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I recently traveled to Wales to visit my fiancé, Gareth’s, family. During the trip I had the opportunity to sample many kinds of foods- and also see the foods that others ordered!

Since this is my first Food Journeys post, I want to clarify that although these are not necessarily FBB friendly, they are great inspirations for new FBB recipes. I think that traveling is always a good opportunity to taste foods and flavors, even if they are indulgent. It’s all about moderation!

Fish & Chips: A classic dish! I ordered this at The Bear in Crickhowell, Wales. (www.bearhotel.co.uk) It was served with a delightful side dish called mushy peas! Mushy peas are mashed peas with the consistency of mashed potatoes.They are the best.

Chicken Curry & Potatoes: This was my entree when we ate at the local pub, Dragon’s Head Inn, in Llangenny, Wales. Not the curry taste I was expecting, but it was an interesting and new flavor. It was much more subtle than Indian curry, more of a tomato base with a hint of curry.

Gammon: Gareth’s favorite meal to have when he’s home! He ordered this at the Dragon’s Head Inn. I’m not sure if something like this exists in America. It’s not quite like baked ham, it’s cured differently and served with pinapple. Need to investigate…

Califlower & Welsh Cheddar Soup: I ordered this soup as my starter at The Hardwick in Abergavveny, Wales (www.thehardwick.co.uk) It was the perfect soup for a chilly summer night.

Pork Loin: I ordered this at The Hardwick as my entree. It was well balanced, subtle and fresh.

Pigeon: Yes, you heard me. Pigeon. Gareth ordered this as his starter at The Hardwick. I couldn’t bring myself to taste it. Full menu description- Local Pigeon Breast on Bruschetta with Chorizo, Farro (spelt), Sherry Vinegar and Crème Fraiche.

Toad-In-A-Hole: Both Gareth and his sister Sam ordered this for lunch at Three Tuns in Hay, Wales. (http://www.three-tuns.com) Toad-in-a-hole is a traditional English dish made with sausage, Yorkshire pudding, gravy and mashed potatoes.

Potato & Leek Soup: This was my lunch order at Three Tuns. It was simple and yummy.

The Infamous Sausage Roll: A sausage roll is essentially a piece of sausage wrapped in a bread-like crust. I bought this sausage roll at a bakery in Hay, Wales, because I really wanted to try a traditional sausage roll. Unfortunately, with all the other good food we had, I never got around to eating it! We even took it with us to London in the hopes we’d eat it on our train ride, but we had to throw it out.

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Meat & Potatoes.

Plain & Simple Flank Steak, Creamy Dill Mashers, Lemony Almond Beans

Meat and potatoes are a simple and classic combination. This recipe features a simple steak with two lovely side dishes. Try this recipe for new, bright flavors combinations.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large flank steak
  • 12 oz green beans
  • 1/4 cup toasted, slivered almonds
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
  • fresh chopped dill
  • 10 small potatoes (white or red)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup part skim shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic salt
  • red pepper flakes
Serves between 2-4 people, depending on how hungry you are.

Plain & Simple Flank Steak: Season both sides of the steak with garlic salt and red papper flakes to taste. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan  on medium-high heat and then add the steak. Put the lid on and allow the steak to brown for 5 minutes. Then repeat on the other side of the steak. Remove the pan from the heat and keep the lid on, allowing the steak to sit for 5 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the steak, it should be cooked to a medium color inside.

Creamy Dill Mashers: Boil or microwave the potatoes until they are soft and break apart easily with a knife or fork. Place potatoes in a large mixing bowl and use a knife to roughly cut them into smaller pieces. While the potatoes are still hot, add mozzarella, reduced fat sour cream, dijon mustard and dill. Stir to mix together. Add the juice from 1/4 of a lemon, add garlic salt and pepper to taste and mix.

Lemony Almond Beans: Steam the green beans and drain any excess water. Add 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan on medium heat and add garlic. Sautee the garlic until lightly browned (about 30 seconds) and then add the green beans. Sautee the green beans until they get lightly browned on the sides. Turn off heat and add toasted almonds, grape tomatoes and the juice from 1/2 a lemon. Toss ingredients together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To toast almonds: Put almonds on a baking sheet and place in 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes until lightly browned.

 

 

My Love Affair With Pickles.

**To be clear- dill pickles, not sweet pickles**

I’ve loved pickles since I was a small child. Early home-videos show me eating pickles and salami as an after school snack (great combo by the way)

I often order a side of pickles when I go out to eat, if it’s the type of establishment that would support that. When I go out to eat with my Dad, he orders a side of pickles for me without me even asking.

I got a jar of pickles from my Secret Santa at work last year.

I could eat an entire jar of pickles in the span of an hour, maybe less.

Pickles are the only thing I’ve ever been addicted to.

I have a pickle Christmas ornament that my Mom gave to me. It’s beautiful.

Favorite restaurant pickle: Tommy’s, Cleveland, OH

Favorite fast-food pickle: Jimmy John’s

Favorite store bought pickle: Bubbie’s

Least favorite pickle: Vlasic (but I would still eat then if it was that or nothing)

 

Healthy Inspirations.

Indulgences.

What is FBB?

FBB is a blog where I’ll post recipes, photos, ideas and commentary revolving around yummy food with a lower-calorie, lower-fat twist.

There are 4 main categories on FBB:

  • Food: Recipes
  • Food For Thought: Comments and discussions on food topics
  • Photo Cravings: Photos of delicious food
  • Food Journeys: Restaurant and dining experiences

I will provide my own personal photos to accompany posts in each category!

Keep in mind, these are not no-carb, zero calorie, zero fat meals. FBB is about making food that will help satisfy your cravings and fill you up without the guilt. FBB is about taking an indulgence and making it healthier. FBB is about moderation, flavors and healthy ingredients.

Bon appétit!

xx Betsy