Dinner number two under the Dukan diet. Tonight I tried to add variety. We had a delicious filet mignon from Trader Joes, mostly organic. I prepared it on the grill along with the octopus and shrimp. I just seasoned it with salt and a lot of crushed pepper. I wanted to put my William Sonoma au poivre seasoning, but it had too much oil. I also thawed out the frozen octopus and marinated it in a cilantro and lime marinade as well as a few jumbo shrimp. That’s a lot of food! However, when only eating protein, it’s not much. I also made veal. I found a nice butcher in San Pedro. It’s hard to find a butcher around here. I was truly spoiled in Italy, there was one on every block.
I wrapped each veal piece with one slice of red onion and one piece of sage. I squired each role. The veal was for the 3rd protein day’s lunch, but we snuck a piece each, leaving Paul 2 for his lunch and me up to my own accord. Dinner was a success, well minus the octopus that had the consistency of an uncooked snail or a really tough piece of rubber band. I didn’t pre-cook it. Later I remembered how long I had cooked my octopus when I made it for the first time, when living in Italy. I was so happy and proud when I went to the market and bought my first octopus. I also remember getting my octopus out of the bag and realizing I didn’t ask for it to be cleaned!!! I had to youtube a Jamie Oliver clip to see exactly how. It was a bit overwhelming, but I did it. I managed to get the little teeth out of the head and pull the head inside out.
Doesn’t seem appetizing, but it didn’t turn me into a vegetarian, yet. I’d been told by several locals to freeze it for at least 24 hours to give it some tenderness. Then you cook it in wine for a very long time. This time back in the US, I must have lost a bit of my memory because somehow tI felt 15 mins on the grill would be delicious. I had read a recipe that said to grill for 15 minutes, but later after our meal I read the fine print. The grilling for 15 mins, was after a few hours of stewing! But never-the-less our dinner was great. A bit different from our first, still as bizarre, in the fact that our veggie was just the size of a garnish. Paul and I decided to do the protein diet one more day.
Breakfast, snacks, lunches: We’ve been eating hard-boiled eggs, not more than two a day, yogurt-greek style and european style. All are fat-free. I’m getting used to it. I think what we miss the most is wine. But in general, we are living on coffee, Perrier, yogurt, tofu and proteins. I’ve lost 3 lbs so far. I did the Dukan diet true weight and I don’t have too much to lose, but need a jump start to the new year. I really over induldged over the holidays, it started at Halloween. So it was time to do something serious. My profile from the Dukan site said I’d do a 2 day protein and then a mon/Thurs protein day with the others protein and veggie, for 20 days. I don’t have many days left, well, two weeks, but it seems ok so far-day two. hahaa. Paul has been having much better lunches than me. I’ve been making him his before he goes to work. I just snack in between working at home.
DUKAN DIET DAY 3
I missed a post so I will add in my Dukan Diet Day 3. We had grilled swordfish, calamari and shrimp. I used two frozen swordfish steaks and cut it up into pieces. I also used previously frozen calamari that I’d purchased from the seafood/fish docks in San Pedro. I used the same dressing as the previous night. Cilantro and lime.
Cut up sword fish, red onion, cilantro and lime to squeeze. Put them on sticks by alternating: swordfish piece, red onion, shrimp, red onion, swordfish and so on. I just did the calamari separately. I grilled them until done, maybe 4 mins a side. It was delicious and fresh. The lime and cilantro are a perfect combination that doesn’t make you miss any oils or sauces.
Perfect hard-boiled eggs. Put eggs in cold water and place on stove to boil. Once eggs are boiling, take off the stove and cover for 20 mins. Voila a perfectly boiled egg. It’s best to quickly cool them after the 20 mins because it makes the shell easier to peel.
For dessert we had yogurt.