Yesterday I made my very own version of chicken fricassee which I hope you will enjoy, too!
400g chicken, diced
300ml extra thick double cream, or alternatively 300ml heavy cream
1 jar white asparagus (Green Giant @ 190g) or alternatively fresh asparagus
150g mushrooms (fresh or from the can)
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp vegetable stock (optional)
Xanthan gum (optional)
Brown off the chicken and pepper it to your liking.
Lower the heat and add the cream, the asparagus, mushrooms and parsley.
Season with the curry powder, the vegetable stock and salt.
Simmer until the chicken is done, and add the parsley.
If you find the sauce too thin, use some Xanthan gum to thicken the sauce.
I admit it.. I did spend £2.- each for two pieces of Lo-Dough. Why? Because it seems to be the latest graze, and I like everything new and shiny.
As you can see from the image above, I have decided to use it as a pizza base, as recommended on the product package.
Lo-Dough comes as round pizza bases/wraps and the product as such smells nicely of .. yeast? The product states that it's ready to eat however I decided to give it the pizza test. The uncooked texture reminds me of foam, very soft and quite nice. We added a thin layer of tomato sauce to the dough, added pre-grilled chicken, onion, mushrooms and cheese and baked it at 180 C for 15 mins.
The crust was crisp.. very crisp. As a matter of fact it was completely dry. The centre of the pizza was soggy to the point of being inedible. I would not use Lo-Dough again, not for pizza anyway, and in all honesty, I would use it for anything else. The product tastes of absolutely nothing, and at £2.- per piece it is far too expensive for what it is.
I will stick with fathead and quark as an alternative for pizza bases, but at least I can say that I tried Lo-Dough.
Everybody who considered getting a Ketonix, which sells at over £100.- in the UK, I would personally not bother.
After watching a video by the amazing GingerlyGinger on Youtube, I considered getting a breathalzyer and she was right - these things work! So if you have considered getting a Ketonix, let me be honest: don't waste your money.
GingerlyGinger has made two videos, one of them (the older one) is a bit hard to understand so she made a new one only a week ago. Give them a watch, they're very informative:
Finally, almost three months after we bought it, we finally managed to set up our new gas BBQ, get a gas bottle and make our first batch of chicken breast - which was a delight I have you know ;-) !
When we visited my family this year, my broher-in-law Christian cooked a BBQ on a massive gas BBQ that he had gotten for his birthday. Needless to say my husband was smitten and wanted his own. And in all fairness, a gas BBQ is a lot easier and quicker, especially in weather conditions that change as quickly as they can here. So we got one, and the weather turned sour.
Yesterday.. 22 degrees, sun and not too much wind ! Never have I seen my husband build any DIY project that quickly :D . I don't think I will ever make chicken breast in the frying pan or oven ever again. Chicken breast will go on the BBQ from now on, yes even if it is snowing!
Prepare to see a lot more BBQ'ed meat on this blog. Our next plan is beef fajitas on the BBQ, so watch this space!
After what felt like endless discussions about whether BPC is a drink or in fact food, we have not come to a conclusion yet. I think it matters only if you are actively fasting, and what kind of fast you do. If you do a water fast, then BPC is maybe not an ideal breakfast.
Anyway... I have decided to give BPC another try. I don't think I am getting enough fat in my current diet, so I will incorporate BPC for a week to see if drinking it in the morning makes a difference. This morning I did not notice a difference. The BPC did not keep me fuller for longer as the holy internet promises, and I felt hungry by around half nine. Not a great start but maybe I have to get used to it first. Talking about getting used to it. I think I might add some flavour to the coffee tomorrow as I find it rather bland. Maybe some cinammon or nutmeg. The world is my oyster so to speak.
On another note, I have bought chocolate spread... yes, you read this correctly. Jim Jam's 83% less sugar chocolate spread with maltitol. Maltitol being a sugar alcohol should (!!) not affect my insulin level. However the internet gives a range of different opinions, so like with everything in Keto, experimenting is the only way of finding out if it is for me. So wish me luck :) .
I have not posted a lot of recipes yet, however I decided to keep a list of all recipes in a separate tab. This is more for myself to be honest, as I easily lose track of recipes. On top of that a list is easier to go through and get inspiration from when I need it.
This week I am struggling with food ideas, so if you would like to share your ideas with me, please do!
My husband is making slow cooked beef tonight, and I am planning on making springrolls in a bowl (recipe to follow). Apart from that... ? Honestly, it is Monday almost 11:00 am and my brain has clearly not set in yet.
