Still Unready For This Jelly

Long term readers may recall in December 2001 I attempted a gym class called Body Jam. The class is described as "the world’s greatest dance-party workout – a new generation fitness class that unlocks everyone’s rhythmic and dancing instincts." Hmmm.

Last time I did this class it was pushing 40’C and the air conditioning was broken. I was also more than 20 kilos heavier. I thought my lungs were going to burst out of my chest and salsa their way out the window.

So has anything changed over two years later? I didn’t feel like I would die this time round. It is still a gruelling cardio session but I am fit enough to keep up the pace. HOWEVER – I still possess two left feet. The class moved so freaking fast that I was just thinking about how to get my legs to move for the first bit when everyone else was hiphopping their way through the chorus. Fark!

But unlike last time, I refuse to give up. Sure, I suck ass, but it was fun. I will just keep hiding up the back being a spazz. I will spend the hour looking at my feet and shuffling awkwardly while my hands stay slack and useless by my side.

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You’ll be pleased to know I’ve come back to Planet Sanity after having my big spazz-out on Thursday. I honestly feel I was going into some sort of withdrawls that day, sparking my evil mood and ultra-crazy writing. Going from scoffing a chocolate bar (at least) per day as well as oodles of baked potatoes and cakes; to cutting that right out is bound to be a wee shock to the system. I remembered the same thing happened to me in 2002 when I finally got on track after a few months of binging. All I did was weep for two days straight and had to go to bed at 7pm to stop myself from eating an entire loaf of bread.

I don’t believe in terms like ‘carb addict’ but I do know the effect that simple carbs can have on me. When I am feeling down, one bar of chocolate is not enough. As soon as I have one, something strange happens to my brain. I cannot simply stop and move on and forget about what I just ate. I immediately want another, and soon I am thinking of great piles of buttery toast and bagels. I have the urge to cram handfuls of potato chips into my mouth, not because I want to eat them but I just crave that crunch and texture and greasy mess. I daydream of diving head first into a giant chocolate cake, or soaking in a bathtub of melted chocolate.

My sister buys a small bar of Green & Blacks 70% Organic Dark chocolate and that’s her sweet treat for the week, she’s satisfied with that. I think that’s a great idea, but for me I know I need to go cold turkey for awhile. Once I am feeling more balanced I’ll be able to have the chocolate and savour it, then stop. I’ve been at this point so many freakin’ times before, so it’s just a matter of getting back into my exercise/good eating routine.

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Saturday is Valentine’s Day and it’s the first V-Day for me where there’s someone who I’m absolutely bananas for! We’re going to a screening of Breakfast at Tiffanys, I still can’t believe I’ve met a heterosexual guy who loves Audrey Hepburn films as much as I do! The cinema’s right near my house so I am going to cook dinner for him.

Holy crap! I’m so nervous. Everytime I’ve cooked for him so far I got so nervous I screwed it up. Like I made brownies and put the greaseproof paper in the bottom of the baking tin the wrong way up, so the paper stuck to the brownies! Can anyone help me out there? I need ideas for a romantic, hard-to-ruin reasonably healthy vegetarian meal! Am I being too specific?!

7 thoughts on “Still Unready For This Jelly

  1. Here’s an easy “Lasagna” recipe that uses pre-cooked polenta that’s sold in the tube. I’ve made this for my vegetarian friends and they loved it. Of course, I added mushrooms to the marinara sauce and some chopped garlic to boost the flavor. Serve with a green salad topped with sliced pears and a light vinagrette. Hope this helps…

    1 (16-ounce) tube polenta, cut crosswise into 12 slices
    Cooking spray
    1 1/4 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    pinch of salt
    1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
    1 large egg white
    1 cup fat-free marinara sauce
    1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

    Preheat oven to 400°.
    Arrange polenta slices in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine ricotta cheese, red pepper, salt & pepper, spinach, and egg white in a medium bowl. Spread over polenta; spoon marinara sauce evenly over ricotta cheese mixture. Cover with foil; bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with basil.

    Yield: 4 servings

    CALORIES 291 (32% from fat); FAT 10.2g (sat 6.2g, mono 2.8g, poly 0.4g); PROTEIN 19.8g; CARB 28.6g; FIBER 5.3g; CHOL 33mg; IRON 3mg; SODIUM 740mg; CALC 511mg;

    Cooking Light, MARCH 1998

  2. I made this for veggie friends the other day and served it with minted new potatoes and green beans and they loved it. It’s the only Delia Smith recipe I’ve ever made and it looks fancy tho’ it’s p*ss easy! I think it would also go well with roasted veg.

