably one of the most inspirational in the group so far and the three ladies that we had to vote for were all incredibly deserving. By the end, after listening to their stories (which are in many ways so common to us all) and seeing their before and after photos my manly resolve was pushed to the limit and there was barely a dry eye in the house.
I’m sure Angie was road testing waterproof mascara – and I watched her at the back of the room wipe several happy tears away. She really does care about each and every one’s journey.
She’s so good at what she does and is a real gem!
Even though the winner was very deserving of her certificate and bouquet, in my eyes they were ALL superstars in their own right – and I take my metaphorical hat off to all three of them.
Well done girls. xxx
After a few awards to people for losses we moved to the food – which I’d been up early this morning faffing about with and preparing.
Yesterday I’d cooked a fallback batch of mini quiches. It’s not my recipe – and I ripped Angie off from the first time we did this a few months ago – but there were some who hadn’t tried them so it was nice for people to have a nibble to see what they thought.
For the ladies that asked for the mini quiche recipe it’s in my blog from the 6th July and can be found here. I absolutely LOVE these and they store very well in the fridge for a couple of days. they’re a life saver with some salad or steamed veg and can be eaten hot or cold (I prefer cold).
However when I did the stuffed peppers with pork mince last time one of the girls didn’t eat pork/bacon – so I had decided to so something else as well just in case so everyone could have a nibble.
So – what else was I cooking Yesterday?
This was ‘Zingy Fishcakes’ from the June 2016 issue of the Slimming World Magazine.
However, I modified it a little (the amount and type of fish needed can be pricey if you follow the magazine which wanted 600g of hot smoked trout!) My fish was about £4 from Aldi – but I’m sure there are cheaper cuts and types of fish that can be used.
- 600g Potatoes, peeled and cut into approx 5cm sq halved chunks
- 4 Spring onions finely chopped
- 1 tbsp of capers finely chopped
- 200g Salmon & 200g Smoked haddock/cod
- 2 tbsp finely chopped flat leaf parsley
- Grated lemon zest (1 lemon)
- 1 tbsp dry chilli flakes
- 2 tbsp finely chopped gherkins (this is approx 3 6cm gherkins)
- 1 egg lightly beaten.
- Boil the potatoes until they’re just soft. Once these are done either run them under cold water for a while or leave to cool until they’re warm to the touch but not hot.
- In the meantime cook the fish in a pan with some spray oil until they’re just under done. Then remove the skins when they’ve cooled a little and flake them into a bowl.
- Then mix the capers, spring onions, chilli flakes, lemon zest and gherkins in a bowl. You can also do this in a food processor, but I don’t have one and prefer manual chopping – but make sure to chop them finely.
- Then add the flaked fish and gently mix it in, breaking up any large chunks, but making sure not to turn it into a mashed paste.
- Once this is done then coarsely grate the potatoes into the bowl and mix this together with the fish and veg. It’s easier with hands in my opinion – but be careful with the chilli flakes!
- After its all combined then shape it into 8 cakes. You’ll need to cool these for at least 30 mins – or ideally overnight so that they’re stiffer and won’t fall apart during cooking.
- When you’re ready with a preheated oven on gas mark 4 / 180 degrees you can brush the beaten egg over the cakes and put them on a spray oiled baking tray/tin. I actually had too much egg in this case and it looked like a mini omelette under the fish cakes creating a lovely crust on the bottom – but be careful when you get them out of the tin. You’ll need a thin, flat spatula to lift them out otherwise they’ll stick.
- They need to cook (depending on your oven) anywhere between 20-25 mins. The first test fish cake I did on its own tasted a little under cooked at 25 mins – so I actually turned my oven up for the main batch – but carefully watching should mean no mistakes are made.
I also made a fat free fromage frais dip with freshly chopped mint and lemon juice and some lemon slices to drizzle squeeze on the fishcakes, but this is entirely optional.
As always if this is part of a main meal don’t forget to have with lots of speed food – but otherwise this is a FREE FOOD dish.
Overall I think they turned out OK – and joyfully I have a couple left for dinner – which is nice!
Also one of the ladies (thank youuuuu!!!!) gave me her jar of blackcurrant and beetroot jelly (I know – who knew you could combine these flavours!!!)
It was a sugar free jelly made with HALF the recommended amount of water, some malt vinegar and chopped beetroot.
I’m honestly not sure how to categorise this as it’s like sweet jelly with tangy beetroot – and tasted unusually delicious!!
There we too many others to mention today, but I really want to try the all day breakfast loaf – which was just too good to not have again. I’m going hunting on our Facebook page later for how to make that!!!
I might also have erotic dreams about the mini pizza triangles tonight. They were utterly lush!
So – all in all a good start to the weekend. Apart from the rain. Sadly it’s truly miserable outside, so its highly unlikely I’m going to the park today.
Looks like I’m going to have to watch a movie or something.
Still – there are worse things than being stuck inside in a warm armchair with a full tummy knowing that everyone this morning went away from group feeling happy and satisfied.
Enjoy the fishcakes internet. I know I will!