Pork Strips “Char Siu”

Char Siu refers to a way of flavouring and preparing BBQ Chinese pork. I guess I am a fan to a point. I find it a bit too sweet for my taste buds sometimes. Last night SP was hounding me to cook the pork strips we bought from a local Korean grocer. Seeing as how I’ve never cooked pork belly strips before I was racking my brain as to how to prepare them and decided to do a version of Char Siu that wasn’t too sickly sweet. The recipe I’m giving is all approximation I didn’t use exact measuring spoons as I don’t quite measure stuff when I throw things together on a whim.

 

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Fresh out of the oven.

Sara’s Version Char Siu Pork Belly Strips                                                   Serves 3

  • ~1 1/2 lbs Pork Belly Strips (I had 9 strips)
  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Chinese wine
  • 1 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Oyster Sauce (i did a heaping spoon)
  • 1 TBSP Dark Soy
  • ~1 1/2 TSP Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1/2 TSP White pepper
  • 2 TBSP  Brown sugar (in actual char siu I believe its about 1/3cup  of sugar)
  • 1 Tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves minced garlic

Directions:

  1. Marinate the pork with all the ingredients overnight if possible (I did half an hour) in the fridge.
  2.  Take the pork out to sit at room temperature while you preheat the oven to 400F. At this time I place the pork on a rack over a baking pan. IMG_20160807_201126.jpg
  3. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping them over at 15 minutes and slathering on the left over marinade over the strips.
  4. After 30 minutes I turned the oven to broil on high and let it crisps for about 3-4 minutes or so.  Watch that you don’t burn your pork. To serve I cut them to smaller bite size pieces.

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    Baked Potato with Pork Belly Strips

This recipe does not provide a super sweet pork though some might still find it too sweet. Adjust recipe to your taste buds as this is a guideline. Laterz

Sara xo

The 7th..Final Day

I’m all done with the 7 day diet plan and honestly it was not difficult to follow at all. I think what helped was my eating habits leading to this 7 day diet, I had been eating cleaner and was doing smoothies every morning. I was also prepping food for few days at a time and had snacks handy. So no dirty eating meant this 7 day diet was a breeze. Apart from that cheat on day 6 for date night. Which still makes me feel really guilty.

Overall doing this diet make me felt satiated, my gut health was way better, there was no bloating or gassiness etc. and cravings didn’t hit hard at all! Now I think thats amazing for a diet. Lets be honest when you think of a diet you go oh god how am I gonna deal with cravings? will I be strong enough to not indulge etc. etc. Well for me at least thats what goes through my head. With this I swear I didn’t feel like that at all. I could easily say no when SP offered me jubes jubes or crisps and I didn’t go looking for excuses to grab junk food. For the last day I just did a smoothie and the curry dish that was suppose to be the day 6 dinner.I subbed the Chocolate Orange smoothie for a Chocolate Coconut as well.

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Vegetable curry & Chocolate Coconut Green Thickie

Initially when I was cooking (which only took 30 minutes from start to finish) this I thought to myself oh god thats a lot of food, but really it isn’t when you are not eating anything else with it except salad. This was yummy and so was the smoothie.

What it comes down to though, for  me at least, this diet kept me off junk and made me feel good but was not enough to lose weight. Maybe if I was doing hardcore workouts I would lose some (I was doing moderate 3 times a week weights) but otherwise this is just a good healthy alternative to implement once a month or so just to change things up. On the up side I have felt so extremely guilty eating meals that have processed food or having white bread since this 7 day thing ended yesterday….yes its only been one day and I feel like I should be eating as I have been the past week.

As for now SP is hounding me to go cook the pork belly slices we bought…Laterz

Sara xo

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I know I know its not fall but 2 weeks ago I just had MAJOR cravings for a butternut squash soup. I’ve probably made this a couple of times trying different recipes I’ve found through Pinterest. This time I tried a vegan/gluten free and paleo friendly version and you know what it was just as good. In fact I probably will stick to this version all the time now and cut out the cream.

The pictures might not do it justice but the important part is the taste and yums! is all I have to say. I got this recipe from Ahead of Thyme. I did modify it a little here and there but nothing major.

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Roasted Squash all ready to blend. Smelled heavenly.
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Blended soup in pot (I left it a wee bit chunky) and all portioned up for meals on the go.

So if you are a fan of this soup head over to Ahead of Thyme and get the recipe. I LOVE it! Laterz..

Sara xo

 

Day 3, 4, 5 & 6!

Who forgets to take pictures of food these days?? Well.. ME. It seems that we are inundated with food pictures on a daily basis right? I forgot to take a pic of dinner for day 5. It was just whole wheat pasta with pesto sauce with spinach and salad, so you can picture that easily enough.

Anyways I am on the last day of the 7 Day Diet Plan by Katherine Kyle at Green Thickies and I have to say I definitely didn’t lose weight but my gut health is better and my cravings were absolutely manageable I had no problem ignoring junk food which is hard when you work evening shifts and don’t go to bed 5-6 hours after dinner.

