It's that time again. I was dreading it a bit but I'm happy to report a 2 lb loss! :o) Another 3lb to go and I will be at my first target.
I have been baking for the children but I'm steering clear of things like brownies and going for flapjacks instead. I find them easier to resist than a brownie. I'm not snacking in the evening which was my worse time for unplanned noshing.
What I haven't been doing is cooking low calorie meals or avoiding fat. I am determined to do this not by changing what I eat but by changing how much I eat. With that in mind I'm going to share a recipe which might surprise you :o)
Rillettes are a delicious French speciality made from very fatty pork. So if you are fatphobic or don't eat pork I apologise. The recipe I use is from this wonderful little book The Pauper's Cookbook by Jocasta Innes which has many wonderful tasty yet thrifty recipes but no pictures. Oddly I find the cookbooks I use most are the ones without pictures.
What you do is buy a couple of pounds (1kg) of pork belly rashers. Cut the rind off but leave the fat on.
Cut the pork into one inch chunks, throw them in an ovenproof casserole dish with a lid (Dutch oven) with a couple of bay leaves, 3 or 4 cloves, some thyme and 8 fl oz water. Cook for 4 hours at 140°c (275°F).
Drain all the fat off the meat into a bowl (you will need it later). Put the meat into a strong bowl and using the end of a rolling pin pound it into a uniform paste. This is easier than it sounds. Season with salt, pepper, two crushed cloves of garlic and quatre épices if you have them (French spice blend).
Next put the meat back in the pot and cook for another half an hour without the fat. Pack into a bowl or little ramekins- I used a pudding basin, and then pour over all the reserved fat. I think it is supposed to settle on top of the meat to a depth of a cm or so. Mine just soaked into the meat. It was none the worse for that though. The results were delicious. I ate it for lunch with oatcakes two days running, then we all had it for lunch with toast and tomatoes (cornichons would have been nice too). There was some left for C's sandwiches the next day. I also roasted a joint of pork at the weekend which I ate crackling and all. All that fat and still a 2 lb weight loss. But no snacking.
Slowly does it.