For some silly reason, when I am very tired I eat too much and the wrong thing. I slept very badly last night and woke up much too early and felt tired all day. I had at least 3 coffees this morning. All lattes or flat whites so too many calories. I began with a Caffe Nero and yogurt.
Next was a Starbucks with some toasted fruit bread. No photo though.
At lunch time I went to the market on the hunt for something very healthy. I wanted a wheatgrass shot and freshly squeezed juice but the juice bar was shut. The market is a bit half hearted on a Monday with only a few stalls. Nothing appealed so I continued to wander round. Every time I go out I see something new. Such as WH & H.Le May Hop Factors old building.
This building, on Borough High Street is so charming. Look how beautiful this sculpture is at the top of the building. I have been looking up what a ‘hop factor’ is. It is a middleman who liaised between the growers of hops and the buyers who were mainly the breweries. This area of London was the centre of the hop trade because what is now Borough High Street was the main route in to London from Kent where the hops were grown. I feel so connected to this part of London. The George, a pub near this building used to organise transport for hop pickers to travel from London to Kent, and some of the towns they stopped in were Cranbrook, Tenterden and Staplehurst – my local towns!!!!!
I went to TAS cafe, a lovely Turkish cafe on Borough High Street. There is a restaurant next door which I went to with Julia on Friday – it was excellent.
They have a fantastic salad bar and you get 6 salads for about £6.
The salads taste so fresh and full of flavour. I had a falafel, homous, tabouleh, chick peas, feta cheese salad and my favourite was apple and spinach. Awesome!
Plus I had a cigarette, Yes, I really did. Obviously not that type of cigarette though 🙂 I did smoke many years ago and gave up and have never looked back. I am not at all tempted. The cigarette I had was a Cigarette Borek – Feta cheese rolled up with pasty and deep fried. Very unhealthy, full of squillions of calories but it tasted good.
Supper was a quick and easy bowl of pasta. Wholemeal fusilli with a tomato based sauce and 3 rashers of crispy bacon. Plus some Cheddar grated on top.
As if all that wasn’t bad enough I had chocolate too. It was destined for the advent calendar which is a lovely wooden one we bought last year. I was supposed to fill it with sweets or chocolate before the 1st of December but forgot so I redeemed myself tonight and it now has a little bit of chocolate in it each day. But I over bought so I over ate. I am feeling very fed up with myself. I am glad I don’t smoke though, even if it is a calorie free appetite suppressant!
I love that building. Is the Hop Exchange still there – on the corner a bit further down I think. Just around the corner under the arches is a fantastic old wine bar ‘The Boot & Flogger’ xx
Yes, the Hop Exchange is still there. Haven’t ben to that pub though!
You should try Skinnytaste Pasta with Butternut Squash, Sausage and Spinach. I made it last night and it got 5/5 stars from Bob and I. I would suggest saving more than 1 cup/250 ml of squash water though because it really does absorb the moisture like crazy.
http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/11/pasta-with-butternut-sauce-spicy.html Leftovers tonight as a side dish served with deli sausage, sauerkraut and jalepeno havarti.
Glad that cigarette wasn’t real! I hope you get a better sleep tonight. Pleasant dreams.
Thank you for the tip 🙂