So I survived two days of healthier eating. (Holy Hell, you must be thinking sarcastically. You must be a God!) Well I can assure you I’d think the same in your shoes. But I have no willpower when it comes to food, so making it this far without reaching for the Doritos is a breakthrough. Instead, my hand is wandering towards the banana.The fruit, guys, take your mind out of the gutter.
Day Three – The Honey Monster
Breakfast: Honey nut cornflakes
Second Breakfast: 9Bar and an apple
Lunch: Pita bread strips with tzatziki dip
Dinner: Jerk Chicken… sort of.
Breakthrough people, breakthrough… I’m eating whole fruit! Without anything with it! Without it being mushed down into a smoothie!
…I didn’t enjoy it though. Apples hurt my teeth and are incredibly messy without bringing a knife to work…
For dinner I gave Jamie Oliver another chance. After trying and enjoying it at Turtle Bay, making my own jerk chicken seemed like a good idea. At the time.
Having not read the recipe properly before I went shopping, I had to make a few alterations. For one, I don’t own a grill pan. I didn’t have any rum. Or chillis. Or white wine vinegar. Or all spice. I didn’t really have a lot of anything, so I switched the rum for sake, the all spice for Chinese 5 spice and the white wine vinegar for normal vinegar. And then went mad scientist and added some lime juice, soy sauce and a dollop of mustard. Goodbye Caribbean, hello China. I had plenty of honey though, so that’s good.
I served the Cherk chicken with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed veg.
Basically… Don’t try this unless you can follow the recipe properly. It was edible, but it wasn’t enjoyable, so I followed it up with some honey roasted peanuts and camomile and spearmint tea.
Hint from a friend: If you detest the weird, greasy taste of flavoured tea like I do, stir a spoonful of honey in. Somehow it takes the grease away and makes it taste much better.
Day Four – You Bokin Wok M8!
Breakfast: Honey Nut Cornflakes
Second Breakfast: Brown toast and coffee (Oops)
Lunch: Ham, salami and salad pita, banana, 9Bar
Dinner: Chicken stir fry
I got hungry and gave in to some toast. Bread practically makes up most of my diet. There have been days where I’ve had toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pizza with garlic bread for dinner. At least this toast was brown!
After the disaster of last night’s meal, I decided to stick to something I know I can cook well; stir fry.
Don’t forget to take notes, kids! My own recipe for once:
- Chicken breast (1 per person)
- Noodle nest (1 per person)
- Vegetables.* In mine: carrot, baby corn and broccoli
- Bok choy, or ordinary cabbage as a substitute
- Spring onion and regular onion
- Ground ginger
- Chinese five spice
- Sweet chilli sauce
- Dark soy sauce
- Garlic clove, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- Half a lime (Leftovers)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
*All veg are subject to taste and you can use as many or as few as you like. I would’ve had beansprouts but once again my trusty friend Tesco had sold out.
- Dice the chicken into cubes and fry off in hot oil in a large wok.
- Meanwhile, chop the garlic and prep the broccoli, baby corn and any other harder veg you want to cook. Once the chicken has browned, add all of this to the wok.
- Boil some water and leave your noodles to cook, swirl with a fork occasionally.
- Keep stirring the wok (it ain’t Stir fry for nothin’) and multitask like a champion to get your onion, spring onions and cabbage chopped, as well as coat your chicken with a layer of ginger and Chinese five spice.
- Add the chopped cabbage, stir for a while, then all of the onions. Peel carrot shavings into the wok.
- Carefully pour in the soy sauce. Not too much that it drowns out every other flavour; maybe a tablespoon? I don’t really measure, just wing it! Experiment with how much you put in and learn the hard way. I certainly did…
- Add sweet chilli sauce and lime juice, and as a surprise twist (that I plopped in the wok on a last minute whim) add a tablespoon of peanut butter! It was so, so good. It makes the sauce like Chinese satay, but much more subtle.
- Lastly, drain off the noodles and add them into the mix, stirring thoroughly until the sauce is mixed and everything is mixed in the sauce.
You’re welcome. 🙂
So far so good, I think. Definitely craving pizza right now though. Only three more days…!