Mother’s Ruin

I failed today’s first objective – I didn’t even manage to set an objective!

Breakfast was delicious and easy as I had made it the night before.

Bircher Muesli:
1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup almond milk
1/3 cup natural yogurt
1 tbsp chia seeds
½ tsp cinnamon
1 grated apple

I really enjoy this for breakfast as it is fresh and full of flavor, satisfying but not too heavy.  Just right. 

I had a very busy morning moving Harvey’s bedroom from the small room he has inhabited since he was born in to the room previously known as “the playroom”.  He is really pleased with his new room but we now have the TV issue.  I have never allowed a TV in the bedroom for plenty of reasons, with which I will not bore you.  James and I don’t have one either by the way.  But there was a TV with PS3 in the playroom.  Which is now a bedroom.  So Harvey has a TV in his bedroom but no one else does.    2 of us are not too bothered by this.  But someone will be.  Oops 😦

After all that shifting things around we were all hungry so needed something quick. I bought a lovely crisp and flavoursome lettuce in Turnip in Borough Market on Friday

and had some of the wonderful gammon ham leftover from last Saturday’s local farmer’s market.

Ham + about 50 g cheddar + 2 eggs = omelette.

I made a simple dressing for the lettuce (1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard, salt and pepper) and topped it with sprouted sunflower seeds.

I do make a good omelette, even if I do say so myself and that lettuce was really good.

It didn’t rain this afternoon so I managed to get outside, weeded the raised beds and I planted some parsnips, French breakfast radishes and 3 types of kale.  I then came in and decided to decant some of the sloe gin.

Those jars I use to ferment the sloes and gin in are very misleading.  It looks nearly empty doesn’t it?  Seemed a shame to put that tiny bit back in the cupboard so I thought I’d drink it.    That was when the afternoon began to get a bit squiffy.

I had hazy recollections of making a gin based cocktail one evening with Michelle and Lucy, with cherry brandy and fresh grapefruit.  It is a VERY hazy memory as we made a lot of cocktails but that memory inspired one of the most delicious drinks I have ever made.  All you need is some sloe gin, a pink grapefruit and ice.

I peeled the grapefruit, removing as much pith as possible and put it in the blender with some ice and blitzed it until it was very smooth.  I then added it to the very generous portion of sloe gin in the glass.

I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E !!!!!

The bitterness and freshness of the grapefruit cut through the sweetness of the sloe gin and my mouth was alive with a phenomenal flavour.  It had the consistency of a Slush Puppie but none of that nasty chemical flavour and artificial colours.  This was practically a health shake by comparison.  It was so delicious I got an ice-cream headache I drank the first one so fast.

I had some of the grapefruit slush leftover.  It’s the middle of the afternoon.  Shall I have another one?  I don’t mind if I do.

You really should make one of these if you have a blender powerful enough to blitz a grapefruit to a pulp and crush ice-cubes.  It was amazing.

Apology to my dogs for not going on that long walk I promised you this morning.  But I was busy all afternoon, working out and devising strategies to help the world’s poor snoring on the sofa.

When I woke up, the Norwegian fish cakes I had planned for supper seemed less appealing than they did when I bought the cod.  James and Harvey got over the disappointment very quickly and rustled up a Chinese take-away.  In my favour I did only eat half a portion of special fried rice

and sweet and sour chicken.

Death by MSG!

There is one more pink grapefruit left in the bowl and a large bottle of freshly decanted sloe gin in the cupboard ………



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 Mother’s Ruin

  1. Veg Grower up the Road says:

    Brilliant Zoe – one needs a day like that every now + again. I, on the other hand, did a 25 mile bike ride from Horsmonden. I am also now lying on the sofa snoring! Xx

    • VGUTR, you are so healthy. No wonder you can still wear the same clothes you wore in your twenties! I hear you did a long walk to the Three Chimneys yesterday. You put me to shame.

      • Veg Grower up the Road says:

        It’s less than an hour’s walk Zoe through Sissinghurst Castle. We do cheat and leave a car there so we don’t have to walk back too!!

  2. aga sagas says:

    Hic! Pants to the bike ride….I think the grapefruit is FAR healthier! x

  3. Sarah says:

    Ha ha! Made me laugh! I felt as though I was there with you, especially when I read “don’t mind if I do”!!! V v well done – it WAS healthy drinking! xxx

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