Gary Yourofsky and Ticehurst

I have not blogged for a while due to too many other things needing my attention.  Such as my little cherub’s birthday.


Today was glorious and I had a near perfect start to the day.  I woke up when I was ready to wake up (instead of when the alarm told me to), we only had fun on our agenda and both of my children were at home.

I did spend the first couple of hours alone in the veggie patch.  I had a lot of seedlings to plant out and to keep me company I had Gary Yourofsky.

Tea and Yourofsky Not literally!  Gary is a vegan activist and a superb orator.  I was listening to his speech on You Tube called’ The greatest Speech You Will Ever Hear’.  I highly recommend it to anyone.  He talks with great passion about why you should be vegan: for animals, for your own health and for the planet.  I admire his oratory skills and passion.  There is a section of the speech where he shows a graphic short film of life in slaughterhouses.  It made me cry.  If you eat animals, you should watch it, particularly if you eat cheap mass produced meat.  You should know where it comes from.  There is a warning in the speech when he is going to show the slaughterhouse film so you can skip it if you want to hear his speech but can’t face the film.

If you want to hear a great speaker, explaining why being vegan is such  good idea, you can find his speech here but do be aware it contains a graphic film.Gary Yourofsky

I was very busy out in the veggie patch.the veggie patch 24-5-15 I planted some green beans and lots of spinach in to the bed with the purple beans, broad beans and mange tout.planting spinach Loads of rocket in the bed with the mizuna and celery.planting rocketI had already planted out the courgette plants earlier in the week.
Courgette bed 2015 By the time I came in the sun was shining brightly and we all had a fruit salad for breakfast.  Nothing more was needed but ripe, sweet fruit.24-5-15 6Our garden was looking fantastic.  We have lots of rhodedendrons and azaleas so the garden is always stunning in May.
24-5-15 5 24-5-15 4 24-5-15 3 24-5-15 2 24-5-15 I seem to be too busy, always rushing about.  Recently I have been on several long car journeys with Lara and Harvey and we whizz through cute little towns and villages, with never enough time to stop and look at them.  So today’s agenda was to drive to one, park, walk around and find a bite to eat.  We chose Ticehurst.Ticehurst 7 So many cute little cottages near the centre.Ticehurst 6 Ticehurst 5 Ticehurst 4 Ticehurst 2 Ticehurst 1I am always amazed at how many churches we have in this country and how old they are. This one is 14th Century !!!!  It is incredible that such a building was constructed in such a small village so long ago.
St Mary Ticehurst Ticehurst Church Ticehurst also had an interesting range of shops but they were all closed.L and H in Ticehurst Singing Rain Sanctuary Artichoke Gallery red post box Kent signpost Luckily the pub wasn’t closed so we went inside.  This is The Bell.The Bell 8 The Bell 7 It was a warm enough to sit outside so we did, in their pretty garden.  This part of the garden leads to the little rooms you can rent out and stay in.  This is the path to the ‘Honeymoon’ room.The Bell 6 The Bell 5 The Bell 4Last night’s visitors were leaving when we arrived and they all said it was a wonderful place to stay.  This is a fire pit in the evening which would be really good fun to sit around.
The Bell 3 The Bell 2 Back under the archway was where we sat for lunch.The Bell 1 As usual, no vegan options so I had vegetables; new potatoes, broccoli, fries and a salad.  Unfortunately I didn’t ask for no butter so I failed to have a vegan lunch.  I did manage to resist dessert and just had a coffee.lunch at The Bell

This evening Lucy came round for supper which was lovely as I haven’t seen her for ages.  We had a green salad.  These greens came from the garden; mizuna, broad bean tops and baby swiss chard leaves and I added some spinach too.

greens from garden I bought these wraps from Waitrose yesterday.  piada I have not tried this brand before but I liked the look of them because they are organic and because they only have a short list of real ingredients.  The amount of non food items in a standard wrap is dreadful.4 flatbreadsI spread the wrap with humous, lined up the raw veggies in the centre, rolled it up like a sausage, placed them on a baking tray and baked them in the oven on 200° C for 10 minutes.  Really quick and easy to prepare and really tasty.  I served them cut in to half but you could also make pinwheels out of them by slicing them thinly.veggies chopped and humous We had baked potatoes.  I par boiled the potatoes for 10 minutes, drained them and then coated them in a little olive oil, thyme, paprika and garlic and baked them in the oven on 200°C for half an hour so they crisped up.

paprika potatoes Instead of a salad dressing I made guacamole with an avocado, lime juice and a chopped tomato.  A simple supper but a tasty one.supper 24-5-15

Enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco.

