Getting Going in the Garden Again

It was so warm and so sunny today I couldn’t wait to get outside and start sowing some seeds.  First though we needed some breakfast.

I Quit Sugar bookA couple of weeks ago I bought Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar book.  It is well laid out, beautifully illustrated and clearly presents many of the reasons why you shouldn’t eat sugar.  It is not as detailed or as informative as other books I have read such as David Gillespie’s Sweet Poison but I bought it because I like Sarah’s blog, I wanted to get some of her recipes and I wanted to follow her 8 week programme to quit sugar.  Today I began week 1.  My objective is to not eat anything with sugar added and to cut out refined white carbohydrates which is easy for me as I rarely eat refined white carbs anyway.  Cutting out all sugar is hard though as I have been so bad recently.

Harvey and I had bacon and eggs for breakfast.  I can not find any organic and sugar free bacon.  All the organic bacon has sugar added so I opted for non organic but free range pigs.  If anyone knows of bacon which is organic and has no sugar, please let me know.

eggs and Spoilt Pig I had mine with a little cheese and parsley.cheddar and parsley I made the egg and bacon cupcakes.  They are so easy.  Preheat the oven to 200 °C and grease a muffin tin.  Lay one rasher of bacon in each muffin pan to cover the sides and bottom.  Bake in the oven for 5 minutes to get the bacon going.  I then used some kitchen paper to blot up any water and fat inside the bacon cases.  Crack an egg in to each bacon case (don’t worry if some goes over the sides or top), sprinkle on a little cheese and parsley (optional) and bake for 10 – 15 minutes until the egg whites are cooked.
egg and bacon cupcakesTa Daa!  These were extremely easy to make and we both enjoyed them.  I did cut the fat off.  15 minutes cooking meant the yolks were solid and we would have preferred them runny.  I would have found egg and bacon on a plate unappetising without bread but eating them this way, the bread didn’t seem necessary.  We had two each.
egg and bacon cupcakeI popped out to the lovely Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst this morning to buy some seeds, pea sticks and thick hazel bean poles.  The bean poles are from local coppiced trees so are more sustainable than using bamboo and will be easier for the plants to climb up than bamboo.

I couldn’t resist these blue hyacinths as the scent was just heavenly.
blue hyacinth I also picked some of the many daffodils we have in the garden.dafs So pretty to have some of the Spring flowers inside.spring flowers inside

I found my garden notes book.  In 2011 I was very diligent about writing down what I planted, where and how it turned out.  Much easier to do when you are not working!  I decided it was useful and am going to try to keep notes this year.Garden notes

I planted out some aubergine and tomato seeds.  It was just delightful to be outside in the sunshine, planning this years vegetable growing and then getting started.  I should have sown the aubergine last month but let’s see how it goes.

Aubergine and tomatoes planted

I am also late chitting potatoes but again, let’s see what happens.  As well as vegetables, I am am trying to grow more flowers in the garden this year, some from seed I sow myself and others by buying seedlings.  These sweet peassweet peas and potatoes

and these penstemons are part of a larger collection of seedlings I bought from Sarah Raven.Pentsemmons Out in the veg patch I picked some Kale.  I have found out which type this is – Kale Red Winter which I bought from the Organic Gardening Catalogue. kale in sun I also picked some leeks.  Not many left now 😦leeks in sun The leeks were steamed with carrots, the kale was pulled off the stalks, the green leaves were shredded and lightly sauteed in butter.  The vegetables were great and I wish I had cooked more.  We had them with roast pork and roast potatoes.  I made a really good gravy which I got from Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries, an excellent recipe book.  I slowly fried 2 chopped onions in a heavy bottomed saucepan until they were translucent and really soft, added 1 very heaped tbsp  flour and cooked for a couple of minutes.  I added a glass of Marsala, 500 ml beef stock, 1/2 a tsp grain mustard and 1/2 a tsp Dijon mustard and black pepper.  When the meat was cooked, I placed the meat on the carving board, poured away the meat fat from the roasting try and poured the gravy in to the roasting tray.  I reduced the gravy slightly while scraping the meat pieces from the bottom of the tray.  When we were ready to eat, I sieved the gravy and it was delicious.  Quite thick, sweet from the Marsala and full of flavour.
Roast pork 16-3-14 I had a lovely walk with Jane over the road in the woods and when I came home I ate some nuts, a small piece of cheese and enjoyed a glass of wine.  I have also had 2 pieces of toast.

I have stuck to Sarah’s week one plan and avoided sugar which I am pleased about but I have eaten too much.  Tomorrow I will get back to calorie counting as that worked well in January.


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 Getting Going in the Garden Again

  1. Sounds like you’re doing really well with changing your diet. I found, when I lost some weight, that you become much more aware of not only what you eat, by why you eat it, how it’s grown (or farmed), and it’s nutritional value. Even better when you grow it yourself. 🙂
    Good luck with quitting sugar, I admire anyone for doing that – it’s one area I’ve never been able to conqueror due to severe withdrawal symptoms. However on balance as long as I don’t over do the sugar I find it’s managed better – that’s my excuse any way 😉

    • Thanks Sophie. I have become increasingly aware of choosing food for its nutritional value and caring about how and where it is produced.
      I really struggle with sugar. I can give up for a bit but then I am back on it again and bingeing. It is really hard so I am following an 8 week plan now, rather than going cold turkey.

  2. laura1952 says:

    I absolutely love your baked eggs in the muffin tin with the bacon. Have you ever tried it inside half an avocado? That is a really nice treat too.

    I was disappointed I miss the nursery that opened up this week because I wanted to buy some forced hyacinths and tulips. They were closed when I drove by yesterday and today. Next weekend.

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