Foggy Beginnings

The last 2 mornings have started very foggy but then the spring sunshine has burned its way through and we have been treated to warm sunny days.  I like the look of the fog from the house and garden as it is quite dramatic but I really dislike driving in it.

foggy morning I have not managed year round vegetable growing with the same degree of success as Sarah Raven but I haven’t done badly.  I have recently finished the red cabbage which we also enjoyed over Christmas.  The Swiss and Rainbow chard goes on and on.  It gets nibbled but I can always find hole free whole leaves or I just cut away the nibbled bits on the larger leaves which I find preferable to spraying.  I never spray anything I want to eat in my garden.chard in garden I also have kale and the last few leeks to eat.leeks and kale I can’t remember the name of this kale but I would grow it again.  It has pale green leaves with a pink stalk and I like the flavour. kale in garden Breakfast this morning was a mug of green tea with a tenderstem broccoli and mushroom omelette.  Harvey was not impressed with the volume of vegetables in his omelette but was bribed to eat them by the “treat’ of an orange afterwards.  How we have moved on from sugar laden breakfast cereals :-).green tea and omelette Hi omelette did have a higher egg to vegetable ratio than mine did but I was still impressed he ate it all.broccoli and mushroom omelette Lunch was a huge bowl of chopped vegetables; half each of a red and orange pepper, cucumber, a large tomato, parsley and chervil.  With salt and pepper, the juice of a lemon and 2 tbsp olive oil.chopped vegetables and herbs I added 90g quinoa and half a small can of tuna, mixed it well together and set aside for a couple of hours before eating it to allow the flavours to meld.  Very tasty.quinoa and tuna saladAs it’s Friday we had an end of week treat which involved cake and chocolate which is bad but I gave in today.  So supper will be a smoothie, similar to this one I made yesterday morning with 250ml coconut water, an avocado, a large handful of kale, the juice of 2 small limes, 1 tsp Spirulina and ice.  It wasn’t palatable enough as it was so I blended it again with a large banana.
smoothie ingredients 13-3-14This was a perfect avocado.  It’s such a joy to open the avocado and see it is perfect.  Soft ripe creamy flesh with no bad bits or stringy bits and no hard bits.  I was almost reluctant to blend it but everything else was in the blender waiting so in it went.A perfect avocado Oh hello heavenly soft and creamy smoothie.  This had the texture of Greek yogurt and a mild flavour which is surprising when you think it has kale in it.smoothie 13-3-14 It is great eating something like this which is full of nutrition. I am going to make one for supper tonight.avocado and kale smoothie

Have a good weekend.

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 Foggy Beginnings

  1. suzjones says:

    I love my smoothies but haven’t gained enough courage to ‘go green’ just yet. 🙂 My favourite is banana, ice, quinoa milk, oats, manuka honey and cinnamon. 🙂 Sometimes I add LSA and chia seeds.

    • What is LSA ( I hope that is not a stupid question!).
      Go green gradually. Add 2-3 spinach leaves or 1 kale leaf without the stalk next time. Also try some Spirulina or other blue/green algae. They have so many goodies in them and just add a tiny amount – the tip of a knife to start with. Let me know how you get on.
      Have you tried freezing the bananas? it makes the smoothie thicker and if you blend just frozen banana, it is like ice-cream. Harvey can’t eat dairy but he loves frozen banana whizzed up in the blender instead

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