The First Day After The Detox

I can eat again – yippee :-).  I broke my juice fast with …….. green juice !  And a bowl of homegrown raspberries.  Delicious.

raspberries and juice At lunch time I was on a mission to get to a particular cafe.Neal's Yard sign I like this walk along the white tunnel walking in to Wild Food Cafe and out in to the colourful world of Neal’s Yard.Outside Wild Food Cafe 1 Monty Python plaque I was heading up to the Wild Food Cafe.  A vegetarian restaurant that makes a lot of raw food dishes.Outside Wild Food Cafe I sat on a stool at the counter and enjoyed watching the activity in the kitchen in front of me.sitting in Wild Food Cafe I chose the tropical salad and a glass of water.wild food tropical salad 3 It contained lettuce, beansprouts, tomato, yellow pepper, green papaya, fresh coconut, mixed seeds, marinated cashews and nori seaweed with an avocado dressing.Wild Food tropical salad 2 It was very crunchy which was just what I wanted after all that juice.  I enjoyed crunching through and chewing every mouthful.Wild Food tropical saladIt was a lovely sunny day in London and the windows were wide open which helped to bring some of that end of summer sunshine inside.
Inside Wild Food Cafe At home I went to the local leisure centre to weigh myself.  I haven’t been for a couple of weeks but I am 4 pounds less than when I last went so I am happy with that.  My weight has yo yo’d up and down this year quite drastically but I am 11 pounds down on the year and 3 stone and 2 pounds less than when I started.  So moving in the right direction.  For me, the main thing is to maintain the loss so I am focusing on that and aiming for a 1 – 2 pound loss next week too.

At home, Lara helped me cook supper.  We made another Mary Berry recipe, tonight’s was a curried lentil and spinach soup.  It was easy to make and tasty too.  Each portion of soup was only 100 calories (Mary gives you the calories per portion in each recipe).  I could happily have eaten 2 or 3 portions but everyone wanted a bowl so I added a wholemeal roll with ham.
curried lentil and spinach soup This recipe took about half an hour from start to finish and it was nourishing and tasty so a good find.curried lentil soup

I wonder what I will eat tomorrow.

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Juice Master Detox Day 5

I have strictly stuck to my 5 day juice detox and not cheated at all.  Thank goodness that is over!  I do feel much better now than I did 5 days ago but I have missed cooking and eating with my family.

The first juice of the day involved beetroot again.  2 blog readers, Suz and Tina, suggested I peeled the beetroot to make it less earthy.  I had already done that previously but thanks for the tip ladies.  I think the beetroot which get too big taste too earthy and are very woody so today I picked much smaller ones and they were a huge improvement.

beets in veggie garden The day’s fruits and veggies (mainly) washed and ready for juicing.fruits and veg for day 5First thing I had a mug of warm water with lemon juice followed by a ginger shot which I really enjoy.  It’s the juice of half an apple and a chunk of ginger.
ginger shot 14-9 I then made the ‘Sweet Beet Smoothie’.  You juice 1 apple, 2 carrots and 1 medium sized beetroot.  Look at the colour of it !!sweet beet juice in jug You then blend that with frozen blackberries and it turns in to a soft frozen and very pleasant tasting smoothie.sweet beet juice 14-9 2Very enjoyable.
sweet beet juice 14-9 1 In preparation for all the healthy food I want to eat next week, I went through my grains, pulses and superfoods cupboard, throwing out the old and making a shopping list of things that need replacing.  I found this packet of broccoli seeds I have not opened before.Aconbury Sprouts broccoli seeds I found my sprouting jar.broccoli seeds and sprouting jsr Followed the instructions.sprouting instructions Now hoping they sprout !broccoli seeds in water Yesterday I bought a new cookery book.  It was a complete extravagance as I have loads but who doesn’t love Mary Berry?  Apart from the GBBO book, I don’t actually have any of her recipe books and wanted one.Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect I chose this one because I am beginning to teach Harvey to cook and I love the layout of this book.  There is a big picture so you know what you are aiming for.  The recipe is VERY clear and easy to follow and each page includes ‘keys to perfection’.pea and ham soup in recipe book The ‘keys to perfection’ are helpful little tips to make your meal really good instead of just good.  For the novice cook, they tend to answer the questions they would have.

