How My Garden Grows April 2014

Not my usual type of breakfast today but I went to buy some milk for teas during the day and I fancied this chicken sandwich.  I also bought some nuts and an apple so I had healthier bits to nibble on than I have managed recently.

M&S breakfast

Oh dear – expensive shopping trip at lunch time!inside Gudrun Sjoden Quick and easy lunch back at my desk.Pure wrap A chicken tikka wrap which was very tasty.chicken tikka wrap Back at home I did what I always do, which is to look round the garden.  This is such an exciting time of year with so much beginning to grow.  In the greenhouse the seedlings are progressing nicely.  2 types of tomatoes and cucumbers.cucumber and tomatoes I have way too many bean seedlings – what was I thinking of, planting so many?  I have several trays of different types of beans.aiguillon bean seeds CeleryceleryOut in the veggie patch lots of seeds are sprouting.

Spinachspinach 15-4 Spring onionsspring onions 15-4 Radishesradishes 15-4 Beetrootbeetroot 15-4 Rocketrocket seedlings 15-4 Lettucelettuce seedlings 15-4 Nothing happening yet in the beans and peas bedspeas and beans beds Blueberriesblueberries 15-4-14 Raspberriesraspberry canes

Easy supper of reheated fish pie left over from Sunday.

fish pie 14-4-14

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Chicken Nuggets

I ate a lot of really delicious food today but some of it was very fattening.

Coco-Nutty Granola with kefir, banana and strawberries.
granola and strawberries Yummy.breakfast 14-4-14 Quiche and salad.  The quiche was very cheesey and full of vegetables and the salad was fantastic.  It had big chunks of avocado in it, crispy lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, dill and a great dressing.quiche and salad Unfortunately, this irresistible dessert sits next to the salads and I love it.  Chewy oaty chunks, whipped cream and fruit.  So good but so bad!naughty pudding For dinner we had chicken nuggets!  Yes, we really did, good healthy ones.  Lara made these following my sister Abi’s recipe.  They were quite easy to make too.  Chop up the chicken breasts, coat them in seasoned flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs and then fry them.  The coconut oil gave them a really good flavour.  Served with a large salad.chicken nuggets and salad Lara made these for Harvey.  He does really well with all the salads and vegetables we make him eat.  He has stopped moaning about no jam, ketchup or all the other things we no longer have as they contain sugar.   But sometimes he wants to eat junk food so Lara made him a healthy version.  Thank you Lara, they were excellent.  The crust was really crunchy and the chicken was succulent.chicken nuggets

Then we had pudding – eek!  Such a lot of delicious food and hey, it’s nearly Easter !

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Vegetable Garden Extension

Next to my little old greenhouse is a paved area where I like to do my potting.  It was looking very forlorn and neglected.

next to greenhouse 2 Inside the greenhouse needed a sweep and tidy up too.cobwebby greenhouse What good fortune then that a young boy wanted to earn some money and I was too busy to do it myself so was very willing to pay him to do it for me so he set to it.  About 2 hours later it was transformed.next to greenhouseWe had one clean and tidy greenhouse.inside greenhouse 1With a clean and tidy potting area next to it.  That was the best fiver I’ve spent this weekend !
Harvey near greenhouse Ribbett!frog 2We found this little frog in the tortoise pen.
frog in garden Seedlings are beginning to germinate.

cucumber and tomato sedlings

This time of year is so exciting in the garden.
Beans germinating This was exciting too.  The two dear men who are transforming my vegetable garden came back this morning to finish off the vegetable bed extension.  They are so helpful.  Not only are they doing what I wanted them to do in the garden, today they also set my wonky rotary washing line up straight, stopped my hose dripping and mended the greenhouse door so it shuts properly.G and D in garden I left the garden before it was quite finished but it was looking very promising by 11 am today.Veg garden 6 Harvey and I went to Hastings to visit Rebecca and Beryl.  It was such a sunny day the drive was enjoyable and the houses and local park were all seen in their glory.Hastings 13-4-14 4 There are lots of lovely Victorian and Edwardian houses in Hastings.Hastings 13-4-14 3 The ones lining the park are each painted a different colour.Hastings 13-4-14 2 Different terraces have their own unique features – they are all very charming.Hastings 13-4-14 1 We had a delightful stroll around and a sit on the decking of the cafeteria.Hastigs 1 This was the inside of the cafeteria.  I really enjoyed sitting in the sunshine with Rebecca and obviously Harvey, Ramsay and not forgetting Beryl.

