Who Coloured In The Food?

I have missed pottering about in the kitchen this week and was looking forward to being in there today.  I am irritated about no heating or hot water especially since my kitchen, with 3 outside walls, is the coldest room in the house.  So we put on lots of layers and enjoyed being together anyway.

I had a proud Mummy moment.  Harvey made himself some porridge for breakfast and asked what fruit was available for him to add to it.  And then he added some nuts so I was thrilled he is instinctively making healthy food choices :-).  So proud.  He did also add some chocolate which is not so healthy but I liked his creativity in the kitchen.  His breakfast of porridge with a grated apple, handful of macadamias and 3 squares of Mayan Gold tasted very good.

I went for a very healthy option.

40 g quinoa (80 g when cooked), with a papaya, 1 tsp sunflower seeds and 1 tsp golden linseeds.  I ground the seeds in a coffee grinder so they were like a powder which makes them easier to digest.

I am a recent papaya convert and I wouldn’t eat it on its own as I slightly dislike the texture but mixed up with quinoa it was lovely.  It had a clean and fresh flavour and was perfectly ripe.

I bought something new this week in the market.  I think they were called ‘French Truffle Potatoes’.   They were black on the outside

and purple inside.

They tasted earthier than white new potatoes which Harvey didn’t like but I did and I really liked the contrast on the plate.

I had the potatoes with ham and salad:

150 g new potatoes
10 g butter
2 tbsp Salad Cream
65 g ham
lettuce, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas

I enjoyed that.

Then I prepared supper.  I had a gammon ham which I cooked in the slow cooker.  I have found a great site for those of us with a slow cooker (or crock pot as they call them in the USA) Crockpot 365.  Stephanie, the blog writer, has published 2 books about slow cooking and written this great blog with a different recipe for every day.  I followed Stephanie’s recipe exactly for

Honey Glazed Ham

Ingredients  (serves 4 – 5)

  • Gammon
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Place the gammon (you may need to pre soak in water – check with your butcher or read the label) in the slow cooker.
  • Place the other ingredients in a sauce pan and heat gently until the honey and butter has melted.
  • Pour over the gammon.
  • Put the lid on and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • No need to baste.

While supper was cooking we went for a walk in the forest.  The rainy morning changed in to a sunny afternoon and it was lovely outside.

I walked, Harvey cycled and the dogs ran.

The local forest is criss-crossed with numerous tracks.  We usually follow the same route but today Harvey decided we should do something else so he chose which tracks we went up or down.  Some were more challenging than others!

It was so good to be out in the lovely countryside.  Much as I have enjoyed being in London this week, I have missed being outside in the fresh air.

Someone was a little bit cheeky about how much time he had to spend waiting for me to catch up!  Our new routes added to the walk considerably and we spent one and a half hours walking/cycling/running through the forest which was lovely.

This one is especially for Elaine, in case she is missing the lovely Kent scenery, either in reality or in my blog 🙂 .

Back at home I had a lovely surprise.  I received a lovely basket with a beautiful plant in it.  Thank you Marie 🙂

Who made the mushrooms pink

and yellow?

They look like coral!

After the walk I was really hungry so I had a bowl of cereal with yogurt.  Then I just zonked out and fell asleep on the sofa.  I had been awake since 5 am which I could have done without after a first week in a new job.

Even though I was looking forward to cooking today, I was too tired so James finished off supper, thank goodness.  He sliced the mushrooms and gently fried them in butter with a tiny amount of salt.  They were delicious.  Very meaty in texture and full of flavour.

The gammon was served with mashed potato, carrots, peas and a spoonful of the glaze.

The gammon was tender and flavoursome but I realised too late I should have pre-soaked it so it was a bit too salty.  Not inedible but not as good as it should have been.  It will be good to use up in a soup or to add to an omelette or something in the week.

Looking back at my food today, I can see that it was all very, colourful.


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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8 Responses to Who Coloured In The Food?

  1. laura1952 says:

    I have really enjoyed reading your posts and looking at the awesome pictures of London, the amazing markets, their displays of food and again back home again.

    Everytime I saw a picture of the cheese in those machiness my mouth would salivate, wishing we had access to such a thing here. If we do, I haven’t found one!
    Keep up with the awesome work posting here. It is something I really look forward to each day.
    Hi to the family from Bob and I here in Brougham, Ontario, Canada.

    • Hi Laura, I haven’t heard from you for a while – I miss your lovely comments. Yes, my life has certainly been different this past week. I am loving being at home this weekend. Much love to you and Bob x

      • laura1952 says:

        I have been down with the flu for the first time since the Winter Olympics in Seoul Korea with a long slow recovery. I am grateful for Double-Ginger Tea giving me my humanity back along with anti-viral Apple Cider Vinegar and warm water!

  2. Sorry t hear you have been so poorly. At least you know what to take to heal as quickly as you can :-). Hope you are fighting for again very soon x

  3. Love all the colors on the food:)

  4. Therese says:

    Hi Zoe, when we stayed at Tanna Island in Vanuatu, they served us papaya juice on arrival and then at breakfast in the mornings. It was so delicious. Growing up in north Queensland we called it paw paw. We had a few trees in the backyard at my parents house and ate them often. My dad would sprinkle sugar on them!

    Glad your new job is going well. All the best with the next weigh in. I’m there and maintaining. Therese xo

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