Confessions of a Fat Girl 75: Homemade Soup

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5th March, 2010

I woke up with some kind of funny, lingering cough, which was enough to keep me in bed for the better part of the morning…meaning I didn’t have to do the school run, or go to the gym. I felt bad about missing another day of workout, so I managed to drag myself out of bed, later in the day. I ended up doing quite a bit of batch cooking. Last night, I marinated some goat meat, in garlic, lemon zest, rosemary, and honey, so I proceeded to slow cook, and then roast it this afternoon, with sweet potatoes, spring onions, red and yellow bell peppers, baby carrots, and radishes. I have never cooked with radishes before, but I’m always up for something new, and I didn’t mind them at all!

I also made two beautiful pans of soup; ogbono soup for my household, and a nice healthy Minestrone for myself, using chicken stock, beans, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, sweet corn, and tomatoes. It was my first time trying the Minestrone recipe Ogonna sent me last year, and I found that the color deepened as the vegetables cooked, and released all their wonderful goodness. When it was ready, it came out so rich and delicious. And it was soooo nice and filling! The bowl I had was just about 11o calories (can you imagine that??!!), but I was satisfied all day on that single bowl! And it smelt so good that, before I knew it, between my kids, my nanny, and even my JJ, the pot was gone in a jiffy. I love it when my family eats healthy!

Not only is eating homemade soup so medicinal, cooking it is like making magic. You cut up all these wonderful ingredients, put them in a pot with some liquid, add some heat, and voila! You have this tasty and healthy elixir, that, with one mouthful, can make even the worst of days fall away. I love to cook, but when life gets busy, it can sometimes seem like a chore. In trying to relax and rejuvenate these past few days, I have really focused on how much joy there is in spending time in my kitchen, making delicious and nutritious meals for the family.

It was a great distraction for me, as I have started getting worried about not being able to reach Akwaugo. Today again, all my calls have gone to her voicemail. In the end, I had no choice but to call her oldest child, Zara, to make sure everything was fine. Thankfully, Zara confirmed that her Mother is alive and well, but has been working a lot of late nights. When I asked who was taking care of her and her younger brothers, my 16 year old niece had a good laugh.

“Don’t be silly, Aunty. We’re not kids anymore!” she giggled.

Obviously not.

I was almost tempted to ask her what was going on with her father, and if it is true he’s trying to stage a comeback, but I was forced to restrain myself. It wouldn’t be in anyone’s interest if the girl heard about this for the first time, from her nosy Aunt all the way in Nigeria. Nah. My curiosity would have to be in check for a little longer.

I decided to have an early night, and snuggled in bed, watching Oprah. I’ve watched the show on and off for years, and I like the health and wellness episodes best, like when Dr. Oz is on. Much of his information is just refresher for me, but I like the way it is presented, in small, bullet-like, easy to understand doses. Very easy to listen to, and easy to assimilate. After the show, I visited his and Dr. Roizen’s Real Age website, and took the quiz. While I don’t know my current cholesterol levels, I tried to be as honest as possible, based on my health history, and how I’ve been living over the past few months. I was a little afraid while I was filling in all the information, afraid that I was going to see that my real age was 65 or 70, especially with my knees that still feel a bit sore and stiff at times.

I was so delighted when my “real age” was calculated as 36.1, which is at least younger than my actual 37.7 years. It might not be much of a difference, but at least it was less, and not more. Imagine if it had come out older than Ogonna’s 43 years of age! Kai! That would have been a disaster. I guess the lifestyle changes that I’ve recently made have really made a difference! I’m amazed how some small, healthy changes can make such a big impact. I can’t wait to retake the test when I have my cholesterol levels taken, and lose a bit more weight. I’m hoping to roll back the clock even more.

Yay for the weekend, though! Ogonna and her bobo arrive Lagos tomorrow, before their flight to London on Sunday morning. I am actually more anxious about seeing Mr. Arrogant again, than I am excited about seeing my sister.

Mr. Arrogant who will soon be my brother-in-law!