It proved to be excellent for Harvey and would also be good for any teenager or young person about to head off to University or leave home for the first time.  Also very good for their Mothers – I can’t wait to get cooking some Mary Berry recipes.keys to perfection The Little Fella did himself proud. He made, all by himself, a delicious ham and pea soup, served with toasted slices of French bread with mustard butter.  Yes, I supervised, but he did all of it himself.  He, his sister and his Dad all enjoyed it very much and I have saved the 4th portion to have in the week.pea and ham soup with bread Meanwhile, back at the juice ranch, I made do with a pear and parsnip juice which was very pleasant.  It has a mild and sweet flavour.pear and parsnip juice The garden continues to produce food for us.  The runner beans have climbed up over their raised bed and up the wall of the fruit cage, where they continue to produce beans.runner beans on fruit cage Beans galore and plenty more young ones developing too.runner beans 14-9 1 The raspberries are also doing well.raspberries 14-9 2 These were picked and will be my first food after the detox tomorrow.raspberries 14-9 1 I will need some help slicing that lot.runner beans and raspberries 2 little helpers made swift work of that pile of beans.  Some were used in their pork and prawn stir fry Lara made for supper and the rest are blanched and in the freezer.  Thanks for helping :-)runner bean helpers I have saved some beans to use to produce next year’s crop.runner bean new and old The small ones are the ones I picked last week and in just a week they have dried out to less than half their original size.runner bean pink beans

I did ny exercise as well today.  I didn’t manage the 2 sessions Jason recommends but I was on my feet a lot of time so think I did OK.  We walked the dogs over the road and I tried a little bit of jogging again.  Both children were astonished that I can run and that i am still alive.  Humph!  Plenty of life left in this old girl.

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Feeding Your Children When You Are Juice Fasting

Day 4 of Jason Vale’s 5 lbs in 5 days juice detox.

I am struggling with this juice fast over the weekend.  In some ways it is easier than being in the office when there seems to always be someone eating or offering to buy you a latte. Too much temptation.  But I am struggling with wanting to cook over the weekend but not being able to so next time I fast, I will definitely do it Monday-Friday.  I need my weekend cooking fix, especially at this time of year when the garden is full of lovely eatables that I can only juice.

One big challenge for me has been what to feed Harvey.  Lara has been juicing with me (or she has been out) so that is easy.  But the Little Fella enjoys his food and has developed expectations over the years.  Such as, could he have pancakes for breakfast please?

I drank my water with fresh lemon juice and then a green tea while I pondered what he could have for breakfast.  Light fluffy American style pancakes were out of the question as I would definitely give in and eat one of those!Green teaWhenever I juice I always give Harvey a juice too.  Not as a meal replacement but as a drink before his meal.  I have to be careful to not put in too much greenery or vegetables or it will be rejected.  He loves ginger in a smoothie and I usually use an apple and an orange as a base.  Today I added some kale and yellow pepper too.
Harvey's juice ingredients 13-9 I stuck a straw in it (that always helps persuade him to drink it) and since it wasn’t too green, it was enjoyed.Harvey's juice I remembered reading somewhere about a pancake made with just egg and banana.  I ran the idea past the Little Fella and got the thumbs up.  I also thought I would try using this coconut flour which I have had a while now but never used.  It did smell of coconuts!

2 eggs, 1 banana and 2 tbsp coconut flour made the ‘batter’ and I cooked it in coconut oil.coconut pancake ingredients I began by mashing the banana in to the flour but it was too dry so I added the eggs.mixing coconut pancake It then made a smooth paste quite easily.  I wondered about adding some milk as pancake batter is looser but decided for the first attempt to leave it as it was.coconut pancake mix Not bad.  It cooked the same way as a standard pancake but it was quite large and it broke when I served it, rather than crack while cooking.  It looked moist and smelt really good.  Served with raspberries from the garden and maple syrup.  coconut pancake and maple syrupThe maple syrup was a condition of eating the pancake!  It got the thumbs up and I managed to resist trying any.
coconut pancake I had a ginger shot instead; half an apple and a chunk of ginger.Ginger Shot 13-9 Followed by a ‘Nature’s Super Blend’.  This is one of my favourite juices.   You juice 2 apples, a large handful of spinach, 1/2 a courgette, 1 peeled lime, 2 carrots, 1/4 of a cucumber, 2cm broccoli stem, 1/2 a celery stalk and 1/4 of a green pepper.  Then you blend the juice with half an avocado and some ice.Nature's Super Blend full shot It seems quite sweet but not too sweet and the avocado makes it creamy.  I really enjoyed it and it kept me feeling full for hours.Nature's Super Blend 13-9 from top We were out for the afternoon and had to leave early.  I made up a double batch of ‘Minty Sunshine’ as you have the same juice at 1 pm and then again at 4pm.  I missed out the ginger (by mistake) but this is it, for 2 juices!  I really liked it but it did not sustain me for long.  I was really hungry and very tired by early evening when I enjoyed another nature’s Super Blend.carrots, oranges and mint

