Juice reboot


I’ve always been interested in food and nutrition, believing in eating freshly prepared food and “eating ingredients”. After recently watching some documentaries (including Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead) Mr H and I have bought ourselves a juicer and are about to embark on a 7 day juice reboot.

We are following Joe Cross’ plan (http://www.rebootwithjoe.com) – I like it because it’s actually a mix of juices, soup and vegetables in salads – so something to bite into.
Also, there’s a shopping list which makes life a lot easier (speaking of shopping, at the grocery checkout today the woman commented on how colourful my shopping was – a happy start!)

It’s a little experiment to see how we feel, I’m hoping for glowing skin, lots of energy and a general feeling of wellbeing and health.

What I’m worried about is weight loss making me look gaunt, constantly feeling hungry and fatigue.

Only time will tell, watch this space… 


Stuffed marrow


So what to do with my gigantic marrow?

Of course there is the Maltese classic and absolutely delicious Qarabali mimli.

With the first marrow recipe I’ve gone for a vegetarian version that is a little quicker to put together.

First I cut the marrow round to the required size. As this is the biggest marrow I’ve ever seen, I hadn’t realised how big and melon-like the seeds inside can become. I scooped all the seeds and candy floss type stuff out from the centre, put the marrow in a shallow bowl, seasoned with salt and pepper, covered lightly with cling film and put in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften.


While it was microwaving I made the filling with halved cherry tomatoes, a finely chopped small shallot, a clove of crushed garlic, shredded fresh mint leaves, a little chopped red chilli, a glug of olive oil, a splash of balsamic vinegar and seasoned with salt and pepper.

When the marrow is done in the microwave, stuff the mix into the centre and grate over some Parmesan or cheddar cheese. Then roast in the oven for 30 minutes.