Not quite alchemy…


When I was young, I wanted a chemistry set. I imagined myself performing wild experiments and stumbling upon remarkable discoveries. I pictured carefully measuring out substances into different beakers and containers, in an effort to reproduce one of my discoveries. I imagined surprise and satisfaction.


But I never owned a chemistry set. I owned very few things I didn’t truly need. My mother worked hard but didn’t earn much, so we got what we needed and only rarely what we didn’t. So, I never got to play chemist (other than occasionally in school), and never came close to any kind of alchemy.


Now, as an adult with a mild baking obsession, I realise I had all I needed in order to get what I thought a chemistry set would give me. I get to measure out and combine different ingredients, discover how they affect each other, and see results, both expected and unexpected. And I get to repeat and refine the process.

It’s not quite alchemy, but it is chemistry, and it is incredibly satisfying.

Post Whole30: Healthy Lunch

Whole30 ruined my eating habits

I went to the canteen for lunch, rather excited because I could once again eat whatever the hell I wanted.

When I got there I saw at the hot food bar there was a chicken meal but it looked (and smelled) a bit greasy/rich and very carby (lots of potatoes and whatnot). None of the other hot dishes appealed either so I turned to the salad bar. Chilly crispy curly kale (or 3CK, for short) was available and looking tasty, so I grabbed some of that, plus red cabbage salad (forget what they called it), extra carrots (love carrots), cucumber and a piece of tomato. Then I topped it with some seeds.

I sickened myself as I dished my food. This was all *way too healthy*. I’ve been looking forward to some tasty, not-so-bad-but-not-so-healthy food and I squandered my the opportunity to have some. Why? Because Whole30 ruined me. I feel like my software got hacked and reprogrammed. They so no system is un-hackable. I agree. Biological or otherwise.
Screw you, Whole30. I hated every minute of our time together. Now I’m free and you still have a hold of me. I couldn’t even enjoy my milky, creamy mocha this morning. You suck.
(Awesome lunch though.)

Where to eat Paleo in London

I visited my canteen for lunch on Friday but due to this Whole30 program I’m on at the moment, there was nothing for me there. I decided to hit the street and see if I could find other options. This would have involved a lot of leg-work had it not been for my phone and internet access, but instead I only had to do a bit of thumb-work. A quick google led me to this webpage:

Where to Eat Paleo in the UK

There I found a number eateries that have paleo-friendly dishes. I ended up getting a bunless chicken burger (so, basically, a chicken salad) from Leon. Funny thing is, my wife already told me about that particular option last week. Of course, I only remembered when I found it on Inquisitive Foodie!