I really enjoyed my day, I hope you did too.



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International Hummus Day

I saw today, thanks to my chum Lucy, that it is the 4th International Hummus Day.  I had never heard of such a thing before and coincidentally, I had hummus today, which I rarely eat.  That was before I knew it was hummus day.

I took most of my food in to work with me today.  I had one of the champagne mangos I bought yesterday (minus the large slice Harvey had).

mango in morning light with some strawberries and grapes.grapes 13-5 That was and strawbs Some smokey hummus which I was not that keen on.  It was worth a try but I prefer the usual sort as I like the garlicky flavour which was smothered by the smokiness of this.smokeyish humous I had it with leftover rice, carrots and peas, tomatoes, celery, cucumber and coriander.main course 13-5-15 There we have it, a  day’s food in a bag off to 13-5-15 I was much too busy today and didn’t get home until 8:30 pm.  I was so glad I took my lunch to work or I am not sure what I would have eaten as I had no time to get anything.  Getting home late meant I needed something quick and easy so the frozen banana, frozen pineapple, strawberries and kale were turned in to nice cream.smoothie 13-5-15 Not bad. banana and kale nice-cream

I am pleased I ate well today because the office was filled with cookies and cakes today but I resisted them all, even though some were left on my desk !!!!!

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Vegetable Sushi

I made a very green and very drinkable smoothie for breakfast this sunny morning.  3 bananas, 2 kiwis, half a large bag of spinach and a cup of coconut milk.

smoothie ingredients spinach I went to Wholefoods at lunch time to buy some fruit.  Wholefoods is expensive but some of their products, such as mangoes, are so superior to the supermarkets I feel I can justify the cost.  Wholefoods mangoes are properly ripe, sweet and juicy. Wholefoods champagne mango I fancied some sushi for lunch; I went to Wasabi and bought a vegetable box.  I have never had one before and it was a good choice.veg sushi wasabi box etiquette I really enjoyed it.Wasabi veggie box In the afternoon I had 2 apples.2 apples on desk I bought some strawberries in Wholefoods.  These were for Harvey rather than me.  He likes them with a little bit of coconut sugar.strawberries and coconut I made a very simple supper.  I mashed a ripe avocado with some lime juice, which I ate with cherry tomatoes, cucumber and lots of coriander.dinner prep I served the avocado, tomatoes and cucumber with some brown Basmati rice, peas and carrots.rice and veg I like warm food and raw cold food mixed together.dinner 12-5 This was a quick and easy meal to prepare and simple and satisfying to eat.dinner 12-5-15

It was good to get back on track after all the excesses of the weekend.

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We Love Lucy

We have all had the most fantastic weekend celebrating my sister Lucy’s birthday.  We stayed in an incredible house called ‘Stonehall’ in Portland, Dorset.  Stonehall is a church and vestry which has been tastefully converted in to luxury holiday accommodation by friends of my sister’s.  There is a mixture of old and new, traditional and contemporary but mainly comfort and space to relax.

