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Hello, followers! It’s been ages since I last posted to this blog, but I decided that since it’s 2016, and I have some time on my hands, that it’s time for me to get back into the game.

Today’s recipe is not exceptionally photogenic, but it is light and fresh. This is a quick and easy snack for those on a low-carb diet (or any really).


  • 5 medium tomatoes (mine were on the vine)
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp ground pepper
  • 1Tb dried oregano
  • 2Tb extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F
  2. Wash and slice the tomatoes into 5 slices
  3. Mix the Parmesan, salt, pepper, and oregano in a small ball
  4. Place the tomatoes on a foiled cookie sheet
  5. Top each slice with about a tablespoon of the cheese mix
  6. Drizzle the slices with olive oil
  7. Place in the oven and cook for 7-10 minutes until the cheese starts to brown

Tip: You may want to pat your tomato slices dry before putting them on the tray–mine came out sort of soggy, but still delicious!

Nutritional Information:

Makes ~25 slices, 5 slices per serving: 153kcal | 11g fat | 5g carbs | 2g fiber | 3g net carbs | 9g protein


Mercury Rising: The “Berthouville Treasure” in Kansas City

July 2016 saw the opening of “Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. While the exhibition certainly features the precious metals and bejeweled goods used by the elite citizens of the Roman Empire to advertise their status and sophistication, it embraces far more than profligacy. “Treasures” also showcases the emphasis placed upon domestic life and entertaining in the imperial home, with an array of silverware, mosaic tiles, wine goblets, and decorative vases complementing the cameos and crowns.

The exhibition highlights works from the “Berthouville Treasure,” on loan from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles  and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques in Paris, collaborative partners in researching and restoring the silver hoard discovered in 1831. This trove of Roman valuables was originally dedicated to the god Mercury at a shrine in Berthouville, France.

A figurine of Mercury, the trickster god of travel, communication, and deceit, is a favorite of patrons and curators alike, having been the subject of an extensive examination and subsequent restoration at the Getty Villa in Malibu. When the votive offering was unearthed in the 19th century, its original restorers badly scratched Mercury’s silver finish during the cleaning process. At the Getty, spectrographic photography allowed for a full restoration not only of the statuette’s silver plates but of its fragile joined limbs and head. “Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire” is on exhibit through 2 October 2016.

Further Reading:

Susan Lansing Maish and Eduardo P. Sánchez, “Looking Inside a Reconstructed Roman God,” The Iris: Behind the Scenes at the Getty, January 2012.

Tony Allan. Life, Myth and Art in Ancient Rome. Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005.

Rosemarie Trentinella. “Roman Glass” in The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.

Ruth E. Leader-Newby. Silver and Society in Late Antiquity: Functions and Meanings of Silver Plate in the Fourth to Seventh Centuries. Burlington: Ashgate, 2004.

Posted by Jean Marie Carey

Cup with Centaurs, c. 100, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. Accession Nr. VEX.2014.1.7

Perfume Flask with the Seasons, c. 50, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. Accession Nr. VEX.2014.1.172.

Bracelet from Byzantium, c. 600. The Ferrell Collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City. Photo by Bruce White.

Views of the Berthouville Treasure‘s Statuette of Mercury (Roman, c. 150) during its 2015 restoration at the Getty Villa in Malibu. Permanent collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris.

Day 8: I'm in control now.

So yesterday was Monday and I started my day off with a 20 minute jog with 5 minute warm up and cool down walks.

Now I don’t know if that amped up my metabolism for the day, but I just kept wanting food, regardless of how slowly I ate it, how much protein I ate, and how much water I drank! Crazy stuff. So I’ll list what I ate, just so you can understand how hungry I was:

  • 3 weetbix with a skim milk and a table spoon of protein powder
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • most of 2 blood oranges (my friends happen to love blood oranges too!
  • 1 atkins endulge bar (so yummy)
  • another atkins endulge bar (they were the only food left in my bag!!!)
  • …. another atkins endulge bar (they’re really yummy)
  • a bowl of mum’s chili con carne and a whole avocado
  • an atkins endulge bar

I think I had about five years worth of protein in one day … it was crazy!

I know the Atkins bars seem really excessive and they’re not the best choice when it comes to pigging out but being a poor student, I can’t buy food when I’m at uni and the eggs, oranges and, by chance, the bars were all I had on me.

A few weeks ago if this had happened I would have nagged my best friend for money and bought McDonald’s or a huge butter chicken with saffron rice.

So regardless of how much better my intake could have been, it could have been so much worse. 

And I controlled that.