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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Vegan Resources

Vegan resources: Photo of vegetables

Vegetables: the ultimate in Vegan Resources. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A page of useful vegan resources for those interested in a vegan diet and cookery. This page is a work in progress. Please post any links to further resources in the comments and I'll add them to this list.

Vegan Recipes

Vegan Menu Planning

Vegan Magazines

Vegan Diets on this Website

Restaurant Guides

General Vegan Links

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So am I a ‘Skinny Bitch’ yet?

The Skinny Bitch Diet, available at AbeBooks

The Skinny Bitch Diet, available at AbeBooks

So am I a 'Skinny Bitch' now? Not by a long way! But the vegan diet wasn't bad, and the vegan desserts were really good. I still haven't found a good vegan option for replacing milk in coffee, but the unsweetened vanilla almond milk wasn't bad in tea (surprising when I don't like vanilla!) The vegan diet did take some extra planning, and was inconvenient when out and about, but let's face it, that probably helps if you're normally prone to fast food and impulse snacking (like me).

And as a very nice result of this week, going by their statistics, having my family of five eat a vegan diet for a week saved the lives of nine animals. I like that. Although I wouldn't want them following me around indebtedly like Morgan Freeman in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

I lost a bit of weight too, not a huge amount but they'd clap you for it in Weight Watchers.

Read more: The 'Skinny Bitch' Diet, in Honour of the Girl from Species...

Starting Weight: 213.3lbs
Ending Weight: 211.8lbs

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My Vegan Food Diary

The meals I cooked from The Vegan Menu were nice, and I think I've learned some new tricks about vegan cookery already ('Not Your Mother's Fettucine Alfredo'). I loved their Vegan Key Lime Pie, and the Chocolate Mocha Pie recipe from Whole Foods was gorgeous, although it turns out not to last overnight in the fridge without separating, so it has to be eaten in one go. However will we manage 😉

Natasha Henstridge

Natasha Henstridge: She plays the main character in 'Species', and so creepily, so why isn't she credited like the men? (Photo available from Allposters.com)


I may not have followed the diet as strictly as the authors would have liked (I tried the fruit for breakfast a couple of times and thought 'bleurgh'), and perhaps it would have worked better if I had, but overall I'm pretty pleased with it.

I also became quite skeptical of the authors' 'Skinny Bitch' claims: they may be skinny, but to me they seem much too concerned with animal welfare to earn the 'B' word, however hard the book tries to be rude ('You need to exercise, you lazy shit'! Um, ok....)

In fact the hardest thing about Skinny Bitch week was watching Species again and being reminded of how horrible she really was. Having said that, my inner feminist was outraged that Natasha Henstridge, who played the main character so well, and was the only person I remembered seeing in it the first time round, wasn't give anywhere near the credit that the male actors were. And towards the end, the film did get a bit silly. (Alien rats, anyone?)

Meanwhile, the rebellious side of my dieting self enjoyed the huge junk food binge scene, and I felt the little vegan almondmilk chocolate puddings I found really captured the best of that for enjoying at home: chocolate does tend to be better when you aren't murdering strangers and messing up trains.

In any case, yay vegan diet and I probably won't bother with Species 2 and 3.
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My Vegan Food Diary

English: Tofu scramble (vegan)

English: Tofu scramble (vegan) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is the vegan food diary I kept during 'Skinny Bitch' diet week, in case it helps anyone who is interested in trying vegan food but has no idea where to start.

I think vegan is one of the diets that improves as the size of your family grows and you can have small amounts of a bigger variety of foods in each meal.

This is more of an expensive week than usual: we don't normally eat so many vegan pretend meat products, but wanted to try them out for this vegan diet week.
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The ‘Skinny Bitch Diet’ Review, in Honour of that Girl from Species

Species movie poster

Click to watch 'Species' on Vudu.
'Sil' from Species: 'Skinniest Bitch' in Sci-Fi?

Could you resist a diet book called 'Skinny Bitch'? Not many people could, apparently, as it was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

"A no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!"
'Skinny Bitch', by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

So what's the skinny on the 'Skinny Bitch' diet?

The biggest change is that it's vegan, which makes me doubt the authors' 'bitch' credentials, as they're very concerned with animal welfare.

It does make sense for a diet though, including less animal fat and more plants for a start.

It's also a diet that tries to avoid artificial food additives and over-processed foods, in line with health recommendations, and has no faith in government agencies for food regulation, thereby neatly combining both political extremes of dieters 🙂

These recommendations are backed up by some shocking examples of animal cruelty in slaughterhouses and failures in oversight by government regulatory agencies, along with useful information about vegan nutrition.

In between, it's quite a fun book to read if you don't mind a bit of swearing and enjoy bluntness to the point of rudeness: Cigarettes are for losers, soda is liquid Satan, etc. I quite liked it, anyway.

Click to find out how I got on with this diet...
 

And why the girl from Species?

I try to pick a story or character for each diet, that will help motivate me to stick to it and succeed. So, for a start she has a figure I wouldn't cry about.

But am I being a bit mean to poor little lab-bred half-alien Sil?

Come on. I mean, I felt sorry for her at first too...
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