A Lovely Luncheon

I have been having trouble sleeping lately so last night I went to bed with a mug of camomile tea.

camomile and strainer

It didn’t help me sleep but I enjoyed the camomile.
camomile This morning I fancied porridge.  I bought this lovely bag of oats in Australia but they do take some cooking.breakfast time I decided to grind the oats to speed up cooking time and presumably improve digestion.  I ground up some pumpkin seeds to a fine powder and some hazlenuts and walnuts to a coarser texture.  I also added some Goji berries and protein powder.  When I threw away everything with sugar, included dried fruits, I spared the Goji berries.  They were expensive but also they don’t taste sweet like raisins do so I thought I would eat them sparingly and when they are gone, not replace them.breakfast ingredients 8-11-13 I put all my ingredients in a non stick pan.  I used 1/2 a cup of oats and 1 tbsp of everything else.dried ingredientsPlus 1 and 1/2 cups of milk.
porridge with milk added It was cooked in about 3 minutes and I poured the porridge in a bowl and topped it with coconut butter and a few blueberries.  This was such a delicious breakfast, I could eat it again for dinner!  The porridge seemed creamy and was mainly smooth thanks to the grinding of the oats and seeds.  Texture was provided by the nuts and Goji berries.  A really good breakfast.ground porridge Oh no!  Some sugar sneaked in to my house!  I was looking for some tissues without nasty chemicals and these came up so I bought them.  Made from sugar cane!  I tell you, that sugar stuff is in EVERYthing!sugar cane tissues I started work early today because I treated myself to 2 hours off for lunch.  I rarely have any lunch at all, apart from dashing to the local shops and then eating at my desk.  Today I decided it was time to catch up with the lovely ladies I live near, many of whom I used to see every day at the school gates.orchid in the window I do miss these dear and lovely people and have been looking forward to catching up all week.  We were seated in a large alcove off the main dining room at our local village pub, The Milk House.our roomIt was lovely to forget about work and all my other worries for a couple of splendid hours.  Thank you Sarah for organising it for us.
4 lovely ladies My starter was excellent.  Antipasto which had cheese, olives,  tomatoes, pesto, cured meats and roasted vegetables.  I enjoyed it very much.starter at Milk House We were given a choice from the classic menu.  As we were a party of 12 we had to pre-order.  I chose the beef burger and fries.  I asked for it to be served without the relish as that would most likely have had sugar in it and was impressed that they had remembered.  I left the bun and the lettuce as it was covered in mayonnaise.  The actual burger was quite adequate and the chips tasty enough.  I managed to leave nearly half of the chips, I think.

I love the way The Milk House has been decorated and furnished.  It is very comfortable and pleasant to sit in but I do think the food needs to be livened up a bit.  My starter was great and the crab cakes looked really good too.  But the mains are a bit too ordinary.  We are spoilt in this area with many wonderful restaurants and gastro pubs.  If they want to compete with food, they need to be more imaginative.

But as for the people?  No competition.  It was wonderful to see the local lovelies and I just wish I could have stayed longer.cheeseburger and chips An early evening glass of wine – cheers!  First drink of the week.Villa MariaI feel exhausted after a very challenging week.  A mug of the leftover chicken soup will do for supper followed by a very early night.

Have a restful evening and a wonderful weekend.

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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4 Responses to A Lovely Luncheon

  1. Sarah says:

    It was lovely to see everyone Zoe…how lucky are we? On the subject of the food at TMH, I think it’s their Classic Menu that needs addressing. To be fair, I’d picked options from that because it was more reasonably priced than their main dining menu, and since this was a lunch rather than a formal dinner I didn’t want it to be too pricey. I reckon we’d have been more impressed with the dining menu, but then that’s just all a bit too formal for lunch. I will feed back to Sarah at the pub. The starters all seemed to be fab, we just need a lunchtime main course that’s interesting but light….Glad it’s an end to your busy week. Must catch up with you for a bit longer next time! xxx

    • Possibly that is the problem and I should have chosen 2 starters. I liked the sound of all the starters and none of the mains. So yes, they need something much lighter with more vegetables.
      Thank you for organising, I really enjoyed it.

  2. The Milk House looks great but I haven’t eaten there yet – going to go with some friends for a Christmas meal later in December.

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