A light breakfast

Light cream cheese spread on multi grain bread 
and half a cup of reduced sugar coffee

Chinese Tea

Even on a hot afternoon, I will sip my Chinese tea.  It makes a big difference from plain water. Although plain water is good, especially after a long walk.

Read here for more on Chinese tea and keeping healthy and light with it.

Easy Breakfasts

One of my favourites : Low Salt High Fibre Wheat Whole Biscuits and Multi Grain Bread with my Favourite Toppings.

Low Salt High Fibre Wheat Whole Biscuits 
and Multi Grain Bread
with any of the toppings
Cucumber Egg Topping
Sardine Topping
Natural Peanut Butter Topping
Mayonnaise Chicken
Mayonnaise Ham
Cucumber Tomato Topping
Mayonnaise Tuna

Toasted Multi Grain Bread with Low Fat Milk
With Cheese
With Butter and Garlic Salt
With Butter and Fresh Garlic

I just love this english country salad

Salad Cream.   For two to three salads
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons thicken or heavy cream
1 teaspoon honey mustard
1 teaspoon fine sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt to taste

1)  Mix all the ingredients for the salad cream in a bowl, set over a pan of simmering water.
2)  Stir constantly until it thickens, for a few minutes.  Take care not to overheat it, as the mixture will scramble.
3)  For a smoother cream, pass the cream through a sieve.  
4)  Cover the mixture and let cool. Chill for a nice cold cream

Salad        For one 
3 quail eggs
1 butterhead lettuce
Few pieces of thinly shaved white radish
Few pieces of diagonally sliced scallions
Few pieces of coarsely snipped fresh chives

1) Cut off the base of the baby butterhead lettuce
2)  Wash the inside and out of the lettuce without breaking off from the base.
3)  Shake off all water from the lettuce.  Air it in the fridge to throughly dry it.
4)  Open up the lettuce like a flower and place it on a plate or salad bowl.
5)  Scatter the radish, scallions, halved quail eggs and chives.  If you like bacon, sprinkle some freshly toasted bits onto the salad.
6)  Keep it covered and chill in the fridge until it is ready to be served.
7)  Dribble some salad cream all over and serve immediately. 

Note:  you can also tear the leaves off the base and serve it below the scattering of radish, chives, scallions, quail eggs and bacon bits

Click here for recipe for Honey Baked Chicken , shown above

Click here for English Country Garden Salad


Salads are ultimately the best vegetables.  Almost all vitamins and minerals are intact, some are lost to washing, but non through cooking.

I like mine with simple, easy vegetables -  greens and reds, some yellows.  Simple dressings, no cheese, raisins or nuts.  But put your favorite in.

The best dressings is of course just olive oil and little salt, if you like with vinegar.   Sometimes I do dressings like  Coleslaw with lemon and herbs. Just go easy on it.

Eat more fruits...

Fruits especially the high fibre types satisfy sweet cravings and keep you in 
Low Fat, Low Carb and High Fibre

I like hard pears and eat them when it has not gone soft and yellow.  Also it gives you lots to bite and chew.  Same with pineapple... It has so much fibre and sweetness and it takes time to chew.

There are many other fruits you can choose ...   Red Apples, Green Apples, Oranges, Chinese Pears,  Watermelon, Strawberries, Rambutans, Mangoes, Melons.
Whichever  fruit you like , eat them on their own without any toppings or making them into juices or desserts.  You get all the fibres and vitamins that way without the extra calories.  

How to cook Cucumber Egg

I love this dish. Had it just for lunch

 Put thinly sliced and skinned seeded green cucumber into a pot.  Add some olive oil and soften  over high heat

Add two eggs for every cucumber

Mix and cook until cooked (or if you like.. a bit golden brown ) 

Add water to just cover the cucumber egg and cook over medium heat til it boils