Sorry Bambi

I felt really tired when I woke up – I am too old to go to bed at 2 am and then feel human the next day!  I wanted a green smoothie for breakfast to help revive me but it was raining too hard so I ate what was in the fridge instead: strawberries, banana, hazelnuts and almond milk.

It was a milk shake consistency smoothie which was refreshing and tasty.  Coupled with a cup of tea it did help revive me.

I had bought some lovely smoked haddock at Cranbrook’s Farmers Market yesterday and I used it to make a kedgeree.

I blogged about making a kedgeree before here .  I only had risotto rice so I used that and it worked very well.

We all love kedgeree so this was a very popular lunch choice.

After lunch the rain actually stopped and the sun shone brightly so I was able to snap a few pics of these beautiful tulips in my garden.

I got all excited about a walk with the dogs and then it rained again!

Another purchase in the market was some venison.  I actually went in search of lamb shanks.  I enjoy listening to Chris Evans’ breakfast show and he has raved about his wife’s lamb shanks several times.  I couldn’t find any though so I bought 2 venison shanks instead.

Slow Cooked Venison Shanks

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • Red wine, pour wine to the top of  the empty tomato can
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 venison shanks


  • Heat 1/2 the oil in a frying pan
  • Add the onions and carrots and fry gently for 5 minutes
  • Add the garlic and fry for another 5 minutes
  • Add the tomatoes, wine, tomato puree, thyme and salt and pepper and bring to simmering point
  • Pour in to the slow cooker and turn on to low

  • Add the other 1 tbsp oil to the pan and heat
  • Brown the venison shanks on all sides
  • Place the venison shanks in to the sauce in the slow cooker
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours, occasionally turning the meat so all sides braise in the sauce.

I didn’t have any tomato puree so I blitzed a small jar of sundried tomatoes and used that instead which worked very well.

To serve with the venison I stir fried some broccoli and rainbow chard from the garden

and, as requested by Harvey, mashed potato.

It was good.  Lovely tender and falling apart meat with a rich sauce.


As an accompaniment I served some redcurrant and port jelly

and a large glass or red wine.

I hope you had a relaxing Sunday too.


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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