I LOVE FOOD!
Ohhh Happy Day everyday! How is it going in your neck of the woods?
Shall we talk about food? My favorite subject, of course!
Like any gourmand, I like to eat and eat well.
I can even talk about food, while eating food!
Recently, a very handsome Frenchman, paid me the highest compliment stating, "You are so French now!"
Merci beaucoup, monsieur!
Call it obsession OR call it as I see it.
I am simply paying close attention to how I treat and take care of myself!
This is my body, my temple.
It would be disrespectful to the Gods if I didn't take care of the gift they bestowed upon me!
Can I get an Amen!??!
That said, I wanted to give you an idea of some of the delicious meals I have recently madeFRIED CHICKEN
and have enjoyed immensely!
I have found several recipes online from several low carb websites, such as
Linda's Low Carb Kitchen,
and I Breathe, I'm Hungry!
Since I love food so much, shall we... indulge?
This to-die-for fried chicken recipe comes from the lovely Sheila!
I have never met her, however she kind of reminds me
Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilie Clark from my favorite book and TV series, A Song of Fire and Ice, Game of Thrones.
I consider my low carb book and Sheila's website my bibles.
I am constantly reading and rereading them for knowledge, motivation and ideas. Thank you Sheila!
However, I digress.. I am a southern girl at heart, and Mama NEEDS her fried chicken! I have posted this recipe in the past, so quit being lazy and peruse my blog for some hidden treasures, some food for thought and of course, recipes! You'd be happy you did!
Right, fried chicken...
I also dipped the chicken in homemade ranch dressing (sour cream with a Hidden Valley Ranch Dips packet) and enjoyed it immensely with my green salad.
Needless to say, I was in fat girl heaven! Truth is, I love eating richly, all the while I'm losing weight! I mean, Bonnnnjouuurrrrr!
Why didn't I listen to Dr. Atkins and Sheila YEARS ago? Oh yeah, because I was dumb! Well, honey chil... Not NO MORE!
This is a stir fry I made with leftover veggies. It is simply extra lean ground beef, one clove of garlic, some onion, red bell pepper, and green beans. A little salt, a little pepper, and let us not forget the aged white cheddar cheese! Simple and delishhhh! It reminded me of my favorite Thai dish, sans coconut milk and red spice. Hmmm, might have to check the carb count on coconut milk or recreate it somehow....
By the way, I haven't had cheddar cheese for close to three years. Why? Well, France didn't sell it! I can hear those snobby Frenchies now, "Stupid Anglo-Saxon with their bad cheese!!"
In fact, I only found it a month ago, that is when it popped up in my local market! I was so happy, I nearly fainted!
BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP
Broccoli and Cheese soup! Yes, please! This is beyond tasty and so easy to make, I promise you'd kick yourself for not making this dish sooner! I made this for dinner earlier in the week and whoooaaaa Nelly was it tasty!
Obviously you need FRESH broccoli, half a bouillon (chicken) cube, one or two cloves of garlic and maybe a quarter of a whole onion, minced.
Adjust the servings for your family. I made the soup for 2 people.
IMPORTANT: Your broccoli MUST look as if they are relaxing in a jacuzzi! Do not use too much water!
First, cut them into small little trees and with the onion, garlic and cube, allow it all to boil for about 8-10 minutes or until they are tender. Next, transfer to a blender (or hand mixer) and blitz until it is to the soup consistancy you enjoy. Add a little salt, a little pepper, a pat of butter, a pat of sour cream, and top off with cheese!
PERFECTION! I like to eat my soup in mugs, it makes me feel as if I have a better handle on it! hahhaha, get it?!!
Fresh oysters! Yes, please!
I love mine with just a squirt of lemon and eating them right out of the halfshell!
In a previous post, I mentioned that oysters are a Sunday French tradition, but don't ask me why. I asked the sweet husband and he simply said, "Why not!"
I love them, LOVE THEM!
I love their milk, their freshness, their saltiness, their silkiness!
Seriously, I feel like Queen Cersei (Game of Thrones reference) when I eat them, especially with a cool glass of rosé or white wine! PARADISE!
I could easily eat a dozen all by myself, however I usually am satisfied after eight!
Depending on the day, I either purchase a ready-made rotisserie chicken or chicken breasts. I am such a cavewomen when I have a rotisserie chicken in front of me....picking the flesh off the carcass to my fat-girl delight!!
The only thing missing is a bone through my nose.
However, since moving to France, I have become, oh what's the word, civilized and thus, my chicken salad looks more like this.
I add lots of pepper and even make my own salad dressings, either ranch or oily delishhh. (my name for it)
Oily Delishhh Ingredients: olive oil, white vinegar, a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of salt, some pepper, and dusted parmesan cheese. I like the tanginess and zestiness of my homemade concoction! By the way, when cooking, I eyeball and taste, never measure, the amount of herbs, spices, and oils in my foods. I feel everyone has a good eye, measure and taste for their personal preferences.
In the past, my go-to junk food was chips and soda! Now, I have figured out a way to replace my unhealthy passion for something better. Of course, I eat cucumbers in my salad, however, if I am feeling peckish, which is few and far between, this is one of my go-to snackaroos!
I make cucumber sandwiches! By the way, that is Philadelphia cream cheese in the center.
YUMMMMM! I feel so girly and pretty when I snack on these delish treats!
I also make cucumber chips or crisps for you Brits. (not pictured) It is simply sliced cucumbers, then I add a copius amount of fresh-squeezed lime on top and sprinkle with sea salt. I chase it with Perrier sparkling water to give me the carbonation high I use to get with soda!
Tuna in Avocado Boats!
I need to add more fish to my diet. I love anchovies (with fresh lemon squeezed on top) and sardines, of course I love salmon, who doesn't?! By the way, I only eat FRESH anchoives and sardines, hardly ever canned. What I do eat canned is tuna, because it is just easier and truth be told, I'm lazy!
I only add dijon mustard à la ancienne (its a French thing, it has mustard seeds in it) and mayo, pepper and a squeeze of lemon or lime, and place it inside the avocado pit and eat with a spoon! Yummmm.... creamy! I added a side salad topped with leftover bacon, cherry tomatoes, and for the dressing, I used oily delishhh! (recipe is located above, under chicken salad)
I hope I have given you some food for thought!
Thank you again to Sheila, Linda and the I breathe, I'm hungry websites
for the wealth of information and for your time and dedication.
I do so appreciate it, all of you ladies are class-acts.
As I have said before and will again: LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO EAT BAD FOOD!
Might as well get thin while eating off the fat of the land!
Also, I will not be posting a Weigh in: Wednesday Reality Check for this week, instead it will be posted on the Sept. 18th.
Take care of yourselves
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
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