There was no fasting for us last week (we were on holiday. At least, we were off work. And we certainly don't need much excuse to avoid it). I haven't checked the scales, but I suspect that a little bit of over indulgence over Easter will have nudged that needle up so we are back to two fast days this week with our nominated Days of Pain and Misery and Soup for Tea being today and Wednesday.
And, predictably, today has been rather horrid thus far. I think fasting is made worse if you avoid it for a while. My body has apparently forgotten just what it is like to be deprived of calories and gone into full on whingeing child mode. I am filling up on fluids and reminding myself that tomorrow I can eat EVERYTHING. As a psychological trick, it is surprisingly effective.
This is what the meal plan looks like this week:
Tuesday: moussaka. A Valentine Warner recipe that we originally intended to put together during the week that we Cooked his Book. It was bumped but now it is back and I am very much looking forward to it, especially having seen Rick Stein eat moussaka on TV the other day (the Good Food channel are currently showing his Venice to Istanbul series).
Thursday: er, moussaka again. D is out for a team meal so I shall content myself with leftovers and trashy TV.
Friday: we're off to our beloved York to check out new-kid-on-the-restaurant-block, Skosh. It had a fabulous write up in the Guardian recently, so we have high hopes.
Saturday: while in York we intend to visit an old haunt of ours, Henshelwood's deli, wherefrom we shall buy cheese, charcuterie and an eff-ton of their superlative chicken liver pate. This shall all be consumed, carpet picnic style, on Saturday night with homemade bread and a yummy sounding Ottolenghi yoghurt and horseradish potato salad.
Sunday: D is making pork and juniper sausages - a recipe of his own devising. We shall probably end up eating these as sandwiches, with vestiges of the carpet picnic on the side.
And that's it from us this week - enjoy whatever it is you happen to be cooking and eating and have a FABULOUS bank holiday weekend!