inside Hastings cafe

See you soon.R in Hastings I was sorry to say goodbye but also excited to see my finished vegetable garden.  I was not disappointed.veg garden 4 I love my vegetable garden extension.veg garden 2 I really like how neat and tidy it is and how well they finished everything.Veg garden 1 I spent a very happy afternoon sowing the runner beans, climbing French beans, broad beans and peas in to my new beds.  They are full up now so I may need some more :-)

Just the greenhouse and fruit cage to be built now.  The base for the greenhouse is down but I need to choose which one I want.

veg garden 3

I have had a flower bed created too for the roses I was given by my sisters for my birthday – I need the roses now girls as I finally have somewhere to put them :-)Space for roses

We were so lucky with the weather this weekend.  I enjoyed seeing lots of lovely people and I am absolutely delighted with the progress in the garden.  All I need to do now is get on with losing weight!

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Too Much Eating Out

I have barely made myself so much as a cup of tea today.  I have eaten out all day which has been lovely but I need to get back to the kitchen and back to the healthy food.

I took Harvey out for breakfast this morning.

Cocolicious flowers 1

We went to the new coffee shop which has just opened on Stone Street in Cranbrook called Cocolicious.

Cocolocious and flowers

They made hot chocolate with soya milk – hurrah.  I like the space and light in here, the decor and the furnishings.  It may be a bit pink for some but I liked it.  I do have a bit of a thing about coffee in a glass cup – I just don’t like it so next time I go in I will see if they have a mug instead.  Monmouth has rather spoilt coffee for me in most other places so this coffee was slightly below par but I am probably being fussy.Harvey in Cocolicious We both had a smoked salmon bagel and they were extremely helpful with making sure Harvey’s had no dairy in it which was appreciated.  Mine came with dill in the cream cheese which I liked very much.salmon bagel I liked Cocolicious and will go back.Cocolicious flowerAt lunch time I took Lara out and we went to the Milk House with Lucy and Michelle.  Lovely bread roll and excellent butter.
Milk House bread and butter

We each had a main.  Lara and I both had “Lemon-thyme crumbed rose veal escalope with spring-onion mash, a pea shoot salad and roast tomato coulis”.veal escalope 2 It was very good.  I am not sure I would choose to have the tomato coulis with it as the taste is quite sharp compared to the other flavours but I did really enjoy it.veal escalope 1 None of us fancied any of the desserts on the menu so we popped in to Cranbrook and went to Cocolicious for a cup of tea and a piece of cake.  I had a little sponge cake with Nutella icing.  Very enjoyable.afternoon tea 12-1-14 The boys wanted a curry for dinner.  I wasn’t very hungry so I just had a taste of the others curry; an onion bhaji, chicken korma, chicken bhuna, sag paneer and peshwari naan.  Very good.curry 12-4-14

I am now completely stuffed and planning a much healthier days eating for tomorrow!

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Food In A Lab

I have walked past this place many times recently.  An organic food place should have lured me in immediately but it does not tempt me, partly because of the name –  lab organic - and also because it doesn’t seem very welcoming.

laborganic 2 It looks sterile and it is usually empty which is never a good sign.laborganic 1 This decoration by the door seems strange to me.  I want my food to be as natural as possible so the very idea of it being connected to a laboratory is very off putting.  It seems contradictory to this company’s mission statement too which is about providing organic food as close to its natural state as possible.

For some reason, today I decided to try it for breakfast.jars in laborganic

I would not want to eat in the white lab type environment so even though I wasn’t in such a rush today, I took the food away to eat at my desk.laborganic bag I felt very tired today so I chose their alkalizing juice which is made with spinach, pear, celery, swiss chard, romaine lettuce, parsley, cucumber, broccoli and lime.  It was perfectly drinkable and quite pleasant.  Let’s face it, green veggie juices are not drunk for their deliciousness.

breakfast 10-4-14

I also had a Creamy Nut Mix which was absolutely delicious.  I really liked it and would have this again.

cashew cream 2 It contains Walnuts, Almonds, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Flax seeds, Hemp seeds, Goji berries, Raisins, Cashews, Water, Agave nectar, Vanilla, Lucuma powder, Himalayan salt.  The cashews were whipped in to a creamy topping.  I enjoyed every mouthful and my breakfast kept me feeling full all morning until about 2 pm.cashew cream For lunch I bought a quinoa and black bean bake with cheese on top which was excellent.FFT bake 2 Really very tasty.FFT bake Opps!  This was good but very naughty.  It was like a flapjack with fruit and whipped cream.FFT puddingIt is so good to be home with enough light left so I can go in to the garden, water the young plants and pick some veggies for dinner.

leek, kale and chardAs compensation for my naughty pudding I had a very light supper of stir fried vegetables with sesame seeds and soy sauce.  It was perfectly adequate and very tasty.
veg with sesame

So I think I will return to lab organic but I must make more effort to take my food in for at least one meal a day.  It is expensive eating out all the time.

