My bedhead and I are simultaneously proud and disturbed that it took a half an hour to become even minimally functional this morning.
A second cup of coffee helped. Fitbit says I had 6 hours of sleep, and that I only woke up once (I actually remember that), and my sleep score was 79, which is “fair”, but only 1 point away from “good”. I was thiiiiis close to having 6 hours of good sleep. It would be cool if that meant I didn’t wake up feeling like hell, and needing at least a half an hour just to get get both eyes open.
But once I was properly awake, I got busy and had a reasonably productive morning. Even to the point that I got started cooking breakfast by 8:30am. My original plan was to do the veggies on toast with a fried egg on top, but at the last minute, I was inspired to try a breakfast calzone. Because hey, why not? The recipe said it would take about 3 minutes to make the 2-ingredient (fat-free Greek yoghurt and self-raising flour) dough, then I figured maybe 7 minutes to cook the filling, then 20 minutes in the oven and bam, calzone!
Y’all, I’m here to tell you that it was 10:08am when I took my first bite of that calzone. Over an hour and a half, for what should’ve been a 30 minute process. I mean, I know I lost 20 minutes because I forgot to turn the oven on. I wish I could’ve seen the look on my face when I opened the oven to check it, and it was still completely raw. But I have no idea what the hell happened to the other hour! I’m going to have to try harder to get more organized in the kitchen. For real.
A tiny bit overcooked, but it tasted great. That’s the 2-ingredient dough, and inside there’s finely chopped roast chicken breast, onions, mushrooms, pumpkin, and spinach. A little bit of dijon mustard and a sprinkling of dried tarragon for flavour. Brushed with an egg wash, and cooked for 20 minutes at 180°C (350°F). I’ve got enough dough to make another one, so I will either give it another try (and see how it might work to freeze) or maybe make one with sweet fillings.
While the gap between the plan and execution for breakfast was massive, the opposite was true for lunch. The plan was to use up the last of the lemon & herb chicken steaks in a quick stir fry. 15 minutes later and I was eating. I didn’t time myself, but I’m pretty sure it took longer to eat it than to cook it.
I chopped the chicken and started browning it in the wok, then added onion, mushroom, garlic, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, minced red chilli, and frozen peas. And I finally remembered the baby corn! The only thing missing was water chestnuts. I’ll have some for next week for sure. Then I added cold brown rice, a little soy sauce, then a few drops of sesame oil and a drizzle of sriracha to finish. It was awesome! 3 points for the lunch brings me to 7 points for the day.
Out and About
Oh mais oui it was a gorgeous sunny afternoon today! I had no idea. Didn’t look that great through the windows, so I didn’t realise until I was outside taking some stuff to the recycling drop-off centre. I managed to get out just before the temp began to drop from the high of 12°C (53°F) so I went for a walk on the other (northern) side of Yarrabi Pond. Google says I walked 2600 steps in 26 minutes, and then another 1200 steps in 15 minutes when I popped into the grocery store on the way home. I’m counting it all, so that’s 3800 steps in 41 minutes for today’s walk.
I guess I worked up a bit of an appetite while I was out, so I made myself a little snack when I got home.
That’s right, it’s fresh fruit. Again! I just heard a recommendation for eating 4 servings of fruit every day, and here I am getting in my second piece in a week. The thing is, it’s not like I’m anti-fruit. I like fruit. I really, really enjoy it when I eat it. It’s just that it’s not part of my routine. But I’m working on it. I mixed a tablespoon of PB2 with a little hot water and a few drops of liquid artificial sweetener, drizzled it over the apple slices, and it was beautiful. Soooooo good! And it’s just 1 point. The coffee, which you might notice is not black, is a Nescafe 98% Sugar Free Caramel Latte. So it’s fancy instant coffee, and it was 3 points. They were in a little display at Coles showing off the new product, and they came in caramel or mocha. I’m not sure what I think of it yet, so I’ll get back to you on that. A 4 point snack brings my total for the day up to 11 points.
After enjoying the pasta so much last night, I thought I’d repeat the experience, but with the chicken cut up and mixed in with the veggies and the pasta. But as I was putting it all together, I thought about how the garlic, tomato sauce, and red pepper flakes, while delicious, had overpowered the rest of the veggies. So I left the veggies and pasta naked, and let those flavours come through. I’d really like to find a sweet spot in between the two, but adding the chicken in definitely helped it. I still don’t think I’d buy it again, though. I also added a bit of ham, since the proscuitto didn’t really seem to have any flavour, so that added another point to the dish, bringing it up to 8 points, plus another point for the parmesan. My son had made garlic bread, so it was my fatherly duty to enjoy the hell out of it. Mmmmmm…super crusty on the outside, soft and buttery on the inside. Totally worth the 5 points. So dinner was 14 points, and so far I’m on 25 points for the day.
And a little dessert before I call it a day. It feels so indulgent, and I’m mostly doing it because I’ve got the points for it, but I think this is my favourite flavour of low-cal ice cream. A serving of Tilly’s Chewy Gooey Choc Brownie ice cream is 3 points, so I’ll finish the day on 28 points.
Now the ice cream is gone, I’ve finished off two bottles of water, Fitbit says I’ve walked over 12,000 steps for the day, and I’m thinking it’s just about time for bed. I’ve started thinking about what I’m going to eat next week, and pulling the beginnings of a grocery list together, and hopefully I’ll get that all sorted tomorrow. Good night, all you beautiful Internet people out there. Take care of yourselves, and be good.
Song of the Day
On 7 July 1984 (37 years ago), Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA went to #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It stayed on that chart for 139 weeks–over two-and-a-half years–during which time MTV played videos of 5 of the songs about a zillion times. My 16-year-old self couldn’t get enough of it. This song wasn’t one of the hits, and it didn’t get a video, but it’s one of my favourites from the album.