Special People

Another sunny day – yippee.  I was straight in to the garden today before I even had a cuppa.  I couldn’t wait to get going.  Unlike others in the house this morning who were quite content to stay inside.

Harvey and Beryl 1 I have such big plans for this part of the garden.  They involve a fruit cage and a new greenhouse.  But for now, this overgrown area has had a section cleared and I planted out 2 types of French bean.Clearing a veggie garden One will be yellow and the other green.green beans with roots 2 types of French beans I realise I may be unusual in choosing breakfast items from my vegetable garden but that is what I did today.  I was inspired by spinachspinach in garden and beetroot.beetroot in gardenI use the leaves and bulb of the beetroot.

Beetroot leaves and spinachI feel healthier just looking at this traffic light array of colours.  I love the dark green with the bright orange of the orange and the deep orange of the Aplhonso mango.  Plus obviously the redness of the beetroot.

Green, orange and red I blended it together with a heaped tablespoon of tahini and coconut water.  It was absolutely delicious.  Sweet and earthy and a gorgeous colour.  Harvey and I both enjoyed a glass full of this one.Sunshine Smoothie After a few more hours in the dehydrator, these nut and flax crackers finally dried out sufficiently.  I wanted to take some out for lunch today.  We were all contributing food and I was taking cheese, fruit and crackers.Crispy flax crackers Still warm from the dehydrator I couldn’t resist spreading some butter on a couple.Flax cracker with butter 2 Well, I had to make sure they tasted OK and these were a funny shape so not suitable for public consumption 🙂 . I was impressed.  They have a lovely flavour and finally, after many hours of dehydrating, a crispy texture.  Very good and worth waiting for.Flax cracker with butterWe headed off to South London for lunch.  To an area I lived in for many happy years and where some very special people we know still live.  I was meeting my sisters and their families at Simon and Sarah’s, two very special people to us all.  Simon was originally a friend of my sister Lucy’s and we all got to know him very well because he was our lodger for a while.  Lucy and I also worked with him twice.  Our Mother adored Simon and used to ask one of us, any one of us, to please marry him.  Well, none of us took any notice and Sarah married Simon.  We were all really looking forward to meeting up at their house for a get together.

We all contributed some dishes which meant we had a lovely mix of food on our plates.  I had vegetable couscous, roast chicken, guacamole, onion bahji, cherry tomatoes, cheese tortillas, salami, green salad and a salad made up of olives, peppers and tomatoes.  Deeelicious!  I also had some parma ham and potato salad later.  All enjoyed with a  couple of large glasses of Pimms.
lunch and S and S's

After eating we relaxed in the sunshine.  So many years to reminisce over and tales to tell and catching up to do.  It has been quite some time since so many of us were together.At Simon and Sarah's Pudding time 🙂  Sarah had made a lovely strawberry pavlova and Lucy brought a fabulous chocolate cheesecake which came from COOK.  I confess I had another sliver of the cheesecake and a little slice of a lemon tart too. Pavlova and chocolate cheesecakeThis tasting box of Green & Blacks chocolates was a good find.  I bought this at Ocado and it is a selection of all their flavours in small bars and it comes with tasting notes.  I think there were 2 (may be 3 but I think 2) bars of each flavour and they were enough for a couple of mouthfuls of each of their wonderful chocolates.  I also had a small amount of cheese.
Green & BlacksTasting Box

So diet wise not the best days eating.  But in my defence I didn’t go crazy and all I have had since is some Rooibos tea.  The food today was lovely.  But the best thing about today was all the special people I spent it with.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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One Response to Special People

  1. abi says:

    Lovely to see you for a nano second, thank you for waiting for us 🙂 Sorry not to join you all earlier, but lovely to see Sarah & Simon & their gorgeous girls. xx

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