This is the shutter in my bedroom.  It was all so charming.bedroom shutter The little stone staircase linking the church to the vestry.stone staircase One of 2 downstairs kitchens.downstairs kitchen peephole The upstairs balcony in the church.upper areaOne of many seating areas; this one is underneath the balcony in the church.stonehall seating area The huge fireplace in the church where I spent many happy hours, sitting and chatting and quaffing far too much and organ A seating area upstairs.Stonehall 2 The large upstairs kitchen and sitting room.Stonehall upstairs kitchen View from the upstairs kitchen window.view from Stonehall Breakfast time.stonehall 1 View from the upstairs terrace.view from Stonehall 1 roof terrace On Saturday morning I went for a lovely walk along Chesil Beach with Lara, my sister Abi and my neice Charlotte.Chesil Beach 8 Chesil Beach 7We walked a long way along the ridge of Chesil Beach.
Chesil Beach 6 seaweed and Chesil beach Lara and Abi We then walked back beside the sea and headed to the cute huts, seen here in the on Chesil Beach to the huts Lara and Charl Chesil Beach 4 Chesil Beach 3 Chesil Beach 2 This was a beautiful place to walk and even more so when the sun finally came out.Chesil Beach 1 We wanted to walk further but we had a party to help prepare for.  This is Stonehall – what a stunning place to return “home” to.stonehall boat on church The converted church made a spectacular venue for a party.getting ready for party Lara expertly made scones for 50 with the assistance of lots of little helpers.making scones We had so much food 3 Quiche, an amazing salad (recipe from ‘Polpo’) made with courgette, rocket and parmesan, potato and radish salad,  a green salad, peppers, olives, houmous, tzatziki, party food 2a roasted vegetable, chick peas and couscous salad, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and guacamole.  Well, that is what I ate.  There was also a tuna salad, hot smoked salmon, meat pies, home cooked ham and roast chicken.Party food 1 Far too much to drink.drinks table Plus cheese.  The cheese was awesome.  I was certainly not vegan this weekend!

Neither was I any good at my diet as I ate far too much of everything.  I particularly ate too much cheese and sooooo many cakes.cheese table When everything was ready we enjoyed some bubbles and waited for the other visitors to arrive.Lucy's party 3 We had about 50 people for lunch to celebrate Lucy’s birthday.Lucy's party 2 Me and my lovely sisters – Lucy is on the and my sisters This was the perfect venue for hosting a large lunch.  There were so many cosy little spaces to sit and eat and chat and drink.  I loved catching up with Aunties, Uncle, cousins and some of Lucy’s closest friends.Lucy's party 1 More tea vicar?  Yes please, and another scone with clotted cream and jam.Trev and scones

In the evening, some played cards,

cards others played snooker.  snooker In the morning, after a leisurely breakfast and time to read the papers, we went up the hill to admire the view over Portland and Chesil Beach.Portland and Chesil Beach The Olympic sailing took place here and this sculpture of the Olympic rings commemorates the great event.   I think we have all enhanced the sculpture.olympic rings We also went to the lighthouse at Portland Bill.Portland Bill Lighthouse This was a very dramatic place to walk.Portland 8 Superb examples of coastal erosion.Portland 6 Portland 5 Portland 4 Portland 3 Such a pretty place too. Portland 2 Portland 1 coast pathIt was very sad packing up to leave as we had such a lovely time.  Lunch was easy though because we had so many leftovers.

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Thank you VERY much Lucy and Trevor for hosting such a wonderful weekend.  It was a real privilege to be there and to celebrate with you all.

Stonehall is available for rent and you can find the details about it here.

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Polling Day

Today is the day we vote for our next Government.  Well hopefully it is; according to the polls it is so close we may not know in the morning who has won so there may have to be another coalition or even another election later in the year.

This is a 2 day catch up blog.

Yesterday I began the day with a large fruit salad.fruit salad 6-5-15 2 1 pink grapefruit, 1 orange, 1 kiwi fruit, 1 fig and a handful of blueberries.fruit salad 6-5-15 1 This was very enjoyable indeed.  And so colourful and pleasing to the eye.fruit salad 6-5-15 I treated myself to a gorgeous latte from Timberyard mid-morning.ty latte It was a busy day so I grabbed a veggie bowl from Chipotle for lunch.  Hard to see what there is underneath all that lettuce, guacamole and sweetcorn.veggie bowl 1 There was brown rice, 2 types of beans and roasted peppers with chilli sauce.  Yummy.veggie bowl I was going to have a large plate of roasted veggies for supper but I was invited up the road to join Annette and David for supper so off I went.  What a lovely treat that was.  We had home made Puttanesca sauce (tomatoes, olives and capers) with pasta and a huge green salad made with lots of leaves from their garden.  I had a great evening and it was even better for being unexpected and just up the road.  The red wine was enjoyed too.  Thank you very much Annette and David.

