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I did a review on Iceland’s Tendercooked Braised Steak in Rich Onion Gravy recently and I thought I would try another one of their range as I was so impressed so I picked their Pork Steak in a Honey and Mustard Sauce and I wasn’t disappointed. Like the braised steak this comes in a 350g pack for the price of £2.

In the pack you get one really generous sized pork steak. Mine was roughly the size of my hand and around 2cm thick. The pork steak was really lean and moist and truly does live up to its ‘tendercooked’ label as it was just melt in the mouth delicious.  The sauce was thick and creamy and really tasty, sometimes I find that honey and mustard sauces can be a little bit overpowering and sickly, not this one, it was truly delicious and really moreish. There was so much sauce that I left some in the tub, however thinking about what you have as an accompaniment you could come up with some great flavours. I had mini bacon and potato rosti’s with mine (recipe to follow) so the sauce made a perfect dipping sauce, but if you were to have mashed potato then I recommend pouring some of the sauce into the potatoes before you mash them to just give them that extra little bite. I reckon that would taste gorgeous!

The only downside for me about the Tendercooked Pork Steak in a Honey and Mustard sauce is that it’s quite high in syns. It’s 8 syns or Original and Extra Easy and a whopping 25 syns on Green! So whilst it’s not the best choice to have say everyday it’s definitely worth it for the occasional treat or special occasion. I will definitely buy this again, no doubt about it.  I give it a 9/10 and it would definitely be a 10/10 if it wasn’t for the high syns value.

 

 

Picture courtesy of Iceland.

Tendercooked Pork Steak in a Honey & Mustard sauce 350g pack, £2

Syns: Extra Easy/ Original: 8 Green: 25

Food: A weapon of mass destruction

For as long as I can remember I have had an unhealthy relationship with food. It was a source of comfort, a source of reward and also a source of pain and unnecessary hurt. I never really thought about why food was associated to so many emotions until now.

 

As a baby we cry and we are fed. As a toddler/young child food becomes a way of bargaining; ‘if you don’t behave you won’t have any sweets’ my parents used sweets and food as a way of keeping me quiet when they were busy or we were walking round the supermarket. If I fell and hurt myself then food was given to me to to try and settle me. If I’d done something good I was rewarded and so this unhealthy relationship of treating food as everything but sustenance begins.

 

Is it any wonder that when we are taught as children that food solves everything that as adults we approach it in the same manner? If I am feeling low I turn to a bar of chocolate, but then after the chocolate is gone I don’t feel any better, in fact I feel worse. I sink into a pit of self loathing where I beat myself up over it and thus I feel worse than I did in the beginning.

 

I know that I’m not alone in using food as a comfort. In all the women (and men) I have spoken to, at slimming world and online I have found that they too feel the same way as  me. This leads the question that whilst we may not be able to cure our own unhealthy relationships with food perhaps it’s the realisation we need to change things for our families and our children so that in 15 years time they aren’t in the same position as us, struggling in a society that although the majority are overweight, the overweight are criticised.

American Chip Spice

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A couple of years ago, I did a short stint living in Hull. Whilst I was there I developed a bit of an addiction for fish and chips with American Chip Spice. Now I’m back in Leeds and whilst I don’t eat fish and chips anymore Chip Spice is still one of my top 3 seasonings.

 

American Chip Spice is an American style seasoning which consists of salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion and tomato. Whilst sold as a seasoning for chips it’s actually really versatile and can be used on many a different meal. Some of my favourite ways to use chip spice are in burgers, on steaks and on jacket potatoes with cottage cheese.  The flavouring is subtle and really tasty but if you overdo it it can be a little too much. My only negative for American Chip Spice is that if you don’t close the lid properly, or you allow moisture to get in the tub then it all solidifies and you have to work the lid off and bash it up with a knife, other than that it’s brilliant.

