The Chapel

It was very foggy when I woke up this morning but the sun soon burnt it off and we had a glorious September day.  Bright blue skies, the sun shining brightly on the leaves which are just beginning to turn orange, yellow and brown and a delightful crispness in the air.  Perfect for the Autumn Fayre at Harvey’s school.

I had, unusually, pre-planned breakfast.  Last night I put a portion of rice in to the fridge so I could make e.g. fried rice this morning.  I knew we would be having a late lunch so I wanted a substantial breakfast.  I have recently been in the habit of putting some of the food from dinner in to the fridge for another meal another day.  So instead of making a bit extra for later, we are actually all eating a bit less, which no one seems to have noticed.

Harvey was keen to help and this is very easy for children to make.  The quantities fed 2.

  • Heat 1 tbsp groundnut oil in a saucepan, fry the chopped spring onion briefly and add the cooked rice to warm through.
  • In a separate jug, beat 3 eggs and add 1 tbsp sesame oil and 1/2 a tbsp of soy sauce.
  • Make a well in the middle of the rice in the frying pan and pour in the eggs.  As they begin to set, stir in to the rice.

To paraphrase a Meerkat, “Simples” !

Harvey and I then went to the Autumn Fayre which is a wonderful opportunity for the children to be entrepreneurial with all monies raised being donated to charity.  Harvey’s favourite was “Ice Ice baby” – a competition to see how long you can leave your hand and arm in a bucket of iced water.  He managed about 17 minutes!  Little boys can do some strange things.

Harvey and I then headed up to Marylebone to The Chapel.

The Godfather was in town and we had been invited to a big get together with friends and family.  James and Lara had gone ahead and had been there for 2 hours when we arrived.  Mr B. hid his early inebriation well!

Good to see you Daddy.

For those of you who don’t know Dan he is James’ oldest friend, he was best man at our wedding and he is Lara’s Godfather.  During her gap year he arranged for her to work at All Saints Vineyard in Australia where he is head winemaker. She lived and worked with Dan and his family for 6 or 7 weeks, learning all aspects of vintage which was an amazing experience.

Dan has come over to England for a holiday and we met him, his family and friends and had a very long lunch in The Chapel.  It was lovely to see them, Dan’s sister and her family and their old friends, who we hadn’t seen since Dan was last over, 2 years ago.

I didn’t take any photos of the sausages, creamy mash and curly kale followed by a cheese platter I had for lunch.  I was too busy enjoying the moment and forgot all about it.  The food and the pint of beer and glass of wine were clearly not great diet food though but they were good.  I was pleased with myself for resisting the Banoffee pie and chocolate brownie.  I didn’t even have a taste of anyone’s dessert 🙂 .

It was wonderful to see Dan, Therese, Tom and Grace and hard to say good-bye.  Au revoir dear friends, enjoy the rest of your trip and see you next time we Skype you.

We left His Nibs there as Lara was babysitting so we needed to head home.  I realise I am showing my age but I can’t listen to half a song like todays youth can.

Once at home,  I just wanted some fruit for supper as lunch was so substantial.  To be truthful I wanted all kinds of other things but thought a fruit plate would be a good idea after a rich lunch.   I hadn’t got round to eating the melon I bought at Jane’s recently and it was sweet and juicy.  Hard to believe it was grown just round the corner.

Being the kitchen gadget queen I naturally have a melon baller 🙂 . The melon, grapes and orange were prepared and munched as we watched X Factor.

A lovely day spent with lovely people. I wonder when James will return from The Chapel.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. 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 do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. 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. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to The Chapel

  1. Therese Crane says:

    Hi Zoe, can u do me a big favor & email photo of 4 of us as we don’t have many as I’m the one who takes the photos & the others from the day at the chapel. Thomas also enjoyed catching up with his godfather ABB or is it BBB. Enjoy reading your blog & looking forward to the next post. Therese

    • Hi Therese, I have just emailed you 2 photos. I will look at the others and see if they are worth sharing and send them on. It would be lovely to see you again before you go so hopefully we can work out a visit to Norfolk. Happy tapas eating x

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