Its been quite quiet in the 365things kitchen this month. Me n Hubs were in Ireland over Easter for a bit of a holidays, and since then, I’ve been on a health kick. I’ve pared things back a lot and cooking a lot simpler and healthier, so things like grilled lean meat such as turkey and chicken breast or fish roasted in a little oil and lots of herbs and spices. These are accompanied by boiled or steamed veggies. Its also a good opportunity to finish up the ends of packets, so couscous, quinoa and brown rice are served alongside. I’ve made a couple of yummy breakfast smoothies using (for 2 people) a low-fat yogurt, one banana, one cup of frozen berries, a glug of milk, a shake of cinnamon and two dessert spoonful’s of muesli. I sometimes add a good dessertspoon of almond paste if I feel like it. These are blasted in the blender for one minute and slugged. If it is a bit thick, add a little more milk. Lunch is a massive salad with lettuce and/or spinach leaves, tomatoes, a little bit of blue cheese or lean protein (turkey slices, tinned fish without oil) or substantial soup made with beans and lentils. I’ve been doing this for a little over a week, and I’m already down two kilos*.
But still, it’s the weekend, and weekend = little treat. While we were in Ireland we went to a gorgeous little coffee shop in Galway city called Cupan Tae (it’s Irish for ‘cup of tea'). The shop is a mishmash of china cups, chintz curtains, lace tablecloths and general kitchness. They serve sandwiches and divine homemade cakes. I tried the coffee cake, and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. So, I tried the BBC Good Food/Angela Nilsen Ultimate Makeover coffee cake this weekend.
|Half-iced coffee cake|
The original recipe is here, and this is my version. It’s not as low in fat as the BBC version, as there are some things I don’t like, such as oil in cakes, but I’ve indicated all changes. I didn’t put any walnuts into the cake itself as my SD is allergic to them. Overall, it’s very light and tasty cake.
2 dessertspoons of coffee (made coffee, not granules!)
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
25g ground almonds, as this is all I had in the cupboard
85g light muscovado sugar
50g golden caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
250g 0% fromage frais
75ml melted butter
2 tbsp golden caster sugar
2 dessertspoons of coffee
lots of icing sugar
¼ tsp vanilla extract
As the sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed, I only iced half the cake. Hubs isn’t as fond of the sweet stuff as I am, so decorating like this means we can both enjoy it. #compromise.
* I'm neither a doctor nor a nutritionist, so please seek the advice of a doctor before going on any diet. Also, I'd lost the 2 kilos before eating the entire cake (with Hubs) over the weekend. The 2 kilos lost has become 1 kilo lost ;-)