Due to timing and shopping incompetence on my part, I had neither the time nor ingredients to make Harvey the packed lunch he needed so we went to the wonderful Hartley Dyke Farm Shop.  They sell a good range of ready made sandwiches and wraps plus baked goods such as pies, sausage rolls and Scotch eggs.  Harvey chose a chicken and salad wrap, bag of Doritos, juice and some dairy free orange chocolate.  Well, to be precise he chose a load of rubbish and we negotiated to what I bought!  Just as well as his Father was in charge of supper which was a takeaway.

So I did some cooking for my cherub but also bought ready made food.  I don’t feel too bad about it as it is only one weekend I am only cooking for him some of the time.

I will finish tonight by sharing a picture of these beautiful flowers Lucy and Tanya gave me for my birthday.  They are still looking beautiful and the scent of the lilies is incredible and fills the lounge and hallway.  I absolutely love them.  Thank you again ladies :-)

Birthday lilies and flowers

I also love the fact that I only have one more day of juicing to get through and then I can eat something :-)

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Juicing Again – Days 2 and 3

I sat down last night to write my blog and realised I had only taken a photo of one of the juices and nothing else all day.  So decided that would not be worthy of your time and attention.

Day 2 of the plan requires you to drink a juice called ‘Ruby Tuesday’ which features beetroot.  I quite like beetroot cooked but despise it in a juice.  Lara and I both decided the juice tasted like soil.Huge beetroot 1 Look at how gigantic this beetroot was.  There is a £1 coin next to it for comparison.  I don’t know why this one grew so large because the others are more average.  I managed to drink the juice but only just, it really does make me gag.huge beetroot 2

The other juice of day 2 was much better.

Veggie Power 11:9 This one is called ‘Veggie Power’ and contains the juice of 2 apples, a large handful each of kale and spinach, half a lemon, half a celery stalk, quarter of a cucumber and some broccoli, blended with half an avocado.  You get two of each juice a day and that is it !Veggie Power 11-9 Having really struggled with Day 2, but feeling pleased I stuck with it, I was really looking forward to this morning’s smoothie.bb crunch raspberries This is a ‘Berry Banana Crunch’ and I used a frozen banana to make it the lovely ice-cream consistency I like so much.  You are allowed an SOS each day of either a banana or an avocado or an energy bar.  I had an extra half a frozen banana in each of these today so it made it like a banana ice-cream, aka ‘nice-cream’ or ‘nana ice-cream’.BB Crunch 12-9 2 This is very substantial as it contains the juice of 2 apples blended with a frozen banana,  frozen raspberries, live yogurt and 2 tbsp mixed seeds.  It was practically a 3 course meal in comparison to the other juices consumed so far and I enjoyed every mouthful.BB Crunch The other juice today was a ‘Green Refresher’ which was very ordinary.green refresher ingredients 12-9 I had a large glass at lunch time over ice.green refresher over ice Then another late afternoon, just before I took the dogs on a walk to get some exercise in.green refresher 12-9 I walked the dogs over the road and did some gentle jogging first of all to get my heart rate up and then walked really quickly.  Well, quickly for me.

