The Importance of Being Moodie

Confession No 1: I’m a moodie girl

Okay I’m not going to pull any punches here, I’m a moodie girl. I’m a foot stamping, laugh out loud, cry at ads, hide under the covers, feel everything kind of girl. The swiftness of my mood swing is legendary. As soon as I open my eyes in the morning, I’m feeling stuff. My moods influence what colour I wear, what perfume to put on and whether or not it’s going to be Doris Day or Amy Winehouse at breakfast. So it’s no surprise that what I eat is inspired by how I feel.

I learnt years ago to listen to the food mood; ignore it and DISASTER hits as I eat what I think I should plus what I really feel like. You know what I’m talking about: the salad because you think you should be good after last night’s pizza, the dry and unappealing ham sandwich because you’re starving and it’s the first thing you see, or even the sushi that’s on offer because someone else is going out and you just can’t be bothered……

And all you’ve been thinking about is a juicy chicken kebab. Admit it, you’d eat the offending piece of culinary disappointment (which on another day may just be the perfect dish – except for the dry sandwich….) and then go in search of the object of desire; spicy, garlicky, flavour-packed kebabs. Or at the very least, you would fantasize about it until you could get your hands on one. Nope, don’t ignore a food mood ever!

Food moods are in; they’re hip, cool and the new black. And let’s face it, they’re here to stay. We are all slaves to food moods in some way or another*. Not many of us eat the first thing we see unless it’s an absolute food emergency. No, we usually think about what we feel like. It might be something spicy or comforting or something really special because we need to celebrate but whatever it is, we are usually satisfying a food mood. And that’s the whole point of The Moodie Foodie – to celebrate the 10,000 food moods you may be having today whether they are good, bad, happy or sad, but never indifferent.

The added bonus of Moodie Foodie recipes is that not only are they in touch with your moods but are also pretty good for you. As I’ve already said, I’m ruled by my food moods and I love eating. But I don’t want to upsize my jeans and so I have designed each recipe to maximise flavour and minimise fat and calories. Now I know you’re thinking “light food – eeewww”, but trust me, if something tastes like low fat food I’m out of there quicker than you can say ‘urgghh’. Tasteless food and me do not mix, do not acknowledge each other, do not even look in each other’s direction…

These recipes have been tested, tested and tested again for flavour and if it wasn’t gorgeous, it didn’t make the cut. So, most recipes have under 10 grams of fat while Extreme Virtue recipes have under 5 grams**. This was the driving force behind The Moodie Foodie – I needed to eat what I felt like without feeling deprived. I love all food – salads, curries, pasta, casseroles, cakes, biscuits and yep, even junk food. Take my chicken kebab recipe for example. This is, without a doubt, one of the best chicken kebabs you’ll ever have. It’s packed with flavour and it’s sinfully light on calories. You’ll love it. If you love kebabs (and I do…), go on and try it.

Confession Time: Are you moodie about food or just eat to stop yourself from passing out?

*Some of us way more than others…. Obsession wouldn’t be too strong
**Sometimes you just need to go extra light!

Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Kebabs

Indulge without guilt
Eat without deprivation
Embrace food moods
Eat what you want

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