Easter Eating

Well, it has not been healthy and there has been far too much of it.  So much in fact that I am really looking forward to the very austere diet I am putting myself on from April 1st until I go away at the end of July.

We had a lovely day on Saturday visiting Jeremy and Helen and their boys.  Harvey found some exercise weights which weigh 6kg each.  They felt so heavy and this helped me realise how I can benefit my body by losing a couple of those amounts by the summer, so that is my goal.

Helen and 3 boys


After lunch of sausages, mash and peas, cheesecake and fruit salad, we went for a walk.

Feeding the ducks and swans

Plenty of ducks and swans to feed.feeding the ducks Harvey and swan

Watch out boys – the glove on a stick may get you!glove on a stick

It was lovely being outside and walking round the lake, climbing tree stumps

H on large tree stump

and even some log balancing.

Harvey on a log

After our walk we had hot cross buns and chocolate Rice Krispie cakes and before we knew it, the wine was open again and the dips were out.

cheeky snacks

We had a spectacular dinner of Middle Eastern dishes.  Grated carrots and celaeriac with cumin seeds, halloumi in a caper dressing, home made kofta’s with yogurt dressing, couscous with roasted vegetables and my favourite was an aubergine dish with juicy tomatoes, feta cheese and creme fraiche.

Jeremy's supper

This is the halloumi with lime and caper vinaigrette.  The recipe was from Delia on-line and you can see it here.   It really was excellent.Halloumi with caper dressing

The char-grilled aubergine with roasted tomatoes and feta recipe was also from Delia on-line or just click hereAubergine dish

Having looked the recipes up I an even more impressed as they look, dare I say it, even better than Delia’s pictures.  They would make a great lunch too and as a bonus they are vegetarian.aubergine dish 2Thank you Jeremy and Helen for such a wonderful day and for such a superb dinner.

On Easter Sunday I didn’t eat much variety but a gazillion calories.  I ate all of my Easter egg which was huge and 2 hot cross buns.  Our day did not go according to plan so we ended up having dinner instead of the lunch we planned.  Roast duck with roast potatoes, steamed leeks and carrots and sweetcorn.  Plus gravy and cranberry sauce (in lieu of the redcurrant and port sauce which had run out)

roast duck and veg

James had slow roasted the duck for about 4 hours so it was succulent and tender and just fell off the bone.  The cranberry sauce is one I made for last Christmas i.e. Christmas 2011 and it was fine and I lived to tell the tale.Roast duck and cranberry sauce

This delicious duck was washed down with a very fine bottle of Pinotage then followed by cheese and biscuits in front of the telly – we watched part 1 of Labyrinth.

I have put weight on the last couple of weeks and eaten too much and eaten unhealthy food.  I feel grotty because of it.  So from today, I am going to follow a very strict regime.  You can read about it in the next post 🙂

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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