This House Has Been Far Out At Sea All Night

I had some work to do in the Ramsgate house today and had to get there as early as possible.  I made a smoothie to drink in the car.

  • 30g oats (3 WW points)
  • 100 ml coconut water (1 WW point)
  • 100 ml water
  • 15 g sunflower seeds (ground to dust in my coffee grinder) (2 WW points)
  • 5 g sesame seeds (also as dust) (1 WW point)
  • 100 g Natural Probiotic yogurt (3 WW points)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana

I had a few sips before I left home and it was delicious.  Creamy, fruity and smooth.  So I was looking forward to it.  I poured it on to a spill proof cup so I could sip it while I drove.

Unfortunately, it solidified really quickly so I couldn’t actually drink it in the car so I had to wait quite some time for breakfast so I could eat it with a spoon.  GRRR.

I had several errands to run on route and once at the house, and having braved the icy winds to transport several armfuls of things in to the house (not easy or pleasant) I sat down to finally enjoy breakfast, 1.5 hours after I made it.  DISAPPOINTED!!!!  It had separated and begun to go brown :-(.  It was so delicious freshly made but not so great for being left.  I ate it anyway, there was no alternative.

That wind was ferocious this morning.  It was as if there was nothing between here and Siberia.  It was a swirl round everywhere, go up your nose and whip your hair in to your eyes kind of a wind.  It blew the below freezing temperature through 3 layers of clothing and in to the very core of you in seconds.  I was so glad for the protection of my house, from where I watched the lively sea and enjoyed the brilliant sunshine.  Look how rough the sea is beyond the harbour wall compared to the calm harbour.

Lunch was a very quick and easy affair.  One ripe, juicy and sweet mango, served with 90 g of Beaufort Alpage.

Beaufort is a hard Alpine cheese like Gruyere or Comte.  I bought this in Borough Market last Thursday and it is magnificent.  I only bought a little piece because it is incredibly expensive at £47 a kilo.  But what a treat and worth every penny.  I swear you can taste the pretty Alpine flowers in every mouthful.

For supper I trod a well worn track to Veg Everyday!  The Sweet Potato and Peanut Gratin beckoned.  This dish is sweet potatoes, sliced thinly and baked in a cream and garlic sauce.  So Harvey, who is dairy intolerant, could eat it, I used natural soya yogurt instead of double cream.  That also saved me quite a few points.  In the middle of the dish was a layer of peanut butter and lime.

I took several photos of the stages involved in making it but I am not publishing them today because I am not sharing the recipe.   Unfortunately we didn’t like it :-(.  I was very disappointed.  We waited ages too because it took half an hour longer to cook than the recipe said.  The lime and peanut butter just did not work well together.

We both decided this was a dud dinner and we would never have it again.  But I was hungry enough to eat it with 100 g very lean ham.  Harvey ate his because I promised I wouldn’t cook it again, if he ate every last piece!  James thought it was better than we told him it would be but probably would not want it again.  That’s just as well!

Confession time.  While I was waiting for dinner to cook, I was so hungry I started picking.  1 apple and a clementine first.  So far so good.  Followed by 3 tsp peanut butter (4 WW points).  Hmmmmm, not so good.  And then a Mini Melton Mowbray Pork Pie.  Truly, I did.  They are one of my guilty pleasures (6 WW points).

I hope tomorrow’s food is better than today’s.  And I hope my house by the sea survives another cold and windy night.  To be precise, I hope my roof doesn’t blow in to the sea as apparently it has some important bits missing!

Daily WW Points Summary

Breakfast = 10
Lunch = 10
Dinner = 16
Snacks = 10
Tea in milk = 2

Daily total = 48

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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