I was so tired when I woke up. We watched the Olympic ceremony until the end so didn’t get to bed until 1 am which was a much later night than I needed. Worth staying up for though – wasn’t it amazing?
I had a red berry smoothie first thing to get some much needed vitamins.
After a dog walk with Annette we headed off to my sister Abi’s for lunch. I took some sweet potatoes, which I had sliced and placed in a bag with some oil, salt, cinnamon and white pepper. To cook them you just tip them in to a baking tray and bake in a hot oven for about 40 minutes.
I also made a salad of finely chopped broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumber and parsley, which I mixed with some raisins, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. It was dressed with the juice if 1 lemon, 2 tbsp maple syrup and some salt. I got the idea from Oh She Glows’ Detox Salad. I used similar ingredients but not with her quantities.
It was so sunny we sat outside. Andrew had made us all some foccaccia which we enjoyed with olives and humus.
Plus fizz .
Relaxing is so much easier in the sunshine.
My brother-in-law Jim cooked BBQ chicken and sausages which was served with a lovely salad made from lightly fried courgettes and asparagus with cherry tomatoes, fried halloumi and a homemade basil and oil dressing. Abi made a tabouleh and it was all served with my sweet potatoes and salad. It was all delicious.
Even better for being able to eat outside.
For dessert, Andrew had excelled himself. We had his lovely chocolate, nutty Crunchie squares (it was Andrew who introduced me to these last year).
Plus he made a baked cheesecake, covered in berries.
As if that wasn’t enough, Abi had made a strawberry pavlova.
How could I resist this?
I didn’t resist anything and completely over-ate. I must have had a million calories today .
All too soon it was time to head home.
I am now sitting watching the Olympics and feeling uncomfortably full. I had a wonderful day, nearly all spent outside, with very dear and lovely people.