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Black-eye Bean Soup with Okra

black eyed bean soup with okra

I don’t often post recipes unless they’re something I’ve made up or heavily modified, but this was just too delicious not to share.

I wanted some soup, and and I wanted to use black-eye beans, so I put them on to soak. Then I searched the internet for suitable recipes and decided to use this recipe for Black-eye bean and Vegetable Soup, by Jan Pursey, at Taste.com.au. The next day I was grocery shopping, and picked up the rest of the ingredients.

I followed the recipe exactly, but when I was vegetable shopping I’d picked up some fresh okra which was on sale, and decided to add about 5 of them, sliced, about an hour into cooking the soup. It worked brilliantly.

black eyed bean soup with okra

Calorie Count
Total calories for the pot: 1370
Makes 4-5 serves at 275-355 calories each.
(We didn’t add the olive oil when serving)

Experimental Status: This is clearly a tried and tested, and it shows.
Repeatability: See above. I would definitely make this again. Might add a little more pepper and some paprika to add a little heat.

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Pumpkin & Leek Frittata

A bona fide experiment from my kitchen

 pumpkin and leek fritata

In which we begin calorie counting
My partner, to whom I need to assign a suitable pseudonym, has just returned from a 5 week trip to the US and Germany, and decided that a diet is in order. Since January I’ve been either recovering from surgery, or ill again, so my daily activity is much lower than is normal for me, and it shows. Consequently, we are both calorie counting for the next couple of months; him to lose some weight, and me to make sure I don’t gain any more. This means we have both set our daily caloric intake at 1700 calories per day.

In practical terms, what it means is that we calculate the calories in the foods we eat and enter them onto spreadsheets a friend made. When I cook, I weigh everything carefully and jot down the calorie contents, as well as the ingredients and the method. What this means for my recipes here is I will include exact weights of my ingredients, and calorie counts for each dish, and per serving, because I might as well share all the information I have.

Introducing the NOTEBOOK
Conveniently, one of the presents he picked up for me on this trip was a blank recipe book which is divided into sections with lots of lined pages as well as plastic pockets for recipes cut out of magazines or (much more likely) printed from the internet. In short, it’s very nifty and a decided improvement on my usual method of scribbling stuff down on loose pieces of paper, or whichever small notebook I happen to be using at the time.

recipe book starters fish notes

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Pumpkin and Leek Frittata
Makes 2-4 servings

Ingredients
1 large leek (175g)
1 stick celery (30g)
About 1/4 of a Japanese pumpkin (300g) – any other pumpkin would do.
2 small carrots (100g)
2 large eggs (63g each)
Cheese (30g)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Mixed herbs: e.g. oregano, parsley, chives, garlic, marjoram
1 tiny pinch of cayenne
Water
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