I was caught out in a big way on Monday.
I woke up to a light dusting of snow, but even that had just about gone by the time I left for work. It did keep snowing all day but my boss, who lives near me, and I were lulled into a false sense of security, partly becasue his wife said the roads were fine near us and partly, I think, because there was an element of “It’s March, so how bad can the snow be?”
I got an inkling when, on the way back to my car at nearly 6pm, I slipped on compacted frozen snow and fell flat on my backside. And then realised the real extent when it took me three hours to get home 😦
Two of those were spent just getting out of town; crawling traffic, cars spinning and getting stuck, coaches slipping all over the shop – it wasn’t fun. The motorway was even worse as not as many people had used it and you couldn’t even see the tarmac. Still, even at 14 years old and with 179,000 miles on the clock, the trusty Golf did me proud; and I was a lot better off than people trying to go towards the coast as many ended up stuck all night… terrible.
Anyway. Even though it’s now cold, pouring and howling a gale, surely we’re safe from snow’s evil clutches now…!
On another note, I was sent this to try the other day:
I’m sure you’ve seen other products of this type. Slim Pasta is made from “a water-soluble vegetable fibre called Moyu (konjac).” It’s marketed at coeliacs, diabetics and people wanting to lose weight as an alternative to normal pasta and rice.
I had the pasta first, with a mixture of sauted mushrooms and garlic, red pepper pesto, spinach and cheese and it was delicious.
The pasta itself doesn’t actually taste of anything, so whatever you add to it is the flavour you get.
I had the “rice” next, with the same other ingredients:
And, of course, that was nice too. I preferred the “rice” because of its texture; the only thing I’d say about the pasta is, I wasn’t too keen on its slipperiness; I couldn’t really chew it! I’m sure they would make good alternatives to pasta for people trying to lose weight, although courgette noodles and cauliflower “rice” would also work.
The Slim Pasta does apparently keep you “fuller for longer” owing to the vegetable fibre… although I was slightly confused by the mention of “wheat-free rice” on one of the packets… 😉
Have you tried anything like this? If so, what do you think?