A Taste of Peru

This morning I ate something I have never eaten before in my life, of that I am certain.  I have been reading about Lucuma recently which is a powdered from of a fruit found in Peru.  It has been described as tasting like maple syrup and vanilla and is used to slightly sweeten and flavour smoothies, drinks, desserts etc.  I was not enthusiastic about the smell but the taste of the powder was really pleasant.  I thought it tasted like an old fashioned vanilla ice-cream.  So I added it to my smoothie.

In my smoothie today was 30 g oats and 1 tsp chia seeds which I soaked for a couple of hours in 200 ml coconut milk.  I added 1 banana, ½ an avocado and 1 tbsp lucuma.  To be honest I couldn’t really taste the lucuma once it was blended with the other ingredients.  It was a good smoothie and the texture was perfect; very thick but smooth and creamy.  Delicious.

While I waited for the oats and seeds to soak I had a lovely walk with Judy and Amanda in the woods.  We went to some woods I have not walked in for years.  We did a circular walk which took about an hour and had a good amount of hills in it for fitness.  The rain held off and we had a good chat.

Lunch was some more leftovers.  It was a bit if a ready, steady cook lunch.  I had half a can of chickpeas, half a red onion, half a red pepper and half a jar of tomato sauce.  So I finely chopped the red onion and pepper and fried them for about 5 minutes in a saucepan.   I added the chickpeas and tomato sauce, put the lid on and simmered for about 5 minutes.  I served it with some steamed tender stem broccoli which I put some butter on.  It tasted quite good.

Actually it was really good.  Particularly since it only took about 15 minutes from opening the fridge door to sitting down and eating it :-).

In the afternoon I headed to Ramsgate with a bag full of leftovers to use up.  Yes, once again we have the lentil sloppy joes and turlu.  I have enjoyed these but I admit I am pleased I have now finished them both.  I served it tonight with 1 tbsp Greek yogurt.  It would have been more yogurt but I managed to drop the pot on the floor, upside down.  This little bit is all I had left over as I managed to scrape it from the side of the pot.  GRRR.  Things like that are so frustrating.

I have an evening to myself ahead of me where I can watch what I like on tv or read or select something from iPlayer.  I wouldn’t want to be alone very often, but as an occasional event I love it.

This is my view from the sitting room.

I hope you have a good evening too.


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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