Friday, 6 February 2009

Week 5 - Plastic Wrapped Bakery Products

During the week we breakfast on toast or cereal, with the occasional boiled egg. At the weekends we like to treat ourselves to something more exciting - invariably croissants. The trouble with the croissants from our local Tesco Metro is that they are encased in plastic. They sit in a preformed plastic tray which is then placed in a plastic bag, neither of which is recyclable in our area and are destined for the landfill. However, one of our local bakeries sells loose croissants and the deli sells almond ones which are wickedly delicious. Unfortunately both of them are further away, but the extra distance might help to work off some of those calories!

When I'm feeling energetic I make pancakes which the girls devour with crispy bacon and maple syrup. I remember attempting croissants once, but also remember them failing to live up to my expectations.

I've been trying to cut down on shop bought bakery items and bake my own, which are not only less wasteful but also better for us. The girls take a biscuit or a cake to school with them in their bento lunchboxes every morning and always need a snack when they come home in the afternoon. I try to go for recipes containing oats or fruit, with a bit of chocolate thrown in. Flapjacks are a perennial favourite and this week I made tiffin which is ridiculously easy and doesn't even require cooking, if you don't count heating a few ingredients in a pan.

If anyone has any good recipes to share I'd love to hear from you.

Perhaps someone could also let me know what the rules are regarding the posting of recipes. Is it alright to do so if you acknowledge the source?

Weekly Weigh-In = 165g

I'm very pleased with this and hope I can keep it up.


Katy said...

I agree, avoiding plastic wrapped bakery goodies does often have the added benefit of keeping "treat" consumption to a minimum! I have a great recipe for a lighter (less sugar, fat) version of fruity flapjacks on my blog - please take a look! They are ideal for lunchboxes and just like flapjacks you can endlessly vary the additions.

I think if you post one recipe and acknowledge the source it's fine - add a link to either the chef's website or the Amazon page for the book?

just Gai said...

Thanks for the link to your brilliant blog Katy. I'll be adding it to the list of bogs I follow. Thanks too for the flapjack recipe and the advice on posting other peoples's recipes.