The wonders of the Blogosphere

Earlier today I saw what I consider to be one of the wonders of the blogosphere.  2 people, my sister Lucy and a friend of mine, ‘Veg Grower’ connected to each other via this blog.  Veg Grower has lots of fennel and Lucy posted a favourite fennel recipe in the comments.  How amazing is that?  There are millions of blogs out there, where people share and give away information.  I find it incredible how much information is on blogs if you look for it.  Readily given with no expectation of anything to be received in return.  It really made my day to see people getting involved on my blog and I was delighted.  Thank you Lucy.  I hope it inspires many others to do the same.

My eating today started really well.  I haven’t had porridge for a few days and I had missed it.  50 g Jumbo oats, 140 ml soya milk, 1 tsp Chia seeds, 1 small banana, 2 fresh figs and 1 tbsp Clementine cashew butter.  Delicious and filling and satisfying.  Shame the figs look like minced meat!  Don’t let that put you off though as they go really well in porridge.

Lunch was another Hugh recipe.  Twice cooked potatoes.  A bit of a cheat recipe really as it is so easy and it has been done many times before.  You bake the potato in its jacket for an hour, scrape the inside in to a bowl, put the skins in the oven to crisp up for 10 minutes while you add to the potato in the bowl.  We added spring onion, butter, cottage cheese and cheddar.  Put the filling back inside the skin, pop back in to the oven for 10 minutes to warm through and then it’s ready.  I just added some baby plum tomatoes.  Mangez mangez!

The rose I cut on Sunday has opened fully and is so beautiful and smells wonderful too.  We should all have something in the home which brings us great pleasure, however fleeting.

This afternoon, Lara and I stood in the very warm September sunshine and watched Harvey play football with the school team.  It was a close match and it was a shame they drew 0 -0 as I think they deserved to win.  I was very proud of my little man though as he played his socks off.

This evening we three adults in the family went out for dinner.  We went to The Great House in Hawkhurst.  I like the building, the decor, the ambience and the food is good too.  Unfortunately I had forgotten to bring along my little friend Will Power.  Having left him at home I tucked in to a baked Camembert to start with.  I shared it with Lara and it was splendid.  Almost worth every calorie/point.

My main was reasonably healthy; calves liver with mash and vegetables.  It was tasty and the portion was adequate but not excessive which is a good thing.

I was full and contented but as soon as they ask “would you like to see the dessert menu?”, I am nodding before I have even processed the question, never mind had any time to wrangle with my conscience.  So I semi-consciously ordered the apple and pear crumble with honeycomb ice-cream.

With the half bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon I washed it all down with, I definitely blew the calorie/points budget today.  And I guess watching football doesn’t really count as doing any exercise either does it?

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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