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 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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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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