one for the girls, one for the boys

However much we’d like to think girls and boys are equal, we’re not.  Sadly, we’re not even allowed to eat as much on our 5:2 days!  The boys get an extra 100 calories!  Not fair, methinks.  So, for a 5:2 day you need to do some weighing and calculating (we’re not talking advanced mathematics here, just simple sums) unless, of course, you have something where the calorie information is listed for you.  I watched a programme on television recently which showed that the calorie content for ready meals might be more accurate for some than for others.  Equally, when you make something at home the calculation could be out by a little bit too – I found about five different calorie amounts for smoked haddock.

Depending how you like to eat on your MM (Michael Mosley) day, this dish could be lunch or supper. Smoked haddock, spinach and a poached egg – it is so low calories that actually us girls could have the egg too if we’re being especially careful the rest of the day.  


So here’s what you need and the calories.  For each person you need 100g smoked haddock (the very pale sort not the luminous yellow) and 125g raw baby spinach.  And for the man in your life, a large, very fresh egg.  Very fresh eggs are easier to poach because the white adheres better to the yolk, just in case you’re wondering.  Poach the smoked haddock in gently simmering water – not quite as tasty as when poached in milk but you can always have that another day – and keep warm.  Put all the spinach in a large saucepan with a little water and when it’s cooked, drain and season well.  I always think I’m going to have a huge portion of spinach until it cooks down to really not very much at all.  While you’re cooking the spinach, pop the egg into a cup with a few drops of vinegar.  Stir the simmering water using a spatula or wooden spoon and when it looks like a whirlpool, carefully lower the egg from the cup right into the very centre.  This way, the white is pulled toward the yolk.  Simmer gently for 3-4 minutes or until it’s cooked the way you like it.  Now assemble.  Spinach first, then the fish and the then the egg on top.  Approximately, 120 calories for the girls and 194 for the boys (or hungry girls!).  

Breakdown of calories: smoked haddock 88, spinach 24 (both per 100g), large egg 74

Note: I struggled for years poaching eggs and, because I really enjoy a poached egg on toast, I tried every method imaginable.  I had many disasters and weird looking eggs along the way.  I hope I’ve explained my method well enough so that anyone else who struggles with them might have some success. 

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