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Trafalgar Square

Last night, when I was having a lovely dinner with my friend Lucy, I made the comment that some mornings I get off the train at Charing Cross but instead of going straight to work, I enjoy a walk first.  I particularly enjoy being in Trafalgar Square.  Here’s why.

Trafalgar Square street signOn a beautiful sunny morning like today’s, when the sky is bright blue and the sun catches some of the buildings with its early morning orange tint, it is wonderful to stand in this huge old Square with its  grand monuments to times gone by and be almost alone.

You are more aware of its size and grandeur when you are practically alone in there.T.Sq 6 Cars, bikes, buses and pedestrians race around the square but very few walk through it or stop and sit in it during the early hours.Nelson's Column The Houses of Parliament can be seen in the distance, adding to the grandeur of the buildings.  But look, no people.T. Sq 5 I almost have these glorious buildings to myself.National Gallery London You can keep the cockerel.T.Sq 3This is one of my favourites, The National Gallery.P1010411 T.Sq 1 By the evening the square is full of people. Busy T.Sq The fountains are on in the evening which adds to the loveliness of Trafalgar Square but I prefer it in the mornings.T.Sq in evening Having enjoyed a few moments in the Square I bought a skinny latte to enjoy on my way to the office.  I would have liked to sit on this concrete bench but I kept going as I had so much work to do.  The West End is so much more peaceful in the mornings than during the day and evenings.concrete seat I took one more detour – I walked the length of Monmouth Street which appeared to have had a morning wash!wash Monmouth I bought scrambled eggs with spinach, ham and Parmesan from Pure.Pure eggs and ham It was very good and kept me feeling full all morning.

eggs and hamI bought my lunch from Pure too.  We have given up with the Timber Yard because the service is so appalling.  Pure is actually the closest eatery to the office anyway.  I bought 2 side salads instead of one large salad.
2 Pure salads They were bothquinoa and butternut salad very edible.Feta salad For supper I had Wild Alaskan salmon with a huge portion of stir fried vegetables.  Thank you Lara, it is much appreciated to come home and have dinner ready.salmon and stir fried veggies

 

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A New Florist

I began today with a smoothie, mainly to use up a very over ripe banana and half an avocado I thought was rotten.  The avocado was actually perfect and this lot

Smoothie ings 6-4-14 plus some of thisBiona Kefir made a very pleasant smoothie.smoothie 6-4-14 We decided to treat ourselves to a lunch out.  Lara wanted to try The Milk House but it was full so her second choice was The Goudhurst Inn.  We really are spoilt for choice round here.  I had roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, steamed veg, roast potatoes and creamed horseradish.  Apart from the potatoes which were quite unpleasant (James ordered chips instead as they were barely edible!) and the gravy which was mediocre, it was all very good.roast beef at GI Lara and I shared 2 desserts; chocolate and hazlenut torte with honeycomb ice cream and sticky toffee pudding.  In-cre-dible!  Both were amazing and I nearly finished before I remembered to take a photo.  So not good for the diet but a treat worth every calorie.pudding at GI We enjoyed our lunch and it was a treat to not cook or wash up on a Sunday.  We all like the Goudhurst Inn.  Unfortunately the outside area with the lovely view was too wet and cold to sit in today.boxes and candle I like the way this pub and exterior have been decorated.outside Goudhurst Inn Next stop was a new florists, Astilbe & Sorrel,  which has opened up next to the The Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst.  Astilbe & Sorrel sign

The florists has opened up in one of the outbuildings that used to be the seed store and it still has the old cupboard from when this was the garden for the big house.

seed box at Walled Nursery

It is small but very charming with unusual varieties of favourite types of flowers.

