Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Slinky Flutterby!

Today has been rather eventful!

This afternoon, I went shopping with my mum, it was double discount day at Asda, so she was buying Christmas presents for us. One of my presents was a new coat. I was a little disappointed because they didn't have any of the coats I wanted in a size 18 and when I tried on the size 16, when it zipped up, i just looked like a fat sausage....so size 20 it was! But that's ok- really, next winter I plan on being no bigger than a size 14....so I'd need a new coat then! At least this coat has a hood! I look like a little eskimo, I love it!

Anyhoo- so weigh in day! I have been so so so so good all week- 35 syns in the whole week, lots of body magic, eating lots of superfree food, etc etc.

My hard work DID pay off! 4lb loss! I only needed 2lb for my 5 1/2 stone award and 2 1/2 lb to get into the 16 stone's. So I now weigh 16 stone 12lb, which, in the words of my consultant, is absolutely fab!

I also, which I wasn't expecting, won the Miss Slinky award for our group! Miss Slinky is a weird award. It's a little like Woman of the Year, but there is no minimum weight loss requirements for districts. Apparently it's someone who now "slinks" (whatever that means) into group and would look great in a "little black dress". Now, I guess I'm more confident- but I was expecting someone else to win, so I was absolutely shocked!

Anyway- when I won Woman of the Year- a friend of mine who I spoke to on a forum asked me why I didn't have my picture taken with my sash on. I said I wanted to and I wanted my picture taken with Julie, but was too scared to ask. I hate hate asking for things, just because I am terrified of people to laugh at me and go "yeah, right, do one!" So I didn't ask her. I was a bit gutted, because getting WotY was a huge deal- I had only been with Slimming World for 4 months and I felt really privileged to win. 

Well, tonight, I just went and asked Julie, which surprised me to be honest, I thought I was just going to chicken out. I was overjoyed when she said yes! Bless, she's like me- hates having her picture taken so I was really glad that she agreed. It really  made my day!

I didn't win slimmer of the week- someone (don't know who, they didn't stay) lost 4.5lb- booooo! heehee. But- I have lost 11 1/2lb so far this month. I am 2 1/2 lb away from losing a stone in a month for the first time. I really hope I manage it- again I'm going to work hard. But it's going to be a little tougher this week.

Because I got into the 16's- it meant I could have a treat- so I had pizza! It was fabulous! I'd been obsessing over this pizza for about 2 weeks, so it really tasted fabulous. Totally worth the wait. It tasted nicer because I earned every mouthful!

The only thing planned that is reasonably high in syns is my trip to Spavens in Mold on Thursday (it's a sweet shop- where you can have pancake and ice cream (12 syns) ) for a friend's birthday. The rest of the week I intend on being extremely good! Losing a stone in a month would be absolutely awesome!

Also- On the Slimming World website, it has a graph where you plot your weight losses (or gains) and it gives you a predicted weight loss line- so gives you a predicted target weight date. Last week, my target date was 15th May (which really sucked because of the bet with my Dad that I can reach my target by my birthday (4th May) ) But after this weeks weigh in, my predicted date is 17th April!! I have no clue how they predict it, but I hope they're right. My weight loss average is ever so slightly higher than the average I need to lose to get there, so hoping that I can manage it. £100 would definitely come in handy!

Another thing I do when I get into the next stone bracket is I have my picture taken. It's always in a cotton vest thingy and a pair of jeans. Kinda to see the change in me physically for every stone or so lost. So mum kindly took a picture (or 50) for me, I don't know why, but I can never get my facial expressions right in pictures. But I got one half decent picture which is good! No more "unflattering" pictures (as I call them) for another 12.5lb at least! 

So, it's been a good day, I enjoyed my treat, I'm just hoping that it doesn't hinder my weight loss too much- it shouldn't, I should be fine. Looking forward to a new week (I'm hoping it goes quicker than last week though, how it dragged last week!)

I'm going to do more walking and more Wii Fit hopefully. I'm hoping to get Slimmer of the Month next week too- to get the 5th one (there are 5 magnets in the set!) So here's hoping!

I'm planning on updating here a couple of times in the week, betcha glad of that- I know you've missed me!

Here's to a positive week! (hopefully!)

Much love,
Tanya x

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Being Inspirational

I have spoken to a couple of people over the last week or so and they have told me that they are interested in Slimming World because they can see it works, because of the amount of weight that I've lost. There have been other people too, since I started. 3 people have joined up as a referral of mine, one of which has gotten to her target weight and is working on maintaining.

