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.
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 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.
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 ………