Bank Holiday in Balham

I enjoyed yesterday’s scramble so much I made another one today with just 3 ingredients: kale, egg and onion.

It was delicious.

Just what I wanted.

We went to Balham for lunch with James’ sister, Anne and her family.

We always enjoy visiting them and my children enjoy spending time with their cousins.

Anne is a fantastic cook.  Not only does she make everything you eat, she makes things that are slightly unusual so I never know what to expect and am always happy to eat what she offers.  Today was no exception.  After some savoury crackers with drinks we had a salmon.  A whole salmon which she had baked.

Soba noodles with mango, red onions and roasted aubergines,

and a green salad served with a vinaigrette dressing made with pomegranate molasses.

It was wonderful.  Anne used a Yotam Ottolenghi recipe for the noodles and this one looks like it.  We all loved it and cleared the huge bowlful she made.

For dessert we had a chocolate and chestnut cake with a fruit salad made from dried fruits cooked in vin santo and home made vanilla ice-cream.  She had also made mango and a raspberry sorbet.  They were all fabulous.

The fruit salad was a Nigel Slater recipe from the Observer Food Monthly and was really good.  I had mine with the chocolate and chestnut cake but some of the others had it in a sundae dish, layered with the vanilla ice-cream which looked wonderful too.

After a lazy afternoon and then crumpets and Christmas cake, we headed home via someone special in Streatham who had some very tasteful Christmas decorations.

We had tea and Pannettone and got home rather late.

So my festive eating has come to an end.  Apparently the average Brit puts on 5 pounds during the Christmas season.  I couldn’t get to Weight Watchers tonight so I am not sure what the damage was but according to my home scales it is 4 pounds.  I have no other Christmas dates in my diary so from tomorrow, I ma beginning a very strict January and intend to end the month with a 3 and a ½ stone loss.  I have enjoyed my lack of restraint but am looking forward to being supremely good and feeling healthier again.

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Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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