I worked from home today which was a huge relief as I was so tired I really appreciated a lie in. Having commuted downstairs and in to the dining room I worked for a bit and then made a lovely thick smoothie with 1 small mango, half a nectarine, some natural yogurt and a surprise ingredient – sunflower seeds sprouts. These are my favourite of all sprouts.
They make the smoothie really nutty and substantial. This one worked out really well and was thick like a custard. Delicious.
Lara made me lunch so I could keep working- chicken and goats cheese salad.
After lunch I went for a stroll around the garden. I happened to have my glasses perched on my head so I was able to see who is munching my vegetables.
These bad boys.
Hundreds of them!!!! I have never seen so many. These guys are eating the broccoli
and these little critters are munching their way through my kale :-(.
What can I do about them? Any ideas?
After work I sat outside in the lovely warm evening air and enjoyed an amaretto on ice while I researched a holiday. Such a pleasant way to start a weekend.
Lara made dinner too – was a perfect daughter. Salmon marinaded in maple syrup and soy sauce (recipe is on the recipe page) with rice noodles and a lovely selection of vegetables.
I made a very easy dessert of apple and raisin pie. It was so easy. I soaked some raisins in amaretto for about 2 hours. Then I put the oven on to 200, buttered a large pie dish, added the soaked raisins and 3 large cooking apples which I peeled and sliced. I added about 2 tbsp demerera sugar, topped it with puff pastry which I brushed with milk. Finally I sprinkled another 1 tbsp sugar on the top and cooked it for about 25 minutes. It was lovely. Naughty but lovely and so simple to make.
So here’s to a good weekend.