Downtime with Downton

Somehow it seems perfectly acceptable at this time of year to spend the afternoon drinking champagne, eating chocolate and watching TV.  Well, it’s acceptable in my house 🙂

I did have a healthier start to the day though with some of this.

Inside the muesli bag


This is the delicious muesli I bought yesterday in Lyme Regis.  I would call it granola as it is toasted but they call it muesli.

Town Mill Muesli bag

Eaten with a dollop of natural probiotic yogurt and accompanied by a cuppa.Granola and a cuppa

For lunch we had a little bit of a treat.  I had been supermarket shopping, mainly to stock up with really healthy food for the week ahead.  While in there I took advantage of a sale of Christmas produce – this camembert was only £2.75 and that includes the terracotta dish!  I heated it up so the middle was runny and served it with a wholemeal seeded French loaf.  It was gorgeous.seed baguette and camembert

I also picked up at half price a cooked ham which was very good.  Plus we had smoked salmon, prawn cocktail, dressed crab and a simple salad served with a basic vinaigrette.Seafood and salad

Lara and I then commandeered the Sitting Room to watch the Christmas special of Downton.  I had also saved the series 3 finale which Lara hadn’t seen so we watched that and then the Christmas special.  3 and a half hours of Downton.  What bliss.  It seemed appropriate to enjoy a bottle of champagne at the same time.  What could be better than an afternoon of Downton and champagne?Mumm champagne

An afternoon of Downton, with champagne and pretty candles and chocolate.  Quite the perfect way to spend an afternoon.Champagne and chocolate

In case you missed it before when I blogged about my trip to Downton last year here , I am being very self indulgent/showing off and showing you again the picture of me with the very lovely Tom Branson, the ex-chauffeur.

me with Branson

We also saw the Earl,
The Earl


Mrs Hughes,Mrs Hughes

DaisyDaisy the maid

and Mrs Pattmore.Mrs Pattmore

Before settling down to watch Downton, I put dinner on.  I made a lamb dish with olives which I found on a site called Frugal Feeding .  You can follow the link to the dish and I may make it again but in the oven or with less water.  I followed the recipe exactly but my sauce was much too watery.  Maybe it is because I cooked it in a slow cooker so none of the liquid evaporated as it does on the hob or in an oven.  Or maybe it was because I couldn’t get neck fillets so used leg steaks.  It was ok, but slightly disappointing.

lamb and olives in F.pan

Served with mashed potatoes and green beans.Lamb and Olives

A request to smile for the camera was met with a variety of funny faces and poses 🙂
H and L

Mince pies for pudding.  I had mine with a smidge of cream.  These are the Waitrose own and are fantastic.  The pastry is like a shortbread biscuit.  Mince Pie

That is just about the end of all my Christmas treats and naughty nibbles.  Tomorrow heralds the start of a very good attempt at getting back to losing weight and gaining health.

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 Downtime with Downton

  1. laura1952 says:

    There is nothing like a new start and a New Year to re-organize your priorities in life. Happy eating, walking, and down time to unwind and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Happy 2013 to you and the family Zoe.

  2. I am certainly doing that Laura. I am going to Weight Watchers tonight (really dreading it but making myself go) and have started eating well today. I don’t need to wait until tomorrow, today is the day. Wishing you and Bob a very Happy New year 🙂

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