What’s gone on this week? Brussels, overeating and potato hash.

This week was the first full 9-5 week I have had since doing work experience in London for Healthy Magazine. It was incredibly bizarre to get back into a normal routine of waking up before 11am, somehow I managed it. Whilst my legs may ache and my brain may be tired I am still living to tell the tale.

What health news got my attention?

Hurrah! Scientists may have worked out why we eat so much. In an article published by The Independent with the headline: ‘Scientists discover gene which triggers fullness and could help stop people overeating’.

Researchers from Monash University in Melbourne and the University of Copenhagen said the findings could lead to development of a drug which reduces appetite and increases desire for exercise.

The gene was discovered in roundworms, it controls signals between the brain and intestines and is similar to one found in humans.

The research is said to hopefully pave the future with an alternative method to help people stay slim.

Where I went 

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This weekend we had some friends visit from the UK so popped on the train to Brussels and showed them around the capital of Belgium. We’ve been to Brussels before for a day and explored as many chocolate shops as possible.

So this time we went back to our favourite chocolatier, l’Atelier de Neuhaus, a place which makes the best chocolate mousse, coming in 4 flavours (white chocolate, praline, dark chocolate and milk chocolate) as well as 4 toppings (chocolate sprinkle, meringue, dried raspberries and hazelnuts).

I also popped to Delices Du Roy for two macaroons; banana and passion fruit and peach. This was before lunch at Nuits St George  a cute little Italian restaurant with tasty pasta dishes.

The spaghetti carbonara, was a tasty treat after the slightly disappointing cheesy garlic bread. Whilst the sliced baguette was a nice change normal garlic bread there wasn’t music cheese and little garlic.

Ingredient of the week

Chorizo! I used to have this all the time in the UK as it was so easy to add to everything. Fried and mixed with couscous, lettuce leaves, pasta the list goes on.

Being back to enjoying the 9-5 life I began to need tasty and filling lunches and peanut butter on toast got slightly boring. Wandering around Lidl I found a large stick of chorizo and instantly started thinking about lunch dishes.

Chorizo was added to couscous to recreate an old recipe, put it with cheese in a sandwich and re-made my pesto pasta.

ASDA: £1 for 200g | Tesco: £2.00 for 225g | Sainsbury’s: £2.50 for 225g

Meal of the week

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I defrosted some mince overnight but when it came to dinner I just couldn’t bring myself to have pasta again so instead opted to throw mince in with some vegetables and potatoes and see what happened. The end result was surprisingly tasty! Oh and I added an egg for good measure, this should serve two of you.

Ingredients:

100g beef or pork mince | 7 small potaotes | 1/2 white onion | 1/2 red bell pepper | 100g frozen veggies | handful spinach | 5 button mushrooms | 1 tbsp garlic powder | 1 tbsp mixed herbs | pinch salt and pepper | 1 tbsp olive oil | 2 eggs

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6.

Chop the potatoes into small chunks and add to boiling water and cook for 10 minutes.

In a large baking dish place the oil and seasoning. Add the potatoes after 10 minutes and bake in the oven.

Boil water again and add the frozen vegetables and leave to cook.

Chop the onion, red bell pepper and mushrooms. Heat a saucepan and add the mince and other chopped ingredients.

Once browned add the mince mixture to the potatoes in the oven and add the vegetables.

Make small dips in the potato mix and crack on the eggs and bake for 5 more minutes.

 

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