Thursday, 14 November 2013

Rant averted!

I was going to have a good moan about living with Fibromyalgia, or one of the 'invisible illnesses' as some of these conditions have been named.  This was in response to being called a 'hypochondriac' by an uncharitable soul!!!  Instead, I will spare you all my opinions and instead suggest a little research into FM, Lupus, ME and many other similar, debilitating conditions.  One page that I can really relate to is this one  particularly her use of the Spoon Theory to explain how people like me have to plan in order to get through a day.

Generally my attitude is that I won't moan or complain about pain or fatigue so long as you don't push me for an explanation as to why I'd rather stay in and go to bed early than use up any of tomorrows energy!

I've actually said more than I intended, so back to a safer topic, food!!!  I've recently discovered and fallen for the Pioneer Woman, well, her recipes to be exact :D  I decided to try her 'Twice Baked Potatoes' minus a lot of the butter and cream!!! They were wonderful and the perfect accompaniment to my baked lemon chicken, which is mucho simple and tasty.

Pan fry 6-8 chicken pieces.  I use thighs as they're cheap, moist and tasty.

 Add in roughly 8 unpeeled garlic cloves, 8 peeled shallots, a sliced lemon and juice of another lemon.  I had issues for a long time about using unpeeled garlic, but it develops a gorgeous sweet, caramalised flavour in the skin and is a lot milder than crushing or chopping.  Give it a go :D
 Add about a quarter bottle of white wine.  I used up some cheap hock and it was the best use for it!!! Then bring to the boil, add herbs (mixed or just thyme) and seasoning and transfer to a casserole dish, drizzle over a little honey if you like slightly sweeter dishes.  Bake in the oven at around 200C for about an hour, although I usually cook it for closer to an hour and a half so that I can have a good long sit down or do some painting :D
Serve with baked or mashed potatoes and a green vegetable. 


  1. I was diagnosed with FM about 15 years ago--I'm used to living with aches and pain--and insmonia has been lifelong. I think the fatigue is really more difficult for me than the chronic pain. I think that my condition is not as severe as many and for that I am blessed. It is difficult to make others understand when we can't do more, that the price for continually over-doing is too high. I don't like to talk about FM or make it an excuse for lack of accomplishment or enthusiastic involvement. I do wish those closest to me could remember that I'm battling something that never goes away.
    Sadly, I think we find that we have to be our own best caretakers.

  2. Ah, Pioneer Woman, who gets her kids out at 4 a.m. most mornings to ride the range and keeps them going on donuts . . . She has a camera to die for too, and far more spare time than I have in my working day!!! She does have some lovely recipes though. I have a slight aversion to lemony chicken, having eaten a horrid lot once (well, I didn't eat it, actually, after the first mouthful!) but that looks a lovely meal to dish up.

    Sorry about your Fibro and people who don't know damn-all. (((HUGS)))

  3. Thank you BB and as always your comments make me laugh out loud :D

    MM, good advice about being our best carers, hugs to you.x

  4. ahhh yes those people who come out with comments such as 'but you look okay' or 'i am sure it will go soon'...grrrrr. i try not to moan and groan, especially as for a lot of the week the only person i see is swampy and i don't want to keep moaning on at him. i just now try to just plod on and manage and do what i can when i can. i am getting better at managing my time better and being more mindful of not doing too much and almost delegating what i do when to allow myself more energy for, say, going shopping.
    the chicken sounds great...and thank you for reminding me about the thighs! i shall buy some from our farm shop on Friday :)