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.

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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 world.blue 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.

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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 latte.soy 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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Craving Vegetables

Something very strange is going on around here.  It has never happened to me before but it certainly is now.  I am beginning to get very excited about eating vegetables.  It seems that the more plant food I eat, the more I want to eat it.  It is a wonderful feeling.

This morning he sun shone brightly.  Of course it did – it was Monday morning!making breakfast 27-4-15 After the wet and cold weekend we just had it seemed irksome to wake up to such a lovely morning, knowing I had to head to London to sit in the office. I would have much preferred to be in the garden.sunny morning I made a large fruit salad for me and a yogurt and fruit bowl for Harvey, which he added some ‘Fruit ‘n’ Fibre’ to.fruit breakfasts My large bowl of black grapes, 3 figs, raspberries and blueberries was delicious.red and purple fruit I had a little visitor at lunch time.  Meet Coco.  She came up to the office with her lovely owner, Zoe, who I used to work with and they met me for lunch.Coco We bought lunch at Food For Thought and took it to eat in the little gardens near the office.  I had the mixed salad box which was lovely.  Well, I think it was.  I was so busy chatting I didn’t really think about what I was eating.salad lunch 27-4-15 Coco was quite content in her beach bag.Coco in beach bag For supper I fancied pasta with broccoli.  I also had tomatoes and garlic.  I cooked the pasta and steamed the broccoli.  I heated up, gently, a slug of olive oil and very gently heated through the garlic and then added the chopped tomatoes.  While I was in the garden picking some thyme I thought the Swiss Chard looked rather lush and so I chopped some of that too and added it to the pan with the garlic and tomatoes.pasta garlic toms broc One very quick and simple and delicious supper.pasta and veg 2 This probably took 15 minutes from walking through the door to eating it (the pasta took 8 minutes to cook).pasta and veg

An very good day of eating today.  Loads of veggies, lots of fruit, some wholewheat pasta and a bit of olive oil.  I feel good!

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A London Day

I had planned to spend today in the garden but instead I ended up in London and had a lovely day with Lara.

First though I ignored the cold and wet weather and went over the road for another go at interval training and managed 8 x 2 mins running with a minute walking in between.  I did have to walk a bit during 2 of them but I definitely found it a little bit easier this week than last.

I bought some fresh figs yesterday and enjoyed three for breakfast.figs I made a smoothie with spinach, strawberries,spinach and strawberries1 tbsp chia seeds,spinach and chia some cucumber, 2 frozen bananas and the figs.blender full of veg and fruit Not the best flavour but it was packed full of nutrients and I was hungry so it slipped down a treat.green and fig smoothie Lara and I went up to London and headed to Gudrun Sjoden’s shop on Monmouth Street. This is my favourite clothes shop.  The staff are so friendly and helpful, the clothes are colourful and unique and so very comfortable.  Lots of cotton, some of which is organic, and such beautiful patterns and colours.Gudrun Sjoden Gudrun trug I met Gudrun !!!!!  She was very charming and like all the Swedes I have met, speaks excellent English so we had a little chat.  It was great to meet her and I am glad we went.  Thank you to Stella for letting me know she was in store.Gudrun Sjoden herself We decided we fancied Mexican for lunch so wandered round the corner to Cafe Pacifico.  We were given corn chips and quite a spicy salsa while we perused the menu.  We had some more chips with guacamole which we shared as a starter.cafe pacifico menu I had a little margarita.margarita at CP For my main I chose the vegetable fajitas and the staff were very good when I asked them to make sure it was served with no dairy.guac and salsa Mine came with tortillas, black beans, salsa, guacamole, lettuce and a large sizzling platter of vegetables.  It all tasted good.  It was not excellent but it was good.  The service was friendly and efficient.veggies Cafe Pacifico The company was lovely :-) .  The bill was very hefty and I think I actually prefer Chipotle which although it’s basically a fast food chain, serves very reasonable food and it is much cheaper.  I wouldn’t go to Chipotle for Sunday lunch though and unfortunately, the price would put me off coming here again.Lara in cafe Pacifico Today was London marathon day and by the time we had eaten the streets were beginning to fill up with those runners who completed the event in 3 – 4 hours.  I would be so proud if I had earned one of those medals.Trafalgar Sq on Marathon day The streets around Trafalgar Square were packed and the atmosphere was very cheerful.marathon crowds We walked down Whitehall, passed the memorial covered in wreaths to commemorate Gallipoli.Gallipoli memorial We watched a little bit of the race.  This is Parliament Square which is near the end, between mile 25 and 26.  I am so in awe of these people who can achieve this.  I walked it once – never again as it is a very long way.  London Marathon 2015 1 It was fun to experience a tiny part of so many people’s big day.London Marathon 2015 I was not hungry in the evening so I made a very small blackberry and lime banana nice-cream.  I think this is my favourite flavour as it is so fresh and I love that blend of blackberry and banana.  The juice of half a lime makes it extra zingy and tasty.blackberry smoothie with lime The joy of the blender is that you can enjoy the flavour of blackberries and all their nutrients and fibre, but a good blender gets rid of all those annoying pips so it becomes a complete pleasure.  This was fabulous.blackberry and lime smoothie

