Bubble and Squeak – No 78


This is so very delicious…

My mouth watered during and after cooking this dish from yesteryear (after because I kept half by in the fridge and had to go back and scoop a large spoonful out to shove in my mouth before I exploded)

Bubble and Squeak was typically a dish used to use up leftovers. There is no right way to cook it except that it has to have mash potato in it (it holds together all the leftover veggies) and you fry it in a pan until it just starts to brown on the edges..

Cabbage seems to be a popular ingredient for bubble and squeak as does a little onion too and leftover meat such as diced sausages or bacon. (I’m a vegan so when making recipes like this I use a sausage or bacon alternative as part of my rations) The “squeak” gets it’s name from the squeaking sounds emitted as the mash and vegetables are pushed down with a spatula to brown in the hot frying pan.

Here is how I made mine. (PS- I have now returned to the fridge and am eating the remaining portion as I type)

Bubble and Squeak

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Left over boiled cabbage, carrots, parsnips, sausages or vegan alternative (chopped)
  • Mushrooms and onion (chopped)


  1. Put a large knob of margarine (dairy free margarine for vegans) in a frying pan and heat until it bubbles
  2. Drop in the onion and mushroom and saute for a few minutes
  3. Add the  leftover chopped veg and meat and mix for a minute or so
  4. Drop in the mashed potatoes and mix with veggie mixture already in pan
  5. Press down the mixture with a spatula to brown and heat through
  6. Turn over and keep heating through and until the edges brown

“This post is part of Twinkl’s VE Day Campaign, and is featured in their Best Wartime Recipes to Celebrate VE Day from Home post”

Weekly weigh-in

3 lb off! That’s 8 lb in 2 weeks.. (GRIN)

I now weigh 232 lbs (naked on home scales) and I’m 33lbs from my year goal of 100 lbs weight loss.

I’m “just” on track… to get to my goal I have to maintain a weight-loss of just under 4 lbs per week.

I’m sticking to 1800 cals a day on this home stretch, and slowly increasing my exercise.

GOAL by October 1st, 2012:  Live for one year using wartime food rations- 100 wartime recipes re-created- lose 100 lbs of fat

To date: 67 lb lost- 77 wartime recipes re-created

A better day…

It’s been a better day… I’ve had things to distract me from my immediate worry and uncertainty.

Work has been busy, and I spent lunch time doing my first “couch to 5K” session on the treadmill here at work. My new fancy iPod arm cuff was perfect as I listened to the “couch to 5k podcast” while exercising. It tells you when to walk and run and plays music that seems to offer you hope of getting to the end… I completed it. My first triumph of the day…

And before I came to work I did my first session of the “200 sit ups challenge”. It seemed like all I could do was the teeniest of weeniest crunches (ie my head lifted off the floor) but what could I expect after having three kids and no exercise for 20+ years. It will take time……..

And then something came through that REALLY made me smile and forget about my troubles..

“A 5 page contract from a New York Literacy Agency…”

@#$!!!*&^%%$@1!1!!!@@@@ BEEP! Yes the first step on the ladder to a possible blog to book deal.. (next I put together a proposal and sample chapters and that goes off via the agency to hit the publishers to see what they think)

Oh yes, it’s only the beginning of a challenge infinitely tougher than losing 100 lbs, re-creating 100 recipes, or going from couch to 5k… (or even possibly child birth) I’ve NEVER written a book. But they have given me hope by having faith in me that I can do it. They’ll hold my hand I’m sure and I’ll be grateful for that…

I SOOOOOOOO need this in my life right now. When everything is going horribly wrong you appreciate anything that gives you hope.

Let the hard work begin…

C xxxxxx

Cheese, tomato and potato loaf/pie – No 77

This was nice today for my dinner. I served it on a bed of spinach as I love my greens! I used the leftover cheese sauce I made last week and being vegan I used a dairy free cheese..

Cheese, tomato and potato loaf

  • 1 lb (450g) cooked new potatoes
  • 12 oz (350g) tomatoes
  • Cheese sauce (click here for recipe)
  • A little grated cheese (Daiya is a great vegan alternative here in Canada as it melts and tastes good!)


  1. Cut potatoes into slices about 1/4 inch thick
  2. Cut the tomatoes into slightly thicker slices
  3. Grease a 2lb loaf tin or an deep pie dish
  4. Pre-heat oven to 180c (350F)
  5. Arrange a third of the potatoes in a neat layer in the dish and cover with some of the cheese sauce and then half the tomatoes
  6. Put in half the remaining potatoes with the rest of the sauce and tomatoes and finally cover with the rest of the potato slices
  7. Season, add onion slices, dried herbs and a little grated cheese
  8. Cover and cook for 45 minutes
  9. Uncover and cook for 15 minutes until brownedServes 4

Potato scones – No 76

These were so delicious and perfect to serve with some veggies and gravy (and meat if you are not a vegetarian)..

Potato scones

  • 4 tablespoons (6 tablespoons in the US) of self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon (1.5 tablespoons in the US) margarine or cooking fat
  • 4 tablespoons (6 tablespoons in the US) of mashed potatoes (drained and then mashed with nothing added although leftover mash would work too)


  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt and rub in the margarine.
  2. Add the mashed potato until light and creamy
  3. Mix together to form a soft dough (add a little milk if needs be)
  4. Press out into a round and slice into 6
  5. Brush the top with milk
  6. Bake in a moderate oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown

Recipes and running

Made sure I got up early this morning as lots to do. I’ve done the laundry, the washing up and semi-cleaned the kitchen and I’m heating the oven up because Sunday is always bake day! That means more 1940s recipes and lots of wonderful smells…

So while the oven is heating up I’m taking the opportunity to enjoy my breakfast of a cuppa hot tea and Marmite on toast (I eat oatmeal for breakfast everyday except Saturdays and Sundays) and flicking through some recipes books to see if there is something that catches my eye to re-create.

