Lovely Lunch

Another bright blue skied sunny morning in Kent :-).  Every sunny day now seems a bonus before greyness and winter sets in.  Feeling bad about the garbage I had eaten yesterday, I wanted to start the day with a burst of nutrients and no fat.  So I retrieved my juicer from the back of the cupboard and went in search of raw food to push through it.  In my front garden is an apple tree.  They are cooking apples but I wanted something just picked and they are lovely apples, just a bit less sweet than eating apples.  The tree is smothered in rose hips from the pretty white rose that clambers all over it.
These two will do for a start.
In the fridge I found some floppy celery and a new carrot.  Why does celery go floppy?  The flavour is still lovely but I never fancy anything floppy in a salad bowl.
After washing them, I pushed them through the juicer.
3 simple ingredients, one glass of orange fabulousness.
And the frothy top was a bonus.

By lunch time I was starving.  I had some wonderful leftovers in the fridge; roasted onion squash, chickpeas with chard and cumin and the slow baked tomatoes with garlic.  I put them in a dish, covered with foil and popped them in the oven for half an hour to warm through.
I also wanted some green veg so I chopped up 1 leek, 1/2 a head of broccoli and 2 small courgettes.
The greens were stir fried in 1 tbsp groundnut oil.  They were taking a while to cook so I added a small amount of water to steam cook them for a bit.  I then added approximately 1 tbsp of soy sauce and  a similar amount of agave syrup.  I needed to sweeten them a bit to encourage Harvey to eat them.  Wow!  They tasted amazing, especially the leeks.  The leek picked up the salty soy flavour and the sweetness of the agave syrup perfectly.  I could have eaten a plateful of that alone.  The broccoli was really good too but the courgette was still slightly bitter.  Still very edible though.

As a complete dish, the lunch worked brilliantly.  many dishes taste better after the flavours have had a chance to mingle for a couple of days and that was true of the chick peas and garlicky tomatoes.  Combined with the squash and salty and sweet green veg, it made one of the tastiest lunches I have eaten for a long time.  Simply brilliant.
 The autumn nature table in the hall has had a whole bunch more nature added to it!

I have loved walking past this amazing bunch of flowers, seeing their beautiful blooms and smelling the wonderful scents which are filling the house.

Not so grand but just as charming in their own way, is the little bunch of cornflowers in a small vase in the kitchen.  They grew from a pre-seeded pouch Lucy gave me and are so pretty; I enjoy seeing them while I am cooking.
Supper was quick and easy; scrambled egg on toast.

I weighed in 2 pounds less tonight at Weight Watchers which I was pleased with.  That makes a total loss of 36 pounds now, two and a half stone plus a pound.   So I treated myself to a celebratory gin and tonic.  Delicious.
 I have some fab friends coming for lunch tomorrow.  What shall I make?

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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4 Responses to Lovely Lunch

  1. Abi Ellson says:

    Well done Zoe! Is that a new bamboo worktop in your kitchen? xx

  2. Irina says:

    wow, that is quite a weight loss! Well done!

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