I was ill today Hence the late post (sorry about that!). I was switching between headachey, nausea and a combination of the two throughout the day. Hopefully it’s just one of those 24-hour bugs, as I feel slightly better now, so lets hope tomorrow is better!
Breakfast was very, very dull. I felt really nauseous and didn’t want to eat at all (a first!) but choked down a couple of slices of toast, then settled down to watch some quality daytime TV, which included the same episode of Friends three times (The One With The Ultimate Fighting Champion, if you’re interested! )
And obviously, I had to spend some time in the kitchen. As I always say, “when (fill in blank: ill/in doubt/bored/angry/happy/etc), bake”! Actually, today’s escapades involved very little baking, but copious amounts of this…
So what did I make, I hear you ask? Well I made (no-bake) ‘cookie dough truffles’! Basically, it’s my little cousin’s birthday party at the weekend (she’s going to be seven!) and I promised her I’d make something for her party. When I asked what she wanted, she said “something with cookie dough in it!”. Er…okay then…! Obvious issue here was the small matter of raw egg! Much as I ate it as a kid and survived, I don’t think parents would like me possibly giving their children food poisoning! But this saved me:
Cute, huh? Obviously I bought her a present too, but this was way cooler!
Cookie Dough truffles (based on a recipe from Food Network)
Makes a ton. Depending on how big/small you make them, you can get 25+
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 2 1/4 c flour
- 1/2 cup chocolate chip
Add the flour and chocolate chips. You might be able to form this into balls at this point, but I couldn’t, so I chilled my dough for about half an hour. Trying not to ‘accidentally’ eat too much cookie dough like I did, roll into small balls. Or do as I did and make some huge, and some tiny-variation is the spice of life after all!
Place the balls in the freezer for 2 hours.
Meanwhile, melt 12 oz chocolate chips with 1 tbsp butter. To melt, place in a microwave at 25 second intervals, stirring between each, and be careful not to overheat. The best thing to do I think is just to wait till the chocolate is mostly melted, then just stir as the rest will melt in the meantime. I also used different types of chocolate for fun! Dark…
Now for the messy (and most fun!) bit! You can dip the balls using a spoon (like I did) or any other method you think is best (e.g. with an icing bag). Once done, store them in a fridge till solid. Then if you like, drizzle white chocolate over them. I used my loverly icing syringe:
So hopefully a very happy bunch of little girls this weekend, and two sets of very happy birthday girls!
Anyway, back to me! By lunchtime, I was feeling a bit better. Still not particularly hungry, but in need of some nutrients and a pick-me-up. Enter: The Green Monster! What else? I assembled my ingredients:
…and poured into a bowl to enjoy…
Paprika, sea salt, and EVOO, and then I threw in some black pepper for good measure and tossed the wedges around and ovened at 200C for half an hour until crispy perfection is reached:
Hello yumminess. While I was waiting for the oven timer to go, I did a bit of DVD workout:
While I wasn’t feeling quite up to the cardio yet, I did about 20 mins of the strength training/stretches part that I’d never done before. What did I discover? That I have killer butt and leg muscles, but my abs and biceps+triceps are non existent! I will work on that!
After lunch, I felt much better. To the extent that I tried a finished truffle or two… Delicious, if I say so myself! Definitely not a healthy option though with that amount of sugar!
I had a short run planned today, but didn’t want to risk worsening my bug. As I was feeling slightly better, I did about half an hour of the cardio bit of the workout DVD, which was tough, but I felt good afterwards! Didn’t look quite as good as I felt though:
Oh dear. Sweaty unattractive mess!
Excited for tomorrow, as I’m supposed to be getting another delivery! Not a food one this time, but some running tights I ordered online, that were in a sale and reduced from £40 to £5!! I’m also going to my friend’s birthday party in the evening. She said there’s going to be a big surprise, so I wonder what it is…! Guess I’ll just have to wait and see, and hopefully I’ll be feeling 100% again!
So today was a mish-mash of random eats in the hope that I would recover quickly and wouldn’t bring anything back up! What things do you eat when you are ill?