I don't usually think of myself as an inspirational person. It's something that I did hope to become. I didn't start this journey just because I wanted to lose weight- part of it was, that if I could lose weight and get to a healthy weight, then other people who are in the same boat as me can see that it does work and that they can possibly do it too!

When people tell me that I have inspired them, it makes me feel great. I like the fact that I am giving someone a bit of hope, that they too can be the weight that they want to be. I also love to tell anyone and everyone about Slimming World, about how I overcame my addiction to food (which, really in fairness, was what I had) to start shifting the pounds. I like telling people what I was like before I joined up, how I was constantly depressed, too scared and paranoid to go out of the house and always worrying about what people thought about me. 

I know that I still have a long way to go, both physically and mentally. I'm nowhere near finished. But, if I can see the change, then it must be huge- since we are always the last to see changes in ourselves.

There are still a lot of hurdles to face. One is comments that certain members of my family (thankfully I don't see them often) make, little digs about my size or about my failures in life. I can see now, that I must focus on the family members that do matter and who are there to support me. Actually, those people who do like to spread the negativity, it says more about how sad their lives are to have to bring me down. I feel sorry for them. 

Even with my bad days, I am looking forward to a happier, healthier life. I was talking to someone today about my studies ending and she said that it must have been that at this time, I'm meant to focus on my weight loss. Studying will come later, I have a lot to learn before that time comes. I'm a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and I was meant to leave university, it gives me time to focus on my weight loss and it also gives me time to look for work and gain work experience with my part time job, without worrying about spreading myself too thin.

So I'm feeling really happy today- that I am being inspirational to a few people- that makes me feel amazing. Slimming World is a huge part of my life right now, because of how much I'm focusing on shifting the stones and adopting a healthier lifestyle. I would love to be a consultant one day, after I've learnt how to drive, bought a car and have a stable job so I can support myself (as well as having the money to pay for the training etc). It's a long long long term goal- and all I need to do is put one foot in front of the other and make positive changes to work towards that goal.

It's that simple!

So to you lot reading this- if I inspire you, I'm glad, really I am. If I don't....well sod ya, but I appreciate you reading my blog anyways! heehee

Much Love,
Tanya x

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Wait....That's Not Pepper!!

So I was making dinner before- one of Tanya's random "stick it in a pan and heat it up" pasta dishes. I boiled the pasta, threw in some chopped ham, a big spoon of Philly extra light and put in what I *thought* was a little tub of finely chopped peppers.

Well. When I got down to eating it, I realised that they might not have been peppers after all. Because the dish did have a bit (read- a LOT) of a kick to it. Yes, I put in 2 large, finely chopped chillis!  Nonetheless it was very tasty (I don't mind spicy food at all).

Ok so backtracking a bit, so I don't forget anything.

First things first- the remorse of the yoghurt stealer.

After ranting about the disappearance of one of my awesome yogs- I was woken up the following morning by my little brother (well- not little- he's 19 and taller than I am....but you know what I mean) who hands me a yoghurt and a card. He told me that he read my blog on his phone and went "uh oh". He toddled off to Asda (which is about 15-20 minutes walk each way) bought me a replacement yoghurt and a card. The card wasn't an ordinary card. It was a SYMPATHY card! On the front it says "In your time of sorrow".

Inside it says:

"To my dearest sister,

I hold my hands above my head, I am the yoghurt thief!
I present you with this card as a token of my remorse.
Upon reflection, I have seen the error of my ways.
I vow never to steal another Activia Snackpot Yoghurt for the rest of my days.
I can now see that it was a despicable thing to do and I understand if you no longer want me in your life.
The guilt & pain that I am feeling now will stay with me forever.
Though it cannot compare, as a pitiful sign of reconciliation, I have procured you a replacement PEACH Activia Snackpot Yoghurt.
Forever in your debt,
The worst brother in the land"

I haven't laughed so much in ages. I read this out to my mum when she got home from work and I was crying with laughter. I gotta hand it to him- he has a way with words. My life would definitely be boring without him!

So....what else have I been up to?

Well- after my naughty synnage- I needed to do a bit extra exercise to make up for it. So, I went for a nice walk into Liscard and back with a fellow slimmer, Kate. We had a bit of a break and then we walked along the prom to Morrisons (which is about 45 minutes each way). I was chuffed because I got my sausages (back on offer again!) and some reduced fat cheese.  So all in all- 2 hours of walking at a pretty decent pace.

