Cravings – 26 February 2014

Do you ever find that you are getting through your day, minding your own business, when suddenly you start to crave a particular food for no discernible reason? This week it happened to me. There I was, driving in my car, when suddenly I had a very strong desire for something I don’t normally think about or even particularly like. Not chocolate, which I don’t deny myself for long enough to even develop a hint of a craving. I have decided that the only way to deal with chocolate is to eat it and I now treat myself each evening to a certain amount of the dark stuff. I figure that a slab of 100g should last me 10 days if I restrict myself to 10g a day – one large block from those bars divided conveniently into 10 squares, or a row of 3 small pieces in bars divided into 10 rows. Who said maths has no practical application in real life? Of course the stash does not last anything like 10 days as I have to share with others in my household who adopt a more laissez faire attitude to their consumption. But credit where it is due, I do manage to restrict myself to my portion when I put the rest in the cupboard immediately or leave the room.

My latest craving is savoury, crisp then yielding, salty and fully saturated fat of the highest order. It is a sausage roll. Believe me when I confess to never having been attracted to the sausage roll albeit that it was a canapé with cache when I was in the flush of youth. Only in my recent past have I realised what stellar heights a sausage roll could reach. I was visiting The Goods Shed in Canterbury – a wonderful covered market on the outskirts of town – where all manner of artisanal foods are prepared and arrayed for your pleasure. At one stall a man was rolling his own pastry which he cut carefully into long strips and then filled with a sausage mixture he had minced and spiced. I was transfixed by his patience with the pastry, the delicacy of his filling, and the simple joy of a chef in love with his work. I needed no convincing that this was the King of Sausage Rolls. Sadly they were not yet baked nor would be that day.

Sometime later I discovered that the organic butcher a mere 15 minute walk from my front door also created a sausage roll of beauty. Crispy pastry puffed up to conceal an organic sausage. Occasionally I buy them as a treat for my boys who adore them. Sadly I don’t indulge, as my concerns about my cholesterol prevent me from enjoying such an unhealthy item. Now, out of the blue, I find myself thinking daily about this very product. What does it mean?

I mentioned my affliction to my son who laughed and said ‘why don’t you just buy one, mum?’ Oh the innocence of youth. How little he realises how many foods must be resisted on the road to health, the endless passing over nibbles and nuggets as I meander down middle aged lane and its annoying (and sudden) spread. There are times when I feel my resolve is strong, but right now it feels as crumbly as puff pastry.

19 Responses to Cravings – 26 February 2014

  1. Karen says:

    I always get cravings for savoury things Madeleine, such as crips and peanuts, and it drives me mad on Fast days, for the 5:2 diet! I am not so bad at chocolate, but cheese and salt always have me craving! I would LOVE one of those sausage rolls too……sounds divine! Karen

    • Madeleine Morrow says:

      I am also much more of a savoury person than a sweet tooth. I dare not go near crisps because once I start I cannot stop until the bowl is empty. At drinks parties and the like I try not to eat any crisps because just one sets me off. As for nuts! I know they are healthy but not in the quantities I can get through.

  2. Do you have high cholesterol? I do but nothing much seems to alter it. Mind you – I do eat the wrong things!

    • Madeleine Morrow says:

      Yes I do. That is why I started my blog From The Healthy Heart. It is all about how I reduced my cholesterol in 90 days by exercising and eating well. Once that was achieved I carried on writing about the challenges of maintaining a reasonable cholesterol plus weekly recipes to help with this mission. Any time you would like some pointers about reducing cholesterol I would be happy to send you whatever info you need.

  3. My current craving is all things orange with almonds and all spice.

  4. I did not have a craving until reading this post. Now I am day dreaming of a crispy sausage roll. Thankfully the only sausage roll near me is from Greggs, which I stay clear of :-)

    I too am a savoury person but cannot resist chocolates. I only keep a bar of 85% dark chocolate in the house, I can never manage to eat more than a square so it satisfies my cravings! Any other type of chocolate would be demolished in seconds. And don’t get me started on crisps, nuts and cheeses!

    • Madeleine Morrow says:

      Crisps and nuts are my absolute worst. Just one and I am sunk. What is it about salt? So addictive and compulsive. Sorry to have kick started a sausage roll craving. I agree that Greggs is best avoided. The one I am eyeing up at my butcher on the other hand …

  5. I have a craving for a sausage roll at least once a week. Sometimes I succumb and sometimes I don’t. All depends on whether I walk past a decent baker at the right (or wrong!) time… ;)

    • Madeleine Morrow says:

      Fortunately for me the nearest bakery is not that good so I just buy bagels there. THe butcher is in the opposite direction and I try not to pass by there too often!

  6. Sylvia says:

    I always get cravings for the stuff that I should normally avoid like crisps, popcorn or coke!

  7. It seems most of us are cravers of savoury food. I just love ham, salami and cheese. All very bad for you. GG

    • Madeleine Morrow says:

      Yes you are right. All of which are a disaster for someone like me who is trying to control cholesterol and have a healthy heart!

  8. Jacqueline says:

    It’s the smell and the warm flaky pastry that does it. I only eat veggie sausage rolls, but the same can be said.

  9. That sounds delicious. Sausage rolls of that nature just aren’t common around here. Clearly that’s my loss.

    • Madeleine Morrow says:

      Actually I could do without the temptation. Not easy to keep cholesterol under control with such goodies about

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