August and September are always have been hectic months at work. Nurses and other medical team back home often call such shifts: toxic! Go figure. With kids having their school breaks here in Germany and working parents expectantly going to a holiday with 'em tikes, means having few colleagues off the roster. Add in few calls from sick co workers, we were literally cramming and running around to tend to patients, their worried family members and worst, equally stressed doctors. It also means, asking for help from other stations. Thankfully, a few turn up everyday to lend a hand. Ms. I came for the morning shiftt one day, just when I thought I will be going to the battlefield without reinforcement. Thoroughly thankful that I am, I was also very surprised by the change in her. I haven't seen her for a year since she works at the opposite building.
Me: Meine gute, du hast abgenohmen! My goodness, you lost weight!
Ms. I: Grinning: Ich hab' . I did
Me. Du sieht ja toll aus! Wie viel hast du abgenohmen wenn ich frangen darf? You look great! How much weight did you loose, if you don't mind me asking. I did asked, almost gapping.
Ms.I: Sechzehn Kilo, in zwei Monaten. 16 kgs in 2 months, she says and quite proundly at that too, I would if it would be me.
Me: Häääääh und wie hast du dass geschaft?! Whaaaat? How did you manage it? I asked, never attempting to conceal my excitement. Maybe, just maybe I will finally have the answer to my prayers!
Ms.I: Ich hab' einfach nicht mehr geggesen? I simply stopped eating! She says grinning which took me by surprise and got almost pricked by a needle I was prepering.
Me: Wie bitte? Wie kann man uberhaupt nichts essen?! Sorry what? How could one simply stop eating? I asked with hopes crushing down my ears like an uncomfotable ice cold shower on a January morning.
Ms.I: Ja, Für 2 Monaten, habe ich nur Wasser getrunken. Ab und zu mal Milch und wenn ich richtig hunger hab' ,esse ich einfach Joghurt oder so. Kalzium ist sehr wichtig weiss du, und ach ja, ich hab' auch Vitaminen eingenohmen, die sind auch wichtig. Yeah, I just drank water for months, I also so drink milk and when hunger really strikes, I simply eat some yogurt. Calcium is very important you know . And oh , I also took some vitamines. It's also important, she explains to me like a mother eplaining 1 plus 1 is 2 to a toddler.
Me: Isst du immer noch nicht? Do you still skip food? I asked almost nervously, still unable to wrap my head around the idea of hours, days and months of no rice, no ulams or no food!Ms. I :Ach was! Als ich 16 kl abgenohmen hatte, hab' ich wieder angefangen so essen. Oh no! As I managed to shred 16 kgs, I started eating again.
Me: Ahhh dass ist gut! Oh that's good, I almost sigh unable to contain my relief .
Ms.I: Ja, aber ich esse immer noch weniger als früher. Yeah, but I still eat way bit less that before, she claimed which stopped me at my tract.
We worked and were busy that whole morning til 2 PM. Miss I. drank her water and ate her yogurt and two low carb diat cookies which tasted like stale chalks and stuff only diabetics eat, Ugh! I drank too much water that day which could probably drown my kidneys. Did not even dare to whisk my home made pork embutido and rice with extra ketchup infront of her nose. My pack of calorie rich chocolate chip cookies stayed inside my tuppeware box and remained stashed at the deepest part of my bag, untouched, calling me names like a bad conscience.Pretendeeeeeer! Faaakeeee! I was hungry but hey if she manage to survive 2 months on liquid diet, I know I could that I could survive the shift without eating too. Yes, I am that shallow...
Blues blowing Fudgy, Chocolatey Brownie Recipe
In a saucepan, heat 200 g butter (Hear!Hear!), 200 g bittersweet chocolate( yeaaah) under very low heat. Once chocolate has melted, stir in 140 g white sugar and 50 brown sugar ( for energy!) until everything turns unto a liquidy chocolatey consistency.
Take the saucepan out of the heat and let mixture cool off for a couple of minutes. Beat in 2 eggs, one at a time while stirring continously. Stir in vanilla essence. Mix 120 g of flour and a pinch of salt. Sieve into the melted chocolate mixture along with 40 g of cocoa powder. Mix everything thoroughly.
Grease form well with butter, pour batter and spread evently. Bake for 45 minutes at 180 °c or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownie pan comes out clean.
Gooey and densely chocolatey .This is one example of a textureal delight that only solid food could offer .Since I'm all in for calorie indulgence than lets add more joules while we're at it.
Using this vanilla ice cream base recipe, simply add 3 pieces of brownies. Cut it up into small cubes and refrigerate for an hour to hold its shape while churning. Make vanilla ice cream as mention at the link above, if you want to die and go to chocolate heaven, you could use this chocolate ice cream recipe as a base instead.
Stir in cubed brownies into the ice cream mixture five minutes before the ice cream's done. Add in a handul of your favorite toasted nut if you feel like it.Put mixture into your container and freeze.
Don't wait for the sun to settle down, once ice cream hardens up a bit, dig in! Dig them brownie like a miner digger digging gold nuggets. After a scoop I reckon you would be just as happy ...almost.
Aaahhhh I felt better already..