Frollicking Follicles

Brrrrrrrrr.  It continues to be cold and continues to be beautiful with blue skies.  I had a warming breakfast of stir fried brown rice, shallots, 2 eggs and kale with soy sauce.  That set me up well for the day.

rice eggs and kale

I popped in for a coffee with Jane P. to collect some champagne she had bought in France and was amused by this box on her counter.

Lucky dates

These dates were smaller and blacker than the Medjool dates I usually get but really good.  Very sweet.  I think she got them in Tenterden.

Lucky dates in box I had an appointment at the hairdressers and as it was so lovely outside and I hadn’t walked the dogs, I walked down.  I think it’s about 2 miles in to Crnabrook from my house.  Who would have thought you could have so much fun in the hairdressers!  By good fortune rather than careful planning, my appointment was at the same time as Jane R’s and then Mirella came along too.  The 3 of us were in the back room at CL2 in Cranbrook where I spent a most enjoyable 2 – 3 hours.

At home I was hungry but it was late so I had a small late lunch of about 2 spoonfuls of tuna, sweetcorn and pasta

pasta, tuna and sweetcorn followed by an apple, a pear and a chunk of Cheddar.

apple, pear and cheese

Having been coloured, cut and groomed I wanted to go out for dinner rather than go home and cook so James, Harvey and I went to the The Smarden Bell.   I have never been there before but we all enjoyed it so will be going again.  It is a typical olde worlde Kent country pub with a maze of rooms, uneven floors, varied ceiling heights, huge roaring fires and a cosy atmosphere.

Zoe and Harvey in Smarden Bell

My tipple of choice in the cold and when siting in an old pub is a whisky with Ginger Ale.

Ginger Ale and whisky

We nibbled on a delicious basket of bread with oil and Balsamic while choosing our meals.

bread basket I went for the slow cooked belly of pork, with mashed potatoes, savoy cabbage, braised apple and chorizo chutney.

Smarden Bell pork It was very good.  Huge portion and all cooked well.  I prefer my pork cooked slowly so it falls apart and is softer but it was good enough.  I would have liked more vegetables but overall the meal was very tasty and the chorizo chutney was fantastic.  James and Harvey shared the crackling, which was very crunchy and I left some potato but otherwise ate it all.

Smarden Bell pork dinner

We had  dessert too and I went for the toffee pannacotta with honeycomb ice-cream which was good.

Toffee panna cotta The service was fantastic.  They were very friendly and welcoming and we had a very enjoyable meal.  We ate early and were home by 8:30.  Time to curl up in front of the fire and watch the final of I’m a Celebrity.

Fire in the evening

A day that showed little promise at the start proved to be very sociable and most enjoyable.



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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