A good end to a lovely day.  I didn’t eat perfectly as I had corn chips, a margarita and 3 small white tortilla wraps but everything else was plant food so not a disaster and I did exercise so an acceptable day, diet wise.

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Portobello Mushrooms

Annoyingly, when I could have had a lie in, I woke up very early on Saturday morning.  Maybe I was feeling guilty for eating 4 slices of this bread with cashew nut butter the night before and having a glass of dessert wine!    These are only very small slices but nonetheless, that was a lot of late night calories which I shouldn’t have had.  This bread is great.  No yeast in it, which I react badly to, and no wheat which I am trying to avoid.  Harvey loves it too so this will be making an appearance again.  We have not had standard bread in our house for a long time and often don’t have any bread at all but occasionally it is handy to have and I am pleased to have found one we both like.

Pauls wheat-free It rained overnight for which the garden was very thankful.cartouche 3 My Aunty gave me these tulips for my birthday last year and I planted them in prime position next to the greenhouse so I can be sure to see them at least twice a day.cartouche 2 They look even more beautiful with rain drops on them.cartouche I then decided to empty the fridge.  I completely emptied it and literally took out EVERY single item and every shelf and washed it all, including the sides and even the central drawer unit.

I have not done a supermarket shop or had a delivery for 2 weeks and have tried to eat my way through the fridge (and freezer and cupboards) instead.top half fridge I often eat the same things so challenging myself to eat the contents before refilling was a good thing to do.

Most of the content of the bottom 2 drawers was eaten for lunch or supper so before the Ocado cavalry came, the fridge really was nearly completely empty of fresh food.bottom half fridge fridge door

In my fruit drawer I was left with 2 avocados, some mandarins and these lovely oranges.os for oj The blood oranges had been in there for ages but I ate them anyway.  Once you cut the mould off the skin, the inside seemed fine!  I juiced about half of them and made two smoothies for myself and Harvey.oranges in bowl Mine had one whole orange, orange juice, half an avocado and about a cup full of frozen pineapple chunks.orange and avocado face It tasted so fresh it was a perfect way to start the day and it kept me feeling full for many hours.smoothie 25-4-15 I was out and about all day – Saturdays are often like that aren’t they?  I grazed on 2 apples, some almonds and dates.  Probably too many in the end but I just didn’t have the time or opportunity to make a proper meal until supper time when, I must say, I did excel myself.

I picked some swiss chard and thyme from the garden.swiss chard n thyme To cook with these beauties.portobello mushrooms in pack 6 perfect portobello mushrooms.portobello mushrooms I have read a lot of vegan sites recently promoting these mushrooms as apparently they taste meaty, or at least have the texture of meat.mushroom 2 To be honest I do not look for meat substitutes.  I am embracing the whole foods and plant-based diet for what it is but the many references to them had got me intrigued.mushroom 1I couldn’t find a vegan recipe for stuffed mushrooms.  They all have bacon or cheese in them so I made a recipe up.  Lara had come home at very short notice for the evening, which was lovely, and she really liked them too so I shall share the recipe.