I love the intensity of the colours outside in September.the garden 12-9-14 There are fewer colours in the garden than there are in the Spring and the height of summer but still plenty to brighten the place up.garden plants 3 garden plants 2 garden plants 1 One of the hardest things about juicing is having to cook for the Little Fella.  Tonight I made him stir fried chicken with onions, kale, mange tout, bean sprouts and yellow pepper with sweetcorn and wholewheat noodles.  I flavoured the stir fry with garlic, soy sauce, peanut butter and honey.  It smelt fantastic and I would have loved to eat it but I resisted.  Luckily he ate it all so there were no leftovers to tempt me :-).H dinner 12-9I have been asked about freezing bananas.  It is easy.  Just peel them and place them in a tupperware box.  I had some apricots that were perfectly ripe too and as I can’t eat them, I froze those too for ice-ream concoctions next week.  I cut them in half and removed the stone before freezing them.  Now, when I want to use either fruit, I just cut them in to smaller pieces and pop them in the VitaMix.  Simples!
frozen bananas and apricots Supper was another Berry Banana Crunch.  This one was made with frozen blackberries and a frozen banana.  It was excellent.berry banana crunch blackberriesI feel much better today than I did yesterday which was a real struggle.  I am pleased I have stuck to the 3 days very strictly and pleased I went on a walk today and even managed a short jog.  Bring on Day 4.

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Juice Fasting Again – Day 1

I have felt exhausted the last couple of days and I  put it down to turning myself in to Foie Gras ! Yes, I have really gorged myself recently and while I enjoyed everything I ate, it made me feel tired and grumpy.  So I have begun another 5 day juice fast.  As before, I am following Jason Vale’s 5lbs in 5 days juice detox programme.

I was up at 5:30am to make the day’s juices.  It was definitely easier doing this when I was working from home!

I didn’t quite have all the ingredients I needed so I was out in the greenhouse at dawn, hunting for a cucumber.  I found one deformed one and one that was doing well and I would have liked to leave to continue growing for a while but I needed it.home grown cucumber At lunch time today I popped down to a market to buy provisions.  I enjoyed the walk down Shaftesbury Avenue and along Denman Street.St James Tavern This place looked good and I would like to try it.  Not the pub, the Rotisserie Restaurant next door.  The windows were wide open and it looked busy and buzzing but not for me today.  Another time.Queens Head and Rotisserie Destination Wholefoods.Wholefoods Piccadilly WF Piccadilly bag Their fruit and veggies are very impressive.pumpkins in WF These are ‘Turban’ pumpkins or squashes.Turban pumpkins Pumpkins/squashes/gourds come in all shapes and sizes.WF gourds 2 I will come back next week and select some to take home and cook.WF Gourds 1 I stuck to my juice fast today, despite lots of temptations.  Someone was leaving work today and they bought a huge box of Lola’s cupcakes.  Lola makes awesome cupcakes but I managed to resist.  The keen eyed may also observe that my neighbour had been enjoying Monmouth coffee whereas I have given up tea and coffee for the next 5 days.Lola's cupcakes Remembering my body is a temple, I declined.  Even the coconut one which is my favourite.Lola's cupcakes box My juicer got stuck on the whole unpeeled limes this morning so there were some lumps in the juice which was a shame.UK Juicers and juice The juices were good enough though.lumpy juice I was pleased I had been to Wholefoods and bought the rest of the ingredients I needed.kale in bag on train

Back at home, I made the evening juice (which I forgot to photograph) and prepared everything I need to make tomorrow’s juices.

As before, I didn’t feel hungry at all and I definitely feel more energetic already than I did yesterday, when I was fuelled by birthday cake!

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My birthday 2014

My birthday celebrations began a day early this year so I managed to have 2 days of celebrating.

The weather has been very kind to me and the garden is looking lovely and continuing to be very productive.   I picked lots of runner beans on Sunday morning, first thing.runner beans in sink I love the colour combination of the bright green and the pink.runner beans 3 Some of the beans have grown too stringy to eat so I cultivated the pink beans and will hopefully use these next year to grown new plants.pink runner beans They are so pretty.runner bean mottled The green parts of the beans were sliced thinly, blanched and frozen.  It took ages to prepare this lot but it will be worth it as I now have several bags in the freezer.runner beans 7-9 1 I also picked lots of apples and used them to make an apple and plum crumble which I took to my cousins for lunch.