Then it came to weigh day- Tuesday. I was bricking it, honest. I weighed myself on the Wii Fit (hey- I saw you rolling your eyes there! It's some kind of ritual I do the day of weigh in!) and it said that I had lost a whole pound! I wasn't particularly happy and I was dreading weighing in. 

Anyway- so I get there and I am the first to be weighed. The woman who normally weighs us was running a bit late, so Julie (my consultant) weighed me. I hopped on and....I lost 2lb! It was a nice surprise! It was a great group too. Julie read out the Woman of the Year finalists' stories, and one of them made me cry. It was really inspirational though. One woman- her start weight and height were exactly the same as mine. So I'm hoping that next year, I'll be able to make it that far!

I got a million recipe ideas for chicken at group too- so hoping to get my cook hat on!

When I got home, I had dinner and went on the Wii Fit. I managed an hour and a half. So on top of the walking I did during the day- that was 2 whole hours of exercise, again!!

Finally- today (nearly there- promise!)

I went to Formby to see a good friend of mine. We went for lunch and went on a nice walk.

Lunch was terrible.

The only thing I could have was the chilli. Usually I'm ok with that because I can have some nice rice and salad with it. Well- according to the menu the chilli was served with *pilau* rice (which is about 2 1/2 syns per 100g or something), tortilla chips and sour cream. So- I went to the bar and asked for a jacket spud instead of the rice and crisps and no sour cream. For the most part they did ok. Except for the blob of butter on my jacket spud!!! As soon as the plate hit the table I grabbed the potato and forked (totally a word) the butter off! I wasn't expecting butter on my potato. I was also disappointed because there wasn't a hint of salad anywhere!

Anyhoo- after that, we went for a walk around the nature reserve, then to the beach. lots of walking, hills and sandy bits. It was nice, albeit bloody freezing! We managed 2 hours of walking, which just flew by really. When I got home, I had the pasta and I walked to my dad's, stayed about an hour and walked home. Really it was just an excuse to get out and about a bit more! So 2 hours 40 minutes today! Woo!

I really want to lose 2.5lb this week. Why? Because it will give me, not only my 5 1/2 stone award, but a lovely smiley face sticker for my book (for getting under the next stone bracket). I've said, as soon as I get into the 16's, I'm going to get a pizza- and I've been craving pizza for days. So 5 more 100% days and I should be ok *fingers crossed*

So- did you all keep up? Well done! That's impressive. I know I keep saying this, but I really need to update more often- or I'll end up with essays like this!!

I'm feeling really determined and positive- I just hope it stays with me!

Anyway- I am off to my pit, all this typing has made me sleepy!!

Much Love,
Tanya x

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Forgive Me Bloggees For I have Synned!!

I was very naughty last night and I am pretty miffed about it.

I finished work and went to my Nan's birthday party. To say I was hungry was an understatement and there was NO food there I could eat to stay on plan.

The night dragged on- we left at about midnight, armed with half a chocolate cake for my brother and his boyfriend.

We got to the end of our road and Niall and my mum wanted to walk mum's best mate home, so I was lumbered with the cake. When I got in the house, I put the cake down and I had some icing on my finger....of course, I licked it off- which set off a mahoosive craving for chocolate....so I had a piece, and some extra icing. I was pretty miffed to say the least. I really wanted to do well this week and I think I've blown it.

Anyway- apart from being miffed, what's done is done. But I have been craving sugar all bloody day! So I've been white-knuckling it. 

I've been good today- had 5 syns (including milk in my tea) and I did an hour and a half on the wii fit, so hoping that it's damage limitation and I get a half decent loss at least!

Oh- the yoghurt thief (just so everyone knows- it was my little brother!!) made amends. I'll elaborate on that next time, it's a great story so stay tuned folks!!

Tomorrow is going to consist of job searching, clothes sorting and walking, hopefully! I have my breakfast sorted (magic porridge- which is 28g of porridge oats and a yoghurt, mixed up and left in the fridge overnight. I'm going to have fruit with it- yum!) so hope to stay focussed for Tuesday's weigh in!

Now, I am off to bed, to rest my sore leg (I think I've pulled a muscle- it really hurts!)

Much Love, 

Tanya x

Friday, 11 November 2011

Attack of the Yoghurt Stealer!

