The Celery Glass

It can be too easy in life, to rush through, rather than take the time to enjoy simple pleasures.  After a very busy week I have definitely been guilty of that.  So today I started my day slowly and decided to focus on something that is there, right in front of me, that I like, but which I rarely notice. The celery glass.

celery in glass 1

I like it because my Dad gave it to me and it is his birthday today so I was thinking of him more than usual.  Happy birthday Daddy :-)

Dad and Jilly in fancy dress

I like glassware and I like objects which have a function.  When we were little, a glass of droopy celery was regularly plonked on the table for us to eat but never in this splendid glass.

celery glass

This celery glass is Victorian.  During Victorian times (1837-1901) celery was considered a delicacy as growing white, non stringy celery was quite a challenge for the voctorian gardener.  From the mid 1800s onwards, dinner services always came with a celery glass so Victorian hosts could proudly display their celery.

celery glass 2

This is a typical example of a celery glass.  Some are more ornate but the shape of the glass and the engraving on it is of its time.  It is surprisingly heavy but then I suppose it has to be, to stop the celery toppling it over.

celery glass and shadow

As well as appreciating the history and the family connection of my celery glass, I decided to make the most of the sunshine streaming in to my kitchen and take photographs of the shadows on the wall.

celery in glass 2

So there we have it, simple pleasures.  This one with the added bonus of a glass full of celery to nibble on.

Nutritional profile of celery from Nutrition Data:

The good: celery is a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.  It is also slightly anti-inflammatory.

The bad: celery is high in Sodium, and a large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars.

Apart from a cup of tea, my first sustenance of the day was a smoothie I made with an orange, kale, spinach, a banana and some water to add extra hydration.orange, kale and spinach

I love the colour of the orange against the dark green.oranges and greenery

This looks like pond algae!green smoothie, it's alive

It was still bubbling when I poured it in to the glass which made it appear to be alive.  I half expected a frog to pop its head out – Ribbett.green smoothie 27-1-13 close up

It tasted really good.  I whizzed it for ages so it was very smooth and it slipped down easily.Green smoothie 27-1-13The sunshine was particularly welcome today after the recent cold and snowy weather.

large vase of flowers

We all headed off over the road for a walk.  Yes, we have Beryl again this weekend.Beryl in the woods

The melting snow has made it very wet over there.streams in woods water everywhere

I have never seen the water flowing so fast in this part of the woods.fast flowing water

I was sad to see so many more trees have been cut down recently.  I hope that is all they are cutting as I love these woods and am so grateful they are on the doorstep and we can walk through them without getting in the car first.cut down trees

It was late when we got back so we had a simple lunch of poached eggs.eggs in the poacher

2 each on slices of Cranks wholemeal seeded loaf.2 eggs on 2 toasts

Yummy.poached eggs on 2 toasts

We had roast chicken for dinner which was delicious.  It was a joint effort tonight which I appreciated.  Washed down with a delicious glass of Sancerre.
roast chicken dinner 27-1-13

Dylan, you are a big dog and that is a small dog’s bed that you are perched on the top of.  It is Beryl’s bed.

Dylan in Beryl's bed

Yours is the large brown bed beside the radiator!Dylan in small bed

A good day was had by all.  Healthy food, fresh air and exercise and some chores out of the way.  Haven’t had any celery though :-) .

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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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5 Responses to The Celery Glass

  1. Laura says:

    I just love, love, love the celery glass. I honestly have never in my life heard of a celery glass. How long does it stay fresh like that? This was amazing to see and the photography of the shadows was awesome too. We just cut our to the serving size and wrap it in foil for the fridge. ☺

  2. Lara says:

    Wonderful blog as always. Very intersting with the celery part and Dylan’s mention did make me laugh!! X.x.z

  3. Oh I loved the celery glass too – particularly the photos. Lovely to have special glassware [I've got a few nice pieces that I've collected over the years] – and Dylan in Beryl’s bed. So funny. They are daft these dogs. Thank you so much for having my little smell to stay. XX

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