Saturday, April 30, 2011

Miracle soup

The Miracle soup Recipe in the Dukan diet book.

It has large pieces of vegetables and you can eat as much as you like of it on any PV day.

In this batch I mixed 2 onions, each cut into 8 big pieces, four sticks of celery, cut into 2-3 cm pieces, a green capsicum cut into 8-12 pieces, 2 carrots and a large parsnip cut into large chunks, a quarter of a cabbage, cut in big pieces, a 400g jar of Barilla Arrabbiate pasta sauce, a whole red chilli, 3 low salt Massel vegetable stock cubes, a teaspoon of minced garlic and then water until the vegetables are almost covered.

This was then heated to boiling and simmered until the vegetables are soft (about 30-40 minutes). Remove chilli and serve.

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Peter's pancakes

Oat bran is the cornerstone of the Dukan diet. There are many ways to have your daily dose but the tricky oat bran galette is a recipe that any serious Dukan dieter needs to master.

Peter likes a thinner oat bran pancake requiring a little modification to the recipe. He also gets up early so I make a weeks worth and store in the fridge. He heats a pancake each morning in a plate for 45 seconds and then serves with yoghurt.

To make a batch, I mixed 6 eggs, 12 heaped dessertspoons of oat bran, 6 teaspoons of cornfour (maize, not wheat), 2 heaped teaspoons cinnamon, 3-4 tablespoons natvia, 300g Paris creek German style quark and up to a litre of Vanilla no-sugar yoghurt (Nestle diet in this batch) to make it a thinner pancake mix. If you leave this for anytime, the oat bran absorbs the fluids and the mix will continue to thicken, so the amount of yoghurt varies depending on the delay between mixing and cooking. The addition of cornflour gives more structure and cohesion to the mix and minimises ripping of the pancake

I have three non-stick frypans going at once on a medium heat on my gas stove. I then spray with oil and wipe with kitchen paper. I then add the mixure spreaing out with a spoon to be about 0.5cm thick.

They usually take about 5 minutes per side. I don't flip until I can shake the frypan and have the pancake shift in the pan, that is it is largely set.

From this I made 8 pancakes, 5 for the fridge to allow Peter to have a daily pancake and three for our breakfast on Sunday morning.

I stored the remaining pancakes in a sealed plastic container for on a sheet of kitchen paper. Sometimes I make more and freeze a box for a later time.