How do you judge a winner in the kitchen? My rule has always been, that if I can eat a meal and at the end say " I would have happily paid for that at a restaurant!" then I know its good.
Most of my meals consist of me saying things like "too salty, needs more salt, needs more sauce, way too much sauce, I don't think I like this at all, do you like this??" However every now and then I get those "Feck yeh" moments!! "That was soooo good, if I got that at a restaurant I would have been happy!"
This morning I decided to make ricotta pancakes with my own cream and berry jam to go on it.
The pancakes were simple (yes I did burn 1 of them) and so was the cream. I Just whipped up some thickened cream in the blender and added some dextrose till it tasted just sweet enough. With my berry jam, I got out some frozen raspberries, blueberries and strawberries and blended them into a paste. I then added a little dextrose to combat the bitterness of the berries. Everything just came together and it tasted DELICIOUS and it was so filling. I didn't feel the need to eat again until 2:30pm. The 1 year old didn't touch hers (meh, more for me!) and the 6 year old ate his and he doesn't usually do sweet things like pancakes etc. The husband had just walked through the door as I was serving up my masterpiece, after having ridden 112km this morning. Yep thats not a typo...112km.. seriously I'm here looking for a pat on the back for not stuffing up pancakes and my husband is just training for a charity ride... (for the record my pancakes were still way more impressive..) So he didn't feel like eating my pancakes, pretty sure he couldn't feel anything below his waist. I don't even want to know how his man junk would be feeling after riding that far.... ANYWAY back to my cooking!! I was impressed that what I had served was fructose free and yet still tasted as good as any pancakes loaded with sugar.
Last night I made pizzas for dinner with a new dough recipe, as the old greek yoghurt and wholemeal flour was on the 6 year olds lists of foods he hates. I decided to use a Thermomix recipe and just take away the sugar. This was also the first time I have ever cooked with dry yeast (yeh i'm such a seasoned cook). I don't have much patience normally and when I'm hungry and the kids are whinging my patience diminishes even more!! After finding out on the last step that I had to wait 1 hour for the dough to double in size, I was not happy!! Finally after an hour and a bit, I rolled out my dough and made some pizzas. Long story short... the dough was not a favourite. It seemed to taste very "cakey" (is that even a word). The 6 year old just ate the toppings, telling me he hates that bread stuff and to please stop making it. The husband inhaled his. The 1 year old threw hers at the ground in disgust and I didn't know how I felt, maybe disappointed!! It tasted even worse as a leftover the following day... DAMM IT!!
I really enjoy writing this blog and I love the fact that people actually read it "Hi Mum!" This blog is not affiliated with any sugar gurus, although I have been approached to be an affiliate by one company and promote their books and a few products. ( wont name names!) I was honoured that someone who obviously makes a lot of money through their own company, would consider this blog to be worthy of helping them out. I refused on the grounds that I want this blog to be honest and opinions and reviews to be based on fact, not putting $$ in my bank. This might sound stupid... hell I would love to make money from this blog, but I don't want to make money by editing my own opinions and thoughts to provide a positive light in one direction or another. I have always said that if I find a great site, recipe, blog etc that I will share it. I started this journey 8 weeks ago on my own. With the words of Damon Gameau pointing me on my path. Then I found the Sarah Wilson IQS website, ebooks and books and jumped on board. David Gillespie's work has had the biggest impact on me, because it seems so raw and written for the sake of providing information, not gathering sponsors and making money. From there I have trolled the internet like a 13 year old boy finding free porn for the first time. There is so much out there. So much of it is crap but when you find something good, it makes it worth it. There are still sites that I would like to forget, like the website "Sugarmumma" which made my retinas nearly explode from the image that came up on my screen.
I have cooked so many sugar free recipes that have had 50 comments saying how amazing this recipe is, only to vomit in my mouth on first taste (for the record, a lot of sites approve your comments... my comment on how sh*t something was never made the comment section..... must still be sitting there waiting for approval...) So don't always trust the reviews.
I am proud that I have done this journey on my own merits and research. After being gifted with a voucher for the IQS 8 week challenge, it makes me even more aware that people can quit sugar on their own merits. If you don't have the money to join up on these sought of things, then don't stress. Let other people spend the money and follow their journey (oh that would be me, the sucker that spent the money). Google recipes, find old family favourites and see what you can substitute out. This isn't hard trust me! Quitting sugar is by far the best thing I have ever done. The first 3 weeks were crap but tell me any diet where the start isn't!! Things are so much better without bloody fructose!
I'm off now, to play some oztag and iron uniforms for the week (vomit!!)