Oh I am miffed! Seriously- some mean, horrible person stole one of my yoghurts! Not just any yoghurt- one of my sodding activia snackpots!! More specifically- my awesome "totally worth half a syn" peach activia snackpot! Dammit- we only got them today! I only got 2 of each flavour and I was going to make them LAST. 10 in a week in not much, trust me. My yoghurts are there to stop me binging on sweet stuff- they are my life line.

AND I AM DOWN TO 8! I had one and I was working on rationing the other 9 to make sure they lasted a whole week!

Yes- I am rather mad, and a little bit upset. I know they're only yoghurts- but it's not like I can eat lots of chocolate or biscuits or cakes. Fat free yoghurts are my happy sweet treat!!!

It doesn't help that I'm already in a foul mood. The weather is rubbish, I'm grumpy, cold and frustrated. And now lacking yoghurts.

8 yoghurts in 7 days....not good, not good at all :(

I wish I actually had a happy, cheerful blog update, I really do. But because of the rubbish weather and the fact that I've been ignored by another company after an interview....I'm feeling a bit flat. A friend of mine lent me his S.A.D light box, I had every intention of using it today but just didn't get round to it- definitely tomorrow though! Hopefully that will lift my mood. Also, going for coffee with my friend, Chris, she usually gets me out of a funk.

Anyway- let's think a little bit more positive shall we? What else have I been up to?

I had a lovely time on Thursday. Lunch with my friend was awesome. I love spending time with her. She's one of those people who naturally cheers people up (well, she does with me anyway!) The food was amusing. I ordered chilli and rice. I thought, as it always does in other places, it came with a side salad. When it turned up- it was the biggest bowl of chilli and rice I had ever seen in my LIFE! But no side salad! So I asked the guy (because I wanted to be good and have my superfree foods) if I could have some salad. He goes away. Just before he game back I said "oh poo- I forgot to ask for no dressing". Sure enough- the salad arrived (again- a HUGE portion!) with a vinaigrette dressing. It was really tasty though, so I decided to eat it, enjoy it and syn it (it worked out at about 7 syns) I counted the chilli as free- because usually I can tell if it's greasy and full of fat and oil- it tasted just how I make it- so thought it would be ok.

I then went on a long walk- around town, checked out the new Asda which opened up last week (it was rubbish!) and then wandered over to the park and had a nice stroll around there, before getting the bus home. It was about an hour (just over) of exercise.

Later on, I walked to dad's, stayed there for a bit before going to Julie's other SW group. It was a lovely group, really friendly people and just a nice feel to it. Mind, they have an awesome consultant- so that must help of course! Afterwards I helped Julie clear everything up and she gave me a lift home (it was pretty cold out! So I was grateful)

Today, even with my grouchiness I managed to cook up a lovely meal- turkey casserole (the recipe asked for chicken....but we had turkey.) So.....the recipe....By the way- I used our slow cooker, so if you don't have one, just use a regular pan and don't cook for as long!

1 huge turkey breast (or 2 small ones)
2 carrots 
1/2 small butternut squash
1 onion
1 clove garlic 
1 large potato
large handful of pearl barley (or lentils could work)
1 chicken stock pot
Soy sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Mixed herbs
Any other herbs you want to throw in
a few tbsp of instant potato mash powder (we used smartprice, just to try it out- apparently it's syn free...but I'm not 100% sure on that)

1) Brown the turkey with the herbs and finely chopped garlic.
2) Quickly boil the barley in a seperate pan and drain
3) Add the veggies and potatoes (after they've been diced of course!) 
4) Mix the stock pot with 1 pint of boiling wate, mix well and add to the slow cooker. Throw in the pearl barley.
5) Add more water to cover up the meat and veggies. add a splash of soy sauce and Worstershire sauce (or if you're anything like me- add lots of both!)
6) Simmer on a low heat for about 10 days (ok...not quite- but I had it on for about 6 hours on a very low heat- but that was only because I was in work for 5 of those hours!) 
7) if the sauce needs thickening, add a few tablespoons of the instant mash powder. I used 2 and it was still runny, so maybe use 3-4. 

I served mine with rocket salad (like i serve everything with!) cherry tomatoes and boiled rice!

I definitely recommend it, it's a lovely winter warmer recipe. A bit of a change to stew, but very similar.

Ok that's me for tonight. I actually feel better now I've typed this up. I'd better get my bum to bed! Coffee with Chris at lunchtime, then work and straight after work I'm going to my nan's 75th birthday party! It's all go!

