Well last week, I jumped back in with both feet and head off to Weight Watchers meetings again. I won’t go into huge details, but you can skip straight to my weight watching diary here. Being back on my diet, does not mean that I’m about to go all healthy with the recipes, it will mean that now and then there’ll be some that are ProPoints based. Don’t worry, the cakes, biscuits, cookies and ice cream are here to stay *phew*
Anyway, this weekend I had an unheard of Sunday-off and decided to make the most of the day…. in the kitchen!
I spend all week in there and most weekends, that I just couldn’t walk away from it and ‘do something different’. If truth be known, I had a glut of apples from the garden I wanted to use, a packet of ground almonds taunting me to take the macaron bull-by-the-horns, a decadent dessert that I’d been dreaming about all week and this month’s Weight Watchers magazine had been sat on the coffee table open on a recipe since it dropped through the postbox. So, really the only way to get through all this, knowing I’ve the craziest week of the year cake-wise head, was to blitz everything in one go, on one day… that day was Sunday!
With all that baked and created, the next questions is where to start with the blog posts? Seeing as tonight I’ve had my first weigh-in, and 3lb down (go me!) I thought I’d start with that magazine recipe – Salmon and Broccoli tart.
Now, we all know that Ian’s not a big fan of fish, but is slowly being converted. However, the salmon fillet in the recipe really wasn’t his cup of tea, so I swapped this for a packet of smoked salmon I had in the freezer. I had a little confidence crisis in our quiche dish, it looked far too big for the recipe. I just managed to get the pastry to fit, and I bulked out the filling with a few chopped cherry tomatoes and shallots. Instead of eating the tart warm, I left it to cool over the afternoon, and we ate it with a simple rocket salad; it didn’t really anymore than that. The only thing I’d tweak next time is the amount of lemon zest; at points it was a little over-powering, or maybe I just had a super strength lemon.
So there you go; salmon, vegetable and dill tart, weight watchers style, a little on the points heavy side at 11ProPoints per 1/4, but you won’t need anything else.
I’ve decided to send smoked salmon, vegetable and dill tart, as my recipe for tarts inspired by this week’s Great British Baker Off, to the Great Bloggers Bake Off, which involves creating your own version of the recipes featured on GBBO. Week 4 is Pies and Tarts. It’s ran by The Crazy Kitchen and Mummy Mishaps and you can read more about it here.
I’m also linking up to Helen at www.thegoodlifemum.com for Bake It Monday; this week’s theme is anything baked with eggs.