Inside A & S

I really liked this vintage style bouquet and my neighbour loved the bunch I bought for her which was made with feathered tulips and scented freesias.A & S flowers I confess I did treat myself to this little bunch as I liked the erygniums so much (blue spiky ones).  Apparently I can grow these myself so I might try.flowers A and S I liked the colours and shapes.flowers from Astilbe and Sorrel Back at the ranch I had left George and Dan working wonders in the garden and was looking forward to seeing what they had done today.  It is not easy setting up raised beds on my lawn as the garden is on a slope but they are doing a great job.veg garden 6-4-14 4 I now have 2 new beds, creating an “L” shape around the BBQ House.veg garden 6-4-14 3 They will be back next week to put down the gravel and fill the beds.  I can’t wait to see it all finished.Veg garden 6-4-14 2 The extension to the veggie garden has been designed to create one large vegetable garden so I can walk from one section to the next without having to go through a gate.  When I use the BBQ House, we can remove 2 gates and we have a gravel path leading straight to it from the lawn.

There will be a new greenhouse and fruitcage too.  Veg garden 6-4-14 The tomatoes I sowed in the coir pellets have finally germinated.  I am behind with the tomatoes but hopefully they can catch up as they have a new greenhouse coming for them!coir plugs

We had a picky supper of pitta bread, taramasalata, an apple and some cheese.  Not the most diet friendly but it was easy and pleasant, munching in front of the tv.  There is a large glass of wine with my name on it so I am going to enjoy that now.  Cheers :-)

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What Is A Portion Of Veg?

I wanted to see if I could manage to eat 10 portions of vegetables today.  I thought it might be a good idea to look up exactly what a portion of vegetables is so I turned to the NHS site.  I was surprised by some of the portion sizes.  For example you would need to eat 2 kiwi fruits or 2 satsumas to count as one portion.  I suspect many people who even think about such things would consider one piece of fruit is a portion.

I was more interested in vegetables though because I try to eat vegetables and a minimal amount of fruit.  The rule is that one portion is 80g.  So in terms of quantity on the plate, it varies a lot.  If you eat celery you need 3 stalks which seems quite a lot but if you eat broccoli you only need 2 florets which doesn’t seem that much.

I completely disagree with the inclusion of dried fruits and canned fruits.  How can you say a portion of dried raisins, which are full of sugar and low in vitamins, is a portion of fruit/veg yet discount potatoes which I think are healthier.  I would accept excluding both but not including dried fruits.  I also don’t understand why a sweet potato counts but a white one doesn’t.  I was disappointed they do not include sprouted beans which are very valuable nutritionally.

Anyway, the NHS site has some useful photos and examples of portion sizes to make working it out more practical.  For example for spinach you can measure it by a ‘cereal bowl’ which is not an accurate measure but gives a good indication.  1 cereal bowl full of raw spinach counts as one portion.

I began the day with a large bowl of egg fried rice with lots of veggies.  I just had one egg and 2 heaped tbsp cooked rice.  The main food type in this bowl was vegetables plus tomatoes (for the pedantic who may point out that they are a fruit).

Spinach – 2 (2 cereal bowl fulls)
Tomatoes – 1 1/2 (3 small – medium sized)
Onion – 1 (1 medium)
Cavolo Nero – 1 (4 heaped tbsp cooked kale)
Mung bean sprouts – 1 (however many I eat, it can only count as one portion)

Breakfast 5-4-14 2 So my egg fried rice with lots of vegetables got me off to a very good start of 6 and a half.  I am quite shocked actually to think most people wouldn’t eat this many vegetables over a whole day !breakfast 5-4-14 1 For lunch I made a favourite of mine and Lara’s – Cheesey Veg.  To make this I steam the vegetables for about 10 minutes, place them all in a large ovenproof dish and pour over a white sauce.  I make the sauce with half milk and half the vegetable water to cut down the fat/calories and make the most of any vitamins in the water.  I grated some Gruyere over the top and popped it in the oven for half an hour.Cheesey Veg 4 It would have been even nicer to grill it so the cheese is browned but I didn’t have time.  This huge dish made 6 portions and I used the following vegetables; 2 very large carrots, a bag of green beans, a head of broccoli,  6 cavolo nero leaves, about 10 new potatoes, 1 butternut squash and 4 leeks. Cheesey veg 3 It was delicious.  I haven’t made this for quite a while as I try to cut down on the Dairy I eat, especially cheese as I love it so much.  I have been really good with cheese this year and enjoyed indulging myself today.

