Enjoying Home Cooking

I made time today, on this wet and miserable Autumn day, to cook in my kitchen.  Most of my meals lately have been quick and easy because I always seem to be too busy to spend time preparing meals.  Today I made time to kick back, relax a little and enjoy cooking at home.  It was great.

Inspired by a recipe on the beautiful Scandie Foodie blog for Sweet Potato Flat Breads I decided to have a go.  Unfortunately, having mashed the potato, I then realised my scales did not work so I had to guess the weight of the flours.  Judging by my pictures and then comparing them to Scandie Foodie, not very successfully as hers look much more like bread whereas mine look like mashed potato!  So ignore my efforts and have a look at her blog.  I will remake these as they were good but I am sure they will be much better if I follow the actual recipe.

Sweet Potato Flat Breads (from Scandie Foodie)


  • 400 g cooked sweet potato, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 140g rye flour
  • 100g plain flour


  1. Preheat oven to 225 °C and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment
  2. Mash the sweet potato with the salt and add the flour, stirring until it is smooth
  3. Use a large spoon and scoop the mixture in to 8 – 10 rounds on the baking sheet and flatten gently with floured hands
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes
  5. Serve warm with butter

sweet potato breadsOr serve with bacon and a fried egg.  Really yummy!
breakfast 13-10-13 We haven’t had a roast chicken for months and today was definitely the day.  Harvey spent the morning playing rugby in the pouring rain and I knew he would come in cold and hungry and so a roast chicken would help restore his usual good humour.

I like mine with tarragon and lemon.  I chop the stalk end off and stuff it inside the cavity with half a lemon.tarragon and lemon I finely chop the leaf end of the tarragon and mix it with salt, butter and a little olive oil.butter and tsrragon I then push this under the skin so the tarragon flavour infuses in to the chicken breast.chicken with tarragon utter I braved the rain myself to gather my vegetables.  I was very proud to be able to serve my family potatoes, corn, red cabbage and leeks, all of which I had grown myself.muddy veg That looks a bit more appetising.veggies in sinkI roasted the potatoes and steamed the other vegetables.
cleaned veggies Le voila!  Lemon and tarragon roasted chicken with vegetables from the garden.lunch 13-10-13 2 A very delicious Sunday lunch which we all enjoyed.  No one commented on the complete lack of a dessert!lunch 13-10-13 I bought the chicken at Hartley Dyke, a local and very fabulous farm shop.  It wasn’t organic but it was free range and it was very flavoursome so I recommend it.pumpkins at Hartley Dyke I love their pumpkin display.decorative cornI would say we had a mis-spent afternoon in the pub but apart from a glass of red wine it was coffees all round as we joined my cousin Bruce and his wife Fiona for a drink at The Milk House, a refurbished local pub.  It was our first visit and we were all impressed.  A lovely afternoon.
inside Milkhouse I was a proud Mama this evening as I watched Harvey singing in the choir during Evensong.  I really enjoy choral singing and I especially enjoy it when I can watch my little man singing.  He really is very good.H in choir

We have enjoyed the company of Beryl and all her attitude this weekend.  By bye, we will miss you so come and see us again please.

Harvey and Beryl 13-10-13


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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4 Responses to Enjoying Home Cooking

  1. Lucy says:

    Beautiful pic of Harvey x

  2. Abi Ellson says:

    It’s a gorgeous pic of Harvey, what a lovely smile. That pub looks brilliant, must arrange a visit soon xx

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