I made my own pizza!

I have to say I was the first person to take the ‘mick’ when the Legerra Pizza’s first came out.  What bright spark cuts a hole out of the middle of a pizza fills it with salad and charges you the same price for it?  Or would this be a genius.

Coincidentally, I’ve actually met the bright spark that came up with this idea.  He’s a friend of a friend.  His name is Antonio and he’s barking mad, in a good way. You can’t get much more Italian than him; sadly he’s no longer with Pizza Express.

Pizza Express was looking for inspiration for a new low calorie range and asked him about foods that were very unique to the region that he came from.  He told them about flat bread that they used to make with a hole in the centre and the idea for the New 500 Calorie Legerra Pizza was born!

If I’ll look like Jodie Kidd after eating one I’m all over that.

Joking aside, I went to an event quite a while back promoting the new Legerra Pizzas.  Apparently, I drank all their red wine; insulted a rather large parenting network but by all accounts I still managed to be entertaining.  No wonder I don’t get invited to that many events.

It was a great night.  We watched a demonstration by the chef on how to make the pizzas and then were let loose to make our own.   I was absolutely thrilled that they’d extended the range to include my all time favourite ‘The Padana’ (Goats cheese, spinach, red & caramelised onions, garlic oil).  I was absolutely stunned that my creation was more than edible, in fact, it was very tasty and the portion was perfect.

However, the chefs kept laughing at me an jumping in to fix mine….apparently, I wasn’t doing it right.

At no point did the chef tell us or demonstrate tossing the dough in the air pizzeria style.  But fill a room full of bloggers, ply them with alcohol and this is bound to happen.




Low Carb Rice Recipe

Social Media is not doing much for my figure.  I’m far from obese, but I’m currently unhappy with my weight, as I’m about a stone over my target weight.  Don’t hate me, I don’t eat chocolate, crisps or cakes and for the most part we eat fairly well as a family but my biggest downfall is wine!

I don’t have the patience for things like Weight Watchers or Slimming World where you lose a pound a week, so every once in a while, to shed a few pounds, I embark on my own version of a low-carb diet.  The biggest challenge I have is thinking of things to cook as our normal menu is heavily based on potatoes and rice.

I have mastered faux mash, which is basically steamed cauliflower mashed with butter salt and pepper but tonight I used Linda’s Faux Rice Recipe, which is incredibly easy and with a pleasing result!  It didn’t taste like rice but it was surprisingly nice!

So, I was able to enjoy my slow cooker lamb curry as usual tonight!  I also plan to chuck a bit of exercise into the mix as well.


The Secret to My Weight Loss (or not)!

I started a diet a while back and was a bit reluctant to share which one until I worked out if it was a fad or not.  I’m still undecided.  It was going great guns and I lost 7lbs in 10 days but then I had a weekend away with friends and all hell broke loose around here so in honesty I’ve gained 5 back.  So, not that impressive really.

I’m no stranger to low carb diets and am aware of the pitfalls (bad breath, loss of muscle tone, insufficient nutrients, etc) but I don’t have a huge amount to lose (10lbs), I was limited on time and I’m impatient so I thought I would give it a go.  I’m not sure if I would recommend the diet to people who have a lot to lose.  I’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s for you.

So, what is the diet I hear you ask?  It’s the Dukan diet.  Basically, it has 4 stages.  You can work out how long you are in each stage here.  Here is a brief summary of each.

1) The Attack Phase

A quick blast where you only eat protein for 2-10 days where you eat only meat, fish, poultry, eggs, non-fat dairy products and loads of water.

2) The Cruise Phase

You can now have vegetables but alternate between, pure protein days and protein + vegetables.

3) The Consolidation Phase (I didn’t make it this far!)

The time to stabilize the weight loss and you can gradually add in fruit, bread, cheese and can have two celebration meals a week.

4) The Stabilization Phase

For the rest of your life, Thursdays (or another day you choose) will be a pure protein day.

I’m off on holiday next Friday so going to give it another quick blast.  Probably a bit pointless as I will be eating and drinking myself silly!

I’ll keep you posted.

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