Where to start, where to start??
How about the beginning of today.
I got up, had an awesome “fuel conscious” meal of1 egg and 3 egg whites and broccoli with rice cheese (lactose issues here) and oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon, total points: 6. Very filling and satisfying. Next came bible study. Some things that came to my attention:
I get feelings of discouragement when I’m tired, physically and emotionally. Things the world does: Discourage—“its too much work–to lose weight, get strong, accept where I am”, Divide–“did you hear what XXX said about you??”, Destroy (self images, self-worth—Victoria’s Secret?? argh!) Ridicule, Fear, Selfishness–“if it feels good, do it”, Greed, “some is good, More is better, especially indulgences” Deception (hello, airbrushing??) Intimidation, (if your BMI is over XXX then you are unhealthy..) Shaming….”you can’t wear THAT, it only looks good on size XXX, people Your size should wear black, or solid colors, no prints.” Almost all discouragement rises and falls with our perspective. Like running a marathon, or a half marathon, or losing 100+ pounds. Looking at what needs to be done, especially when we are already tired leads to discouragement. It can either be, “I am only into this one mile and I am dragging and so many more to go, I’ll never make it” or, ” I have over 100 pounds to lose, that’s SO much, its going to be So hard, I’ll never make it.” OR it could/should be: “Look at me, I’ve already gone 1 mile, only 12 more to go!” Or, “Look at me, I am walking for my heart, to get strong and shed these pounds, one at a time.” Most of us try to deal with discouragement with distraction, TV, munches, Facebook. What to do when discouragement sets in, first pray. Then act. You may be pushing too hard and need a break, or you have barely got started and are overwhelmed, get up and fight, push on, push through. Nehemiah dealt with these things and is a great example to imitate.
Great sentence I read in study: “Wouldn’t it be powerfully freeing if we could get to the point where its okay if everybody doesn’t like us?” Ah ha! Food for thought, huh??
Then after study, I laced up and went out for a 30 min run. Made great time, 2 miles in 26 min. While running, I pondered this blog. Photo blog coming your way:
Hubby’s lunch: 3 poached eggs, left over brown rice with sun-dried tomatoes and the sauce left over from last night’s Swiss steaks. (he was in heaven!)My first ever angel food cake! I did this in the cafe today. Its chocolate, and residing in the freezer now, waiting for its unveil next week at the Museum’s event.A jelly roll, not so classical genoise made from the yolks left over from the angel food cake.
Figure friendly chocolate angel food cake recipe a la cooking school:
cocoa flour: 1 oz
water, warm, 2 fl. oz
vanilla extract: 2 tsp
granulated sugar: 12 oz
cake flour, sifted: 3.5 oz
egg whites, 1 lb (ended up being 16 eggs for me)
cream of tartar, 2 tsp
powdered sugar, as needed.
combine the coco powder and water in a bowl. Add vanilla extract and set aside. In another bowl, combine 5 oz granulated sugar with flour and salt. Whip the egg whites until foamy, add the cream of tartar and beat to soft peaks. Gradually beat in the remaining granulated sugar. Continue beating until the egg whites are stiff but not dry.
Whisk a very large spoonful of the whipped egg whites into the cocoa mixture.Fold this into the remaining egg whites.sift the dry ingredients over the whites and fold quickly but gently.Pour the batter into an ungreased tube pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake immediately at 350 until the cake springs back when lightly touched and cake tester comes out clean, approx. 40-50 min. The cake’s surface will have deep cracks.Remove the cake from the oven and immediately invert the pan onto a bottle. Allow to rest upside down until completely cool. **do you know why we do this?? Because if we let the hot cake cool right side up, it will sink or deflate.***
Next: what to do with all those egg yolks?? all 16 of them!
Here is Adrienne’s Not So Classic Genoise Recipe
cake flour: 12 oz
16 egg yolks
granulated sugar: 12 oz
butter, melted: 2 oz
sift the flour and set aside. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large mixer bowl. Place the bowl over a bain marie (simmering water) and warm the eggs to approximately 100 degrees F. Stir frequently to avoid cooking the eggs.
When the eggs are warm, remove the bowl from the heat and attach to a mixer fitted with a whip. Whip at med. speed until tripled in volume. Quickly fold in the flour, being careful not to deflate the batter.
when I did this, it was like trying to mix marshmallow cream. Weird consistency. Pour the melted, cooled butter around the edges of the batter and fold in quickly. Spread the batter immediately onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan. Bake at 350F until light brown, took mine 16 minutes.as soon as it came out of the oven I slathered it with huckleberry jam and used the parchment paper to roll it up jelly roll style.
can’t forget our challenge:
my favorite body part today: my shoulders! They are toned and strong and help carry burdens!