Argh, it's finally caught up with me. My smugness about not having been majorly ill over the winter has come back at me and given me a good kick. I mean, I had the odd runny nose and sore head (no, it wasn't the wine!), but other than that I've been ok. Now, however, whilst I'm in the midst of working on a big project, have lots of sourcing to do and a massive schedule to write up, is of course the time that I get a sore throat, nasty cough and headache. Fitting, right?
The advantage of working from home - at least when I'm not out sourcing - is of course that I can work from my sofa, under my woolly blanket, sipping my hot lemon, ginger and honey brew all day long. My general appetite has somewhat decreased over the last few days, though I have no doubt that it will resume to normal fairly quickly - with a vengeance! That actually made me think a bit. Well, it's not the first time that I'm thinking about my food, obviously, but I'm wondering if there's a way I can combine both, my love for sweet baked goods and healthy eating. It's clear to me that I'll probably never be one of the super 'clean eaters', I mean, all it takes is one look at my "food" category here to figure that one out. I love baking and cakes, so basically everything that involves flour, sugar and butter. Not great considering that I need to watch my weight and that I know how bad refined sugar and flour are generally.
So what's the solution? Possibly concentrate just a little more on healthy main courses. You know, in-between all those cakes. I don't think I'll ever give up completely on baking, but I would like to find ways to combine it with a healthier approach. This will mean some experimenting with substitutes for refined sugar and flour, doing some research, spending time in the kitchen and trying not to get overly frustrated when things go wrong - which they inevitably will at some point. Is there a way to make a bread and butter pudding without flour or sugar? I don't know yet, but I'd like to find out.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Here's what might be a good start: baked eggs. No sugar or flour involved - unless you count the baguette, which is optional. You can find my recipe here if you're interested in making this dish. All I can say is that it has become a brunch favourite in my house.