Ladies Who Dine and Children Who Bake

The ladies and I have a lovely tradition of a very long Christmas dinner.  This year was no exception I am delighted to say.

Sometimes the hostess does everything and other times we all help out which is what we did this year.  I took along a red cabbage dish I had made at home.  I have made this before and the recipe is on the blog.

red cabbage in pan

This is red cabbage cooked with onions, apples, cloves, cinnamon and red wine.  It’s a Sophie Grigson recipe.

cooked red cabbage

I had an extra portion left over which is in the freezer now, ready for Christmas cabbage for freezer

Armed with cabbage, runner beans, booze and gifts I set off for Lucy’s.pond at Lucy's

Saturday was a beautiful day; the sky was bright blue and the sun was shining.  Being mindful of the feast ahead of us, we set off for Bodiam to walk around the castle.

Bodiam walk 4 Dec

It was gorgeous outside; crisp and bright which I think is perfect for walking.Bodiam walk 3 Dec

I have done this walk several times now but never have I seen the water so high in the canal.

Bodiam walk 2 Dec

As the sun began to set

Bodiam walk 1 Dec

We completed the walk and it was time to get back to the kitchentrees in puddle

Whoever said ‘too many cooks…’ had never met us before!  A bit of chit, chat and chop and we were ready.  We fitted in a trip to the local pub and Gini’s canapes with champagne before finishing off the cooking.

cooking at Lucy's

The table was laid

table is set

The music was playing


The food was ready

girl's Christmas dinner 13-12-14

What a feast!  We dined on Lucy’s slow roast pork which was fantastic, served with brussel sprouts, carrots, red cabbage, runner beans, roast potatoes and butternut squash and apple sauce.  It was delicious.  Really really good.

roast pork at Lucy's

Sally brought along a home made Christmas Pudding which was excellent.

Sally's Christmas pudding

Michelle provided a lovely range of cheese.

cheese plate 13-12-14

It was such a delicious dinner and fun evening followed by a sleepover with my lovely ladies, I felt very lucky to have had such a wonderful 24 hours.

Back at home I made an effort to eat more healthily.  Some kale and mushrooms cooked up and served with

kale and mushrooms

some blue eggs

blue eggs

and a large glass of orange and pink grapefruit juice was a decent breakfast.

omelette and juice

I made another juice today and this one had orange, grapefruit and kale.

citrus and kale juice ingredients

It was good.

kale and citrus juice

Harvey and I were talking about the Christmas Markets we have visited in Germany for the last 2 years and which we are not doing this year.  We remembered the delicious hot cooked salmon sandwiches we had there.  I didn’t have any dill but our sandwiches made with salmon, cucumber and mayonnaise were simple and tasty enough.

salmon and cucumber rolls

Harvey made some Christmas cookies.  We were going for a walk with my Aunty Marion this afternoon and then back for tea so I wanted to bake something to take and Harvey wanted to cook so we had great fun.

H with rolling pin

cookies in progress

H decorating cookies

To say the flour went everywhere was no exaggeration 🙂floury ear

They were not as colourful as the cookies in the recipe book but I massively dislike artificial colouring so we had a little bit of bling but not too much.Holiday sugar cookies

They looked good and tasted even better – well done Little Fella.Harvey'a cookies

I am not at work for 3 weeks so who cares how much mess we made or how late we returned from our afternoon walk and tea with my aunty and cousin?  I am enjoying being at home and having time to cook.  It is certainly not all healthy or diet friendly but there is enough nutrition and a lot of fun being had.

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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2 Responses to Ladies Who Dine and Children Who Bake

  1. laura1952 says:

    Happy Holidays!! Enjoy the festive season without having to worry about work! Great job Harvey with those cookies.

  2. suzjones says:

    I think it’s the time of year when we don’t eat great food all the time. As long as we manage to fit in the good stuff amongst it we should be alright. I had a day yesterday where I ate Stollen, fruit candies and biscuits. Today I will stick to my juices and eat a good meal at night and all should be well. I figure it’s like swings and merry-go-rounds at this time time of year. lol

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