Early Bird

Well I wasn’t up catching worms but I did catch an early train to work and I was at my desk just after 6:30am!  I had so much to do this morning and I woke up at 4:30 stressing about it.  Rather than toss and turn I decided to go in and crack on.  What a great idea.  I got everything done I needed to do.  Next time you wake up early and start stressing, get up and work in it if you can.

I took in a breakfast of 1/2 a can of pumpkin (the last one in the cupboard), 1/3 cup of oats, almond milk, pumpkin spice (cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg), chia seeds and almonds with some mixed dried fruit.  I ate it 2 hours after making it, by which time the oats had softened and the chia seeds had swelled and it was lovely.

I didn’t get out for lunch until 2pm but by then I had completed a days work so I took a whole hour.  It was great.  The sun was shining and the market was still busy but not crazy.  For some reason I fancied a bratwurst today.   To be truthful, it is next to the Raclette stall which had a really long queue!

They serve it with with mustard, ketchup and sauerkraut.  I hate sauerkraut but it is supposed to be good for you so I ate it.  Yuck.  The Bratwurst was lovely though and I managed to avoid my trademark when eating such things of a large ketchup splat down the front of my shirt.  Never a good look and especially not at work, all down the front of a gorgeous orange blouse.

While I munched I wandered round slowly, looking at the stalls.  One of my favourite things on the planet is meringue – check these out!  Look at the ladies arm to get some sense of scale – they are massive.

And they had little custard tarts.

These always remind me of my friend Jeremy who was happily living in Malaysia for 3 years and we visited him every year.  We had amazing holidays together and he lived near a city called Johor Bahru in the South, near Singapore.  When we went to the shops we ate these lovely tarts.  So I treated myself to one and had a lovely reminisce about some very good times with a dear friend.

Having consumed lunch, while pottering about, I went to Turnips.  How I love this stall with their unusual goodies.


King Oyster mushrooms,

Morels ( I didn’t buy any but I may tomorrow)

Brown, yellow and orange tomatoes.

I bought loads of goodies and happily paid for them.

I am looking forward to cooking then up this weekend.  When I got home, my wonderful daughter had cooked us all a lovely dinner:  maple marinated salmon, brown Basmati rice, broccoli and carrots.

Maple Marinated Salmon

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger, grated finely
  • 4 pieces salmon


  • Mix together the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic and ginger in a large bowl.
  • Add the salmon and marinate all day.
  • Lightly fry the salmon for about 5 minutes on each side.
  • Heat the remaining marinade in a small pan and bring to the boil.  Serve with the salmon.

It was lovely and a wonderful treat to come home to.  Thank you Lara.

The carrots are purple, not “burnt” as Harvey thought!

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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2 Responses to Early Bird

  1. Lara Bennett says:

    Wonderful pictures! Making me very hungry! Glad you enjoyed the dinner 🙂 you deserved it! X.x.x

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