 

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Photo Credit

  1. http://www.melskitchencafe.com

 

Catch up on Ihunna’s story here:

  1. Confessions of a Fat Girl 1: Grubbido
  2. Confessions of a Fat Girl 2: Fragile
  3. Confessions of a Fat Girl 3: Defiant
  4. Confessions of a Fat Girl 4: Progress
  5. Confessions of a Fat Girl 5: The Gym
  6. Confessions of a Fat Girl 6: Killjoy
  7. Confessions of a Fat Girl 7: Pain
  8. Confessions of a Fat Girl 8: Frenemies
  9. Confessions of a Fat Girl 9: Exhilarated
  10. Confessions of a Fat Girl 10: Popcorn
  11. Confessions of a Fat Girl 11: Free-fall
  12. Confessions of a Fat Girl 12: Sunday Morning
  13. Confessions of a Fat Girl 13: Mission Reactivated
  14. Confessions of a Fat Girl 14: New Things
  15. Confessions of a Fat Girl 15: Bad Business
  16. Confessions of a Fat Girl 16: Luxury Items
  17. Confessions of a Fat Girl 17: The Solution
  18. Confessions of a Fat Girl 18: Magic Formula
  19. Confessions of a Fat Girl 19: Date Night
  20. Confessions of a Fat Girl 20: Quinoa
  21. Confessions of a Fat Girl 21: Perfect Fit
  22. Confessions of a Fat Girl 22: Keeping In Touch
  23. Confessions of a Fat Girl 23: Delete
  24. Confessions of a Fat Girl 24: Philosophical
  25. Confessions of a Fat Girl 25: Keep it Moving
  26. Confessions of a Fat Girl 26: My Co-Wife
  27. Confessions of a Fat Girl 27: Old Jeans & Old Friends
  28. Confessions of a Fat Girl 28: Prawn Stir Fry
  29. Confessions of a Fat Girl 29: Facebook Tagging
  30. Confessions of a Fat Girl 30: Detox Part 2
  31. Confessions of a Fat Girl 31: Abs & Crunches
  32. Confessions of a Fat Girl 32: Making Notes
  33. Confessions of a Fat Girl 33: Christmas Party
  34. Confessions of a Fat Girl 34: Ashiedu
  35. Confessions of a Fat Girl 35: Willpower
  36. Confessions of a Fat Girl 36: Packing…and TV
  37. Confessions of a Fat Girl 37: Last Minute
  38. Confessions of a Fat Girl 38: Body Image
  39. Confessions of a Fat Girl 39: Christmas Trip
  40. Confessions of a Fat Girl 40: Christmas in the Village
  41. Confessions of a Fat Girl 41: Daddy’s Girl
  42. Confessions of a Fat Girl 42: 2010
  43. Confessions of a Fat Girl 43: Uzoamaka
  44. Confessions of a Fat Girl 44: Sugar Binge
  45. Confessions of a Fat Girl 45: The E-mail
  46. Confessions of a Fat Girl 46: She whose name must not be repeated
  47. Confessions of a Fat Girl 47: Smokescreen
  48. Confessions of a Fat Girl 48: Running away
  49. Confessions of a Fat Girl 49: Fry-Up
  50. Confessions of a Fat Girl 50: The Only Solution
  51. Confessions of a Fat Girl 51: The Intervention
  52. Confessions of a Fat Girl 52: Tri-State Sisters
  53. Confessions of a Fat Girl 53: Manhattan
  54. Confessions of a Fat Girl 54: Daddy’s Girls
  55. Confessions of a Fat Girl 55: Stunned Silence
  56. Confessions of a Fat Girl 56: Bereavement
  57. Confessions of a Fat Girl 57: The Reconciliation
  58. Confessions of a Fat Girl 58: Staying Back
  59. Confessions of a Fat Girl 59: Friends & Marriage Proposals
  60. Confessions of a Fat Girl 60: Colourful and Happy
  61. Confessions of a Fat Girl 61: Sweet Potato & Chicken Salad
  62. Confessions of a Fat Girl 62: Miss Amerikana
  63. Confessions of a Fat Girl 63: Tragi-Romantic
  64. Confessions of a Fat Girl 64: Dead to me
  65. Confessions of a Fat Girl 65: Love Triangle
  66. Confessions of a Fat Girl 66: Forever my lady
  67. Confessions of a Fat Girl 67: Fight to the death
  68. Confessions of a Fat Girl 68: Hard choice to make
  69. Confessions of a Fat Girl 69: Back to reality
  70. Confessions of a Fat Girl 70: Life Reflections
  71. Confessions of a Fat Girl 71: Oatmeal, Blueberry & Banana Pancakes
  72. Confessions of a Fat Girl 72: The Engagement
  73. Confessions of a Fat Girl 73: Pillow Talk
  74. Confessions of a Fat Girl 74: Secretive Sister

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