Thursday, January 20, 2011

Just a couple of bags of flour, that's all!

Five kilograms of flour weighs quite a lot (well, it weighs 5 kilos but you know what I mean).  Especially as you carry it home walking from the shops on a hot summer day.

I want to lose two of these bags in weight! This is weight that I've put on since having Astrid (five years ago!)...It's fat that obviously likes being on me but the feeling is not reciprocated. I lose some it and then it sneaks back on.

But now I'm serious! And I'm posting it to the world so that you will keep me strong and honest. I don't want to see myself in photos any more and think, "who is that fat woman with my family that sort of looks like me but fatter?".

If I imagine how light and springy my steps will be when I don't have to lug around two of these enormous bags of flour with me every day it may give me the strength to stop eating this:

But there's no reason that you shouldn't enjoy it;

Rye and Caraway Bread

4 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast (2 packages)
300mls warm water
125ml plus 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
250ml milk
40g melted butter (cooled to lukewarm)
125ml molasses
1 tsp. salt
500ml rye flour
1 litre plain flour
2 tbls caraway seeds

Stir together yeast, warm water, and 1 Tbsp. of brown sugar in mixing bowl. Let sit until mixture is frothy, about 10 minutes.
Using a wooden spoon stir milk and melted butter into yeast mixture. Gradually add molasses, the remaining brown sugar, and 1 tsp. salt. Stir in caraway seeds, rye flour; add enough of the plain flour to make a soft but firm dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Knead dough lightly until surface is smooth; place in a lightly oiled bowl and allow to rise until doubled (about 1 hour).
Punch down the risen dough; allow to rest for 15 minutes. Then form dough into loaves and put in two loaf tins. Sprinkle tops loaves with some more caraway seeds and allow to rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375º. Bake about 30 minutes.

Then let your family eat it! Resist the temptation to put butter and cheese on the freshly baked, delicious smelling bread...think of the bags of flour, think of the bags of flour, think...of...the ...


  1. Good luck! I'd like to lose 6 of those bags of flour. I lost 600g this week having gained almost 2kg over christmas new year. One step forward two steps back at this rate it will take me years. To start with I'd be happy with 10kg. No more of your mum's delicious apple cake for us.
    Tim always says you're not fat you are beautiful. I tell him I might be beautiful but I am also fat and everywhere I go I am carrying around a bag of cement and that is not fun. So he has been far more supportive by not bringing home treats that he knows I can't resist and at the same time if I do want a treat and work it into my weightloss plan he doesn't give me a hard time. He has also set an alarm in his phone to remind him to remind me to take my tyroid medication! It hepls to have others on your side!
    PS> I hate looking at photos and thinking who is that fat middleaged lady!

  2. I resent the fact that I read this post at 7:50 in the morning and now all I want to eat is bread. And more bread. Maybe bread with butter. Or PEANUT BUTTER.

  3. Tara, you're bread with with whatever you want on it and eat lots of it! Mmmm bread. I'm off to have a carrot.