Honey Honey

Yesterday I was given 2 jars of something very special.  Either one of them would have made my day, but I was given 2 jars of ambrosia.

The first jar I received was from James’ sister, Anne.  Anne and her husband, Tony, have recently harvested their first ever crop of honey and have given us one of their precious jars.  If you grow your own vegetables – respect.  But to manage a colony of bees and then produce honey is amazing.  Now that is something I really aspire to.

These bees live in Balham in London.

And this is the honey they made, which has been bottled and has a professional label on it.  I was so delighted to receive this.

I can’t believe someone I know made this and bottled it so beautifully.

Thank you so much.

I am no honey connoisseur but it smelt wonderful.  Extremely floral.  It was dark in colour and quite runny.  I could barely contain myself as I put my honey dipper in the pot.

Beautiful.  I could eat it by the spoonful.  I wonder if I have to share it or if I can just hide it and have it all?

I drizzled it over some Greek yogurt.

To which I added chopped walnuts and pomegranate.  They worked really well together and all 4 ingredients created a delicious dish.  Heaven, on a spoon.

Honey honey, how you thrill me, ah hah, honey honey.

My next jar of wonder was given to me last night by Sally.  It may not look pretty but this is a jar of something very special indeed.  It is a jar of Sally’s Sourdough culture which she started last year after being inspired by a Hugh F-W’s recipe about bread making.  Thank you very much.

Now I need to get out Hugh’s book to see what to do with it and make a loaf of sourdough.  Watch this space!

So after all that excitement, what did I do today?  I spent a lot of time setting up the recipe index, which several people have asked for recently.  I have now indexed about 2/3 of my recipes and will try and finish it tomorrow but it is rather time-consuming.  Please let me know if any of the links are wrong!

Breakfast was a bowl of porridge made with almond milk, Chia seeds and a grated apple on top.

For lunch I ate up some leftover bulgur wheat with roasted vegetables and sun dried tomatoes.  I dry fried them in a large pan while I chopped up some cavolo nero and Chinese greens.

I served the bulgur wheat and added some oil to a pan and then added the greens with 1 tbsp agave syrup to provide sweetness.  Within a couple of minutes the greens had all wilted so I served them on top of the bulgur wheat.  I then added some pumpkin seeds for protein.  It was tasty.  Not award winning but it made an adequate lunch.

For supper we had Nasi Goreng with egg and King prawns.  I had a go at making a spicy base sauce for it, which turned out edible but not worth repeating so I need to work on that.  It was an OK dinner.

Thank goodness for the honey, which made a truly memorable end to the day.

At Weight Watchers I lost a pound.  I am relieved.  The keen-eyed amongst you will have noticed, as even the partially blind will have, that my eating has not been optimal lately.  So I am pleased for a small loss and am working towards a big loss this coming week of 2.5 pounds as that will get me to a 3 stone loss.

But first I need some more of that honey.

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 Honey Honey

  1. Lara says:

    First of all a big WELL DONE on your weight loss for the week. Thats brilliant!! It may not be much but its another step closer to the big THREE STONE!! I am so proud 🙂 And secondly, what a healthy eating day!! The prawns looked yummy!! As did the honey but that goes without saying!! I hope there is a little left at christmas time so that I might try it!! Keep up the amazing work!! You are doing GREAT!!

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    • Thank you for your support and kind comments. I can not guarantee the honey will last that long, it really is delicious. I will try to save some. Watch out for me hitting that 3 stone this week. i am going to be really good this week!

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