Oh My Gourd!

I woke up and left my warm bed very early today.   I couldn’t remember what I was doing this week and it was bugging me so I came downstairs, made a pot of tea and checked out my calendar.  I was first up and enjoyed the tranquility and peace of an empty and quiet kitchen.

I have recently discovered the pleasures of loose leaf tea and the simple ceremony of making it in a pot.  This is a special pot.  It was given to me by work colleagues when I left London to live in New York for a year in 1994.  They thought I needed to remember my Englishness when I was away.  I believe Julia chose the pot and the elegant silver tea strainer.  It was a thoughtful gift and has been treasured ever since.  More to come about those work colleagues on Friday!

It is half term so I made chocolate porridge for breakfast.  I make porridge as usual and just add 1 tsp of cocoa powder.  So simple but very much enjoyed by Harvey and it makes a change for me too.  We ate it with strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate and hazelnut butter.

Harvey was busy all day and on my way home from dropping him at a friends I drove past the pumpkin and gourd stall on the Tenterden Road.  This stall is at the end of the drive to the house where it is all grown.  It is such a great stall and at the moment is selling pumpkins, squashes, gourds, pickles, eggs, apples and tomatoes.  All this only 10 minutes drive from my house 🙂  NB another sunny day.

They have little pumpkins.

Huge pumpkins.  They are so beautiful and reasonably priced.  I bought the large one on the right hand side of the picture for carving.

Stood and admired the variety of shapes and sizes the gourds come in.

Which ones shall I get?

So hard to choose.

Talk about a feast for photographic eyes.

I spent £11.50 and came home with a massive orange pumpkin, 4 small orange pumpkins, a grey pumpkin for eating and about 12 ornamental gourds.  Happy shopper 🙂

Lunch time.  I had some rice to eat up so I made Egg Fried Rice.  I picked some chard from the garden and assembled the other ingredients.

  • To make it I heated 1 tbsp sesame oil in a frying pan and lightly fried the spring onion and chopped up chard stalks.
  • I then added the chard greens and rice
  • While that cooked, I lightly whisked the eggs and added some soy sauce and sesame oil to the eggs.
  • I pushed the rice and greens to the outside of the pan and added the eggs to cook.  I do this because I like pieces of egg to eat with the rice.  You could cook it by mixing it all together but then you don’t get the larger eggy bits.

This is one of my favourite quick and easy meals.  Delicious.

I was tidying the kitchen this afternoon and noticed the basil plant needed trimming.  I used the trimmings to make some Pesto.  I make pesto so Harvey, who is dairy intolerant, can eat it as most shop bought pesto has cheese in it.  It was so easy.  I put some basil leaves, walnuts and olive oil in to the small blender and blitzed until smooth.  Traditionally pesto is made with pine nuts but I didn’t have any so I used walnuts.  You can use any nuts.

I added salt to taste.  It was a lovely dark green colour and I put it in a small pot in the fridge to have later.

I put the gourds in a large perspex bowl so I could see through it.  What a constant source of pleasure it is.

They are so fascinating and beautiful, I had to keep picking them up and looking at them.

For supper I made prawn fajitas as I had picked up some raw king prawns which were heavily discounted at the supermarket this morning.  Fajitas are so easy!  Chop up and lightly fry a red onion and a yellow and red pepper.

Add the prawns

Add the fajita seasoning and cook through.

I served them with a corn tortilla, half fat sour cream, some of the pesto I made earlier and cheddar cheese.  We all, including Harvey’s friend, who is here for a sleepover, totally enjoyed them.  Yum.

To celebrate losing some more weight (2.5 pounds this week) we all had pudding.  Meringue, Greek yogurt, honey, strawberries and raspberries.

I had a glass of red wine too, to celebrate my weight loss.  I have nearly lost 3 stone 🙂 .  Oh my gourd!

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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7 Responses to Oh My Gourd!

  1. Gini Smith says:

    Zoe, you are doing so well. Really amazing. Keep up the good work and the great blogs. Love gini x

  2. Irina says:

    oh wow, I love all those gourds! Is Tenterden road near Tenterden? I want to see that stall! I have got a few pumpkins and squashes I’ve been “collecting” over autumn hanging on my kitchen, but I am gradually using them up and would love to stock up on them.
    I like the idea of chocolate porridge, will have to try that.

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