Why Does She Do It?

Sunday morning was sunny and I had almost a free day ahead of me.  I had loads of chores to do but also wanted to spend some time preparing healthy meals and I had plenty of time available for once.

For breakfast I had half a melon and some strawberries to use up as they were about to turn so they were destined for the blender.  I soaked 1 tbsp hemp seeds in water for about 2 hours first.

stawberries, melon and hemp seeds I also put in a packet of silken tofu and a huge heap of kale.tofu and kale It made 2 and a half smoothies which Harvey and I shared.  It was creamy, thick and very drinkable.tofu smoothie A very healthy start to the day.hemp, kale and tofu smoothie For lunch I wanted to make a frittata I previously blogged about here.  The original recipe was kale and sweetcorn in a millet crust.  I didn’t have any millet so I thought I would try quinoa.  I rinsed it and cooked it according to the packet instructions, then pressed it in to a greased deep flan dish.  I used coconut oil so the dish remained dairy free.quinoa I picked some more Swiss chard from the garden and chopped the leaves separately to the stalks.swiss chard I gently fried some onions in coconut oil and then added the chopped stalks and mushrooms.mushrooms and yellow stalks I added the Swiss chard leaves for just a couple of minutes and cooked them until they began to wilt.  Once the quinoa crust is cooked I piled in the vegetables, plus I added some sweetcorn.  Then poured the whisked eggs over the top.  You can find the recipe on my recipe page within the vegetarian section and the original was called ‘Kale Frittata in a Millet Crust’.  Or click on the link above.fry onions,mushrooms, Swiss chard It turned out perfectly.  I think the secret is to not overcook the egg or it would become rubbery.quinoa frittata The quinoa held its shape perfectly and this is a much healthier alternative to pastry.quinoa crust I served it with Cholula, a pepper sauce I am very fond of.lunch 21-7 1 A side salad would have gone well with it but to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered!kale, mushroom and quinoa frittataWe all enjoyed it as it was and there were no objections from these 2 that there was no salad today.
lunch 21-7 Late afternoon I headed up the hill to have a game of tennis with Marion. What fun it is to play on grass.  It was hot and thirsty work playing on her lovely court.  grass court So refreshments were required.  Quite a lot it would seem.  Sarah joined us too and we did have a splendid natter in the early evening sunshine.Pimms 21-7 Oh dear!  One drink seemed to flow endlessly in to the next.  And on we chatted and drank and chatted some more.  And then some!Pink fizz Oh very dear!  Never a good sign if I am eating Pringles. I don’t even like them much but I seem to remember consuming rather a lot :-(. pringles We watched some hot air balloons sail peacefully overhead.  I am very fond of my over the road neighbours, each and every lovely one of them.L,M and C

I am not so fond of how I felt when I woke up this morning though!

I needed a Monmouth fix but I was there before it opened.  It opens at 7:30 so not long to wait.  The man with the blue hat and little dog is there every morning.  I wonder what his story is.Monmouth closed I stood outside an open window and breathed in the aroma of coffee, a devotee standing beside the coffee temple.Monmouth window open2 lattes were required to get me going this morning.
2 Monmouths 22-7 Mid morning I was hungry so I headed out to EAT, determined to not give in to temptation and buy the sugary carbs my hungover head was telling my body it wanted.

Ta daaaa!  I did quite well and bought a mango and passionfruit Bircher Muesli with some orange juice.  Refreshing and fruity.EAT OJ At lunch time I tried a new Mexican takeaway and cafe called the ‘Flying Burrito’.  I swerved the burritos (which looked really good) and instead ordered a chipotle chicken salad which I took back to the office and consumed with a peach iced tea.  I enjoyed them both very much.lunch 22-7-13 It was hot in the City today and very humid and muggy so I was very relieved to get home, shower, wear something cool and potter about in the garden, watering the veggies and deciding what to have for supper.  The garden is looking so good.  Breathe deep and relax.

The raised beds 22-7-13

I picked a lettuce and then foraged in the fridge and found cucumber, spring onions, celery, tomatoes, olives, sundried tomatoes, a smidgeon of humous and some marinated anchovies.salad 22-7-13 I added no dressing.  The olives, sundried tomatoes and anchovies came in oil and that was dressing enough.  It was delicious.supper 22-7-13

Having made my salad I enjoyed it while I sat in the garden, writing this blog, listening to the sheep baaing and distant church bells.  I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world, with so many lovely people near by.  The hangover is but a distant memory but I enjoyed looking at the pictures and remembering our lovely afternoon and evening.

It was hot and sticky in town today but now, sitting in my garden, it is cool.  I ate well today and feel healed and now relaxed.  Have a good evening.  Cheers by the way – I am enjoying an ice cold beer 🙂

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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6 Responses to Why Does She Do It?

  1. laura1952 says:

    Congratulations to a great day today and to the arrival of Will and Kate’s Baby Boy this afternoon. She had a busy Monday as well. ☺

  2. Sarah says:

    Well I loved the bit of your day I shared with you…and laughed when I heard how it all turned out! – I think Marion also felt a little worse for wear this morning! But nevermind, we don’t do it often (not nearly often enough!). It was so hot today, I also had all windows open at home, and I too could hear sheep baaing – where are these sheep? Hope your week goes well and you manage to get everything sorted to your satisfaction….speak soon, S x

    • I fell over my tipping point, from which there is no return. I am a silly girl but it was so perfect sitting there in the early evening sun and so lovely to see you both. We don’t do it enough but probably just as well or we would all be rather ill!

  3. Kathryn says:

    Your garden is looking fabulous, clever girl!

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