Something really thrilling happened today. I put on a pair of trousers I had not worn for about 6 months and they were too big. So much too big that I couldn’t possibly wear them 🙂 They have been thrown out which was very satisfying. All of my clothes are becoming looser and I am enjoying wearing things loose and comfortable instead of being too tight. The baggy trousers were a black pair I was putting on for going out for dinner in tonight. So I should have mentioned that near the end of the post but I was too excited to wait.
I woke up in Ramsgate today and this was the view from the window of the early morning sun trying to break through the clouds over Ramsgate Harbour. It seems such a treat to wake up and look at such a view without even getting out of bed 🙂
I turned my much loved MacBook on while I waited for the kettle to boil for my morning brew. I was so sad to see Steve Jobs had died. What a genius and a visionary he was. I know he didn’t invent/design the iPhone, iPad etc by himself but he contributed in a major way to groundbreaking and innovative technological products we didn’t even know we wanted until we saw and touched them and instantly became hooked. I hope his successors are good because I don’t know what I want my next techno toy to be so I am depending on them to make it for me.
Remember last night I deliberately saved some pumpkin for today? I saved it for breakfast !!! Yes, really I did. I regularly read several American blogs and they have all been raving about pumpkin for breakfast recently, in porridge or smoothies. I am not convinced about the pleasure to be had from pumpkin for breakfast but I wanted to try it.
I mashed up the pumpkin.
I made my normal porridge (50 g oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 140 ml milk and a banana) and then stirred in the pumpkin.
I ate it all and it was possibly quite tasty. Or was it? I think my resistance to it was more psychological than real. It just seems wrong to eat pumpkin for breakfast! I might try a smoothie tomorrow to see how that goes.
I was so busy all day I didn’t get round to lunch. My intention had been to get the house ready for the next visitors and then walk along beside the coast and on the beach to Broadstairs for lunch and then walk back. It was a gloriously sunny day and I had remembered to pack my trainers so I was all set. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the electrics in the house and I had to wait in for the electrician to fix it. Thank goodness he was available, came straight away and fixed it. But I had no food in the house and no chance to go out. So I just enjoyed the view but was disappointed to miss out on the coastal walk which is gorgeous. That will have to keep for another day.
On Monday I went on a pumpkin hunt. I tried my local shops first, then the local supermarkets and even Ocado but no one had any. So I ordered some canned pumpkin from an American import website. Had I known Waitrose in Ramsgate was stocking fresh pumpkins I would have waited but I didn’t know so I ordered some on-line.
When I returned home this afternoon there was a large parcel by the gate. So now that I am not sure whether I really like pumpkin for breakfast, I have 4 cans of it! Hopefully the pumpkin pie spice will make all the difference.
I also bought some other goodies. Not realising quite how massive the packet would be, I bought a packet of ‘Premium Saltine Crackers’. I would find it hard to justify why I bought them as they are a highly refined white carbohydrate product which is exactly the type of food I am trying to cut down or even out of my diet. I guess I just got over excited when I saw them in the on-line aisle and just clicked to add to basket.
It never occurred to me I would be opening the packet at 6:30 pm, when I had not eaten anything since breakfast. So I was really hungry and could not resist. I ate them with the hazelnut butter I had bought in Vegetare in Cranbrook yesterday. I have never had it before so was I keen to try it.
The picture below is a bit of
a lie an understatement. I did have the crackers with nut butter and clementine but while I was putting that together, and a similar plate for Harvey, I must have eaten another 6 – 8 hazelnut covered crackers. Oops – she was troughing!
They were so moreish. I have never had hazelnut butter before but it is delicious. If you are feeling bold and want to try a new nut or seed butter, go for hazelnut. I always credited the chocolate with making Nutella so delicious but I think I was wrong and it is the hazelnut. I am too scared to work out the points in that lot!
So having scoffed some very diet unfriendly snacks, did I make myself a healthy salad for supper? No! I went out for a curry. It had been in my diary for a few weeks and I was really looking forward to a night out with some lovely girl friends who I met at either the local Primary School or Tennis Club.
We went to The Raja near Tenterden. I knew I would be late so my friends ordered for me and I missed the poppadums so that saved a few calories. Just as well because I had ordered the Prawn Makhni which is creamy, coconutty and calorific. But soooo good and as an occasional treat I had made allowances for it. Well, I had until I opened the saltine crackers!
That portion looks quite good doesn’t it? Shame I had seconds but it was so tasty I had to eat it all up. To my credit, I had no booze and no side dishes and I managed to not have even a taste of anyone else’s curry. I literally had a Diet Coke, my curry with plain boiled rice and then a mint tea.
The curry was delicious and the company was , as always, wonderful. Sorry you are a bit fuzzy ladies but you were probably making me laugh, again.
I feel completely stuffed. Those trousers may not be so baggy in the morning.