The nectarines, figs and apricots will briefly grace my fruit bowl until they are enjoyed for breakfast this week.fruit on draining board

 

Sunday morning’s breakfast was a delicious concoction made by blending a fresh apricot and half a fresh nectarine with 2 frozen bananas, placed on top of fresh figs and nectarine and garnished with more fig and nectarine plus pistachios.nana ice-cream and figs It really was heavenly.breakfast 7-9-14

Having enjoyed breakfast and made a crumble I set off for my cousin Bruce’s for lunch with his family and my Aunty Marion.

Fiona used a Rick Stein recipe to make a very tender and flavoursome chicken and tomato dish which was served with Orzo, potato, green beans, peas and courgette.  It was really good.chicken lunch at Fee'sFollowed by crumble which was yummy and after a short walk and several cups of tea we had a birthday cake.  My lovely Aunty had made me a cake which I was really touched by.  It was lovely, as you would expect from Aunty Marion.  It was a sponge filled with cream and raspberries and then iced.
Aunty M's birthday cake It was really lovely and worth every calorie.birthday cake by Aunty M

That should have been plenty of food for the day but I spent the evening at Sarah’s with Marion eating even more and drinking lots of bubbly drinks.  No camera to record the debauchery but it was a lovely evening – thank you to Sarah and Chris and Marion and Colin.

Today was actually my birthday.  I decided to go for chocolate for my birthday breakfast.  I added a heaped tablespoon of hazelnut butter, cacao nibs and cacao powder to the blender with 2 frozen bananas and 3 apricots.cacao nibs and bits Garnished with raspberries fresh from the garden.breakfast 8-9-14My oh my, they were good!  So sweet and succulent.

raspberries from the garden I had a lovely morning pottering about in the garden in the sunshine.  I have not previously been a dahlia fan but having seen the very dark reds and peach coloured ones I have been converted.  These three plus two other types came from Sarah Raven and I am delighted with them.3 dahlias in ink pots This one has not flowered as prolifically as some but it is so pretty the smaller number of them are worthy of their space in the garden.Dahlia 4 This one has been flowering for months.Dahlia 3 As has this one and this one has so many flowers it is a complete joy.Dahlia 1 My cousin gave me a huge bunch of flowers which I really enjoyed receiving.  I decided to add a couple of my own flowers to the bunch.

huge bouquetThese roses are lovely and these 3 blooms were in perfect condition today so I picked them to enjoy inside.3 roses outsideI rarely cut my own flowers as I prefer to see them in the garden where they flower for longer but this trio have definitely been appreciated all day in my kitchen.3 pink roses

I had a delightful lunch at the Kitty Fisher in Benenden with Tanya.

This is the Kitty Room but as it was such a sunny and warm day we sat in the garden.The Kitty roomI had slow roast belly of pork.  The pork was delicious and I really enjoyed it.  The potato had a strange taste but the other vegetables were good.  It was quite a modest portion which was fine for me as I was also having dinner but if this was your one main meal of the day, I may have wanted a larger portion.
roast pork Kitty Fisher I thought I may be having a birthday cake later so I declined dessert but had some cheese and biscuits instead which were good.  It was a very enjoyable lunch and I would return to the Kitty Fisher.cheese and biscuits Kitty Fisher

Lara made us all a lovely Pad Thai for supper featuring 2 types of spring onion from the veggie patch.4 spring onions

Plus coriander from the kitchen window sill.

coriander on window sill

Pad Thai is noodles, typically made with egg and shrimps but we had it with chicken instead.  I marinated finely chopped chicken in a sauce made from soy sauce, garlic, Thai fish sauce, agave nectar, brown rice vinegar, chillies and lime juice.  The noodles are cooked in water as per packet instructions.  The chicken is stir fried with veggies (we used carrot, spring onions and bean sprouts) and the marinade and then the cooked noodles and it is served with crushed peanuts, sweet chilli sauce and coriander.

All enjoyed very much at the birthday table which Lara had kindly prepared for me.the birthday table The Pad Thai was delicious.Pad Thai 8-9-14 The birthday cake was a complete triumph!  Coconut sponge covered in a lime and coconut cream cheese icing.  It was genuinely one of the best cakes I have ever eaten.  Thank you Lara for such a wonderful birthday.Coconut and lime birthday cake

I rounded the evening off by going to the local cinema with Lara and Lucy to see ‘Lucy’ by Luc Besson which we all really enjoyed.

