I'm that kind of person and it's not because i don't love my carbs, it's because they don't love me. i'm the pastry chef for our resturant and i'm always making new things as well as on the side for friends. If i wasn't on the south beach diet yearly i'ld be 200lbs easily. What i've been able to do is take some of my favorite desserts and turn them into low carb by mostly using splenda, like mousses, panna cottas, homemade icecreams etc. my dinners are fabulous cause i eat great cuts of meat either grilled or slow roasted or braised with lots of beautiful veggies. Life does'nt have to revolve around potatoes,carrots, gravy or bread if you truly love food, and have a passion for cooking it's amazing how with some creativity and a change of thinking how great low carb can be. Now all that said i still yo-yo back and forth between low carb and regular eating but it's all good and i'm able to keep my weight down which makes my clients wonder how do i stay so thin with having had so many children and a pasrty chef to boot.
I'm also like the rest of you, where friends feel intimidated to have you over, the 1st thing they do is appologize for it not being anything like you could make, and i'm just happy to come over and share a great meal prepared by their hands and for their great company, also when i'm dieting and i'm invited over, my diet is not mentioned or it is overlooked for that evening, some things are more important than a diet (feelings). And people that have no taste i'm surrounded by(all my family on both sides) for example, when i was 1st married my inlaws asked me to bring dessert for thanks giving, i made this delicious multi layed deep chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache betweem the layers, covered in a coffee buttercream decorated with chocolate covered espresso beans.I was so proud of this and wanted to impress my new family. So a piece was had by all great things were said , the remainder( which by the way was lots cause every one only wanted a "small piece, thank-you") was put into the cold room. Next day was left overs and i was asked to get the left over pies from the cold storage i mentioned that we had alot of cake that we could also add, but my mother-in-law paused a little too long and then mentioned that we had enough dessert with just the pies,but thanks any way. The next year i was asked to make dessert again and after all the work i had put into the last cake i decided with my crazy hecteck life i wouldn't put any care into this one, so i got a duncan heinze chocolate mix , layered that with a chocolate pudding mix, layered that with a couple of cans of cherry pie filling topped it all with whip cream ( real of course, can't get too low i've got my standards) shredded chocolate on top called it a black forest trifle and what do you think happened? well, every one went nuts over it had 2nds and some 3rds, my husband's cousin said it was the best dessert he's ever had and could he give the recipe to him. I am now thought of as a fantastic dessert maker in the family and the one to ask for advice, recipes or help and i could never be more angry! now my inlaws are organic vegans and people thought low carb is weird, they don't eat anthing i make cause it's too spicy(i use spices and herbs, not just salt and pepper like my mother in law likes) and i use e.v.o.o and herbal vinegars etc. so i do'nt cook for them any more,we just take them out to their favorite resturant.And my mom who i learned my love of cooking from can never say anything good about what i do, i told her i got a job as a pastry chef at a newly opened resort/resturant the 1st thing she said was how are you going to manage that with your kids and your husband away all the time. Come to think about it she never did say anything positive about it. when i told her about my chocoate making and how well locals here were enjoying my work, she would just pipe in about my brothers new endevour ("chocolate making" and boy should i taste his, he took some to work and everybody went gaga over them and his boss wants him to start a buisness of them) this is after i gave my brother pointers, recipes, and suppliers not knowing that he would "back stab me" he is a 32yr old single living at home still not having to pay much in room and board with a full time job no expences so he sinks all his money in his new found hobby venture after innocently asking me for all the hard leg work. and even to this date i've sent my products to them to sample and get constructive critizism or hopefully acculades but no , they eat all the chocolates but no one can remember doing it and don't care to try to to make any type of comment except may-be you should send us some more. Now i think that whole thing is RUDE, and this is from my family, i'm glad my husband is a foody as well as my freinds and really apreciate my talents and creativity. YOU CAN'T CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY BUT YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FREINDS .:bounce:So all's still good!