Keep an eye out later today for some new recipes. If you are subscribed to my blog (and I see over 200 of you are), you will be alerted when a new recipe appears.

Weigh-in is on Tuesday morning. I’ve ate well and worked hard this week and I hope it shows on the scales, as to achieve my goal of losing 100 lbs by October 1st 2012, I need to currently be losing 4 lbs a week. Seems impossible at this moment in time but I’m going to give it my best shot while ensuring I’m eating enough AND consuming all the nutrients, iron and protein etc I should. It’s important to remain strong and feel good.

To give me the best possible chance of getting to my goal AND to set a physical challenge that currently also seems impossible I’m going to do a 5K run in September before my life may have to change. I’ve only just started doing some light jogging in short bursts but I think if one REALLY wants to succeed at something they can do it.

Thanks to my friend Matt and the wonderful British National Health Service, I’ve downloaded the “Couch to 5K” podcast and I start training, first thing tomorrow morning, at the awesome HB Studio sports track here in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

I’m currently looking for a 5K run to participate in mid-September so if anyone knows of one, preferably on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, please let me know

Catch ya later with some recipes!

C xxxxx

You have to look disgusting!

On Facebook today, my friend Kees posted a very applicable observation to my timeline..

“If you still look cute at the end of your workout you didn’t train hard enough”…

Let me tell you that today I looked DISGUSTING!

The kids and I went to town to get some groceries and we all went to the HB Studios Sports Centre to use their indoor, air conditioned track. My goal was to do 20 laps (4 km or 2.5 miles) walking then running, walking then running etc… Each lap is 200m so decided that 1/4 lap walking followed by 1/4 lap jogging and so on, would be a sensible way to introduce my body to REAL jogging on a track and not a treadmill.

It was hard work, my face looked bright red, sweaty and disgusting and worse still there were lots of handsome men sitting around watching their sons play football with their beautiful, slender, non-sweaty wives..

BUT to truly conquer my obesity, I mustn’t care about things like that, I must be willing to do whatever it takes, in a sensible beneficial way, to become fitter and healthier.

And if that involves wobbling and puffing and getting red faced and sweaty in front of beautiful people, then so be it.

Roll on weigh in on Tuesday…. I KNOW I can get to my goal of 100lbs off by October 1st.

And now I’m thinking do I dare aim for taking part in a 5k walk/run in September? It sounds too soon maybe? But hang on, if you put your mind to it, ANYTHING is possible!

C xxxxxxxx

Basic human rights…

Damn I’m angry and sad and worried and tearful and scared and just damn frustrated and lonely all mixed into one today…

It’s been hard staying focused at work with so much looming on my horizon and feeling quite overwhelmed. I can’t talk about it yet but the more I think about it the more I feel that there are basic human rights (emotionally as well as physically and environmental) that all should be entitled too- especially where families are concerned.

Feeling out of control of ones destiny is worrying and tiring. That’s why I am taking control of my health. Something that I cannot have taken away from me..

Today, during my lunch break I walked, jogged and got to grips with the elliptical… That’s MUCH harder than it looks!!

I have little muscle tone, I’m a jelly fish…

Time to head home and embrace my kids. I can face anything life throws at me if I have my kids…

C xxxxxxxx

Jogged one mile..

I take 30 minutes at lunchtime, most days, to exercise now. I’ve mentioned before we are lucky enough to have a gym, here at work, and the treadmill currently now my favourite instrument of torture.

A long time ago (roll back 30+ years) I was one of the schools long distance runners especially relishing “cross-country-running” where us young kids were sent out in the rainy and wet fields to run through bogs and along muddy tracks and come back covered head to toe in mud… that was before growing boobs and discovering boys and smoking.

That put and end to all that sort of stuff…

I stopped all forms of regular exercise when I had my first born, Jess. That was 23 years ago and now I see that this directly correlates with a steady weight gain and now I know that exercising is going to have to be part of my life forever more to stop me returning to my heaviest weight ever (345 lbs)…

Am I willing to accept this? HELL YES!

Today I ran a mile for the first time in 20+ years…

I did it sensibly, walked for 1 minute at 3 mph on the treadmill, then ran for 1 minute at 4 mph on the treadmill and just kept repeating that for 32 minutes… 16 of those minutes jogging at 4 mph.

It gave me SUCH A HIGH!!! My endorphins kicked in big time!!!

Am feeling so happy I can do this. How lucky I am…

C xxxxxxxxxxx

Weight-loss photos update

So I set my iPod to auto-photo and took the latest pic for the timeline- I don’t see that much difference from the one before at 255 lb except maybe confidence! I think now I’m just not going to take anymore piccys until I get to 199 lbs- that way I’ll see more difference.

Regardless… I am happy my weight is still on it’s way down!

C xxx

GOAL by October 1st, 2012:  Live for one year using wartime food rations- 100 wartime recipes re-created- lose 100 lbs of fat

To date: 64 lb lost- 75 wartime recipes re-created