Today I had 4 apples for breakfast and another soy milk latte.

I went out for lunch with Owen from work.  he found an organic vegetarian Italian restaurant round the corner in Holborn called Amico Bio .amico bio interior amico bio picture amico bio wall I stupidly left my glasses in the office so I couldn’t actually read the menu which was frustrating.  amico bio mat So I asked the waitress to recommend something that was vegan.  She was incredibly helpful and made several suggestions and I went for this one:


Piadina integrale di seitan e vegetali, salsa di peperoni rossi, insalata di carote, finocchi e cetrioli
Seitan and vegetable kebab, pepper coulis, carrots, fennel, cucumber, yogurt and cucumber dip £10.00 (Vo)

She served it with vegan mayonnaise instead of yogurt.seitan kebab 1 Well I think this was what it was – hard to tell when you haven’t read the menu.  Whatever it was, it was delicious.  I loved it.seitan kebab I just had water with the meal and an espresso afterwards.Amico espresso

I really enjoyed the food and the waitress was excellent.  I have no idea why there was only one other table occupied in there.  I hope it is usually busier in there as I want to go back.

I made a large smoothie for supper with 2 frozen bananas, fresh pineapple and blueberries.

So 2 ok days with the diet.  The huge portion of pasta and too much red wine wont have helped lose weight but it was all so very pleasant I don’t care.  I can be better then ever next week, but I do have a huge party weekend lined up.  I can’t wait :-)


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Curry Night

I ate a big variety of vegetables today and some fruit.

grapes watermel Watermelon and grapes for breakfast.grapes and watermelon 1 This is half a mini watermelon and a bunch of grapes.grapes and watermelon I felt peckish mid morning and had some pecans and sultanas.pecan and sultanas I went out to Food For Thought at lunch time and bought a kale and potato soup which was very good.  I will try and make this at home.kale and potato soup Plus a salad box.salad 5-5-15 1 This is the view from my desk.  I am lucky to have a desk beside the window, particularly since I work in a large open plan office which is a very deep building so most people are surrounded by the office and other people.  I get to see the sky and trees and life outside.looking at SA I always like light and shadows and the trees and buildings look lovely in the sunshine.buildings opposite At home I made a quick and easy cauliflower and potato curry.  This cauliflower was £1 and the potatoes were similar so that was a very cheap supper.  The recipe is from Sophie Grigson’s ‘Vegetables’ cook book.cauliflower and 2 potatoes Cauliflower and Potato Curry

Ingredients (serves 2-4)

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cm piece ginger, roughly chopped
2 chillies, deseeded and chopped
3 tbsp groundnut oil
500g potatoes, cut in to 2-3 cm chunks
1 cauliflower, broken in to florets
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp ground coriander
6 tbsp passata


Put the onion, garlic, ginger, chilli and 3 tbsp water in to a blender and blitz until smooth and set aside

onion and pepper Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the potato and cauliflower until they begin to catch a little.
Lift out of the pan and reserve.
Add the mustard seeds to the pan.  When the seeds begin to pop add the onion mixture and fry over a moderate heat, stirring continuously until thickened (3 – 4 minutes)
Add the remaining spices, passata, 600ml water and salt.
Bring to the boil, return the cauliflower and potatoes to the pan, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

I ate mine as it was, served with coriander.

caul and pot curry This was simple but delicious.  I ate about half of it and am looking forward to the rest another night.cauliflower and potato curry


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Phenomenal Support

Harvey and I had a much too short but oh so very splendid visit to the Dav’s in Leicestershire this weekend.  Lara was there when we arrived which made it even better.

