The First Day of 2012

I wanted my first mouthful of food/drink of the new year to be very healthy.

I made a freshly squeezed juice with 1 pear, 1 carrot, 1 celery stick, ½ a lemon and some cayenne pepper.  Apparently cayenne boosts the metabolism and mine definitely needs a little boost after all the Christmas excesses.

It comes out all frothy and is very easy to drink.  Yum.

I created a new page on this blog the other day called “Recipes To Try”.  Sometimes I go blog surfing and find all sorts of interesting recipes I want to try and then become frustrated when I can’t find them quickly so I have started listing them on my new page.  It proved handy today because I wanted to try one of the scrambles I had seen on Natural Noshing for breakfast.  I went for the kale and veggies one.

Kale and Vegetable Scramble

Ingredients (serves 1)

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup of kale, chopped
1 pepper
1 small onion, chopped
2 eggs, beaten
2 spring onions
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste


Heat ½ the coconut oil in a frying pan and fry the kale, pepper and onion for about 5 minutes.

Push the vegetables to one half of the pan and add the other ½ tbsp of coconut oil.  When it has melted add the eggs and scramble them.
Add in the spring onion and nutritional yeast and mix the vegetables in with the egg.
Season to taste and serve.

 It was so good to be eating something so green again.  This was very easy to make and tasted great.

The plan for the day was to go on a long walk with my cousin Bruce and his family and Aunty Marion.  We walked around Benenden, a nearby village.  When we set off at 12:30, it began to drizzle but we decided to walk on anyway.  Hello little donkey.

The boys enjoyed petting the donkeys.

The drizzle became quite a heavy rain but we decided to keep going anyway and by the time it rained hard we were about half way round.  It was a lovely route and it was good to be outside and doing a good length walk.

We had a table booked in The Bull in Benenden which is a superb pub.  It is a very friendly village pub and well worth a visit.  It is a Free House and they serve a lot of local beers and the food is fantastic.  On a Sunday they do a carvery and it is as close to having a roast at home as you could find.  There was a choice of turkey, pork or beef.  I went for the beef which I had with horseradish sauce, stuffing with cranberry sauce, a bacon wrapped sausage, roast potatoes, carrots, peas, cabbage, cauliflower cheese, broccoli and gravy.  It was delicious.

There is a large dining room but we sat in a room next to the bar area which was really cosy.  With its wood panelled walls, dark decor and subtle lighting, it was the kind of place I could have sat in all day.

The boys had their own table which they enjoyed.

And we 6 adults had a lovely afternoon in the pub :-).  If you fancy a Sunday carvery or a cosy spot to enjoy a drink, I really recommend The Bull in Benenden.

The late afternoon was spent relaxing at home and we had a simple supper of cheese on toast.  I had bought some smoked cheddar at a farmers market recently and had not tried it before.

I had one slice of toast with Gruyere and one with the smoked Cheddar cheese.  Yummy.

Served with a glass of sloe gin.  I was really pleased with the sloe gin which I made in September.

So far 2012 is looking good 🙂 .

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 The First Day of 2012

  1. Looks like you have a good healthy start to the New Year! I am so glad you enjoyed the scramble Zoe 🙂 Thanks for the mention and the feedback! Here’s to a fabulous and healthy new year!
    and I love the photos of your boys with the donkeys – too cute!

  2. Laura Stavro says:

    Yummy Scrambled. I am out of Kale, but will try this with Spinach.

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