 

American Chip Spice can be bought either from most shops in Hull and the East Riding or if like me you don’t live in those area’s then you can order online from ChipSpice.co.uk . Prices range from £3.99 for 1 tub including 2nd class postage up to £21.99 for 12 tubs, so the more you buy the more you save. Packages come in 1’s, 3’s, 6’s, 9’s and boxes of 12. You can currently get 10% off at checkout if you use the discount code: THANKSPICE

Picture courtesy of ChipSpice.co.uk

Discount code found via their twitter page: @ChipSpiceDotCom

Syn Free on all plans

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Total Syns: 10.5 (on all plans)

Serves: 6

Syns per serving: 2

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 x 12g Sachet’s of Sugar Free Jelly  3 syns
  • 6 Sponge fingers   6 syns
  • 1 sachet of White chocolate Options  2.5 syns
  • 1 small tub 0% Greek yoghurt
  • 1 x 200g tub of Mullerlight yoghurt

 

Method:

  • Break the sponge fingers into 1 inch sized pieces and place in the bottom of a large glass serving dish.
  • Make up 1 sachet of jelly as per the instructions on the packet. Allow to cool slightly and then pour over the sponge fingers. Refrigerate and leave to set.
  • Once the 1st layer of jelly is set, make up the 2nd sachet as per instructions. This time allow the jelly to cool thoroughly and then slowly add the tub of Mullerlight yoghurt ensuring it is all mixed together evenly.  Pour this over the set jelly layer and once again place in the refrigerator to set.
  • To make the cream topping take the 0% Greek yoghurt and beat the White Chocolate options powder into it. Ensuring all the powder is mixed in and the yoghurt now has a thick and creamy consistency. As soon as the yoghurt/jelly ‘custard’ layer is set carefully spread the cream topping over the top. Chill until ready to serve.
  • Serve with fresh fruit and enjoy.

Sometimes you want something for tea that is quick and easy, affordable and that tastes good without being high in syns. Most ready meals are high in syns which makes quick meals a bit difficult but never fear for Iceland are on hand.

Iceland currently have Tendercooked Braised Steak in Rich Onion Gravy in 350g packs for £2. The packs are the perfect portion for 1 person. Taking only 9 minutes in the microwave or 35 minutes in the oven they are so convenient.Even better is the fact they are syn free!!

When I first bought this I was a little bit sceptical that there would be hardly any meat in it or the meat would be small and bitty. I was wrong. You get a nice sized, thick, tender steak with plenty of gravy. The gravy is lovely and thick and rather rich.

I have no complaints what so ever about this product and highly recommend it. Its perfect for a quick tea with mash potato or some low syn yorkshire puddings.  I give it a 9/10.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Iceland.

Tendercooked Braised Steak in a Rich Onion Gravy 350g £2

Extra Easy: Free  Original : Free

Hurdles

Well so much so for getting back on track and making a go of it. I had it all planned out and then I had a reaction to some tablets which I thought were pretty much going to kill me.

It started off I was clammy and could hardly move, then I started to itch all over, me being me I’ve itched and now I have red scratches and cuts all over my body 😦 finally the last symptom was for me to vomit….

Despite the fact I’ve been so ill and not really able to prep or make anything plus I ddn’t really want to eat I still managed to stay on track, sort off.

My food has consisted of:

4 x slices of bread (2 HEB)

2 x Rice Krispi Squares 12 syns

Not the best day but all I could stomach. Here is hoping tomorrow I am well enough to get back on track and stick with it.

 

 

 

Secret Sabotage

Everyone has a secret sabateur or an item that they just can’t live without. Here is me back on my slimming  journey and what do I find out?  That my nan is a secret sabateur. She made a curry last night for us that contained 68syns. It served 6 of us so was 11.5 syns per portion but when I make a curry they are syn free. So 11.5 syns is a huge damage if you don’t realise.

 

This is why it’s so important to check everything for syn values. You can’t just assume that everything will be syn free or low syn, because chances are they arent.

 

One example of this is Ribena. In a can. I once bought a can and found out it had 11 syns or something equally stupid.  Think of what amazing treats you could get for that.