They Were All Yellow

I woke up early today (6 am) and felt wide awake which is a good feeling.  I lay there quietly, enjoying the peace and stillness in the house as the weak wintry light slowly filtered in to my room.  I enjoyed knowing breakfast was already made too and all I had to do when I got up was to make a pot of tea.

When I roasted the Crown Prince squash last night, I kept back one of the quarters from the roasting tray.  I wrapped this in foil and baked it at the same time as I roasted the other dinner dishes and left it on the side until it had cooled.  When it was cool I mashed the orange flesh in a bowl, and then added 1/3 of a cup of oats, 1 tsp chia seeds, ½ tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp pumpkin spice mix.  I mixed these ingredients together and then added enough almond milk to cover and mixed that in.  I did not refrigerate but left it covered, on the side as I dislike eating this dish chilled.

The colour of the squash is very vivid to say the least!

This breakfast may not appeal to all of you but a home roasted squash is much tastier than a can of pumpkin puree and I really enjoy it.  The Chia seeds swell up over night which helps to make this very thick.  I used Flahavan’s organic rolled oats, rather than jumbo oats when I soak them overnight and by morning the oats are completely soft.

Once a month there is a farmer’s market in Cranbrook and it was on today.  I always buy some of the meat from Cherry Tree Farm in Frittenden (such a cute name for a farm – like something out of an Enid Blyton book!) so we have a shoulder of lamb for roasting tomorrow and some boneless pork chops for the freezer.

I also bought some goodies from V.J.Game to pop in to the fridge and freezer for later.  Home Gurrown were there today and she makes lovely quiches, pies and Scotch eggs which I bought for lunch.  If you live locally, pop in next time it’s on and support the local producers.

I bought this cheese too which I had to sample while I prepared lunch and it was lovely.  I like my hard cheeses to be hard and this was, with a wonderful creamy rich flavour with strong blue cheese notes too.  That won’t last long in my fridge!

I had to get some bits from the supermarket too and this is the view of the windmill from the Co-Op car park.  Such a lovely sunny morning.

Lunch was a Scotch egg with salad.  Harvey and I shared a smoked salmon egg and a pork with tarragon egg.  They were delicious, with lovely fresh eggs and a very meaty shell which was not at all greasy.  I particularly liked the smoked salmon one although I found it slightly salty today.  That may be me though.  I have noticed that as I eat more whole foods and raw foods, I eat a lot less salt and rarely need to add it any more to food so I have perhaps become a bit sensitive to it.  After I had taken the photo I decided I needed mayonnaise with this so I added a large dollop of mayo which went well with the salad and the Scotch egg.

Smoked salmon Scotch egg is a genius idea.  It works very well.

We had a good walk in the woods this afternoon.  Another bracing walk in the cold but all agreed we felt better afterwards.

Supper was very early again as we are off to a party in Sussex tonight.  I am attempting to copy my success of the other night by eating a substantial meal before going.  I picked up some chicken breasts from Wilkes in Cranbrook and sought inspiration for a recipe in  The Essentials of Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan.  This is a massive book, with over 700 pages in it.  I cooked the chicken with lemon and parsley.  The chaps had a baked potato too but I ate mine with just carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.

We weren’t sure what the point of the parsley was as it went black, crispy and inedible in the pan and we couldn’t really taste it in the chicken either.  Maybe it added a subtle flavour.  This was a reasonable meal.  Not exceptional but good enough to eat and will possibly be made again.

I have noticed, from writing up what I have eaten today and going through my photos, that nearly everything was yellow!  Off to Sussex now.  Party on!

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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6 Responses to They Were All Yellow

  1. Laura Stavro says:

    I have not had Scotch Eggs since I lived next door to an English couple when Philip was first born Dec. 12, 1977. She always made them for Christmas Eve and I just loved them. Your Salmon ones look like they were awesome.

    You are absolutely right about the salt. I did the same thing when I removed it from my diet and used it only for cooking/tenderizing and I only use iodized sea salt now instead of table salt. When you remove it, your system does get used to not having the salt overload. AND the same thing happens when you do this with sugar.

    Great eating my dear. I hope your luck at the party was as good as the other night.

    • I think Scotch eggs are a curiously British food tradition. We find them everywhere here and they are usually made with cheap meat. So finding fresh home made ones at the farmers market was a real treat and they were delicious.
      I am finding it so much easier to remove salt from my diet than sugar, which is my complete addiction 😦

  2. Charlotte says:

    Hi Zoe, came across your blog recently when launching our website. We own Cherry Tree Farm in Frittenden as kindly mentioned in your blog, which I think is great. We’d love it if you introduced yourself to us next time you are at the farmers’ market in Cranbrook. We are going to try to put a link through from our website to your blog, if you’d like us to? Paul and Charlotte

    • That would be great, thank you. Send me your website link too an I can out that on my blog. Unfortunately I missed the Cranbrook market last week – do you sell at any others?
      Your husband would recognise me as I usually buy some of your lovely meat. Hope to meet you too one day 🙂

  3. Charlotte says:

    No, we don’t do any other farmers’ markets but we do sell straight off the farm. We always have fresh meat around the time of the farmers’ market and frozen meat the rest of the time. You can contact us if there’s something you’d specifically like. Our website is http://www.cherrytreemeat.co.uk.

  4. Hi Charlotte, I just edited a post I published about 3 weeks ago – https://loseweightandgainhealth.com/2012/06/24/wild-waves
    I put a link in to your website as that day I know they were Cherry Tree Farm chops and they were lovely. Good the next day cold in a packed lunch too 🙂

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