Another Jubilee Celebration

I tried to revert to macrobiotic eating today and started with egg fried rice and vegetables.  I picked 4 types of leaves from the garden: beetroot leaf, broccoli, chard and spinach.

I received a package from my favourite on-line health food shop this week and the package included some coconut oil.  I ran out ages ago and was delighted to get some more.  The smell alone is wonderful and it is a great oil to cook with.

I fried some onions with some purple carrots

added rice leftover from the Thai green curry Lara made the other night and wilted the leaves on top,

and then added the egg.  It was delicious but the purple carrots stained everything purple and made it look most unappetising.  I seasoned it with my new posh soy sauce.

Harvey and I took the dogs on a lovely long walk while our lunch cooked.  I used the slow cooker to make a delicious soup with aduki beans and lots of vegetables.  I had been soaking the beans since the previous day and after rinsing them well, I boiled them for about 15 minutes and then drained them and placed them in the slow cooker.  This lovely recipe comes from one of my most treasured and well thumbed cookbooks, Entertaining With Cranks.

Aduki Bean and Vegetable Soup

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 100g aduki beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 level tsp ground cumin
  • 900 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 leeks, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs, finely chopped (I used parsley, oregano and thyme)


  1. Boil the beans for 15 minutes, drain and transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Heat oil in pan and fry onion, garlic and cumin for 5 minutes.
  3. Add to slow cooker with vegetable stock and can of tomatoes.
  4. Turn slow cooker on to high.
  5. Fry the leeks, celery and carrots for 5 minutes.
  6. Add to slow cooker with seasoning and fresh herbs.
  7. Cook on high for 4 – 5 hours until the vegetables are soft.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, heat the oil and fry the onion, garlic and cumin in a large saucepan.  Add the stock, tomatoes and puree.  Add the beans, bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for about an hour.  Add the leeks, celery and carrots and cook another 20-30 minutes.  Season to taste and stir in the herbs.

This is delicious, cheap and healthy and definitely worth making.

Our Jubilee celebration continued this afternoon in Hawkhurst.

We started with afternoon tea (i.e. tea and too many cakes) at Lucy’s where her sister Megan and family were visiting.  We wandered over the road to join in the festivities on The Moor.

This was more of a traditional fun fair then a Jubilee celebration but with a smattering of bunting and Union Jacks, the Jubilee atmosphere was maintained.

Nothing healthy in a bag of candy floss but it’s all the fun of the fair!

The dodgems were very popular 🙂

Despite the wet start to the day, it ended with a lovely evening.

The evening sunlight cast a beautiful glow over the ancient St.Lawrence church.

We returned home in time to catch the last part of the Queen’s Jubilee concert.  I continued my Jubilee celebrations by embracing the Commonweath.

We have been to Houghton’s vineyard which is in Perth, Western Australia.  So from around the globe, feeling proud to be British but being mindful of the extent of the Queen’s reach to the far corners of the Commonwealth, we celebrate the Jubilee, again.  Cheers 🙂 .


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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4 Responses to Another Jubilee Celebration

  1. laura1952 says:

    It has been such a treat to watch the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Healing prayers and energy are sent to Prince Philip. Continue with your wise eating celebration.
    Brougham, Ontario, Canada

    • I am astonished that a woman who is 86 years old has so much stamina! She really is incredible. Whether you admire or agree with the Monarchy or not, I think everyone should admire her hard work and the effort she continually puts in to her duties, even with a sick husband. Glad to see it was televised in Canada. The celebrations have been great 🙂

      • laura1952 says:

        Well, we are a part of the monarchy as well and she is our Queen too. I love your comment about her. Without a doubt, I do admire her and my youngest Son is named after Prince Philip.

  2. I know Canada is part of the Commonwealth but I wasn’t sure how much air time the Jubilee celebrations would have been given. It has been a really fun and long weekend and great to see so many people getting in to the spirit of the event. I hope your son enjoys the longevity of his namesake – Prince Philip will be 91 on Sunday which is amazing to think he still works full-time!

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