Portobello Mushrooms with Rice, Pine Nuts and Tomatoes

Ingredients

6 portobello mushrooms
1 cup of brown basmati rice
2 tomatoes (medium sized vine tomatoes)
half a cup of pine nuts
half a cup of sultanas
1 stalk of fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper

Method

Cook the rice until al dente
Remove the stalk from the mushrooms*, wash the mushrooms and dry as well as you can
Chop the tomatoes and sultanas (my sultanas seemed very large which is why I chopped them)
Mix the tomatoes with the pine nuts, sultanas, thyme and garlic and season
Turn the oven on to 190 °
Place the mushrooms on to a baking dish and add a layer of rice, a layer of tomato mixture and top with another layer of rice
Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes
Remove foil and replace for 5-10 minutes until done to your liking

* I put the mushroom stalks away in the fridge for another day

I did have lots of rice left over but I like to have rice handy for a quick supper or lunch box addition.
stuffed portobello mushromms stuffed portobellos I served mine with swiss chard and broccoli which I stir fried in coconut oil with garlic.  Plus a dollop of Cholula (pepper sauce) on each one.supper 25-4-15 We both loved this and there are 2 mushrooms left over in the fridge for a mid week supper.supper 2-4-15 For pudding we had nice-cream made with blue and black berries.blue and black berries Blitzed together with frozen bananas and topped with coconut.  That was a top notch supper, enjoyed in girly fashion in front of the tv.  We watched ‘Diva’ which I have not seen for years and I enjoyed it again but was astonished at quite how old it all seemed and how bizarre!Banana blueberry ice cream

Whoever thinks vegan food must be boring doesn’t have any imagination.

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Losing Weight

It feels so good to be losing weight again.  Phew.  Since March 13th, I had been slowly but surely gaining weight thanks to weekends away and too many celebrations which then seem to make me fall off the healthy eating wagon and eat bad food again.  And way too much of it.  But I am so determined to eat better and feel better this year that I am back to whole foods and plant-based meals.  The ridiculous thing is that I feel so much better when I eat the Whole Food Plant-Based way; I feel more energetic, I sleep better, I feel more comfortable in myself, I am more alert and in general feel much happier.  I also told myself this week that it will be hard, there will be moments when I want to eat the cakes/biscuits/chocolates that others do around me but I can’t.  So I need to grit my teeth and get through those moments by taking myself off for a walk or making a cup of tea or having a piece of fruit.  That is what I have done this week and the scales have rewarded my efforts as I have now lost the 4 pounds I put on since the end of March so I am back to a 23 pound loss this year so far.

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I worked from home today so had time to make a lovely breakfast smoothie bowl.  This was delicious and I did actually lick the bowl!breakfast 24-4-15 2 3 frozen bananas, about 10 fresh strawberries, maca powder, green sea greens, cacao powder, coconut, almond milk and topped with coconut and cacao nibs.breakfast 24-4-15 1Thanks to having a long meeting between 12 and 2 I ended up having a very late lunch, by which time I was starving.  One baked potato and a heap of rocket, spinach and watercress.
potato and green leaves Plus the rest of the braised aubergine, tomato and onion dish I made last weekend.lunch 24-4-15 2 I really like that braised veggie dish and will definitely be making it again.  This was a great lunch.lunch 24-4-15 It was sunny today but not warm enough to sit outside as there is a chilly nip in the air.wooden table Wandering around watering, it was pleasantly warm though and the spring flowers are looking lovely.garden 24-4-15 I had so much for lunch and as it was so late I didn’t fancy supper so I just had some grapes.  As it’s Friday I may treat myself to a glass of wine too.grapes in blue bowl

I hope you all have happy weekends.

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Sweet and Simple

Sweet and simple eats today.