On Sunday morning I made a large green/brown smoothie with spinach from the garden, a bag of red kale, a couple of handfuls of frozen mixed berries and 2 dates.

smoothie ingredients 3-5-15 It just fitted in to the new blender by Magimix which I was very impressed with.  It is cheaper than the Vita Mix but seems just as good if not better.  It has a glass jug which I liked and the jug is square so easier to scrape and the bottom comes off which makes it really easy to clean.  When my Vita Mix conks out I will seriously consider one of these.smoothie in the making The smoothie tasted good too!  I needed that after the multiple glasses of bubbles and wine I had enjoyed the night before.

smoothie 3-5-15 Patch

This is the giant spinach.

huge spinach Which sits in one of my very favourite veggie patches – BJ’s.  It is really well designed and an absolute pleasure to potter about in.  I think I need to go back in June to help eat some of those strawberries!BJ veg garden When one lives surrounded by beautiful countryside, you don’t have to get in the car to go for a walk which is lovely, especially when the sun is shining.

BJ garden This is a 300 or so acre field of wheat.  There are some huge farms around here.  This was one of those days where the clouds hung in the sky, all white and fluffy, and the sky seemed huge.  It was beautiful.wheat field 1 LCC sign shepher'd hut I love Spring with all the flowersdaffs

and the blossom out.

cherry blossomShame I have just missed the wisteria being in full bloom – it was nearly there.

HHJAfter a very cloudy morning the sun came out at lunch time so we could have a BBQ !

H J and H running It was even warm enough to eat outside too which was a real treat.bbq timeNow I do confess to thinking I was going to just eat fruits and veggies this weekend, which would have been fine.  I don’t expect people to cater for my lifestyle choices or go to any extra trouble on my account.  So I was just thinking I would eat what the others eat and leave out the meat.  Oh how wrong I was!

My wonderful hosts had thoughtfully planned menus around me and bought so many things that I could enjoy that I know they would never eat or drink, such as soya milk, soya cream and this tofu so I could have tofu and vegetable kebabs on the BBQ.tofu kebabs uncookedWe marinated the tofu in soy sauce and garlic and threaded them on to skewers with red onion and peppers.  Served with a salad I had a mighty fine meal.
tofu kebab I was not expecting to have a pudding I could eat but I was wrong again.  Helen made an incredibly delicious rhubarb jelly which I enjoyed with some soya cream.  It was absolutely gorgeous and so I had to have seconds.  I just had to.rhubarb jelly After a large meal we set off for a walk along one of the canals in this part of the door central shires stoppages canal walk 15 I have never (as far as I remember) seen a canal in operation before and I was fascinated by how the barges move up or down hill.canal walk 14 It is a simple but brilliant design.canal walk 13 We could see a barge in the distance heading our way and we decided to sit and wait so we could see how it moved from the lower level of the water to the higher level.canal walk 12 canal walk 11 canal walk 10

There are many fields of rape around here and they are currently in full bloom.rape 3Very striking and colourful.rape 2rape 1lichencanal walk 9 Harvey and BJHere comes the barge so the water level needs to be adjusted which is achieved by opening one set of lock gates by using a special key so the water begins to pour through from the bottom of the gate.

canal walk 8 When the water level is low enough the gates are opened and the barge moves in to the lock.canal walk 7 Note how low the barge is and it needs to get up to the level of the water beyond the next lock gate.canal walk 6 This is achieved by closing the lock gate behind the barge and then opening the next lock gate further upstream.  With the barge in the lock, the lock gate behind the barge is closed so the water can no longer flow downstream.  As the water enters the lock, the barge rises.canal walk 5

So simple and so clever.

canal walk 4 Once the water is level, the lock gate in front of the barge is opened and it moves through and upstream.  Even easier with so many willing hands, helping to open and close the gates.canal walk 3 We continued on our walk.canal walk 2 This really was a delightful walk.canal walk 1

Back at the house there was even more completely yummy and vegan food.  A home made soup which was excellent, with a slice of wholemeal bread.
Helen's tomato soup Followed by roasted veggies, new potatoes and green beans.  I did then eat about 5 more servings of the new potatoes with Salad Cream as they were perfectly cooked and full of flavour.Dav dinner 3-5-15 Followed by a definitely non vegan but very tasty lemon pudding.  I do like a homemade pudding and they are rarely experienced in our house so I enjoyed one very small serving.Helen's lemon pudding

Thank you so much to Helen and BJ for the phenomenal support you showed of my vegan eating.  Thank you for buying me so many wonderful things I could eat and for making so may nutritious and delicious home cooked meals I could enjoy too.  We loved our visit and just wish it could have been for longer.

