Christmas
Christmas is done and dusted. I took my decorations down yesterday. In our house I usually have loads of helpers putting the decorations up but no offers of help as I lug the boxes into the attic!! Funny that – but to be fair I like doing it myself, it makes the organisation easier. Control freak.
Santa wasn’t listening..
Anyway, I think like most people I’m feeling the bloat. Although I went into the season promising to enjoy but take it easy but now, I’m out the other side with a half stone extra. Santa wasn’t listening to my request of fat bank account and skinny body!!
Self-denial
This year I’m taking a different approach – I hate all the self-denial talk of the new year. Why?? Why not go easy on yourself? It’s winter and is was cold cold cold leaving the house this morning. The human body is supposed to pad up for winter and loose for the summer. I’m not advocating binge eating but I’m not great at self-denial. So easy does it for me. It’s not raining so I’m going to wrap up tonight and go for a walk with the dogs, watch portion sizes and go easy on the snacking. Operation transformation is back on the box so I might do the walks because I love the community aspect of it. I generally watch operation transformation with a cuppa and maybe a biscuit but I must watch that.
Tasty and Wholesome
So today I’m not going to share a particularly low fat recipe but it’s tasty and wholesome and if you eat a regular portion I don’t think you’ve fallen of the wagon. Chicken and Plums, it’s a big hit at home, so much so that I forgot to take a picture before it was wolfed down but did manage to get a picture of the remainder for another day. It works cooked a day or two in advance and also from the freezer. Get the 10 fillets for 15 euro and enjoy.

Chicken and Plums
INGREDIENTS
• 10 chicken breasts
• 4 TBS olive oil
• 1/2 onion, chopped
• 25g/1 oz butter
• 2 TBS lemon juice
• 1 TBS soy sauce
• 1 tsp. ground ginger
• 1 TBS tomato puree
• 2 TBS brown sugar
• 1 tsp. salt
• 350g/12oz plum jam (Damson jam in Ardkeen Stores – not always easy to get elsewhere)
• 1 tsp. dry mustard powder
• dash of Worcestershire sauce
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• 6 fresh plums (stoned and quartered)
METHOD
Season chicken in salt and pepper Brown slightly in olive oil, remove from heat. Sauté onion until soft. Add all remaining ingredients except fresh plums, simmer for 15 minutes. Place chicken in oven-proof dish, cover with sauce, and scatter with plums. Bake in oven for 45 minutes on 350 degrees F. I serve it with gratin potato and salad or mash and greens. Yummy
Enjoy,
The Butchers Wife. xx