Down side though I did have a cheat night last night because my friend had a dinner night planned and we were suppose to go to Sammy J Peppers. My friend couldn’t make it and SP decided to make it a date night. I just had to say yes because date night has been so so rare lately. I think I’ll try and do a light detox in a couple of weeks since I feel guilty having a cheat night. I just hate it when I don’t stick to something because I chastise myself after the fact.

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DAY 3:Apple Coconut Green Thickie, Salad w Asian dressing & Mushroom & White Bean Chilli w Brown rice.
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DAY 4: Apple & Mango Green Thickie for breakfast & lunch & Whole Grain wrap with hummus and half an avocado with salad
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DAY 5: Waldorf Salad Green Thickie (don’t let the name gross you out, it really is not bad at all) for breakfast & dinner. Whole Wheat pasta with pesto sauce and spinach for dinner (you can picture what that looks like yourself)

For day 6 I was lazy to bake a potato so I added some hummus in addition to my fillings for my salad. It was tough to finish. SO filling! I didn’t eat all of my dinner it was way too much pasta though I did eat all the seafood!

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DAY 6: Lemon Meringue Pie Green Thickie (really does taste like it), Salad with white beans & hummus and cheat dinner of seafood Pasta

One more day and it will be a wrap! Laterz

Sara xo

 

Prepped Food

Time after time I’ve chastised myself on not prepping my food ahead of time. For me this is a major cause of grabbing convenient unhealthy stuff when I’m hungry. For this little diet I’m doing, there were some things I could do to help reduce food preparation time. These items could keep for a few so I wasn’t worried, plus I could always freeze it if I had excess.

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Salad enough for 5 servings, Date Paste made from scratch and an oil free Hummus.

The date paste recipe came from Green Thickies and the recipe for the hummus came from Carrie On Living.

Tomorrow I will post and update on day 3 & 4. So far I am not sure if I have lost any weight but oh well at least I feel good and thats important as well. Laterz.

Sara xo

Day 1 & 2

Hi! So as I mentioned in an earlier post I was going to start the Green Thickie 7 day diet plan by Katherine Kyle at Green Thickies. Day 1 and day 2 are in the bag and I must say it has not been as difficult as I though it might be. I did get a bit hungry before dinner on day 1 and SP offered me pork chops and corn for dinner. Proud to say I turned it down in favour of keeping up with my resolution.

I will post some pictures of what I had but won’t be providing any recipes as it’s copyrighted and I paid for it etc. But you will get the gist of what I’m feeding my body. For mid afternoon snacks it’s some nuts and a small fruit but what you see here is pretty much all I ate otherwise. I did find eating my full dinner a little difficult as the portion was big for me but I gobbled it down as it’s mostly veggies. It keeps me satiated and satisfied and I’m able to turn down sweets and desserts. FYI it takes me a while to finish my smoothie as it’s so filling.

For Day 1 I had the same salad with a sweet potato. I am suppose to have a salad with my dinner but I just could not stomach it I was too full.

Lunch stays the same all week unless I swap it out for a smoothie. Sweet Grapefruit & Orange smoothie & Satay Noodles with Veg

So far so good. Though I found out I am not a big fan of citrus smoothies when I have mylk or any extra goodies (oats, seeds, nuts etc.) mixed in. I prefer my citrus smoothies with water and berries.

Will be back with more updates!  Laterz..

Sara xo

 

Facial Soap V.1

I know I’ve been MIA for a long time. First my computer broke down and I didn’t get around to fixing it because as with most people I have other devices. I do hate to post from anything but a computer. Second I was away for a chunk of time. I went to Malaysia for a childhood friends wedding which was of course amazing even with the crazy heat and humidity. Thirdly I was just so busy and lazy. Anyways moving on. I made soap again.. finally! And this is a new recipe I’m trying!IMG_3976 (1).jpg


Facial Soap Version 1

Makes ~24oz.

  • 7oz. Olive Oil
  • 4oz. Coconut Oil 76 deg
  • 2oz. Shea Butter
  • 1oz. Camelina Seed Oil
  • 1oz. Castor Oil
  • 1oz. Calendula Oil
  • 1TBSP Australian Pink Clay
  • 1TBSP Activated Charcoal
  • 1oz. Blend of Lavender, Tea tree and Litsea Cubeba essential oil

I used an old Pringles can as a mold. It was not very nice to take out because some soap seeped out of the liner and I ruined a bit of my soap (aesthetically) even after putting it in the freezer. This is a screen shot of my calculations (I could not find Calendula and used Avocado as a sub)

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I will not post directions on how to make this cold process soap as there are many resources out there you can choose from. As I am not a professional at this my recipes are trial and error. I have since tried one bar though I could wait longer for it to cure. The result is that it is creamy, not super bubbly and surprisingly the scent is still pretty strong. So far I have no complains using this for my face but I do not have major problematic skin.