Breakfast was a bowl of berries (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries) with an orange.breakfast berries I went to Food For Thought at lunch time as I need to make the most of it before it closes down after 40 years.  They have added a letter to their noticeboard.Clsoing FFT I think it will be a huge loss to Neal Street and Covent Garden to not have this fabulous vegetarian and vegan eatery serving up wholesome and nourishing food every day.Closing FFT What shall I have today?FFT Menu I went for the Iranian stew with a babba ganoush (smoked aubergines) topping.Iranian stew Served with rice, it was made with green lentils, carrots, potatoes, spinach and a tasty sauce.  Quite small but very yummy and I would have that again.  If I can!  Sob.Iranian stew 1 Supper was chips.  Well, kind of.  I chopped up 3 sweet potatoes in to chip shapes and put them in the oven for about an hour.  I stirred them half way through and added some pepper and dukkah, a mixture of herbs, nuts and spices.sweet potato chips 1 I made a dipping sauce with 4 vine tomatoes, 7 Medjool dates and the juice of half a lime. I just blitzed them in the blender until it was smooth.tomatoes and dates Not bad at all.chip and dip Harvey had his with ketchup and I had the tomato and date dip.  Well, I had half of it and the rest is in the fridge and can probably be used tomorrow as a salad dressing.  These sweet potato ‘chips’ were cooked with their skins on for extra fibre and nutrients and with no oil or salt.  I am trying to eat natural, plant foods, with very little added and certainly no salt or oil.  It will take a bit of getting used to but I am getting there and so is Harvey.  He didn’t even ask for salt tonight which is a sign that we are getting used to it.tomato date

Three simple meals today, with no snacking in between.  I am definitely back in the diet groove :-)

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Chipotle

Another couple of busy days have flown by; I have been eating well and I feel good.  Really good.

Tuesday

A citrus breakfast made with a pink grapefruit and 2 juicey sweet oranges.  I also had 4 mandarins.  After that lot I was just buzzing with energy which is such a wonderful feeling.citrus brekkie 21-4-15 I enjoy Instagram and follow lots of interesting accounts, many of whom eat the same way I aim to eat – whole food and plant based.  One account I follow posted a photo last week of a vegan burrito from Chipotle.  I was intrigued because the chaps at work regularly go there as we have one very close to the office and their lunches do look very good.  I bought the Vegetable Burrito.  It doesn’t look that appetising from the outside, but oh my !Chipotle vegetable burrito It was fantastic.  perfect size portion wise and filled with brown rice, black beans, lettuce, peppers and red onion, chilli and guacamole.  It was perfect in every way except a little tricky to eat, especially when one is wearing a white shirt!  I managed to eat it unscathed thanks to a large amount of napkins.  Not quite the look I go for in the office but sometimes needs must!  Thank you @hippiehealing for the recommendation, it was great.Chipotle burrito I had received a text in the morning from my sister Lucy, asking me to pop round to Patisserie Valerie on Old Compton Street in the afternoon for cake and bubbles as it was her birthday – now that is the kind of text I like to receive.  Bizarre that I ended up back there again, just 2 days after going there with my family on Sunday and when I haven’t been there for years. It was very splendid to sit there beside the open window with some of my treasured family. Happy birthday again to my lovely sister Lucy.Lucy's birthday bubbles I avoided the cake and just had one glass of bubbles before heading home to more, er bubbles !  Well, it was going to be but I have realised now, seeing this picture, that I didn’t actually get the bubbles out and instead we had wine.  I was hosting a card night and had an apple and celery and houmous for supper.  Plus wine and fun with Sarah C. and Marion but we did miss Sarah F who had to make an unexpected rush to A&E.  Next time we can be a four again.4 glasses Wednesday

A whole sweet and perfectly ripe papaya for breakfast.  It was so good.papaya 22-4 15 At lunch time I went back to Chipotle.  I had been advised by my colleagues to go for the Vegetable basket instead of the burrito because it is much easier to eat and you actually have more filling than you do in the burrito.  Plus it is so much easier to eat and I am trying to not have wheat so there’s another bonus.  I had exactly the same as yesterday except with mixed beans ie black and pinto beans.Chipotle beans 2 This tastes excellent and although I will not be having it every day, I will be going back.chipotle beans 1 Dinner was super quick and easy.  Left over braised aubergine and tomato with a green salad made with watercress, spinach and rocket.  dinner 22-4-15 So two vegan days and apart from the bubbles, all very healthy, whole food and plant based.  I feel pleased with my eating and I am really beginning to feel very good on this diet.  I need to do the same tomorrow.

 

 

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