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26 Pound Weight Loss

Friday is weigh day and I was excited today because I have basically been really good this week.  I really had been good.  I lost 3 pounds this week which puts my loss this year so far at 26 pounds.  I am very happy with that.  I found it all quite easy last week which is a relief.  I didn’t have to do battle with my inner demons and I found it easy to choose healthy things to eat.  I actually wanted to eat plants and not a lot else.


At least I did until I had some pineapple for breakfast today.  I had half of a sweet and perfectly ripe pineapple.  I enjoyed it to start with but then my tongue started to burn or at least feel as if it was burning.  I have experienced this mildly before but never this strong.more pineapple I should have stopped eating it but I didn’t.  I regret that now because my tongue and the back of my throat have been painful ever since and I actually feel quite unwell.  That may be me done with pineapple for a while.pineapple in bowl For lunch I made a salad a colleague at work had recommended I try.  Spinach with 1 tbsp sultanas, 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts and less than a tbsp each of maple syrup and olive oil.spinach dressing I added cherry tomatoes to the salad and because I wanted some comfort food, I also boiled a potato and steamed some broccoli.  I have come a long way because in the past, “comfort food” would have been refined carbs such as cake or a cheese toasted sandwich.  Today it was potato and broccoli.lunch 1-5-15 The salad made my tongue hurt.  It seemed to be the tomatoes and sultanas.  The 2 dates I ate while I prepared this lot also made my tongue hurt.  I was feeling fed up. spinach salad This was lovely but I confess I did add some butter.  Butter is the one thing I find hardest to give up.  I would have thought it would be cheese but it is actually butter.  I don’t want it very often but today I did and it was lovely, melting over these lovely vegetables.potatoes and broccoli I shut down my lap top at 5:00 on the dot today so my long weekend could begin.  I wanted to see a beautiful flower on my kitchen window sill and this was the prettiest one  I could find in my garden.  A beautiful pink camellia.camelia and pots Well actually it’s 2 cuttings, one of which had a double flower.  Isn’t nature beautiful?camelia I also find certain objects very beautiful, such as these white pots.  They look like paper cups but they are a very fine matt ceramic.   They feel lovely to touch and I like the way light comes through them.  I bought them in Stockholm last year.white cups I continued to feel quite rotten in the evening.  A snooze helped a bit but not much.  All I fancied for supper was banana nice-cream with almond butter and cacao powder.nice cream I had it topped with coconut.  The smooth coldness was lovely on my still sore tongue and throat.Chocolate banana ice cream

I think my love affair with pineapple is currently on hold.

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The Breakfast Club

My favourite time of the day is morning and I think my favourite meal time is breakfast.  I love the (usual) freshness of the morning air, the peace and quiet, the promise of the day ahead.  Breakfast is often simple and for me lately, full of fruit which I love and accompanied by a decent coffee.  I am trying to only have one a day and I make it a good one.

I went to London early this morning as I had to be in the office by 7:30 am to get set up for the day and then meet the team for breakfast.

We met at The Breakfast Club in Soho.  They have other locations and I recommend you try them out if you have one near you.

TBC locationsWe were being treated by Josh and Phoebe who wanted to thank us all for helping them pass their probation which was very generous of them.  TBC had an extensive menu; as well as this page there was another page with juices, smoothies and drinks.

