101 Ways With Chicken

Another work from home day today which I always enjoy.  It is so much easier preparing meals at home when you want them, rather than having to think about it in advance or spend lots of money buying food of unknown and dubious origins from shops and eateries near the office.

Deja Vue ?  No, not the same photo as yesterday.  But I enjoyed my breakfast so much yesterday I made the same again today and it kept me going for hours.spinach and bacon While I worked I made some chicken stock to turn in to soup tomorrow.  I think I should write a cookbook called ‘101 Ways With One Chicken’ or summat similar as I definitely make the most of a chicken when I buy one.  I have considered vegetarianism and even veganism, several times.  I am convinced by the ethical arguments but not the nutritional so I remain a carnivore.  However, I do think that if you are going to kill an animal to eat it, show it some respect and eat it all.  I do think it is totally unacceptable to throw away meat as that is killing the animal for nothing.

I put the chicken carcass in to a large pan, added enough water to just cover the carcass and added 2 carrots, 3 celery sticks, a brown onion in quarters, peppercorns and some fresh tarragon.  I let is slowly simmer for about 3 hours.  After it cooled, I picked off all the meat I could find on the bones, added that to the stock and discarded the rest, including the cooked veggies.chicken stock a stock pot

This delicious jug of stock and chicken will be easily converted in to a nourishing soup tomorrow by adding some fresh veggies and then blending until smooth.chicken stock Meanwhile I cooked up some lunch.  This was really easy.  I chopped up 2 small sweet potatoes and roasted them for half an hour.  I added 1/4 of the chicken and roasted it with the sweet potatoes for about half an hour until warmed through.  Served with a green salad.  Unadorned, just as it was when it was picked.chicken potatoes and salad This was really tasty and I enjoyed it all.lunch 13-11-13

I had some wonderful company for a dinner out tonight.  One of my very favourite people on the planet to dine with so it was lovely, just the two of us.  We had dinner at Simply Italian in Battle.  The service in there is very attentive and friendly.  The food is perfectly adequate.  I probably wouldn’t go there for a special occasion but for a midweek supper it was great.

We shared an antipasto platter and then I had pork escalope in a cream and mushroom sauce with veggies.  I really enjoyed my meal and especially the company.  Who was my splendid dining companion?

escalope and veg in SI

The little fella of course!  He enjoyed his “no cheese please” pizza.

H in Simply Italian

I hope you had a good evening too.



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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4 Responses to 101 Ways With Chicken

  1. Sarah says:

    Well, funnily enough, I dined out with my little chap this evening too! We were due at a careers fair in T Wells with only an hour between the start of that and the end of fitness training (him, not me!), so we headed to Wagamama’s for supper and a chat….all v civilised…They make pretty good company these days don’t they?! xxx

    • Ooh, I haven’t been to Wagamama’s for ages and I love it in there! I really enjoy going out with Harvey. We don’t go out together very often, just the two of us, even though we spend so much time at home together. It seemed like a real treat and he enjoyed it too. I agree, really good company.

  2. suzjones says:

    I’ve considered vegetarianism myself but after a few days of no meat, I find I crave it. I don’t eat a lot of meat, just enough to keep me going. The main staples in our family are chicken and fish with red meat thrown in a couple of times each week.

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