Someone Special

I was so happy to wake up today, knowing someone special, my beautiful daughter, was under the same roof, tucked up in her own bed for the first time in five long weeks :-).

We had a berry licious start to the day with a triple berry smoothie.

Made with Almonds, Coconut Milk, Marionberries, Blueberries and Raspberries.

It was very purple.  Tasted good.

We girlies headed off to Cranbrook to pick some select delicacies for lunch, leaving James at home to make pizza dough.   Shopping is so exhausting we had to stop for a coffee.

It is so much fun having a coffee with someone special.

We bought some lovely treats from Campo Vecchio for our pizzas; salami, ham, roasted peppers, olives and mozzarella.

Once home I made a start on tomorrow’s lunch and Christmas dinner.  Yes, I did mention the “C word” as it is known in our house because I ban the children from mentioning Christmas until December 1st.  But I wanted to try a recipe out for that special day so am allowed to mention it.  And anyway, they are my rules so I can do what I like with them.

From Sophie Grigson’s superb recipe book ‘ Vegetables ‘ I made the Braised Red Cabbage with Apple and Red Wine.  Adapted, naturally.


  • 1 large red cabbage, quartered, core removed and sliced thinly
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 apples, peeled, deco red and sliced (I used cooking apples from the tree but you could use any type you have)
  • 100 ml port (you could use red wine instead)
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 40 g butter
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 150 ° C.
Put all the ingredients, except the butter,  in to a large casserole dish with a tight fitting lid on.
Pop in the oven for about 3 hours.
Stir after 1 hour and then again every 40 minutes.  The cabbage and apples will absorb the liquid and cook down and end up very tender.

Pizza time.  I made a tomato sauce and rolled out the wholemeal pizza dough.

Put on the toppings – we all chose our own.


Cinema in the afternoon, out for dinner tonight and a big family get together to look forward to tomorrow.  Loving someone special being home 🙂



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 Someone Special

  1. Laura Stavro says:

    My mouth is watering just looking at your wonderful food choices and that PIZZA….Can you come to my house and make me one? 😀 . I am looking forward to hearing how the experimental dish of Cabbage, Onion and Apple turned out. Me, personally would not have peeled the Apples because that is were most of the nutrients are in the skin. Just like Potatoes.
    Say Hi to the family to me

    Brougham, Ontario, Canada

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