Dealing, Walking and Working

I made 2 school girl camera errors yesterday.  In the morning I left my camera at home and so missed the chance to snap Harvey playing for his school football team beating a local school 7-4.  Then my battery ran out of juice 😦 . So I missed some stunning photo opportunities but I did manage a few at least.  We had a day out beside the sea.

Harvey and I met Michelle at The Black Douglas and had a lovely table upstairs looking out at the sea.

I had lentils with eggs and chorizo which was ok.

This was naughty but perfect – lemon polenta cake.  Unfortunately, I ate really badly after this.  Really badly.

Today was another day and I made a fantastic smoothie to start the day with.

I found the recipe on Gena’s Choosing Raw blog which I regularly check out.

Raw Apple Pie Smoothie

Ingredients (serves 1-2)
2 apples or 1 apple and 1 pear, quartered with core cut out
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup cashews
3 tbsp hemp protein
2 pitted dates
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 tsp apple pie spice
A couple of ice cubes (optional)

Blitz all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.  I blitzed for ages so it was really smooth.

This was delicious.  I used 1 apple and 1 pear as I had a very ripe pear to use up.  It was thick, smooth and completely delicious.  Definitely one to try and very Autumnal.

I was working today as we are so busy.  I started at 8am so I could have a little break at 10am to do a walk.  It was such a glorious day.  Warm and sunny.

To make it even better I had the lovely company of Vegetable Grower Up The Road.  I haven’t seen much of my friends lately so it was really good to catch up with one of them.

After a few hours work I was treated to a lovely roast chicken lunch.  James and Harvey cooked roast chicken, roast potatoes, a lovely gravy made with giblets, a huge pile of vegetables and a little redcurrant jelly with port on the side.  Delicious.  Thank you chaps.  It seemed rather strange having a Sunday lunch without a glass of wine!

After an afternoon’s work I made a quince crumble.  I picked these up yesterday at Perfect Partners in Cranbrook.  Quince look like large yellow pears.

They are incredibly hard and difficult to peel and core but I persevered.  After being peeled and cored and chopped in to 6-8 pieces,  I placed 4 large quince in an oven proof dish with 35g brown sugar sprinkled on top.  I barely covered the quince with water and then put them in the oven on 160°  C for 2 hours.  They came out orange, looking more like peaches.

I drained the juice which I cooled and gave Harvey to drink later which he enjoyed.  I then put on a crumble topping and baked it for half an hour, serving it with custard.  Naughty but nice.

I enjoyed my quince crumble.  I haven’t had one since around this time last year when Kath made me one.  Missing you very much my dear – could do with you being here at the moment.

Here’s hoping next week is better then last week, for all of us.


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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2 Responses to Dealing, Walking and Working

  1. veg grower up the road says:

    It was lovely to see you + enjoy the autumn sunshine together. Good luck with delivery day at work this

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