A Slice of Wednesday


Hello, Slice of Wednesday. 

This above, is not what it seems. At all. It is verifiably 100% sugar-free. Oh yes. I was so proud of myself, mixing up (a made up recipe) butter, peanuts, shredded coconut, organic raw cacao nibs and cocoa, almond meal and unhulled tahini. I thought, this might just work. A sugar-free slice.

Then I served it to friends today. 

ONE out of the eight that tried it actually got through one whole tiny piece. The others I relented and after one brave exploratory bite, it went in the bin. 

One dearly loved friend said, and I quote, I just can't believe it tastes so bad.

Shame, hey? 

Today was tough on the withdrawal front. I felt pretty dreadful. Headachy, centre of back pain, really fuzzy, just like I'd given up coffee. It hit me by surprise because I thought I'd been sailing through and then suddenly, whammo.

I ran into a nutritionist friend at school pickup who kindly said I'd feel better in two to three days and to keep going, great work. Two to three days?!? Far out. 

Anyway, here's our alternative slice. Dinner. Spinach slice. Spinach from Dad, eggs from the chookhouse. Delicious. Even the kids ate it.  



Spinach Slice (No sugar. Not even a tiny bit.)


1 onion, chopped

4 large eggs (I used 6 pullet eggs, little ones from new layers)

Approx 2 cups of fresh spinach leaves, roughly chopped

2 tbsp sunflower kernals

½ cup of cheese

Salt and pepper


Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork. Stir through all other ingredients. Bake on 170°C for half an hour until firm and set. Slice and serve. 

You could use pinenuts instead of sunflower kernals but the kernals are cheaper and are delicious in this. 

And it tastes better than a chocolate slice with no sugar. So much better. 




12 Comments on “A Slice of Wednesday

November 24, 2011 at 6:46 am

Good for you! I have the same profile as you — all healthy food, but wow, a lot of sugar. I’m not ready to do what you are doing, but my hat’s off to you. I’m not ready because every time I decide to try, a holiday comes up, and also because I truly eat ice cream every day. I would eat it twice a day if I could. My only non-ice-cream time is the penitential seasons. I can give it up for God, but I grumble. Your spinach slice looks amazing!

November 24, 2011 at 7:48 am

I’m sure you can do it, make a suger-free slice which is YUMMO. I’ve been making a loaf (or as muffins) which I often have for breakfast lately. Pretty loose quantites sorry, I improvise, but it usually consists of: 4 eggs, about 2 cups ground almonds, 1 tsp bicarb soda, pinch of salt, tons of cinnamon, a mashed over-ripe banana, a grated apple, lots of butter, a splash of milk if it needs it. I tried it without the fruit, not too bad, but needed a little something extra. A good simple base to work with though, still experimenting.

November 24, 2011 at 8:59 am

Boo hoo, poor you! (what a rhyme – sorry about that) Spinach pie looks great, I had handfuls of chopped dill, parsley and mint yummo! Take care, Alison

November 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

Your cocoa slice had so much potential! It looks delicious! Oh well.

I’m impressed with your staying power. I have no idea how you can resist your delicious Buena Visita bikies. Go girl!

November 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

Thanks for this, yes that sounds yum. Cept at this stage theres no fruit or dried fruit either… Once I get back onto fruit itll be more straightforward!

November 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm

That slice looked so good… oh well. I’ve joined you somewhat in the sugar free thing but I’m not going so hard core. I’m still having small amounts of fruit. I feel less tired with only 24 hours under my belt. Of course, I’m blowing it tonight when some friends come over bringing dessert with them AND I made your caramel to share! That’s ok, I’m in it for a slightly longer haul so there will always be slip ups 🙂
Hope the sugar detox is feeling better today than y’day 🙂

November 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Hi Fiona

Good on you for giving up sugar! You can do it! I went sugar free for 10 weeks at the beginning of the year. The first 12 days were hell – as though I was coming off a drug – well I guess I was actually. After about day 12 the cravings went and I felt great. You don’t realise how much sugar you consume until you stop. hx

November 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I am cooking that spinach slice. It looks fab.

November 25, 2011 at 5:54 am

Had been thinking about giving up sugar so when I read your blog on Sunday night I decided to join you in the 2 week challenge. Said to a friend last night that I’m looking forward to the ‘you’ll feel fantastic’ stage otherwise this has been one sick joke! So far 4 days of a massive headache!
I’m not as hard core as you, I’m still eating a couple of pieces of fruit a day and drinking milk, but absolutely no processed sugar which seems to mean no processed foods. But I am still solely breast feeding my 5 month old, so thought I’d cut myself some slack on the fruit front.
10 days to go…

November 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

Have you ever tried muffins with beetroot, sweet potato or pumpkin? Beetroot cocoa muffins have a beautiful earthly flavour and pumpkin pie is delicious, especially with nutmeg. Roast veg first and will be even sweeter.

November 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

oh dear – I’m surprised it was awful! Can you eat dried fruit? You could make little truffles from dried fruit, almond meal, coconut, cocoa and a tiny bit of water- pop it all in the food processor, then roll in balls and tumble through cocoa or coconut, chill. Quite yummy and no added sugar.

oops, just noticed Susan’s comment above… apparently no fruit. Ah well!

The second slice looks divine.

Sarah Windsor
November 27, 2011 at 5:48 am

Hello, I love your blog. I wanted to say good job on the whole no-sugar diet. I did it once but only lasted a few days and had terrible headaches. You’ve inspired me to try again though, and my husband will be doing it with me this time. Your veggie slice looks amazing, I’ll have to try making it this week.


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