Estimating how many portions of veg I ate in a dish like this is really hard.
Chhesey Veg 1

Butternut squash – 1/2 (1 portion is 3 heaped tbsp)
Carrots – 1/2 (1 portion is 3 heaped tbsp)
Broccoli – 2 (4 florets)
French beans – 0 (you can only count one portion of beans a day and the sprouts I had this morning are my portion – this seems wrong to me.  Surely there are far more vitamins and minerals in a fresh French bean than a dehydrated kidney bean?)
Cavolo Nero – 1/4 (1 portion is 4 heaped tbsp)
Leeks – 1/2 (1 portion is 1 leek)
New potatoes – 0 (potatoes don’t count)
Cheesey Veg 2

The total for this meal was only 3 3/4 points despite it being a bowl full of vegetables.  To count for points, according to the NHS, it varies a lot depending on which vegetables you eat but I do not agree all their points.  I come back to dried fruit again.  How can I include a portion of super sugary dried raisins but not be allowed my French Beans?  I think I will do this exercise again and try another country’s allowance such as Australia.  Their Government recommendation is 2 x fruit and 5 x vegetable a day so I will try theirs to see how it compares.

So I just made my daily target of 10.  Dinner doesn’t count towards my vegetable count as we had a curry.  I don’t think the onions in a Bhaji count.

I did manage a walk today too but it was rather stressful as sadly our yellow dog collapsed while we were out.  I was walking in the woods over the road with Judy and for the first time I can remember, without my phone.  Dylan came and stood with us, his legs went shaky and gradually got worse and then he collapsed.  Judy was a treasure and ran home and then back with a wheelbarow so I could get him home.  He did actually get up and managed to walk home and now seems fine but we are keeping a close eye on him.  I was relieved Harvey wasn’t with us as he would have been very upset – he loves the dogs far more than the rest of us.

Dylan in bed

Happier animal news was that we found William today, our tortoise who hibernates himself every year.  We are never sure if he will wake up again and we are never sure where he goes to either so it is always a happy day to find him again.

William eating dandelion

 

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Absence

Does absence make the heart grow fonder? Does absence make the blog reader happy to have me back?  Let me know :-) I have been busy with work, socialising a little bit too enthusiastically and things keeping me busy at home which has meant writing the blog was not possible.

Here are a few snippets from the past 4 days.

I am trying really hard to eat more vegetables and one place to start is breakfast which is the most likely meal to not contain any veggies.  One day I took in to work this salad made with brown rice, sprouted mung beans, cucumber, tomatoes and 2 boiled eggs.  I also tried an Umeboshi plum which is pickled and a little sharp but quite pleasant.  A reasonably enjoyable start to the day.Egg salad This is one of the tables in the Wild Food Cafe in Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden.  I didn’t have time to sit and eat in but I took a salad back to work.Table in Wild Food Cafe It was good but very expensive.  This is the organic Ayurvedic super salad.  It is
a bed or organic lamb lettuce and wild rocket topped with amaranth, courghetti spaghetti, hijiki seaweed, slices of artichoke hearts & avocado, cucumber & red pepper cubes, finished off with coriander, rocket & parsely pesto, mango salsa, activated savory seeds flavoured with leafy greens and spices, and marinated shitake mushrooms.Wild Food Cafe 1This is not a main meal salad, it is more of a starter size and for £9.70 I expect a lot of vegetables.  So I enjoyed what I was given but will definitely not go back for that again.

Wild Food Salad

On Thursday I worked from home.  We had team drinks the night before which was fun but I drank way too much.  I am usually really careful at those events as I hate feeling bad the next day but failed this time.  So Thursday was a struggle and required some stodge to start the day with – 2 poached eggs on toast did very nicely.
poached eggs on toastLots of water and Berocca helped a lot too.
Berocca and Badoit The little fella enjoyed a Berocca too !H drinking Berrocca I have a fairly constant battle with Harvey about eating healthily.  He is much better than most children because he will mainly eat the same food I do but usually with a bit of moaning which I find very tiresome.  So we have agreed that he will try very hard to stop moaning, to trust me and assume that meals will taste good but if he doesn’t like the meal or a part of it, he can leave it.  This approach is working better.  I was very pleased one day recently when I asked him what he would like and he asked for a chicken caesar salad with croutons!  Croutons were the least I could do for a young boy who asked for a salad for lunch.chicken, salad, croutons It was delicious.  I cooked the bread in garlic, olive oil and butter until it was crispy.  This is not a diet option as the bread soaks up so much butter but they did taste good.  In the salad we had mixed leaf lettuce, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, mung bean sprouts and of course chicken plus an olive oil based dressing.chicken salad and croutons I have been eating some bad food but nothing full of sugar which is an improvement.  I have snacked on coc-nuty granola with yogurt or toast and Marmite.  I did cave and have fish and chips one evening.  Looking at that plate of greasy stodgy lifeless food I can not believe I was tempted by it.Fish and chips and ketchup These colourful vegetables are much more appetising.4 veg in colander I made a huge stir fry.  I cut the leaves and soft tops off the broccoli and cook them after the onions and tougher stalks.purple and green broccoli I use all of a vegetable where I can.  The stalks were chopped up in to small pieces, stir fried in some coconut oil and then steamed quickly in a small amount of water I added to the pan to soften them slightly.cavolo nero and pak choi At the end of the cooking time I added some sesame seeds.  The vegetables were served with spinach falafel, humous and raw tomatoes.  A delicious supper.Supper 4-4-14

