Two years ago the biggest news here in Norway was the butter crisis. This year the newspapers are full of stories about a woman that probably hasn’t had an ounce of butter in years. Yeah, it is obvious that Norway is a pretty peaceful country since these things seem to take over the headlines.
So this blogger celebrity called fotballfrue (football wife) posted a photo of herself on Instagram four days after giving birth with a pretty much flat stomach. I must admit that I zoomed in when I saw the photo wondering if this was even humanly possible or if it could be photoshopped. It was pretty impressive.
Now why anyone would post a photo of themselves in their underwear on Instagram is beyond my understanding. This is being said by the person that tends to secretly judge people that post selfies (unless they are funny or with a kid) as being a bit self-centric. So I can’t honestly say that I didn’t find her a bit ego centric posting this.
The reaction of the public wasn’t too forgiving. Many women seemed to get really upset at her and saying it was wrong to post such a photo as it gives out the wrong messages to her reader that this is normal. I feel like the anger is pointed towards the wrong person. The problem isn’t with her. If you read her blog you see that she is overly obsessed about exercising and diet. She probably got help from good genes as well but that is another story. If she is willing to invest that much time into her body and sacrifice all the good food out there that is her choice.
I however feel that some people that comment on her blog and on the articles deserve some pepper. I have seen repeated comments telling other women to stop being lazy and that they have no excuses for not being like this. I find this wrong and these are the people that deserve our anger. This isn’t the norm and not everyone can afford the luxury of being able to spend that much time on taking care of their body. Then there are genes, complications, etc.
That being said, being fit (up to a certain level) is somewhat a choice for many of us. Only being a programmererfrue (programmer’s wife or technically a future one), I myself have made a decision. I like exercising but mostly just to feel healthy and to be able to indulge in the food I want. As much as I would like to be superfit, I see that I would have to sacrifice too much time with my kid to be able to do that and therefore I wont. I like good food too much to be able to cut it out or eat differently from my family.
Maybe we should all just actively make a decision about what we want to be and how we want to live our lives rather than living in denial and venting our anger on the wrong person?
So for all of you women that want to keep enjoying life even if it means a slightly softer waistline I recommend you this creamy pasta recipe! I have seen some happy faces while eating it at my place so I know it at least gives some pleasure .
Pasta Al Sugo Bianco
This was originally adapted from some random Macaroni Grill copycat recipe but has been changed quite a lot since then.
½ dl olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 chicken breasts
Mix the crushed garlic and smoked paprika into the olive oil. Put the chicken in the marinade and let it rest for 30 minutes or longer. Fry on each side. Before it is cooked through, cut the breast into slices and quickly finish them off in the pan. Now chop into mouth sized pieces.
4 dl cream
1/2 chicken bouillon
110 grams (1 american cup) parmesan cheese, grated
Warm the cream until it starts to get bubbly (not boiling). Add the parmesan cheese and the bouillon. Cook on low-medium heat until it thickens. Put aside.
300 g pasta (farfalle/penne or whatever you have at hand)
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 spring onion, the white part chopped
1,5 dl cream
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Drain.
Sauté red onion in butter until it softens. Add green onions and chicken and fry until the green onions become soft. Add the garlic at the end right before deglazing the pan with cream. Add the cheese sauce and cook until everything is heated.
If you have space in you pan or pot add the pasta there. Otherwise pour both the pasta and the sauce into a big bowl and mix. Serve with some nice bread and Carrabba’s Dipping Oil.