Bread Pain

Last night I soaked oats with almond milk and frozen berries.  In the morning they were added to the blender with banana and some coconut nut butter.  Delicious.

When I got off my train, I was drawn, helplessly back to Monmouth.  Like a moth to a flame I joined the queue and bought a coffee.

They are only small and I had a filter coffee to save some points from the milky coffees I prefer.

At work they do a “fruit frenzy Wednesday”.  Boxes of fruit are placed in each kitchen for staff to help themselves to.  So I did; white melon, orange melon, blueberries, raspberries, grapes and a strawberry.  I liked that!

Back to Borough Market for a potter about while choosing lunch.

I wanted a salad and headed in to Le Pain Quotidien. What a delightful find.  This boulangerie/patisserie/restaurant is simply furnished in a beautiful building where the food is the star of the show.  I could have eaten it all.  And one day I will sit at their communal table and eat bread with milk chocolate and plain chocolate and white chocolate spread.  yes folks, you read that correctly – WHITE CHOCOLATE SPREAD 🙂 .  How long until my birthday so I can go and pig out?

I chose a smoked chicken salad with raisin bread.  I should have said no to the bread but having entered this foodie paradise “yes please” just popped out, all on its own when I was asked if I wanted any.

The salad came with a basil dressing and a runny mayonnaise.  And croutons – oops.

The raisin bread was perfect.  Moist and chewy and full of flavour.  It came with a little pack of butter.

This was a lovely lunch but I am not sure how many calories/points it had.  Too many I suspect.  So despite being lovely and I highly recommend this place,  I will have to try and avoid it in future.

I swam against the tide after work and walked North across London Bridge in rush hour.  I wanted to pop in to a shop on the North side and enjoyed this amazing view of London lighting up for the evening.  St.Paul’s is in the background, as majestic as ever.

Super was super quick and easy.  Steamed kale and leeks with smoked salmon.  The keen eyed amongst you will have spotted the butter in the photo.  Oh come on!  I can’t just eat a pile of steamed veggies – the butter and lots of black pepper elevates this from edible to tasty 🙂 .

Call it bread or du pain, it is not diet friendly for me and I really do need to leave it alone.

 

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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6 Responses to Bread Pain

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    Le Pain Quotidien do a fabulous salad with smoked salmon and lemon and dill dressing which doesn’t have croutons and is really filling. And you can refuse the bread. I love it in there. They also do the most fabulous rice pudding breakfast dish.

    • I could, in theory, refuse the bread. But just going in and seeing it all there makes me want it too badly. Hence i need to avoid it. But it was a lovely place and for an occasional treat I will go there. I love smoked salmon so i will try that salad. Thanks 🙂

  2. nomadsinthedesert says:

    There’s nothing wrong with butter…our bodies need fat ( in moderation ). You live in England and I believe your butter is made from grass fed cows which means it is high in the good omega’s….enjoy!
    Marianne

  3. Veg Grower up the Road says:

    I love the way you’ve mentioned NOTHING about work!! Well done. Keep your eye on the important things. Hope you’re enjoying the bits between, morning coffee, lunch and dinner though!!

    • The bits in between are good. But I am deliberately not talking about them. I have heard about people losing their jobs because of things they have posted on Facebook or other on-line sites. I will say the occasional thing but it will be vague. But rest assured, I am enjoying it.

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