London Times

I have had some wonderful times in London the last few days.  I enjoyed a long walk on Tuesday evening from Seven Dials to Borough.  It was cold but clear and calm and London looked amazing in the dark.  This the view to the East from Waterloo Bridge.

view from Waterloo Bridge Last night we went out to celebrate Lara’s birthday.  We had a cocktail at the Waldorf Hotel.cocktails at the Waldorf Then on to dinner at The Delaunay. The Delaunay is in the style of a Grand European cafe.  It was busy with the lively chatter of people enjoying themselves,  the atmosphere was comforting and convivial and the service was impeccable.

I had a fabulous spiced lentil and kale soup to start but they did not have one single vegetarian main meal on the menu!  I was really surprised.  So I selected 3 vegetable side dishes; wilted spinach, cauliflower cheese and fries.  So not the healthiest but for a celebration it could have been far worse.Delaunay cocktails I had 2 scoops of blood orange sorbet for dessert which was lovely.  blood orange sorbet We had such a lovely evening together celebrating my beautiful daughter’s birthday.Lara's birthday Today I had banana, blueberries, oats and coconut yogurt for breakfast.Timberyard and breakfast At lunch time we went to Dishoom, which was fabulous.  My colleagues at work have been several times before but this was my first.  It is based on the Irani cafes established in Bombay in the 1930’s.  We shared various plates for starters and I had a vegetables samosa, okra and 3 chutneys.  The okra was the best I have ever had as the outside was crunchy and the inside soft.  Completely yummy and I could eat a whole plateful.Dishoom samosa I drank Darjeeling tea with my meal.  I had the house black daal, a Roomali Roti and a bowl of greens.  The dal was very rich so I suspect it had cream in it which is not great on a  diet but it did taste incredible.  It was perfectly spiced and probably the best daal I have ever had.  The Roomali Roti is described on the menu as a “soft handkerchief of thin bread, gridled to order on an upturned tawa”.  Every mouthful was a pleasure.Dishoom lunch This was lightly cooked spinach, broccoli and mange tout, with spices.good green bowl I need to eat this bread and daal again.  I was going to have the daal with a potato dish but I was corrected by two of my colleagues who said the daal should be eaten with bread.black dal and roti At home I wasn’t very hungry but I was very tired so I had a really simple supper of an avocado with lime juice and some cherry tomatoes with a large mug of green tea.avocado green tea I enjoyed it all but did then have some raisins and cashews later.avocado, lime, tomatoes

So not the healthiest of meals in the last couple of days but plenty of wholefoods and plant-foods.  And given the occasions, I did well for me.

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 London Times

  1. Lucy says:

    I love Dishoom and funnily enough was telling Lara about it on her birthday. I had the exact same things when I went and indeed still dream about that dhal!

    • How funny! Lara said you had recommended an Indian but couldnt remember the name. We have had our team lunch in the diary for a few weeks as it is so busy it was hard to get a table for 10! Let’s go there when we next meet up in London – I want those lentils and that Roti again .

  2. laura1952 says:

    Everything sure did look great. My mouth is watering for that cauliflower and cheese. Not the healthiest, but far better than it could have been and was in December! Give yourself credit for doing such a great job of making great choices with the choices you had. Thanks for the heads up on the dhal as well.
    Happy Birthday again Lara.

    • Whoo, it certainly was amazing and it seemed like such a treat. Since then I have not fallen back in to bad ways either so I can remember the cauliflower cheese as a treat and have no worries aout falling of my healthy and mainly vegan wagon.

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