Saturday, 9 January 2010


Well that was a doddle. Only 3 days in and it looks as though the no wheat / dairy / alcohol / caffeine / sugar / red meat regime is working a treat (see below).  I also seem to have had my belly-button pierced which is strange, as I've always thought it was a bit chavvy.

Oh if only things were that simple.  With the Wii Fit still in its cellophane wrapper and my appointment with the chiropractor cancelled thanks to the snow, things have been a bit static at Beer Towers this week.

However we've been eating like detox vegan kings. This week we've had spicy split-pea soup (velvety and delicious), Lentil Shepherd's Pie (rich and satisfying) and Pete's Special Soup (we never ask about the ingredients - some things are best kept secret).

Today I continue my quest to cross Gillian McKeith with Fanny Cradock *shudder* and I've made the unlikely sounding delight of Cabbage and White Bean Soup. It's bloody lovely, even though it sounds like something they'd serve at a workhouse.  I urge you to try it:

Delicious & Healthy Cabbage & White Bean Soup
Finely slice 1 onion, 2 celery stalks and a whole white cabbage.  Put in a saucepan with a stock cube (I used a vegetable stock one but you could use chicken) and 1 tbsp vegetable bouillon powder (mine's a Marigold one - most health food shops and probably better supermarkets sell them).  Cover with water, bring to boil then simmer for 30-40 mins under all nice and tender. Add 1 tin of butter beans (drained), simmer for another 10 mins. Whizz with hand-held or food processor. If you can be arsed, sprinkle some parsley and fresh peas. If not, tuck in straight away. Mmm.  Feel that goodness coursing around your body. Hubba.

(Serves 4, courtesy of Gillian Bloody McKeith)

And no, we don't need a beer to match with it, but thanks for asking.


  1. Blimey - bet it smells nice in beer towers :oS

  2. Liz Liz Liz. PLEASE don't use chiropractors. It's pretend magic medicine. That they wear white coats and call themselves Doctor despite a lack of medical qualifiications is not in itself evidence that chiropractic is anything but snake oil. Their only real skill is relieving you of money for "treatment" for problems that exist only in their quack imaginations. They also kill people.

    That other uber-quack "Dr" Gillian McKeith is benign by comparison.

    Sorry for the telling off!

  3. Kristy - you're not wrong.
    Jeff - what about a podiatrist?

  4. Never mind the snow I would have thought windy conditions will be prevailing after that soup (mind you I have just dug several Jerusalem Artichokes out of the ground, dare I roast them with the pork?).

  5. Podiatrist - good.

    Don't anyone mention homeopathy or I will explode!