Those Magnificent Men

It rained heavily early this morning but by 8 am the sun made a big effort to appear.

Harvey and Lucas took the dogs out for a walk.  For a bit longer than I expected so I was relieved to see them back.

They enjoyed their excursion and I remembered that when I was their age I would go off on my bicycle for hours at a time, playing in the streets of the South London suburbs where I grew up.  They had walked along the cliff top promenade which is pedestrian only so it was safe and they were obviously happy enough to go further along than I thought they would.

Once back it was breakfast time.  It is tricky photographing children.   Sometimes neither of them look at you,

and at other times one of them looks gorgeous but the other is not looking!  So you get what you can 🙂

I had scrambled egg and one rasher of bacon on toast.

Several of our visitors have recommended the RAF Museum at Manston.  We had planned to walk along the beach but the weather was cold and cloudy and threatening rain so we went to the museum.  It was only a 5 minutes drive from the house and is located next to Kent International airport at Manston.

Out side was a doodlebug.

Inside we bought our tickets from 2 delightful gentlemen who were very knowledgeable about the museum.  This is one of those museums the British does so well.  It has been put together by enthusiasts.  People who passionately care about the history of the RAF who served at Manston until 1999.  During WWII Manston was very busy, due to its proximity to France.  The museum has obviously been put together on a budget and relies on donations of artefacts.  But it is fascinating and quirky and well worth a visit.  I think they should increase the entrance fee of £1.50 for adults and only 50p for children!

There is a combination of cute little models of the airport and train network,

and real flying machines.

Some are replicas, such as this WWI ambulance.

Why did Zoe need to take several pictures of an old ambulance?

Aha!

There is plenty you can touch and the boys were particularly fascinated by the ejector seat.

As we walked through the different aircraft hangers, there was plenty to see of interest.

All 3 boys wanted a bullet as a souvenir!

In the afternoon I felt rather out of sorts and after a simple lunch of cheese on toast I actually slept all afternoon !  When I woke up I wanted to bake and cook something substantial as we were all feeling very hungry.

The first thing I made were some cookies.  I was desperate for something sweet and decided to give in.  But by baking something myself, I was able to make sure the ingredients were real food with no additives, flavourings or colourings etc.

Based on a recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies I found on a blog called How Sweet It Is, I made some that were slightly healthier.

Coconut and Rasin Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 112 g butter or dairy-free alternative, at room temperature ( I use Pure Soya )
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown soft sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¾ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup rasins*
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes, chopped*

optional: 1- 2 tablespoons milk, if dough is crumbly
* instead of the raisins and coconut, you could use 1 ¼ cups chocolate chips (which is what the original recipe uses).

Method

Put the butter and 2 sugars in a large bowl.

Beat with electric whisk until combined.
Add the egg and vanilla essence and whisk.

Fold in the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.
Stir in the oats, raisins and coconut.
If the mixture is crumbly, add 1 tbsp of milk to bring it together (I didn’t need to).
Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 190 ° C.
Place spoonfuls of the dough on a baking sheet.  I use my trusty ice-cream scoop.

Flatten the circle slightly and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until beginning to turn golden.

The consistency is in between a cake and a flapjack.  Moist, chewy and very moreish.

For supper we had a chicken pie.  On Thursday, Harvey and I had roast chicken and I made this pie to use up all the left over chicken.  I added vegetables to it so I did not need to cook anything separate.  The entire meal is cooked on one pot, hence I call it:

Chicken One Pot Pie

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 100 g mushrooms, chopped
  • Cooked chicken, ( I had more then half a chicken)
  • Tarragon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Kale
  • Peas (frozen are fine, no need to defrost first)
  • 50 g butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 200 ml chicken stock
  • 300 ml milk (I used soya)
  • 1 packet ready rolled shortcrust pastry

Method

Preheat the oven to 200 ° C.
Heat the oil in a frying and add the onions.  Fry gently for 5 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and fry for another 5 minutes.

Chop up the leftover chicken.

Add the chicken to the pan with the tarragon, salt and pepper and heat though.

Put the kale and peas in the base of a rectangular dish.

Place the chicken, mushrooms and onion mixture on top of the kale and peas.

Heat the butter in a small saucepan and when it is melted, add the flour.
Cook gently for 2 minutes to make the roux.
Mix the milk with the chicken stock in a jug and add to the roux.
Whisk until smooth and thick.  Cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring.  Pour over the chicken.

Whisk the egg and brush egg on the top of the dish.
Roll out the pastry and press on to the top of the dish.
Brush egg on top of the pastry and make 3 slashes in the pastry so steam can escape during cooking.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

Cut in to 4 and serve.

This is a delicious supper and everything you need is in one pot.  So simple and a great way to use up some leftover chicken.

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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