Cooking School - Master Class · Recipes

Masterclass Cooking School with Gordon Ramsay

I was lucky enough to receive the Gordon Ramsay master class cooking school as a gift at Christmas. This course is filled with over 20 hours of video, a course workbook,  and the support of the forum boards which may or may not be visited by Chef Ramsay.

After watching the preliminary videos, I chose to dive into one of the first lessons where we perfect poaching eggs.  Who would think that poaching an egg would be something that I need to practice? I think I did well for my first attempt using Chef’s methods. 

This is a brioche roll toasted, with a bacon and mushroom sauté, topped with the poached egg and garnished with spicy micro greens.
As my husband is lactose intolerant, I had to make a variation for him that did not include finishing the bacon and mushrooms in butter. So here is his version, this is  multigrain toast with bacon and mushroom sauté using vegan Becel margarine. Topped with a poached egg and finished with the spicy micro greens as well.

 


I hope you enjoy this video of me slicing into it!! 🙂

Since this was my first attempt, I felt satisfied with it but knew that I would make some adaptations. I prefer my mushrooms sauté to be more seasoned than the recipe calls for. So today I remade this recipe and did it my own way.

I’m sure it looks exactly the same to you but I can tell the difference, and it tasted even better. I think I will do a live broadcast soon on the egg poaching technique. Poached eggs are delicious!!! 🙂

Next up – scrambled eggs!

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Changing my habits surely but slowly!

Just a few short weeks ago, I was stuck in some habits that didn’t serve me. I was struggling to get my workouts in even though I was loving my workout program (country dancing cardio is so fun!) but would be tired after work.

After completing the reset (LIFE CHANGING!) I have been noticing habits of eating when stressed or bored. I am working on myself with personal development to change those habits. I am meal prepping like a boss (aka making sure I have clean, healthy choices easily available at all times), packing my lunches in my mini cooler lunch kit (ya ya it’s like a suitcase I hear ya but it helps my goals), and my NUMBER ONE change is WORKING OUT IN THE MORNING!

One of my pd books (personal development) is the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

This has been something I have struggled with in mornings. I am working on applying that discipline in my day with morning workouts!

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Getting Started for Core De Force!

I have spent a large amount of time today getting organized for my week ahead. I have planned out my nutrition and workouts! Tomorrow I will grocery shop and prep. Here is the meal plan I have made for myself.

There are four plans that you could fall into: Plan A, B, C or D. First, you calculate your calorie target.

  1.  Take your current weight, multiply that by 11, and that is your calorie starting point.
  2. Take your calorie starting point, add 400 calories, and that is what you will burn with each workout & that gives you your maintenance calories.
  3. Take your maintenance calories, subtract 750 calories to give you a deficit, and that is your calorie target.
  4. Then figure out which category you fit into based on that number!

Once you know your plan for calories you can check out how many servings of each container you get to eat per day.  Core de Force also uses the portion container system or it gives you the measurements for each one as well.

I am in the Plan C category. I get to eat daily:

5 proteins, 4 carbs, 5 veggies, 3 fruit, 1 healthy fat, 1 seed/dressing, 5 teaspoons (oils & nut butters)

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Looks like a lot of delicious food and I am looking forward to feeling strong as I explore this program. As someone who has loved UFC and MMA for years (yes we have been to over 12 live events including UFC 200 Fight Week in July 2016).

Curious about what I am up to? Fill out the info below and I will get back to you to share this amazing program!

 

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Day 4&5 

Well, I am noticing changes! Happy to say my tastebuds are changing and I noticed sweet tastes easier. I think I may have been desensitized to sugar/sweetness. Peppers and apples have such a sweet and bright taste that seems slightly more enjoyable. 

My allergies are slightly improving and my sense of smell is better. 🙈😬 (that’s allergies and dairy that mess that up). 

Here are Day 4 meals!


Day 5 meals!


Missing pictures of lunch – quinoa salad! Will add those later 😉

This program is one of the best decisions I have made for me. I found out that my thyroid levels are in the normal range for the first time since the wildfires in May. I did the Health Bet and had my superfoods everyday. I am so glad I decided to take my health into my own hands and focus on building strength and fitness too! 

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Day 3 

I am down 3 lbs already. 1 pound per day? I know that seems like a lot, but I have more to lose. So I am not worried. I’m excited that this is working and it’s motivating me to keep going. 

Let’s get into the meals – 

Breakfast – last egg breakfast for the 3 weeks 🙈 how did this sneak up so quickly? In week 1 I can still have hard boiled eggs for a snack. We will see. 

I also had a swap cheat in here. I added berries as I didn’t have any spinach on hand. The arugula I used the other day wasn’t good anymore so here it is! Scrambled eggs, whole grain toast and berries. 