Much Love,
Tanya x

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Winter is Here!

I'm currently hiding under my blanket, sipping hot tea, trying to defrost. Boy is it ever cold!

Hi! I know, I keep doing this. But here is an update- that's something, right? Don't give me that look!

Weigh in was yesterday. I lost 2lb! To be honest, I was rather disappointed. I had been good and I'd exercised more. But I'm hoping for a good loss next Tuesday! I have 4lb to get my 5 1/2 stone award and 4 1/2 lb to get into the 16's (which is just...wow!) 

I've upped my exercise. Yesterday I did 2 hours 10 minutes (50 minutes walking and 1 hour 20 minutes on the wii fit). Today I did an hour of wii fit. I was going to do more but I was so cold and feeling a bit zapped of energy I decided to call it a day. But an hour is still good. 

I'm hoping that santa gets me Just Dance 3 for christmas. I really like JD2, but it's getting a touch boring. JD1 would be sweet too, just for the change.

I made an egg custard today....not sure if I've done the recipe on here before but will put it up (alas- no picture though!)

2 large eggs
1/2 pint semi skimmed milk
1 tbsp sweetener
sprinkling of cinnamon

1) Heat the milk up in a pan until nearly boiling
2) Beat the eggs in a bowl and stir in the milk. Add the sweetener and mix well.
3) Pour into an ovenproof dish and spinkle the cinnamon on top.
4) Half-fill a deep baking tray with water.put in the dish (make sure the water is low enough not to spill into the mixture)
5) Place in the oven, on gas mark 3 for 20-30 minutes.
6) leave to cool and then put in the fridge to chill for 2 hours.

This serves 2. I'm actually going to let my mum have some! heehee.

For dinner I had something nice and easy. I had the last of my chicken spears from Iceland (2 tikka and 2 korma) with beef savoury rice (and soy sauce) and mixed veggies. I forget sometimes that I can make quick and easy meals. Not all SW meals have you slaving over a hot stove for hours! I do, though, need to find some replacement chicken pieces. There were loads of different ones over the summer, about 2-3 really nice ones. But they have all gone off the shelves because they were only the "bbq range" ones. So yes- I'm on the hunt for some syn free "bung in the oven" chicken pieces.

Tomorrow, I'm going to my consultant's other SW group. Just for a visit- I'm not getting weighed again or anything. She just mentioned that I could go visit. It only started last week and apparently it has a nice feel to it. So I'm going to mosey on down there. It's just round the corner from my dad's so I'll visit him beforehand. 

I'm having lunch with a friend too tomorrow, a very social day planned! Of course, I have no intention of going over my syns! 

Righty, I'd better get ready for bed! Hope that it warms up a bit tomorrow!!

Much Love,
Tanya x

Saturday, 5 November 2011


That's all I seem to be suffering from lately. No matter how much I sleep, I am exhausted. But- I am pushing to keep moving forward. 

I've had a fab couple of evenings in work. On Friday, the girl I usually work with had some time off, and I worked with the shop owner's husband- a cheery, dancy Jamaican dude. I had a great time- he was fantastic company and we did a lot of boogying to the music!

Tonight was good too, even though I got exhausted at around 8.30, and just crashed. But we made it out for just after 10pm and I walked home and put my feet up.

I went to visit my friend, Chris, today. She lives about half an hour walk away, so I walked there and because I was running late, I got the bus most of the way home (walked the last 10 minutes) It was nice to have a catch up with her and to harass her cats (she's got about 23 or something....but I might be slightly over exaggerating there) She bought me a lovely kitty mug and let me have her copy of this months SW magazine (which I couldn't afford to get myself *sigh*)

Anyway- I have been good this week.the first couple of days I indulged a bit. Not going over my syns, but I went to double digits, which is a lot for me, but I'm pulling it back. Still got 2 whole days and most of Tuesday to get the result I want. I've got 6.5lb to get under 17 stone. I would absolutely LOVE to get that off in the next 2 weeks, but I know that would be immensely difficult- so I'll be content with 3 weeks. Of course- the sooner I get it off the better...So I'm really hoping to be well on my way to the 16's by Tuesday!

I set myself an exercise target for this month. I started doing exercise challenges in July. Basically, it's something that's been around on a forum I go on. You set yourself a challenge to do X amount of hours of exercise in the month. Then, when you have done some exercise, just update, stating how much you have to go.

