Post Whole30: Healthy Lunch
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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.)
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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!

A great day for cookies

When I was young I hated baking. Why? Because why can’t I eat it already? That’s why. I wasn’t interested in the baking, just the eating.

Years later and I’ve developed a greater appreciation for the baking process. Two things have helped with that:

  1. I’ve cultivated a necessary level of patience that, balanced with the right level of enthusiasm and anticipation, creates the perfect amount of excitement.
  2. I’ve since realised that the eating can actually take place during the baking.

Yesterday morning I made a fresh batch of epicly chocolatey double chocolate chip cookies for a friend’s birthday barbecue. The recipe isn’t mine, so I can only take so much credit. But I deserve some, because I baked them. And they were awesome. Yes, that was my own horn I just tooted.

Cookies and other goodies

love baking. And, fortunately, I have just enough self-control to prevent myself eating all the batter before the sweet treats go in the oven, so people actually get to enjoy my baked wares. Awesomer.

A friend enjoying a double chocolate chip cookie

BTW: Did you know it was National Chocolate Chip Day on May 15th here in the UK?

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Cookie D’oh!

Cookies

I was on a website and noticed a small pop-up in the corner. All I saw were the words:

This website…cookies

For a brief moment I forgot everything I knew about the internet (and the laws of nature, apparently) and believed there to be actual cookies available to eat at that very moment, if I just reached into the screen to grab them. I was already wondering where on the page they might be located when I was suddenly slapped back out of bizarro world and returned to this one.

It felt like I was there about 10 seconds but in reality, from seeing the notice to realising that I’m finally losing it, only a couple thousandths of a second had passed. OK…a couple hundredths of a second.

I blame my current obsession with finding a quality cookie dough scoop.

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Millie’s Style Cookies

Homemade Millie's style cookies

Homemade Millie’s style cookies

My father was a baker-man. I guess it’s not surprising that I’ve taken to baking recently (I’m not the only one of his children to do so, just the latest).

Tonight I baked some cookies, Millie’s style — not the first time, and definitely not the last. They taste awesome. I’ll be taking them to work tomorrow as I have before, but I’m always tempted to accidentally “forget” them.

The recipe is here. I tend to use dark chocolate chips and vanilla paste instead of the regular vanilla extract; the paste has a richer, more intense flavour. Personal preference. I also make the cookies a little smaller for a higher quantity — it makes them go a little further.