A Fishy Tale

I have had rather a lot going on in my life to have managed to blog for a couple of days but today I am back on the blogging horse 🙂 .

Yesterday morning I did a lovely walk with Fiona in the woods.  The sun was shining and the colours in the woods were beautiful.

As I am changing my lifestyle and eating more healthily, I am trying to cut down on refined white carbohydrates like white bread, white pasta and white rice.  But sometimes a bread comes along that just has to be eaten.  I had bought this amazing ciabatta bread with olives in Borough Market the day before.

Big fat full of flavour green olives in a stick of chewy ciabbatta.  I ate it with some foccaccia and duck mousse pate.  Some foods are worth falling off the wagon for and these were definitely worth the tumble.

I felt a little bit “tired” this morning, thanks to a fantastic evening at Jane and Tony’s last night.  I should have taken my camera to capture some of the fun the 10 of us had and the wonderful food we were served.  And so you could see some snippets of Jane’s beautiful home which is like walking in to an interior design magazine.  It was a fabulous evening, in part due to the setting and the food but mainly because of the wonderful company.  Just what I needed after a couple of fraught days.

I was very happy to walk in to the kitchen this morning and see the little fella busy making himself some scrambled eggs.  I am so happy that he is now confident enough to cook a simple breakfast on his own, and does not need my help at all.  Even if it means there are no eggs left for me!

I made myself porridge for breakfast: 30 g oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 100 ml coconut milk, 50 ml water and 1 banana.

It was a bit too thick so I grated a juicy red skinned pear on top which made it perfect.

Harvey and I went shopping in Cranbrook this morning and the farmer’s market was on.  I treated us to some smoked haddock from the fish stall.

I think it it quite expensive but it is such amazing quality fish, it is worth every penny.  It is fish as it should be, bright, shiny, and not at all slimy or smelly.  And not artificially dyed either.

I wanted to eat the haddock with some spinach and kale and I decided to make kedgeree.

Adapted from Delia Smith’s recipe for ‘Buttery Kedgeree’ in the Complete Cookery Course, I made a less buttery but still delicious kedgeree.  Delia’s, and many other recipes include eggs but I don’t think you need the extra protein so I leave them out.

Kedgeree (serves 3 – 4)

  • 500 g smoked haddock
  • 570 ml cold water
  • 50 g butter or non dairy equivalent
  • 1 onion or 4 shallots, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp Madras curry powder
  • White long grain rice*, measured to the 225 ml level of a measuring jug
  • 2 heaped tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Juice from 1/4 of a lemon
  • Black pepper

* I only had paella rice and used that which worked very well.


  • Put the haddock fillets in a saucepan and cover with the cold water.  Bring to the boil, put on the lid and simmer gently for 8 minutes.
  • Transfer the fillets to a dish, cover in foil and keep warm.
  • Pour the cooking liquid in to a measuring jug and remove enough liquid so you are left with 450 ml.
  • Melt 50g butter (or non dairy equivalent) in the pan you just used to cook the fish and gently cook the onion for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the curry powder and rice and stir to cover in the buttery onions.
  • Add the cooking liquid, bring back to simmering point, cover and cook gently for 10-15 minutes until the rice is tender.
  • Turn off the heat and leave for 5 minutes so the rice finishes cooking in the steam.
  • Flake the haddock and stir in the the rice.
  • Add the parsley, lemon juice and black pepper and stir carefully so the kedgeree is well mixed.

Delia adds boiled eggs and another 50g butter but I did not.

I served it with some kale and spinach I stir fried in the water left on the leaves from washing them  i.e. I washed them in a colander, did not shake the excess water off and put them in a hot pan until they wilted slightly.  It was a very tasty meal and the best bit by far was the fish.

In the afternoon we headed to Ramsgate with Harvey’s friend Lucas.  James cooked supper for which I was grateful as I felt exhausted.  We had wild boar and apple sausages which were delicious with carrots and potatoes mashed together.

So giving up the white carbs, which I have been doing really well with, has fallen by the wayside over the last few days.  I need to re-focus my efforts.

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 A Fishy Tale

  1. Helen says:

    Zoe – I missed you! Glad you are back. I’m thinking I might try one of those walks in the woods with my two hounds today. Hx

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