Let me choose my plate

Over the years my need to lose weight has increased. However, I realised that the longer you take to lose the weight the lower your desperation to lose it becomes. That means if you want to lose weight and maintain it, then you need to do it fast. But what do people like myself do. Our tongues start wagging the moment we sniff food. And thus it becomes difficult to maintain the oath we once took.

A few years back I was watching a show on TLC where they have a set plate with fixed portion sizes. This way you can eat anything you want to as long as stay true to the portions on the plate. This is a tough task, but worth the pain. And you can actually buy these plates off the internet. I am still searching. So if you come across let me know. And I promise that if I come across I will let you know too. Life can’t get easier than this.

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Trying to re-create the magic of Masterchef

Watching Masterchef Australia, is one of my favorite activities. However, it would be a complete insult if I call it a way of passing my time. It is more than just watching the show, it is like absorbing every second of it. Only that person who has the passion to cook will share the same sentiment.  Just being foodies is not good enough. Masterchef has made me an impossible person to please. This is true. I am unable to please myself anymore when I look at y creation. I always feel as if I have lost the challenge. If this is happening to anyone around the world, then there are a lot more crazy people like me out there. With all of those food shows, it is Masterchef who finally got me hooked on. So as I continue my journey of cooking, we put on a few more pounds and loosen up our purse strings just a bit more.

Layered Potatoes

What you will need;

3 potatoes

1/2 cup milk

1 cup cheddar and mozarella cheese grated

salt to taste

1 tbsp butter

basil chopped or dried

 

How to:

Thinly slice potatoes into rounds. Place it in a microwave safe bowl. Cover it with water and add salt to taste. Microwave for 20 minutes.

Now rub the butter over in an ovenproof dish. Place one layer of potatoes, cover it with chopped basil and cheese. Alternate layers like this until you have finished using all of the potatoes. Now pour the milk over this.

Cover it and bake it for 20 minutes at 180 degrees.

Take of the cover just before serving and heat it up until the cheese turns a slight golden brown color.

I love eating it with ketchup on it’s own or with a roast.

My Roast Chicken

This is one of my favorite recipes. I hope you enjoy cooking it.

What you will need;

1 whole chicken

1 onion

1 cup of chopped streaky bacon

1 cut carrots

8 garlic cloves

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp oil

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions;

Rub the whole chicken with salt and pepper ( rubbing the chicken means literally giving it a good massage).

Heat the oil and butter in the frying pan and add the garlic cloves.  Fry these till lightly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon.

Add the chopped bacon. Remove it with a slotted spoon once browned.

Saute onions until golden brown.

Now add the chicken and brown on all sides.

Arrange your baking bowl like this;

Layer of carrots and garlic covered with the browned bacon. Place the chicken on top of it. Now cover the chicken with the golden brown onion and pour the oil and fat from the frying pan.

Cover the chicken with an aluminium foil and let it bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees for 45 minutes.

Take off the cover and let it bake in the oven for another 30 minutes.

Once baked let it rest on the serving tray for 10 minutes. Then pour some of the juices along with the onions on the chicken.

You could serve this with some mash. tastes awesome.