Deal or no Deal?

Today did not go as planned.  I was supposed to be playing tennis and then meeting Judy and some other people for a long walk and a picnic.  Thanks to the rain, that was all cancelled.  Humph!

Blueberry Porridge; 50 g oats, loads of blueberries, 1/2 a small banana and 2 tsp cashew nut butter.  8 WW points.

The new plan for the day was to go to Ramsgate and change over all the linen and towels and clear out the rubbish after the most recent holiday let.  And then hopefully go to Deal.  But Harvey was allowed to choose what to do after Ramsgate in return for helping me with chores.  So would I get to Deal or not?  Or would it be a long and boring session at the Skateboard park?

One thing that amazes me is the garbage people eat!  In the fridge in Ramsgate I found a packet of square sausages.  1kg of sausages which cost £1.  I understand that many people have to eat on a tight budget but how could you buy and then cook and feed such cr*p to yourself and especially your children?  If money was so tight, I would eat lentils for 2 days and then eat some decent meat.

Much to my relief the little fella chose Deal.  I wanted to go to the cafe at the end of the pier but it was so wet and windy, we didn’t find the walk along the exposed pier very appealing.  So we walked in to town and found ourselves at  Bistro Oregano instead.  We had been there before and we both liked it.

Smoked Haddock with Welsh Rarebit on salad for me.  The portion was quite small and the cheesy sauce was a bit stingy but for someone on a diet that was probably a good thing.  And the whole dish was delicious.  9 WW points.

Omelette and chips for Harvey which he thought was “really good”.

The drive home was tough, due to the very heavy rain and really strong winds.  The weather was so foul I wanted some comfort food for supper.  Something stodgy and creamy and filling.

Spaghetti with Bacon, Peas and Cream

  • 80 g pasta per person
  • 1 lean rasher of bacon per person
  • Peas (I shelled a 750g bag for 4 of us)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • Small pot of cream or Alpro single cream
  • Cherry Tomatoes


  • Fry the bacon.  I used a non stick pan so didn’t add any fat
  • Put water on to boil for the pasta
  • Cook bacon to taste – we like it well done but not too crispy
  • When the bacon is cooked removed from pan and add onions and let them cook gently in the bacon fat
  • Cut all visible fat off the bacon and then cut up in to bite-sized chunks
  • Cook pasta and add peas to pasta water 5 minutes before end of cooking time
  • Add bacon and cream to onions
  • Drain pasta and peas and add to onion, bacon and cream and mix well together
  • Season with lots of black pepper and serve with cherry tomatoes

I used the Black Farmer bacon because it is very lean and has no added water.  So when it cooks it doesn’t fill the pan with water and white goo.  It also doesn’t shrivel up when it cooks.  The flavour in the Hickory Smoked is superb and works well with this dish.  I cooked 2 extra rashers which are in the fridge ready to be eaten in a salad tomorrow.

I would prefer to cook this with real cream but as Harvey is dairy intolerant we use the Alpro soya single “cream” alternative.  It has a slightly strange taste but all credit to Alpro for making it and providing us with an alternative.  We usually have tomato based sauces but sometimes it has to be creamy.

Adding the “cream” to the onions and bacon.  The only fat in this dish comes from the bacon which was lean and the cream but there is less fat in Alpro than real cream.

The finished dish.  I credit Sally with this recipe because she cooked it for me for supper once many years ago.  And we have eaten it many times since.  If I wasn’t dieting, I would add grated Parmesan which would make a lovely dish amazing.  17 WW points.

One day soon, I will return to Deal and have lunch in the cafe at the end of the pier.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Deal or no Deal?

  1. Sally Seiver says:

    great photo of Harvey on the beach….that pasta dish just keeps on giving.

    • Yes, I love that photo. It is one of a series I took of him on that giant anchor. And the bench looking out to sea sets it off perfectly. The header photo was taken at Deal but earlier in the summer. It was so windy there yesterday I had trouble opening my car door! We often have that pasta dish and I always think of you when I make it 🙂

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