Who knew, well I didn’t, that potatoes are very full of carbohydrates that turn into sugar in your body? I went to a course to help me lose weight and we were discussing how much carbohydrates convert into sugar when you digest it. The worst culprits we’re white bread, rice, and potatoes. They explained that instead of looking at the traffic lights on  packets  of foods (showing green, amber and red for amounts of protein, fat, carbohydrate, sugar and salt), if you look at the back of the packaging you can see the total carbohydrates. Divide that by three and it turns out that the answer is how many teaspoons of sugar it would convert to. So 15 grams of sugar equate to 5 teaspoons of sugar.

So what about potato? A single medium potato is equal to 18 teaspoons of sugar! That means it has 54grams of carbohydrate! Who knew? Well I wi have to take this into account. More vegetables less carbs!



Loads of ripe cherries

High in the tree

Out of reach of human hands

But not from beaks you see.

Blackbirds, pigeons and magpies

Each have their fill

Of sweet red cherries

They have the skill,

Of flying high above me

Pecking at the fruit

Eating all the ripe ones

In their aerial persuit.

Sweet red cherries

Small and round and neat.

I go without

And the birds get a treat!

Cooking stuffed peppers



I used,

4 yellow bell peppers with their tops cut off and de-seeded.

Small amount of lean minced beef (I could have used quorn mince). 600 grams.

1 corgette finely chopped. (after I cooked this I suggest 1/2 instead)

8 baby corn cobs, finely chopped. (after trying this use 4)

1 small onion, finely chopped.

The tops of the yellow peppers, finely chopped.

1 small jar of Bolognese sauce.

A cup of brown rice. (1/2 a cup instead)

Garlic olive oil (or 3 garlic cloves and ordinary olive oil)

Grated cheese

Salt and pepper to taste.


Fry off the mince and vegetables till softened and cooked.

Boil the rice in water until aldente  (cooked but still a bit hard)

Once the meat and veg are cooked add the bolognese sauce and the brown rice.

Spoon the mix into the peppers. Cook them in a gas mark 6 (medium hot) oven for 15 minutes then check and if not cooked put them back in for 5 minutes.

Eat …

Fingers crossed.

Result: very tasty but a bit too much for two! Use less brown rice, half a courgette (zucchini) and 4 baby corn instead. (I’ve altered the amounts in the recipe) the original amounts would do for 3 or 4 people. 20190213_221418