No bread is an island

...entire of itself. (With apologies to John Donne!)
I live and breathe breadmaking. I’m an evangelist who would like everyone to make his or her own bread. I want to demystify breadmaking and show it as the easy everyday craft that it is. To this end I endeavour to make my recipes as simple and as foolproof as I possibly can.

I call my blog 'No bread is an island' because every bread is connected to another bread. So a spicy fruit bun with a cross on top is a hot cross bun. This fruit dough will also make a fruit loaf - or Chelsea buns or a Swedish tea ring...
I'm also a vegan, so I have lots of vegan recipes on here - and I'm adding more all the time.

Thursday, 5 September 2013


I'm on a 6:1 programme of intermittent fasting, on maintenance, since I don't wish to lose any more weight. However, I want the health benefits that come with fasting, so a one day a week fasting regime suits me fine.

On a fasting day I'd prefer not to eat all - it's so much easier - but I'm not always able to get approval from my wife.

So I make a meal with as few calories as possible - which, for me, means a vegetable curry using plenty of celery and mushrooms:

Tonight's dinner:
750g mixed veg, chopped
1 dessertspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon curry powder
Sprinkle of dried herbs
1 tin chopped tomatoes

Total calories 220

(Click here for a more concise recipe and method - which is basically a quick and easy 'bung it all in' technique!)

This made two large side plates full of curry - one of which I had with 100g of broccoli, to replace the carbs I would normally use. The other I shall add to and turn it into a chilli non carne with some seitan.

Curry 110 cals
Broccoli 30 cals

So, 140 calories in total for dinner, not bad!

I use my fasting days as an alcohol-free day - so I drink iced water instead of wine.


  1. wow thats really good, I had my reservations about this diet, but it does look like a good idea, my friends have done quite well no it, but I'm just calorie counting every day at the moment
    I did post a review on here but I might try it when I drop some more weight

  2. Hi Catherine, thanks for stopping by! :-)

    Why wait? Check out these inspirational posts here:

    The whole forum is full of brilliant, supportive people - all looking out for each other!

    Cheers, Paul