Thank you to everyone who helped make my birthday so lovely and made me feel so special.  Back to the diet tomorrow for sure!

 

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Alex’s 18th Birthday Party

I had such a lovely day today, celebrating Alex’s 18th birthday party with some of the people in my life who are most special to me.  It was not a great day for healthy eating – come on, it was a party!

Knowing I would most likely eat and drink too much I began with a healthy green juice for breakfast.green juice 6-9-14 1 apple, 1 pear, a celery stick, some ginger and a huge pile of spinach.  Very enjoyable.Alex 18th juice Then we were off to Epsom to celebrate the 18th birthday of this lovely young lady, Alex.

Alex 18th 9The weather was good to us and we spent the day in the garden which was a real treat.  We had a lovely lunch of coronation chicken, couscous, pesto pasta and a green salad which was delicious.Alex 18th lunch Followed by chocolate birthday cake and fresh pineapple.  Quite a lot of wine and champagne was enjoyed too.Alex 18th cake But mainly the day was about chatting to lots of lovely people.Alex 18th 10 Smiths Alex 18th We listened to some very loving and rather emotional speeches.Alex 18th 8 Alex 18th 7 Alex 18th 6 Alex 18th 5 Then got back to chilling and chatting.Alex's 18th 4 Alex's 18th 3 Alex's 18th 2 Such a wonderful day, spent in the company of these dear and treasured people.Michelle Alex 18th Tim Alex 18th

 

 

Barry Alex 18thFeluke Alex 18th Guy Alex 18th Gini Alex 18th Lucy R Alex 18th Lara and H Alex 18th Thank you TroyTroy and Lucy Alex 18th and Sally for inviting us to share Alex’s special day.  It was so lovely and we all really enjoyed it.Sally at Alex 18th Alex 18th 2 Happy birthday Alex.Alex 18th 1

I also had a cupcake (well done Holly, it was great) and on the way home we stopped for supper and I had a pulled pork wrap and a flapjack with a coffee.

So not a good eating day and definitely too much wine but hey ho, this was a special occasion and I enjoyed it all.

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Four Meals A Day

When I was visiting my sister Abi on Monday, Alison popped round and was telling me about a diet she is following where you eat 4 small meals a day.  I thought I would try it because sometimes I leave it so long between meals I am ravenous and over eat.

First day of a new school today – doesn’t he look handsome?  Having dropped Harvey at the bus stop I did a dog walk to make sure I exercised today.  I was working from home and so many times I think I will walk the dogs at lunch time but then I get too busy and none of us have a walk.  It was much better going before I started working.

First day at new school Breakfast was so awesome I could have it every day.  I fancied something chocolatey and just like Nutella so I made my own version by blending 1 tsp lucuma, 1 tbsp cacao powder and 1 heaped tbsp hazelnut spread with 1 frozen banana.  powder and nut butter I put the Nutella banana ice-cream in the base of the jar, added a layer of fresh mango and then topped it with a frozen banana which I blended with the rest of the mango and garnished with a few more chunks of mango.  I then started eating before I took the first photo – I literally couldn’t wait to enjoy it.Nutella and mango ice-cream Mango and chocolate are a great combination.nutella and mango I really can not believe I am eating blended fruits as it really does taste like dairy ice-cream.  What a fantastic discovery.breakfast 3-9 1 I had an early first lunch of 2 corns cobs.2 sweetcorn With butter and black pepper.sweetcorn Later on I had 4 oatcakes with some mackerel pate.  I like these oatcakes and I really like the fact they are wrapped in fours as it reduces the likelihood of me eating more.smoked mackerel pate and oatcakes Dinner was very autumnal; bangers and mash!dinner 3-9 2 pork sausages with fried red onion, mashed butternut squash, boiled potato and tenderstem broccoli.  Served with a large dollop of Dijon mustard and also Salad Cream and butter on the boiled potatoes.Bangers and mash 1

I liked the 4 meals and it did stop the urge to snack.  Having reviewed the days eating though, I can see I did have too much butter!

 

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Vegetables, Three Ways

Three fantastic ways to consume vegetables today and no naughties so this was a good eating day.  No walking or other exercise unfortunately as my day light leisure time was spent cooking and most of the day I was working.