    Goats Cheese and Tomato Tart (serves 4 or 3 greedy people!)

    1lb 10oz (740g) plum tomatoes
    5oz (150g) soft goat’s cheese
    4 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme plus a few small sprigs
    1 x 375g pack fresh, ready-rolled puff pastry
    2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    salt and black pepper

    You will also need a large baking tray (at least 12×16″ 30x40cm) lightly oiled.

    Prehead the oven to gas mark 5, 375F, 190C

    Unwrap the pastry and roll it out to approx the size of the baking sheet (if it’s not already rolled). Place it on the baking sheet. Using a sharp knife carefully score a line on the pastry, about 1/2 inch (1cm) in from the edge, all the way around but be careful not to cut it all the way through.

    Now tip the goat’s cheese into a small bowl, add the crushed gralic, chopped thyme and a good seasoning of salt and freshly milled black pepper. Then give it all a good mixing, and using a small palette or other round-bladed knife, carefully spread the cheese mixture evenly all over the surface of the pastry right up to the line.

    Next thinly slice all the tomatoes and arrange them on top of the cheese so they overlap in lines lengthways. Then season the tomatoes and drizzle the olive oil over and scatter the sprigs of thyme over them.

    Bake in the oven on a middle shelf for 55 minutes or until the pastry is golden borwn and the tomatoes ar roasted and slightly charred at the edges. Leave to settle for about 10 mins before cutting into squares.

  3. I just read a book about “food addiction” that made sense to me. I think the term “food addiction” is kind of over the top, too dramatic to describe what is really going on, and that is what turns people off. (It turned me off originally, and it was a while before I acknowledged the idea in its more simple form.)

    I definitely experienced mood swings when I first gave up sugars and refined grain carbohydrates. I felt very out of sorts for about two weeks, and then things got a whole lot better in just about a week. It was kind of weird. I had been used to regular headaches (one at least every other day, if not more often) and they completely disappeared – that freaked me out.

    It’s frustrating that it takes so long, because there are so many “opportunities” to give up along the way. 😛 I have heard, however, that others have made faster transitions. I was a huge sugar/potato addict prior, though.

  4. Do they have the Asia @ Home products over there????

    If so get a heap of stir-fry vegies (incl bamboo shoots and water chestnuts). Mix 1/2 tablespoons of the Asia @ Home Thai Basil and Mild Chilli Stir-fry starter to 1/2 cup of light coconut milk. Stir-fry your vegies until bright and just tender. Add the combined mixture and simmer until sauce just starts to thicken.

    You can add chicken to this dish if you like.

    I have served it at dinner parties and always receive rave reviews. Best part is it’s soooooo simple!!!

    Good luck and let us know how you go!


  5. K…I think I got a little summat to contribute. But you’ll have to be patient with my terminology and spelling, cos I’m Greek an’ that.
    Boil couscous ( i think its spelt like that) according to the package directions.
    Take a tray, coat it with cooking spray, or a tad olive oil. Slice eggplants, mushrooms, yellow, red, and orange peppers, courgettes, onions, and a little garlic. Bake them till tender. Put all your roasted veggies in a blender with a bit of salt ‘n’ pepper, a bit of soy sauce, a bit of balsamic vinegar, and a little dry red wine. (Quantities depend on the quantities of the vaggies so its better to taste it as you make it)This gives you a totally yummy thingy resembling mashed potatoes in the texture. Mix it with the couscous and sprinkle with grated parmezan. Tis delicious.

    For starters you can make a mushroom soup. Cut onions, potatoes and mushrooms in small chunks. In a pan put a little olive oil and saute the onions and potatoes. when they’re tender, add the mushrooms. (try to get wild mushrooms or dried porcinnis, their aroma is !!!) Add some white wine, a little water, and let it boil till they are all tender. There should not be lotsa water. If there is, then get rid of it…lol. Mash them all (they won’t be as thick as mashed potatoes thou) and then add some light cream in each plate. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
    Here, a mediterrenean contribution from a devoted new reader 🙂

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