We started the day healthily as we had a lot of sitting down and eating planned later on. So despite the drizzle, Lara, Harvey and I took the dogs out for a longish walk first thing. We even tackled the long hill to get a good workout in.
For breakfast I made a smoothie, with a small banana, raspberries, natural yogurt, chia seeds and 1 tbsp flax seed oil.
We planned to have a lovely lunch in London and then go to the theatre. It was a special day out as it was Lara’s last day at home until Christmas. We wanted lunch at the Wolseley but had left it too late to book a table and they were full so instead we went to Richoux which was also on Piccadily. Lara had been taken there by my Dad so this was her recommendation. It was delightfully old fashioned.
We wined on an NZ Sauvignon Blanc
and dined on an avocado and prawn cocktail. A bit too much mayonnaise but it was good enough.
Followed by a fish pie with seasonal vegetables.
Given the choice, I would always choose to eat lunch out rather than dinner. I am not a big fan of a huge evening meal and it always seems so decadent and such a treat to have lunch out. Probably because I am usually so busy during the day so to relax and have a meal in the middle of the day instead of working or doing chores, is a real treat. So I feel rather spoilt that this weekend I have had 2 lunches out!
We moved on to a patisserie on Haymarket for dessert and coffee.
I went for a strawberry gateaux with an Irish coffee and I enjoyed both very much.
We then walked through very heavy rain to the Cambridge Theatre.
Yes, having waited for ages for these tickets, we were off to see Matilda. It was marvellous – I highly recommend it.
We are now back home, and I am supping on some red wine, trying hard but failing completely, to not be too miserable about tomorrow 😦
Your whole weekend looked divine. I’m sorry you are going to be without Lara until December now. Maybe the attitude to help you not be so miserable would be the more time she is away, the more time she gets to grow into the wonderful woman she is becoming. You have taught her well and the method of staying in touch in this technological world is so much more than it was 10 years ago. Let the sleeps til she is back begin.
Oh, and my favourite meal out is also Lunch, after typical Lunch hours. I like to go out for Linner. ☺ This make sure that Dinner is always the Pauper meal it should be.
Now to get the peppers cut up for the Warmed Spinach Salad tonight that takes about 5 minutes to make with Fresh Spinach. I love to use Spinach that is older so I can replace it with fresher for the week.
Bob is cooking up the Organic Lamb Sausages and Mashing the Garlic Potatoes with Extra Old White Cheddar and Jalapeno Havarti shredded together.
I already have the wine ready with Austrailian Shiraz we made in December and bottled in January.
Warm Spinach & Pepper Salad
A delightful low carb salad with a beautiful blend of spinach, bell peppers and feta
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsps feta cheese
3 cups spinach
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1.Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
2.Add peppers and sauté for 1 minute, turn heat down to medium and continue sautéing for 3 minutes.
3.Add garlic and lemon juice sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
4.Add spinach. Sauté until all the spinach has wilted.
5.Off heat and stir in feta. Serve immediately.
Ooh, that sounds yummy. I will try that. We had a mixture of cooked veg and raw for lunch today and I like warm salads.
Laura, you do write such lovely comments. Thank you very much x
When I make this, I usually cook down the Spinach until it just starts to wilt and then pull it off the heat so that it is more of a warm spinach than wilted spinach and stir in the feta.
Thank you as well for the heart warming compliment. It means alot to me.