Have you got the January blues? Over here at Grumbling Tummy HQ I am feeling pretty chipper. Despite being ‘under consultation’ (a cute new word for redundancy) and being a few pounds heavier than I am comfortable with, all is pretty good. As my granny said – the world is your oxter (its not a spelling mistake clever clogs – my granny was just a bit quirky)
So today I have decided to ramble on a bit about what is exciting me this January on the food front.
BIG BURNS SUPPER FESTIVAL IN DUMFRIES
I am beyond excited to be heading off this weekend on my first ever ever bloggers trip, visiting Dumfries for a weekend of food and tourism. It is eagerly anticipated by both myself and my trusty assistant for the weekend (Miss P T who is along for the ride). I actually can’t think of anything I would rather do than be away with my bestie tasting lovely food, seeing beautiful sights and meeting other bloggers . The only thing jeopordising my happiness is the snottery coughing husband and daughter at home. I am trying to outrun the cold by dosing myself up on echinacia and vitamin C as well as generally trying to avoid my family where I can. So far so good!
You may be aware that In 2015, Scotland will be celebrating the ‘The Year of Food and Drink’, showcasing the wonderful local produce and gastronomy we have to offer, from the land to the larder. This trip celebrates all that is wonderful about Scottish food as well as well as marking the birth of the Bard at the Dumfries Big Burns Supper Festival. There is lots going on in Dumfries on Rabbie’s birthday weekend. For more information on both the Big Burns Supper and Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink click here. Big Burns Supper 2015 and here Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015. There will of course be lots of blogging and tweeting galore around this trip – so more to follow.
CURRY NIGHT IN
January also marks the grand ‘curry night in’ at the De Vries household. V who is a truly wonderful cook has been travelling back and forth to Dubai for a while and has accumulated an array of wonderful spices. Whilst teasing me with talk of these powdery delights I announced a curry night round at their gaff. Nothing like inviting ourselves. I expect great things, especially as Santa gifted V the wonderful Persiana cook book for Christmas.
LET THEM EAT CAKE
The best bit about my cakes is licking the spoon before anything hits the oven. They always taste OK but a light and fluffy texture eludes me, besides I just don’t have the patience to get it spot on. With that in mind I depend on the wonderful work of www.scottishperfections.com to create special occasion cakes for me. They are based in Fife and made this wonderful cake for my Dad’s 80th birthday lunch. I have commissioned a Tinkerbell cake for my gals 5th birthday and can’t wait to see it. B tuts a lot and would just as happily buy a cake from Asda, but I can’t quite explain the pleasure I get from these works of wonder – and besides they taste so much better.
ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER DIET
Despite claiming that all diets suck and that I am never every going on another diet ever ever again. I am going on a diet. I know, I know. This time it is the turn of the GI diet. A bit retro these days but it is pretty much sensible eating (which I have a bit of an issue with). Clearly beginning this in earnest will be after the weekend detailed above. I did this diet before and did quite well but that was back in the day when willpower seemed to be part of my mental make up.
For those of you who live under a stone and have not heard about the low GI diet, this is what expert Patrick Holford has to say about it.
“The secret to successful weight loss isn’t starving yourself; nor is it limiting your food choices or following a rigid pattern of eating. It is simply keeping your blood sugar balanced and your food choices healthy. This will not only help you to lose weight, but will also give you more energy and plenty of welcome side effects, such as better skin, improved digestion and enhanced mood.”
Here are the 5 commandments I need to try to follow
1. Eat plenty of fiber-rich vegetables , beans and fruit
2. Limit potatoes to small side dishes.
3. Choose grains in their least processed states. For example, replace refined and white breads with stone-ground whole wheat, sourdough, or pumpernickel. Swap jasmine and arborio rice for basmati, brown, or long grain. Instead of processed cereals like cornflakes and instant oatmeal, stick with old-fashioned oats .
4. Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages, and drink no more than one cup of 100 percent fruit juice daily.
5. Consume protein and fat at most meals and snacks.
Dumfries marks a haitus in my attempts to eat clean, however after I have had my fill on that trip I will be back on the wagon and will aim to bring you some cleanish recipes. This will kick off with a warming butter bean stew brought to us by the wonderful chef at Energise Body & Soul. These guys run a luxury retreat in beautiful Northumberland and spend their time getting lucky residents into shape through healthy and nutritious meals, bespoke fitness plans, heaps of fresh air and hot tub relaxation. I hope to try a retreat myself in the coming months ………… but for now I will cook!
In the mean time if you know of anybody who wants to hire an enthusiastic part time marketeer then you know where to find me!! Happy rest of January guys.