TBC menu I had a ‘Green is Good’ and it was very good.Green is good This is a laid back, easy going, relaxed cafe.  The food was fresh and delicious, served quickly by friendly and efficient staff and the decor was perfect for a cheery morning meal.  The Breakfast Club bar The wall was covered in people’s doodles, pictures, cards etc.  The Breakfast Club wall The coffee was pretty good.  Unfortunately I have been spoilt by having Monmouth or Timberyard coffees for so long now and nothing else comes close but this was a good soya milk milk latte BC I also had a fruit salad and stupidly forgot to check whether it came with any dairy.  It did have some yogurt on top which was annoying but it wasn’t much and as I hadn’t asked first, I ate it.  The fruit salad was a really good portion of strawberries, raspberries, apple,  grapes and pineapple.  I enjoyed everything and I will definitely come here again.I heart BC Shame we cant do this every day.Eating at the Breakfast Club If you go, get there for 8am as by half past there was quite a queue outside!P O and Z I took a salad in for lunch and a bunch of red grapes.salad 30-4-15 1 Cucumber, celery, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, romaine lettuce, grapes and a large dollop of the cashew, pecan and dried apricot cream I made on Tuesday.salad 30-4-15 Tofu for supper.  I tried a new brand and it was good.  I liked the flavour and the texture was firm without being watery.marinated tofu box I baked a sweet potato and roasted a red pepper, a large courgette and a brown onion with a little olive oil.  I wanted the courgette to have a crispy coating so after stirring some olive oil in to the veggies, I dipped the courgette pieces in to gram flour.  I was hoping for a soft middle and a crispy outside, just like the okra fingers Dishoom serves.veg on tray 30-4-15 5 minutes before I estimated the veggies were ready, I added a block of the tofu which I chopped in to squares.tray of veg 30-4-15 The courgette was good.  Not as crispy as Dishoom’s okra but very good nevertheless.courgettes with gram flour A simple and satisfying supper.dinner 30-4-15

Apart from the yogurt, this was another whole food and plant-based day which I enjoyed very much.

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Another Vegan Day

I am really getting in to the ways of eating vegan and feeling so good for it too.  I am eating whole food and plant-based rather then vegan junk food as obviously, living on junk such as wine and crisps would be vegan but wouldn’t make you feel very vibrant.  I really am feeling much happier and definitely more energetic.

Cucumber and grapes for breakfast, munched in the car while I took Harvey to an appointment.  I need to get through quite a lot of cucumber as I ordered double the amount I intended to.  Actually we both had cucumber for breakfast!cucumber and grapes I worked from home so could make my own lunch.  I wanted to use up an old and nearly empty bag of pecans.  I remembered I had seen a cashew and apricot dip on an Instagram site but I couldn’t remember which one so I guessed.  I soaked 40 g pecans with 80 g cashews and 40 g dried apricots. apricots and nuts 2 They don’t look so appetising after a soak!  It took ages to blend them and I had to add some water but we got there in the end.apricots and nuts I drank a large glass of water flavoured with strawberries and cucumber.water with strawbs and cucI ate about a third of the nut and apricot dip with spinach, rocket, cherry tomatoes, celery, red pepper, cucumber and a mandarin.
lunch 28-4-15 2 It all tasted very good and no seasoning or dressing was needed.lunch 28-4 15 1 The mandarin was so good I had 2 more.mandarins and fork When I finished work I took the dogs for a walk over the road.woods 28-4 7 Our bluebells seem to be a bit behind other peoples.woods 28-4 6 woods 28-4 5 Whither shall I wander?  Up here?woods 28-4 4 Along here?woods 28-4 3 It is all lovely so it doesn’t really matter.woods 28-4 2 woods 28-4 1 Back at home I spent some happy time in my outside office, sowing vegetable seeds.outside office 3 types of lettuce, cauliflower, red pepper and more spinach.6 seed packets I hope these are successful.  I have never grown cauliflower before but have really enjoyed it this year so am inspired to grow my own.6 seeds sownSwiss Chard again for supper.  It is so beautiful I have to keep picking it.
Swiss chard on table I stir fried onions, swiss chard, broccoli, chilli, mushrooms and the rice in coconut oil and then water.  I use coconut oil to add some flavour and when that has been absorbed, I add water to cook the broccoli and chard stalks so they are soft.  Drizzled with some soy sauce and sriracha.dinner 28-4-15

This would have been an excellent day’s eating and I exercised so it should have been an excellent day except I nibbled too many dates and dried apricots this afternoon.  I did however stay vegan, whole food and plant-based so not a disaster.

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