Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Still Losing

At WeightWatchers this week I achieved my 10% mark.  That is, I have lost 10% of my body weight as measured at the first meeting I attended, 1 stone and 9lbs down.  Friend John is doing even better.

While I have been at home most days I have eaten a lot of soup.  Vegetable soup can be made to 0 ProPoints if you're feeling really keen, just boil up some zero pointed vegetables, season and blend.  Here though is very low point soup recipe with a bit of a kick.

Hot And Sour Soup

4 cups strong beef stock - I use Knorr stock cubes
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1/8 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons hot chilli sauce (but make at as hoot or cool as you wish)
2 carrots - cut to julienne / matchsticks
1/2 cup shredded black ear mushrooms
1/2 cup preserved vegetable
2 teaspoons
cornflour dissolved in a little water
1 egg, beaten

Method - put everything except the cornflour and egg in a pan, bring to the boil, simmer for a couple of minutes.

Add the cornflour to thicken the soup to a light coating consistency.

While stirring the soup, drizzle in the beaten egg, it will cook instantly into egg threads.

If you find the soup too sour then add a little sugar or artificial sweetener.  The soup will be better for the preserved vegetable (which you can get in chilled packets or tins from a Chinese or Asian supermarket), but will work fine without it, same for the black ear mushrooms.

It is a simple base recipe, you can play around with it by adding fresh chopped coriander leaves, parsley or spring onions

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