I gave my 6 year old 10 days worth of missed hugs and tried to butter him up for the surprise I had waiting for him. The empty pantry.. Well its not empty, its just empty of museli bars, nutella, dunkaroos and all the other lunchbox fillers. His reaction was one of horror. He threw himself onto the ground and grabbed his heart screaming. Tears flowed down his cheeks and he started rocking back and forth whispering "not the nutella, not the nuttella, OH GOD WHY THE NUTELLA..." Actually that is a lie, that didn't happen but it makes for an interesting paragraph. His actual reaction was "oh ok, cool". No second looks, nothing. I am thinking of getting a DNA test, this can't be my offspring, maybe he got swapped in the hospital.
The husband was excited and happy for me and wanted to know more about what this quitting sugar thing entailed and how could he help with cooking. This is a truth, I am very very lucky in the husband stakes. I said I will organise a powerpoint presentation for him in the morning. One that will insist that all meals should be served to me in bed and also for the brain to register no sugar, I must also be fed by him too.. Pretty sure he will fall for it....
My day was also pretty jam packed before they got home, I wanted to make sure the house was mopped and swept out and everything looking smick! I also had a game of Oztag to play and a friend to quickly visit. My main goal however was to have that pulled pork cooking in the slow cooker so when they walked in, the house was filled with the delicious aroma of it cooking.... So as usual I got delayed at a friends house, gave the 1 year old some afternoon tea which she threw all over the ground, so I had to do a quick spot mop. I put the pork in the slowcooker and then realised I had to cut the fat off it. I just got it into the cooker when the boys got home. The smell of disinfectant from the spot mop and the smell of fat and raw meat was still in the air. So the first thing the husband says is "This place smells like a butchers, whats the go with that"... Oh you know husband, I've just gone and butchered a cow to welcome you home and have it hanging up in the bathroom... So my plan of a yummy aroma was a definite failure..
I had my coco nutty granola. It was good but my tastebuds were screaming for honey on the yoghurt or something to sweeten it up. It wasn't bad but it could have been so much better with something to add some sweetness
I actually had 2 lunches today. My leftover nachos (there was about 3 bites of left overs because I really enjoyed it the night before). Then I made a chicken toastie for the boys and one for myself. My husband was like "Umm how is this healthy". I said its full of good fats and because the body doesn't have to burn off sugar, it can burn off the fats. It was then I thought to myself, oh crap I hope I'm doing the right thing here and haven't been brainwashed by some sugar cult.
This was the amazing pulled pork parcels. Well the meat was cooked to perfection, the sauce it was simmering in was beautiful, the meat moist and melted off the bone. That was where perfection finished. The shallow fry destroyed my life. Firstly the oil kept popping and exploding in the air and burning my arms when I was trying to turn them. Secondly the 1 year old decided that during this explosion of hot oil into the air, she would not wait a second longer for her dinner to be served (it was cooling off) and started screaming at my legs. So I'm seeing the pork parcels aren't crisping up, the oil is now popping up onto the wall and onto the floor and I have the sirens of a screaming banshee at my legs. So I may have lost my cool for a brief moment. Plan B. 1)Turn off the stove to stop the eruption of hot oil. 2) go and feed the 1 year old. (Who for the record once again refused to eat any of her dinner, it was pulled pork with sweet potato, pumpkin, cheese and potato puree.) I then grabbed out some capsicum, cucumber and lettuce leaves. Cut them up, placed them on the ricepaper rolls, added the pulled pork and just made them into wraps. They were AMAZING!! I could have eaten 6 but stopped at 3!! The 6 year old had 3 and then asked to have the salad (no pork) for lunch tomorrow. The husband raved about the meat and how we could make so many different sides to serve it with and how it was delicious. WIN WIN!! (and I checked, he was not spitting it out into a napkin and hiding it under the table... )
Sweet Potato Ball
I got the 6 year old to be the official taste tester and he gave it 5 out of 5. He wanted to go back for a second ball but I told him to have a piece of kiwi fruit instead. I wasn't the biggest fan. Tasted like sweet potato mash to me with some coconut. I also gave the husband one but he doesn't know how he feels about it ha!
So good to have my boys home
No headaches, no softdrink cravings
Tastebuds are still looking for something sweet
1 Year old is really boycotting this sugarfree thing
6 Year old is embracing it but its only been 1 day, wait till he goes looking for his after school snacks
Pulled Pork in the slow cooker is the bomb
I need a fryer so I don't get oil burns from trying to shallow fry
Popping oil is quite scary