Shark Week Food: Blue Soup with Toast Shark Fins and Surfers

Happy Shark Week! Let’s mark it with some Shark Week Food: blue soup with toast shark fins and cheesy toast surfers!

Happy Shark Week! Blue Soup with Toast Shark Fins and Surfers

Happy Shark Week! Blue Soup with Toast Shark Fins and Surfers

It gives a whole new (and better!) meaning to ‘shark fin soup’. We’re going to need a bigger bowl…

Blue Soup with Toast Sharks and Surfers

Blue Soup with Toast Sharks, Surfers and one Loch Ness Monster

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My Clangers Diet Worked!

It worked! My Clangers Diet really worked! I lost 3.8lbs this week:

Beginning weight: 214.8 lbs
End weight: 211 lbs

Hooray for Blue String Pudding and the Soup Dragon’s soup 🙂

So, How on Earth did This work?!

I believe it was a combination of a few things:

  1. My general positive attitude due to happy memories of the Clangers being relived with my own toddler (and the older kids too!)
  2. Soup really is a pretty good diet food, filling you up without adding too many calories
  3. Blue food really does put you off eating too much, even when it tastes nice
  4. Chocolate money (or in my case chocolate buttons) are a pretty good treat to keep in the fridge for a nice little pick me up that you don’t eat too much of

The first week back on the wagon after a diet disaster usually does go quite well. However, the first week when Starbucks brings back the Gingerbread Latte also does, for me, tend to go quite badly 😉

So kudos to the Soup Dragon for outdoing the giant Starbucks corporation. I like that 🙂

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A Blue String Pudding Recipe for my Clangers Diet

Blue String Pudding (Cordon Bleu, anyone? 🙂 ) is the Clangers’ favourite food, along with soup from the Soup Dragon, so of course I’d have to make some for my Clangers Diet this week!

It’s a fun recipe to make with kids, if you’re ok with the food colouring (see the links section below for some natural blue food colouring options).

BBC: The Clangers, © Smallfilms, Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. Find more of the Clangers on Amazon UK

I’ll be having my Blue String Pudding for lunches, to continue with the ‘Fight Fat After 40‘ theme of eating carbohydrates earlier in the day, and the blueness is important as I’m counting on our natural human aversion to blue foods to trick myself into eating less of it. Yes that’s right: once again I’m deliberately making a lunch I hope I won’t want to eat!

So, where to start? I cooked some spaghetti with peas, and added a few drops of blue food colouring:

Cooking Blue String Pudding

Cooking Blue String Pudding like The Clangers: Step 1…? (Tweet this! )


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It’s a Clangers Diet this week, in honour of the Rosetta Comet Landing!

Rosetta comet landing highlight

Rosetta comet landing highlight. Photo: ESA

We sci-fi and space fans have to celebrate the European Space Agency’s fantastic achievement in landing the Philae probe on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet today after a ten year, 300 million mile journey! And what better way to celebrate than with a diet inspired by the comet’s most likely inhabitants, the Clangers 🙂

Have you heard the unearthly space sounds recorded from the Rosetta comet landing? Click here for the audio recording! It’s amazing. And doesn’t the far-away look and sound of the comet remind you of something?

For those who weren’t lucky enough to grow up with the Clangers, here’s a little catch-up:

Find more of the Clangers on YouTube and Amazon UK

See? Music in space! It’s starter sci fi for toddlers 🙂

So what can we do for a Clangers Diet?

This is what the Clangers eat:

A Clangers Diet? The Clangers make Blue String Pudding

The Clangers make Blue String Pudding

  • Blue string pudding (I’ll try spaghetti or spaghetti squash with blue food colouring!)
  • Soup, fetched from the Soup Dragon’s soup wells of course
  • And for treats, one bag of chocolate money, caught by fishing from the music boat in space

Here are some Useful Recipes

  1. Here’s my Blue String Pudding Recipe
  2. Here’s a Carrot, Coriander and Lentil Soup Recipe

And also this week:

  • Watch the Clangers, read about the comet, get the kids enthusiastic, and learn about space exploration

And why will this work?

  1. Soup is a good diet food (see ‘Soups for Weight Loss‘), although some are better than others (see ‘Worst Soups for Weight Loss‘).
  2. Human beings have a natural aversion to blue foods, since they appear so seldom in nature
  3. One bag of chocolate money over a week is a pretty nice treat, and not too much of it.

Wish me luck! It’s off to a good start already, watching Clangers videos and listening to space, both popular with all my kids 🙂

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