Christmas 2014

Another lovely Christmas has been enjoyed by us all.  We have visited all our immediate family and done rather well visiting our “big” family too i.e. Anuties, Uncles and cousins.  I have eaten and drunk to excess practically every day, unfortunately not of plant foods and juices!

I have however, amongst the rich and unhealthy foods, also eaten lots of plant foods which is easy to do at this time of year as it is citrus time and I love all the citrus fruits, such as these lovely tangerines.tangerines I have enjoyed some fruity smoothies but not enough, in part because we have been away visiting a lot.smoothie with pomegranates When I am at home I do make sure we eat lots of fruits and veggies.  If I give Harvey a little bowl of fruit, all prepared and easy to eat he does munch his way through it so he gets some goodness in amongst the over indulgence of chocolate and rich foods.fruit selection I find that if I have an appealing plate of fruit at the ready, I can graze on it while cooking instead of something more fattening.3 fruits Dec

Our Christmas festivities began in earnest on Christmas Eve.  I made a pheasant casserole with the 2 pheasants BJ gave me.  This is a Delia Smith recipe and it is excellent.  The pheasant is cooked with bacon and mushrooms in Madeira and is one of my favourite casseroles.

pheasant casserole in dish We ate it with mashed potato, carrots and broccoli and it was the first of many fine meals we enjoyed over the Christmas period.pheasant casseroleOn the evening of Christmas Eve we hosted my Aunty Marion, cousins Daniel and Bruce and their families for an evening of drinks and nibbles.
Christmas Eve 2014 It was a casual and relaxed evening which is just how I like it.Gears fro ChristmasChristmas Day 2014.

As well as the usual present frenzy, we enjoyed a cocktail while the turkey cooked.  I am not sure I have had a Martini before – shaken, not stirred – but it was rather pleasant.  Quite strong though so one was enough!
2 martinis Enjoyed with smoked salmon blinis while we played games.Blokus For lunch we had starters of prawn cocktail and avocado with salad.Christmas Day starters

Followed by roast turkey with all the trimmings.  Harvey made the cranberry sauce the day before using Helen’s recipe and it was excellent.

Unfortunately this appears to be the last photo I managed on Christmas Day – maybe the cocktails were stronger than I first thought!cranberry sauce 2014 On Boxing Day we went down to one of my favourite places in the world; Lyme Regis.  We stayed with my sister Lucy and it was wonderful.  Lucy always serves lots of veggies which I like and lunch time was no exception.  We had a really well cooked roast pork with mash, a tray of oven roasted veggies, green beans and a fantastic red cabbage Vietnamese style salad.  It was dressed with limes, chilli and Thai fish sauce and tasted amazing.  I will share the recipe when I make it which we can guarantee I will.Lucy's roast pork In the evening we went to Uncle Clive’s for supper with my cousins.  They had built this charming Christmas grotto for their grandchildren.Christmas Grotto My Uncle has lived in this house for most of my lifetime and I have sat and enjoyed so many meals round this table over the years and this was another.  Such a lovely occasion with so many of my family there.  I felt very lucky.round the table UC's I always like coming here, to their home, which is always a pleasure to visit, in part because my Aunty is an exceptional cook.Aunty H's kitchen Back in Lyme the boys had commandeered the kitchen table for doing a puzzle which is a great use of time on a relaxing Christmas holiday day.puzzle time We decided to take a break from cooking and strolled instead in to town to head to the bakery.Lyme Slipway slipway Whenever I visit Lyme Regis I like to stroll along the seafront.  Lyme Bay Dec 2014 Such a picturesque town, snuggled in to Lyme Bay with is lovely views.walking in Lyme Bay The Town Mill Bakery was as busy as ever.busy with breakfast I had some muesliMill muesli followed by granary sourdough with raspberry jam and a coffee.  All completely deeeeelicious!granary sourdough and coffee H and H in Lyme These two gorgeous boys have lots of fun together.H and H in sunshine

I love these pictures of them jumping down the pebble part of the beach.

H and H jumping 2 H and H jumping A cloudless blue sky.blue Lyme skies This little stretch of the seafront houses must be one of  the prettiest I know of.seafront houses in Lyme Lyme Bay boats in LymeWe walked around the bay, past the harbour and on to the Cobb.
boats in Lyme Dec It looks as if Lara is leaning to the left but she is actually standing up straight.  It is the Cobb wall which is leaning to the right and it is this huge wall which protects all the boats in the harbour.at the end of the Cobb Back at Lucy’s house Martha found a cosy spot to sit in the sunshine and relax.Martha in sunlight Ian and Helen joined us for lunch and we had a lovely time.  The only lull over the entire festive period was watching ‘Mr Turner’, a film I had been looking forward to seeing but which was so disappointing.  2 and a half hours of the usually impressive Timothy Spall grunting, snuffling and rutting like a pig through a series of sets which were too pristine, with little dialogue or action of any interest.  At the end of the film we felt we knew little more about Turner’s life than we did before.  Ian and Helen in LymeMe with my sister Lucy.  After the stupor of Mr Turner we had a lively evening playing Racing Demons which was far more fun.

Zoe and Lucy Lucy’s house has a lovely view of the sea and it is always a pleasure to visit and hard to leave.  This time was no exception.view towards sea I was fortunate enough though to be heading for Chichester to visit my sister Holly and my sister Abi and her family joined us too.  Another day, another dinner table, another lovely meal.At H and R's table Holly and her hubby Richard live in a converted chapel which has created a huge and very impressive home and it was a very comfortable place to relax in.  Tempting to just sit and eat and drink some more but we managed to don walking boots and head out for a walk.Harvey and Richard It was sunny and cold which I think is great for walking in.  The light makes everywhere look pretty and the coldness makes you walk perhaps more briskly than you might otherwise and it brings a rosy glow to faces.walking near Chichester It was a pretty walk across flat countryside.me walking Quite muddy in places!muddy bits As the sun began to set, the frost had not melted all day which created a very pretty landscape.frosty fields Definitely time to go in and relax and eat and make merry.Holly's lounge We were joined by Lucy and Emily and dined on lighter fare than we have recently; melon followed by salmon with a lovely salad of red onion, fennel, oranges and pomegranate in a zesty dressing.  That is another recipe I will be sharing when I make it at home.supper 28-12-14

We were entertained throughout the evening by three minstrels who produced multiple performances for us in a variety of weird and wonderful costumes.

H M and K entertainmentI am now back at home, needing larger clothes !  I have overeaten by millions of calories every day and feel unhealthy as a result of it.  However, I have had a lot of fun, been surrounded by many of the people I care about the most, which is what Christmas is all about; being with family.  Thank you to all my hosts for a truly wonderful Christmas.

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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One Response to Christmas 2014

  1. A lovely Christmas indeed. Thank you so much for all you did :0)

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