I began with a juice to try to restore some health to my body after that extraordinary dessert yesterday.fruit and veg for juice I like juices and they make me want to continue eating and drinking highly nutritous food.green juice 2-9 2 An excellent start to the day.green juice 2-9 Mid morning I snacked on a juicy nectarine.juicy nectarine 2-9 At lunch time I really wanted rice with some stir fried vegetables.  I cooked up a large pot of rice and flavoured the rice with turmeric and za’tar while it cooked.rice and cup and seive I stir fried onions, red pepper, broccoli, beansprouts and mushrooms, served with half an avocado, coriander, sprouted beans and seeds and a large spoonful of lime pepper jelly.lime pepper jelly Very healthy.lunch 2-9-14 2 Very tasty.lunch 2-9-14 For dinner I wanted a Thai style vegetable curry and heaving searched my recipe books and failing, I found a Jamie Oliver recipe on-line.  You can see the original recipe here.  I have written up how I made it.

Thai Green Vegetable Curry

Serves 4 with rice or 3 without

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 red and 1 green pepper
  • Kernels from 2 corn cobs
  • ½ a fresh red chilli
  • 1 tablespoon groundnut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • Runner beans
  • 1 lime

for the green curry paste

  • 3 spring onions
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3cm fresh ginger
  • a small bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 heaped tbsp fresh chervil
  • 3 sprigs of fresh lemon verbena
  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 4 dried lime leaves
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon fish sauce

Method

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5
• Halve the butternut squash, then scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard
• Remove the peel and chop the squash into 3cm chunks

butternut squash

  • Halve and deseed the peppers and cut in to 1/8ths
  • Add the squash and peppers to the roasting tray, drizzle with oil and season
  • Roast in the oven for half an hour and then set aside
  • If using runner beans, slice and boil or steam for 3 – 4 minutes.  Set aside
  • Chop the spring onions roughly and add to the food processor with chilli, garlic, ginger and herbs
  • Blitz until smoothrunner beans and spring onions Grind the coriander seeds and lime leaves and add to the food processor with the soy sauce and fish sauce and blend together.pestrle lemon verbena boiled green beansHeat the groundnut and sesame oils in a deep wok
  • Add the sweetcorn and green beans and fry for a couple of minutes
  • Add the green curry sauce, coconut milk and stock and bring to a simmer
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if required
  • Add the vegetables, warm through and serve
    green Thai veg soup I ate mine as it was but it also goes well over rice.  It was absolutely delicious and we all loved it.  I added some dried chilli and sweet chilli sauce to mine.  I could eat this again!green thai vegetable soup

So there you have it, vegetables, three different ways.  They were all good and I really enjoyed consuming so many vegetables today.

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Front Room

Today was the last day of the school summer holiday and we decided to make the most of it.  The day started sunny and bright and I had a couple of very enjoyable hours in the garden.  When I came in I had picked all the raspberries and blueberries I could find for breakfast.

This is what we made and it was completely gorgeous.breakfast ice-cream 1-9 The bottom layer was fresh apricot blended with frozen bananas which is a wonderful combination and one I highly recommend.  In the middle was half a fresh peach.  The top layer was raspberries, blueberries and frozen banana topped with Goji berries and cashews.  It was full of fruit and just lovely and we both enjoyed it very much.breakfast smoothie 1-9After breakfast we hopped in to the car and drove off to spend the day with my sister Abi at her home in Seaford.

We walked round the corner to a lovely cafe; Front Room.Front Room

It was lovely.

no strangers signA much needed coffee to start with while we read the menu.
FR cappuchino I had the daily special which was chicken and chorizo croquettes with salad.  FR croquettes 2 The croquettes and salad were really good.  My only feedback would be that there was too much mayonnaise.FR croquettes It was a very relaxed and enjoyable lunch time.H and M in FR I liked the decor and vibe in the cafe and enjoyed having the window table.H and Katie The Front Room was an excellent recommendation Abi :-)Z and A in FR If only I had just ended with the latte !Front Room latte Instead I ended with this but it was so good it was actually worth every single disasterously naughty calorie.salt caramel and brownie A dense, moist and chewy brownie topped with salted caramel ice-cream.  Puddings don’t get much better than that!brownie and ice-cream

Since my very substantial lunch, I have only had cups of tea and glasses of water as I am still digesting that dessert!

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