Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Diet.

If we were to believe every diet 'fad' that comes out we would become nervous wrecks, changing what we eat almost every week.

However, the latest dietary news does seem to make a lot of sense.   This is the news that we should try to maintain more of a Mediterranean diet - which doctors and scientists say is better than statins for our heart health.

I must say that I read Cro Magnon's post every day (on my blog roll) and quite often he posts about what he is eating for his next meal.   As he lives in France, where the climate is warmer, and as he has plenty of gardening space, he does grow much of his own food.   And when he puts this food on his blog it always looks delicious.   Simple, undoctored, just fresh food - and it always looks appetising.

I experimented with it today - and the result was surprisingly good.   I put chicken thighs, herby sweet potato chips, red and white onion chunks, peppers, potatoes, courgettes and cherry tomatoes into a dish - drizzled them with olive oil and mixed it in well and then put the dish into the Aga for an hour.   The result was very tasty - even the farmer commented on how good it was - and he is the most conventional eater in the country.

There is enough chicken left for tomorrow - I shall add more 'mediterranean vegetables' and perhaps a can of cannelini beans for a change.   Can I keep it up rather than return to meat and two veg?   We shall see.

19 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Ee lass, there's nowt up wi meat n' two veg. Foreign grub's orreight fer a bit o' a change but oor empire wor built ont British food. There's nowt up wi it.

Derek Faulkner said...

Now that looked bloody good Pat, will give that a go myself, I do like those type of meals.
I was talking to the stockman whose cattle graze the reserve, this morning and they are taking the bulls off this week after two and a half months of pleasure. He's getting concerned now about the lack of grass and fresh water, although we do have a wind pump at one of the reserve which bring up some fresh water. The meadows are pale yellow now and crunch when we walk on them.

Heather said...

Looks delicious Pat and after all it is meat and more than two veg. However, I do like Yorkshire Puddings comment. My Dad would have got on with him!

Gwil W said...

Looks like my grub. In winter I revert to heavier fodder but at the moment I'm with Cro and yourself. In other words I fit the food to the season.

Mac n' Janet said...

Looks delicious, love meals like that.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Funny, I've also been inspired by Cro's plates of food! Your meal that you pictured looks delicious! I'm glad the farmer also approves. -Jenn

donna baker said...

If it were wrapped all enclosed in tin foil, it would be called a camp fire meal where I come from. Looks good.

Frances said...

Taking advantage of summer's produce abundance leads to healthy, delicious meals. I agree with you about getting some menu inspiration from Cro. Without his posts, I don't think I would once again be enjoying curry dinners.

Ripe peaches and cream for dessert are another summer treat.

(In a few more months, we can reassemble this gathering for cool weather recipe hints.) xo

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Yum!!

Jennifer said...

I also love seeing Cro's wonderful dishes. And your meal looks great, too!

Cro Magnon said...

That looks really delicious Weave. I'm also happy to read about the Mediterranean Diet; I can now eat without feeling guilty. Fresh vegs, not too much meat, olive or rapeseed oils, and plenty of red wine, and we should all live for ever.

jinxxxygirl said...

No doubt about it Pat we should all eat more veggies.... it can be a struggle... hubby is very much a meat and potato guy.... the fact that several years ago i got him to switch to ground turkey instead of beef still amazes me...

Pat i was wondering if you ever received the letter i sent you with the origami whale inside...??? I'm pretty sure i sent you one....i meant to... just wanna make sure... Hugs! deb

Librarian said...

Actually, Mediterranean-style diet has been around for ages - even in the 1980s, I remember having seen it in some of the women's magazines my grandma used to read back then :-)
I am one of those people who can't be bothered to cook very elaborate meals anyway, so the kind of quick, simple, not-much-to-do-with-it dish you describe is exactly my cup of tea! Yours looks great and I am not surprised you and the Farmer enjoyed it so much.
It's a great time of year for fresh veg and herbs from the garden, and for the past weeks every time I've had lunch at my parents', almost everything on my plate was homegrown. Wonderful!

Dawn McHugh said...

A little bit of everything does you good, I am not into diets just eat sensibly whats in season and have lots of variety :-)

potty said...

Am I alone in thinking that in practice the Mediterranian diet is often eaten when the food is cool to even cold?

Alphie Soup said...

That dish looks delicious. Cro will to look to his laurels now!

Alphie

Derek Faulkner said...

Pat,
Going back to the Country Bus programme the other night, I see in The Telegraph today that it was so popular, with almost 1 million viewers watching it, that BBC intend making several more what they call "slow television" shows of a similar type.
Also, on the above Med. meal subject, I wonder if there are still some of those dinosaurs about that still, no matter how hot a day it is, insist on having the traditional Sunday Roast at lunchtime on a Sunday.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks everyone. Another similar lunch today with the addition of more veggies. The farmer has just arrived with freshly picked blackberries, so blackberry and apple with custard for pudding.

What Derek says about the Country Bus programme amazes me - perhaps it was much more exciting to those who don't live up here.

Do folk still eat the traditional Sunday roast Derek asks? Well, judging by the places we eat on Sundays, most people seem to be having them.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

That's the trick! Looks gorgeous. The trouble is I would imagine it is easier for veg to stay in better condition longer in the med; not as much need for storage, less damp.

Probably talking rubbish, I know!