Lunch and Supper – I was looking forward to these meals and they were “meh”, fresh but I found out I don’t like lentils 🙈. I will have to keep trying, maybe there is a different way I could enjoy them. Not this way 😜

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Day 2! 

Well, wouldn’t you know it, I had a busy day yesterday. I messed up the timing of my supplements and I still got through. I can see that this is making a difference. Telling people what I am doing and standing firm and only eating on plan is helping me. The more rigid meal plan is helping my mindset already. I am having good food, and I feel full after eating (some meals are hard to finish due to quantity). 

Breakfast – Tropical Oatmeal was a delicious meal! Warm, comforting oatmeal filled with papaya, pineapple (mango substitute due to allergy), and unsweetened shredded coconut! A great filing breakfast! I would make this one again. 1/2 cup of each fruit and 1/4 cup of coconut I think. Made this for hubby and he enjoyed it too. 


Lunch – this was a Greek style salad with chicken. I believe this was my last meatitarian meal so I did enjoy that chicken! There was a little cheat in here, that chicken is from the local shawarma place. It was delish. I got hubby the chicken shwarama platter (and had to smell it the whole drive home) and used a little chicken on my big salad. Yummy! Oh and those olives on there are salty and tasty. I think they are sun dried kalamatas. 

Snack – a honeycrisp apple! (Again, supposed to be green but these treasures are rare in our grocery stores and it was amazing. No ragrets.)


Not even one. 😝

Supper – Vegan Taco Rice Bowl

This recipe called for a small corn shell tortilla. I have NO IDEA how it would fit in there 😂 there is so much filling! My corn tortillas were a bit old so I skipped the shell (hey I had that fancy chicken at lunch so I’m sure that’s an ok swap). Now this meal is something I would have again – black beans, pico de gallo, avocado, corn and a delish sprouted brown/red/japonica rice. Easy to make and those flavours of the south that I love! 


Are you ready to try this? It’s doable! The food is good! Well, the food I have had so far… tomorrow I try lentils. 🙈 Wish me luck! 

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Day 1 of the Ultimate Reset!

Today was day 1 of 21. I started it with all good intentions and it went well. Today is a Friday and I did not have to work, so I was able to spend my time prepping and getting groceries for phase 1 (week 1).

Sometimes it feels weird that this program isn’t available in Canada, yet the supplements involved in the program are pretty much identical to the 3 Day Refresh and better yet, it’s natural. So I don’t get the delay or the need for me to get it out of the States. (Stepping off my soapbox now) 😉

Waking up and taking supplements wasn’t different for me as that’s what I have to do with my thyroid meds anyways. I have high hopes for this program, as I have strayed too far from the 80/20 clean eating plans. I think some weeks are more like 60/40 and excuses creep back in. No more excuses!

Breakfast – I had 2 scrambled eggs, steamed arugula (didn’t have any spinach on hand), and 1 piece of whole grain toast. This was a yummy breakfast I am used to. Drinking water with the mineralize supplement added to it is fine!

Lunch – Miso soup was good, I had the miso paste from a health food store in town. It wasn’t as good as the local sushi restaurant but it was tasty. I was surprised how much soup and salad there was. I struggled to eat the full amount of salad and barely finished the soup. I’m glad I ordered miso soup and salad yesterday from the sushi restaurant as it mentally prepared me for today 🙂


Snack – power greens in a vegan chocolate shakeo with frozen blueberries, ice and water. This was a bit strong, and I will eventually do the power greens as a shot since I really want food for an afternoon snack. Today was cold and snowing all day (come on weather, it’s only mid October!) so I enjoyed herbal tea several times today as well.

Supper – UGH. Salmon. I have a fish allergy and yes there are substitutes (chicken, yogurt, or 1 egg). I was trying to find tempeh in town for the vegan recipe and only found a fake meat that was made of the same ingredients as tempeh. Not the same. Wrong choice. I did try a few bites of salmon that I made for hubby, but it had some seasoning on it. It really wasn’t something that would be on plan, so I stopped eating it (I know, I probably shouldn’t have pushed the allergy… so I stopped).


I felt good today and did some stretching/yoga as my exercise.

Overall, this was a good day and a positive experience for Day 1. Currently, I miss fruit like crazy. I want to eat an apple. But it’s not on the plan and I am done eating for the day. I have some lime slices in my water (don’t think that’s on plan either… so this might be the “treat” to get me to bed time). They don’t suggest the “water bar” like they do on the refresh. I think now that I got today under my belt, I am able to look forward to tomorrow. I am staying focused on one day at a time. Grateful that I have 3 days to get started before I return to work. Will need to load timers on my phone for supplements, especially when I am back at work.


Can you do this?  Yes you can! I would love to help. Message me on FB/IG or email me radiant.health.life@gmail.com and we can help you get your UR! Let’s change our lives together!