I was asked about the feta cream recipe on my Instagram page, so I thought I'd share it here, as well.
200g of feta cheese
1-2 tbsp of creme fraiche or Greek yoghurt
2 garlic gloves
25g pickled roasted peppers
Pepper (no salt necessary as the feta is rather salty)
Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz them until they're smooth(ish).
Really simple :-)
Sausages, fried egg and low carb bread (less than 4 carbs per slice) - I'm in heaven! Seriously, I could eat sausages all the time on this woe. I normally get the 97% sausage by Harrogate, or chipolatas. The ones on the picture are chipolatas and I could east a full pack to myself!
Also on this picture is the Schneider protein bread, and it is absolutely delicious! At 3.9g carbs per slice it is a nice treat. Mind you, please check the ingredients before you go an buy it, as this is not keto friendly and contains ingredients that some Keto followers would not touch.
Not every dish looks appetising but this one wasn't half bad. It is beef mince wrapped in savoy cabbage, simmered in a gravy made from stock, creme fraiche, capers and mustard.
1 savoy cabbage
500 g beef mince
2 tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped up
1 onion, chopped
4 tbsp oil
1 tbsp mustard
3 tbsp crème fraîche
3-4 tbsp capers
300 ml beef stock
salt & pepper
thyme to taste
Wash the savoy cabbage and blanch 12 leaves in boiling water for 2 minutes. Refresh in cold water and drain well.
Chop 50g of the leftover savoy cabbage and mix with the tomatoes and onions. Salt and pepper, and season with thyme. Add 2 tbsp of oil to a frying pan and swet the mixture until soft. Set aside and allow to cool.
Season the beef mince (and rather use more than not enough). I used salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Add the vegetable mixture to the beef mince and mix thoroughly.
Add some of the meat mixture to each savoy leave, roll up and wrap them using some string.
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in the frying pan and briskly fry off your roulades from all sides. Add the stock und leave the roulades to cook for 15-20 minutes turning them occasionally.
Remove the roulades from the frying pan and add the crème fraîche, mustard, and capers. Salt and pepper to taste.
I love Raclette! Don't you?
Normally we do Raclette on New Year's Eve as it is a nice way of sitting together and eating together. But the other day I started to think.. I do that sometimes! Raclette is basically meat and cheese, and some vegetables. It is really good for following a ketogenic WOE and our Raclette grill spends its time packed away, only ever waiting for New Years Eve.
So I decided to have Raclette with mu husband. In fact used the Raclette grill on Saturday, Sunday and even Monday!
On Monday we made Fajitas and they were delivious. So anyone who likes making a delicious mess of meat, cheese and whatever else you like, you should maybe consider getting a raclette grill yourself? Ours is huge, but there are smaller ones out there.
Here is ours which we got from Amazon:
Yesterday I got kicked from a Keto group on Facebook because I shared a bread that only has 4g carbs per slice. Why? Because I had not realised that not all ingredients of the bread were suitable for Keto. I did post a list of ingredients so people can make their own minds as to whether they want to buy this of bread or not, and people in this group were aware that I am doing lazy Keto and do not necessarily follow the strict scientific side of this WOE. So please my dear readers if you ever find anything on my blog or on my Instagram page that you do not consider suitable or strict enough for your diet, please ignore it. I am trying to shift a large amount of weight and what works for me, works for me. But that also means that what works for me does not necessarily work for you. We all follow our very own approach to Keto. Some follow a very strict approach to Keto, others like me follow a more relaxed approach. By no means does this mean that your or my way is the better one. So as I said before: if you don't agree with anything I post, please ignore it.
I just wanted to give you a little update on my MCT oil experience.
So far I am very happy with the MCT oil I am using. The oil is a high quality and really doesn't taste of anything. I was a bit scared that it might be yucky, but it's actually quite pleasant. I can't bring myself to taking it on a spoon, and God knows I tried. I don't like the feeling of oil in my mouth. It's gagtastic...
However, using MCT in your morning coffee .. with or without butter .. works very well. I don't use butter, as I am not keen on Bulletproof Coffee, but the MCT oil on its own works really well.
Suffering from gallbladder issues, I am happy to say that since I have been taking MCT oil, the issue have disappeared. I never expected this to happen, and after nearly 20 years of pain, I am now painfree.
As we all know Keto can cause some trouble with constipation. This is no secret. Since starting taking MCT oil, this no longer is an issue at all.
Generally I am very happy with MCT oil and I will keep on taking it every morning.
In case you are looking for an MCT oil to try, I am using the one below and can really recommend it: