Well, I've given in and I'm off sick. I feel very guilty about this but I feel truly awful - so what else can I do? Don't you hate it that when you're off sick, you're always too ill to actually enjoy it?
I'm resisting the urge to self-medicate with copious quantities of chocolate and instead made a chicken soup yesterday afternoon (Jewish penicillin apparently - apologies to anyone who is actually Jewish reading this who is probably thinking in some exasperation "It's just SOUP already" (sorry!). I'd actually quite like to be Jewish if I didn't have to give up bacon, prawns, lobster etc and embrace the whole god thing. It seems to revolve around lots of specific occasions to eat and so I figure I'd have a natural advantage). Stupid, STUPID WW pointer thing told me solemnly that a whole raw chicken was 52 pps! I mean, really, what, was this chicken the size of a toddler, stuffed with cream cakes and sugar and basted with lard and golden syrup? Ugh, actually. I weighed out the meat I put back into the soup and counted it as drumstick meat and it came out as 2pps per portion (4 for the soup once I'd added a little pearl barley and sweetcorn as well as pointfree veg): that's more like it. It's always satisfying to make - I have 4 big portions of soup and 200g of breast meat that I tucked into the freezer for a stir fry or something another day. And a bag of scraps for my mother's greedy Labradors.
Which brings me on to other fowl: my turkey bolognaise was not an experiment to be repeated. Which is a shame as I have 2 more portions in the freezer. I cannot get on with turkey mince - it's just too chunky and tasteless. And for a point-busting 12 points for the bolognaise with a little wholemeal pasta, SO not worth it. I've made meatballs with it in the past - dry, tasteless but almost impossible to choke down - and goulash soup, which did actually work, but I will not be quoting the late Bernard Matthews any time soon (not bootiful).
Bizarrely today I have points a-plenty. I think it's the absence of turkey bolognaise in my life. Either that or the chaos theory is manifesting itself primarily in the propoints system. It would explain a lot. Including the mystifying fact that you can either have one dry, fairly joyless Alpen light cereal bar or TWO yummy jaffa cakes for 2pps. I mean, really, which would you choose? And annoyingly I bought some weeny bags of Special K biscuity diet snack things which are 3 pps. I'll have to eat them but I'd still rather have the jaffa cakes (although I couldn't have 3 jaffa cakes which are annoyingly not 3 pps but 4. Arithmetic WW style...)
I fear I may be home for the rest of the week which will result in me getting the cold shoulder from my boss when I get back. Sigh.