So there is a quick catch up on some of the meals I have enjoyed recently.  My next post will be about my attempt to eat 10 portions of vegetables in one day.  I think you will be surprised by how much that is.

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10 Veg A Day

Research publicised today tells us that we should be eating 10 portions of fruit and veg a day and that vegetables are much healthier than fruit.

A healthy diet should include 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, doubling the five-a-day official advice, health experts have said.

The research, which involved a 12-year study, also found that vegetables were four times healthier than fruit.

The study, by University College London, found that eating large quantities of fruit and vegetables significantly lowered the risk of premature death. People who ate at least seven portions of fruit and vegetables each day were 42 per cent less likely to die from any cause over the course of the study.

The researchers also discovered that canned and frozen fruit increased the risk of dying by 17 per cent, and fruit juice was found to have no significant benefit.”

The Telegraph, 1-4-14  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10735633/Healthy-diet-means-10-portions-of-fruit-and-vegetables-per-day-not-five.html

You will get no arguments from me about this research and I planned to up my vegetable intake immediately.

However, I had to buy breakfast today and didn’t fancy any of the vegetable options so I had a Bircher Muesli with apple in it and that is a date on top which is far from ideal.  Consumed with a cup of tea.  I did enjoy it but so far, zero vegetables.
Bircher Muesli and tea I didn’t do much better at lunch time either.  I was out meeting someone and was out longer than I intended having a coffee in Timber Yard.  I ordered an egg mayonnaise sandwich with a salad.  But by the time they served me, the salad bar was finished and it wasn’t even 1pm ! I really like Timber Yard ; the seating, use of iPads, ambience, vibe, food and coffee are great.  But they are so disorganised in there I find it very frustrating.  I am so annoyed they ran out of salad so early.  The sandwich was good though.TY egg sarnie On the way home I went to Wholefoods Market to buy some extra veggies for tea.  London was warm and sunny, even at 6pm.  Trafalgar Square was full of people enjoying the sunshine.Nelson 1-4-14 London 1-4-14 I was feeling hungry so I enjoyed this bag of nuts on the train.Activated walnuts Quite delicious and took the edge of my hunger.back of activated walnuts packet At home I watered the vegetable beds and was pleased to see the lettuces I sowed last week have germinated.  Go lettuces !

I also decided to have a vegetable stir fry for supper and made sure I ate 10 vegetables;

1. Kale (from garden)
2. Swiss Chard (from garden)
3. Celery
4. Pak Choi
5. Spinach
6. Mushrooms
7. Cavolo Nero
8. Carrots
9. Yellow courgette
10. Tenderstem Broccoli

I stir fried them with onion (which makes 11) and sesame seeds.

10 veg I cooked with Ghee which I have never used before.  I really like using coconut oil but don’t always want my meals to have a coconut flavour so this is an excellent alternative. Ghee I stir fry the onions and tougher veg, such as celery and kale stalks in the fat and then add a little water when I add everything else to get it steaming.  It means I use less fat but I also like the texture I end up with.supper 1-4-14 1 Served with coriander (12).supper 1-4-14 I did have cucumber (13) in my sandwich and an apple (14) in my breakfast.  When I was at Wholefoods Market I tasted my first asparagus (15) of the season.

I realise that the quantities of each vegetable I had today is not big enough to count as a portion.  But it is important to eat a wide variety of vegetables so I am pleased with the number of different plant foods I ate today.  Tomorrow I will have to up the quantities.

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