Almond and Pear Pudding Cake

Just made Hugh’s Almond & Apple Pudding Cake but substituted apples for pears. Didn’t rise nicely like the one I made with apples a few weeks ago. Either I put too many pears on it or it just doesn’t work with pears.

My new habit for next month might be 15 minutes decluttering per day. Am worried this is a bit ambitious though. Could go for 5 minutes.

Slim tip: HALT = Hungry Angry Lonely Tired. I need to not eat for these reasons and just think Halt!

I was inebriated when I wrote this – you’re supposed to eat when you’re hungry.

Found out why the cake didn’t rise – I melted the butter over the hob first to make it easier to mix. Turns out that when Hugh said ‘soft’, he didn’t mean ‘melted’.

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Crashing and Burning

I’ve been trying to do too much lately. I’m going to have one task for every month of the year and add one each month.

January’s task: 5 minutes reading FlyLady per day + shine the sink.

February: Ask myself a question relating to my programming exam and spend 15 minutes studying.

March: 5 minutes looking over my 2Dos.

I’ll also blog a diet tip per day.

Tip from ‘The Happy Kitchen’ by Rachel Kelly: “Go nuts.” (Sprinkle seeds on everything. I used to do this with porridge – need to get some seeds from the shop.)

 

Easier Challenge

The new plan is:

  • 1 tip from French Women Don’t Get Fat or similar per day

Reward: A bottle of champagne costing over £20.  Also a £35 donation to Young People and Children First.

Mangez moins et faites plus de sport.

Eat less and do more sport. Instead of having rigid plans – like eat only 4 meals per day – I will try to put off eating snacks and try to move more.

I don’t want a yoga mat

The reward for March was a Liforme yoga mat, but I’m fed up of them advertising to me everywhere I go and I don’t want to spend £100+ on a mat.

The new plan is:

  • blog all I eat and drink daily
  • 1 tip from French Women Don’t Get Fat
  • 5 minutes yoga

Reward: A bottle of champagne costing over £20.  Also a £35 donation to Young People and Children First.

Breakfast: Waitrose lush ginger museli with milk.

Lunch: Pulled pork roll with coleslaw and bbq sauce.

Snack: 1 shortbread biscuit with chocolate.

Drinks: Black coffee.

Alcohol: Pint of cider. Large glass of red wine.

Dinner: 2 pulled pork rolls with coleslaw and bbq sauce. (Need to eat salad tomorrow.)

French women don’t get fat tip: Use herbs to add flavour. Might have a basil and tomato salad tomorrow night.

Missed a week

I’ve been doing 10 minutes yoga here and there. If I carry on from now on with blogging daily and 5 minutes yoga per day, I’ll get the lush yoga mat at the end of the month.

Breakfast: Porridge with salt and honey.

Lunch: Homemade chicken salad. 2 mints.

Snacks: 3 squares of chocolate caramel. Small cookie.

Drinks: Coffee.

Dinner: Feta homemade salad (by me).

FWDGF tip:

Whenever a craving strikes, instead of having an entire piece of cake, they enjoy an bite or two and are completely satisfied.

The same goes for wine – they enjoy one glass, rather than an entire bottle and are content and not drunk!

 

Thursday

Yoga: 10 mins as didn’t do any yesterday.

Breakfast: Porridge with sugar.

Lunch: Chicken leg plus posh version of pot noodles. 2 mints.

Dinner: Yoghurt. Two pork chops, courgettes, new potatoes and gravy.

Dessert: 3 champagne truffles. Smoothie with mango, avocado, lime, Greek yoghurt and cinnamon.

Drinks: Coffee. Tea.

Greek Women Don’t Get Fat: If you’re physically hungry, you ask yourself: “Is there something I can eat?”  But if it is an emotional craving, you’ll  ask “What do I want to eat?” I need to write in this Blob why I ate something if I’m not hungry at the time. The smoothie wasn’t a case of hunger, but I felt I deserved something nice as haven’t had a drink tonight (or last night).