This weekend seems to have been one continuous and lovely feast.  I knew I was in for lots of foodie treats so I did start well, as I so often do, on Saturday morning with a watermelon, mango and orange smoothie, made with natural yogurt, hemp seed milk and chia seeds.  I made one for the little fella too as I suspected he may eat lots of snacky food and wanted to make sure he went out with some good nutrition in his tummy.

Orange, mango and watermelon smoothie The main event on Saturday was the 18th birthday celebration of Emily, a wonderful young lady who I have had the pleasure of knowing all her life.  Her Mum, Lucy, did a do at home and invited family and friends who have known her and shared so many life experiences with her during the last 18 years.  There was a huge feast which we picked at all day.  Well, I did!

Bufet lunch


This salmon and some runny Brie (not in the photo) were my favourite things.

Cooked salmon

lunch 27 april 13 It is always a pleasure to be together with the girls and we all enjoyed meeting for the first time or re-meeting friends of Lucy and Emily’s we may not have have seen for many, many years.Martin with the girls Presents were opened, with assistance from cute little helpers,Emily, Ella and Arthur stories were told, Paul and lizzie the moment was enjoyed,Harvey and BarfEmily was toasted with champagne,
Champagne for Emily and her Dad made a touching speech.Guests chilling Sammy made a delicious cakeEmily 18 cake which we all enjoyed.Emily birthday cake The boys played football and let the younger ones join in too so everyone was happy.Boys playng football Thank you Lucy, for such an enjoyable day and a splendid celebration of such a lovely young lady’s first 18 years.  Martin and LucyLunch merged in to the evening, spent partly in the Black Pig and then back at mine with a sleepover for 4 which was lovely.  We were quite restrained, especially for us!  I did manage a cooked breakfast this morning but failed to take any photos.

Harvey found William who has finally decided that the time for hibernating is over.  We were worried about him as he self-hibernates and we were concerned that such a long and harsh winter may have been too much for him.   But he looks really healthy.  We gave him a bath and he settled down to a lunch of his favourite food – young dandelion leaves.
H and William We all had a good lunch today too.Dining table laid and readySlow cooked shoulder of pork served with a choice of gravy or a hickory smoked BBQ sauce , dauphinoise potatoes, tomatoes and a green salad made with lamb’s lettuce, rocket, chicory and Granny Smith apples, dressed in a homemade dressing with rapeseed oil, garlic and mustard.
Slow cooked pork and salad Followed by a yummy chocolate, hazelnut and salted caramel tart.  I found the recipe on the BBC Good Food site and you can access it here.  It is a layer of pastry with hazelnuts in it, then a layer of salted caramel topped with a whipped chocolate layer.  Really yummy.

I failed to take a photo of the really light and flavourful rhubarb and custard tart my sister Abi made.  I also failed to take any photos of my lovely family who came for lunch today or my lovely girl friends who stayed the night.  Too busy enjoying everyones company to remember to take pictures!Chocolate fudge caramel cake I did capture Andrew’s spectacular lemon cupcake but didn’t take one of Alison’s coffee walnut cake.  Both were wonderful.Lemon cupcake Thank you Andrew and Alison for coming over for lunch, and thank you Abi and Jim.A&A

So I have had a feast, all weekend.  Dreadful for my health and diet.  I knew it would be so from tomorrow I am definitely behaving!

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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5 Responses to Feasts

  1. Lara says:

    Looks like an amazing weekend! Glad you had such a wonderful time – you sure do deserve it!! X.x.x

  2. laura1952 says:

    And the positive is there was no Ben & Jerry’s today. ☺ If you wanted to bad enough, you would have picked up more and you didn’t. Have a great healthy and fit week ahead.

  3. Emily Lisker says:

    Your photography is stellar. I just spent an hour looking at them over and over—You are a pro!! Have you considered publishing your photos as a book? I found your blog when i googled museli and the photo you took was so appealing I had to check out your blog!

    Also you wrote on one post,
    “I need a strategy or substitute for something to do rather than eating garbage when I feel stressed or upset. Any suggestions? How do you slim people out there deal with stress or things that make you sad?” I say your writing and photography are the keys to that mystery.

    Thank you for your amazing blog.

  4. laura1952 says:

    Perfectly said Emily.

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