In July, I set myself a target of 12 hours. I had only just started to get active, so 3 hours a week seemed reasonable. I managed the last 15 minutes on 31st July, with about 5 hours to spare! I have built up my exercise levels over the last 4 or so months. 

This months challenge- 30 hours! The highest I've ever set myself. Last month was 25 hours and I think I managed about 26 1/2, so met my target with a bit to spare. 30 hours is an hour a day, so it's a big challenge. But, it's the 5th and I've managed 4 hours 45 minutes so far- so nearly on target.

Fridays and Saturdays are hard to exercise- when I get in from work my feet are so sore I can barely walk, so getting the Wii fit on is more or less impossible. So I try to make up for it Sunday-Thursday. I am going out for the day tomorrow, but when I get back I hope to have enough energy to do a little bit on the Wii fit!

No new recipes yet, but I really want to make a new soup next week- so will have a look at online recipes and see what I can come up with.

Right, I'd better get my bum to bed! I really am exhausted. Actually, I am that tired that this blog probably makes no sense. Oh well, I thought I'd update anyways!

Hopefully the next one will be easier to understand, heehee.

Much Love,
Tanya x

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

I be bad!!!

Sorry, sorry, sorry! I am very naughty. I can't believe it's been a week since my last blog entry! *slaps wrist*

Thanks to my lovely little brother who threatened me to write, otherwise I would have forgotten again.

So- in a nutshell- my week!

I had afternoon tea with a group of girly friends on Thursday. It was to celebrate a good friend's birthday, but I was treating myself for getting under the next stone bracket (I have a treat each time- this was it). Now, don't try this at home, any of you slimming world folks, but I don't count syns when I have this treat. I just behave for the rest of the week! So I did over indulge just a touch- sammiches, a cupcake, a BIG slice of sponge cake and a cup of tea....and a piece of treacle toffee (I was given 4 pieces, I gave the other 3 to my mum).

For the rest of the week I was pretty good. I did a good few hours of exercise, even with my sore feets (which are not getting any better!!) I did go see my doctor about the foot pain and she's prescribed me stronger painkillers. I havent handed the script in yet- I will do that tomorrow.

Work has been a little bit frustrating. The till is messed up- seriously. First it says that the till is over, then it says it's under....and we are getting it in the neck from the manager. Of course, not sure if it's paranoia or if she really thinks it, but I think the manager is blaming me. Of course, if the till has only just started spouting out numbers like it has been doing, and I've only been there a month....I just hope that she isn't thinking that I'm dipping my hand in the till. I would never do such a thing (maybe a few years ago- but I have a conscience now- I wouldn't be able to cope with the guilt!) Just crossing my fingers it gets sorted- because I don't want to get the sack because of mistakes I didn't make, or being accused of something I didn't do....

Anyway- looking forward to a good week- it was weigh day today.

I went to the 1pm group to meet up with my friend Chris, she goes to that one. But I got weighed at 5pm. 

I lost 3.5lb this week! I got my 5 stone award (5 stone 1lb lost!) and Slimmer of the Week! I was pretty chuffed to say the least. I'm past the half way mark- and all in 6 1/2 months! So hopefully I *will* get to target by my birthday.

I was talking to my friend Marg yesterday (my friend in Canada). I told her that if I win the national finals of Woman of the Year  next year, I'm spending Christmas with her and her family, whether she likes it or not! The first prize is £5000, so I would be on the first flight over there! It would be nice to visit again- but next time I'm there I want to feel comfortable having my picture taken, unlike last year!

Anyway- since it's been so long....I *do* actually have a recipe! Diet coke chicken! I know- sounds weird- it's taken me 6 months to pluck up the courage to make it- and actually I loved it! It's a bit like sweet and sour meets sticky chicken- very yummy!!

serves 2
2 large chicken breasts, diced
1 large onion, diced
6 tablespoons passatta
330ml diet coke (or pepsi max- which is what I used)
splash of worstershire sauce

Brown the chicken and onions using a few sprays of frylight.

Add the passatta, diet coke and worstershire sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Keep watching and stirring every few minutes because after a little while it starts to thicken quite rapidly. Don't put a lid on the pan while simmering- the sauce won't thicken if you do.

I served mine with sw chips, rice and salad.

So that's me for tonight. Definitely need to get my bum into gear and update this more often- since people do actually read this (thank you by the way- it's nice to know people listen to me sometimes!)

Much Love,
Tanya x