Fruit Haul

A lot of fruit was bought and consumed by The Little Fella and myself today.  I started this bright and sunny Saturday with a punnett of red grapes, which we munched on our way up to Sevenoaks.

breakfast 27-6 Isn’t fruit amazing in the summer?  It is so sweet and juicy.grapes 27-6 After Harvey’s appointment at the hospital he was hungry and we had spotted a cafe on the way in to town that appealed to us both;Music Cafe 7 oaks The Zed Music Cafe.  It was quite busy when we arrived but three tables full of people left almost as soon as we sat down!  Harvey enjoyed his toasted sandwich and soya  milkshake and I had a soya milk latte.  Very friendly staff and my only complaint was a very small menu. i.e. a very limited choice but when I explained we were not eating dairy, they were very helpful.The Zed Music Cafe Next stop was the little market on the high street because I had spotted this fruit and veggie stall and wanted to check it out.fruit stall in 7oaks It was great.  Not organic and certainly not local either but such fresh looking produce and the fruit was actually ripe and, as we discovered later, full of flavour, unlike a lot of the plant foods we buy in the supermarket.  The prices were reasonable so we bought masses.  Literally as much as we could carry.  H choosing fruit Next stop was Paddock Wood which I always think feels like stepping back in time.PW high St This department store, which does have fantastically courteous and helpful staff, really reminds me of a department store I used to go to as a child called ‘Shinners’.  They have a small number of a large range of things and the prices aren’t bad.  They had what we needed which was great.Barsleys Homecraft DIY Some of the things we bought at the Sevenoaks market are 2 boxes of these honey mangoes.honey mango crate A bag of apricots.apricots 27-6 a 10kg box of cherries – this box is MASSIVE.10 kilo box of cherries I had not eaten anything all day apart from grapes so I made a smoothie from 10 of the apricots and 2 mangoes.10 apricots peeling a honey mango These mangoes are at the peak of their ripeness.  They are just perfect and the stone is quite small so you got a lot of mango for your money.  At £5 a box they were good value anyway.honey mango This smoothie was sensational.  I wish you could all try it as it was so and apricot smoothie It literally contained only apricots and mangoes and was the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness and the consistency was amazing.  I loved every single mouthful of that one.apricot and mango smoothie I couldn’t resist trying one of these nectarines and that was spot on too – not too ripe and soft but not hard either and full of juice and flavour.nectarine 27-6 I spent a very happy couple of hours in the veggie patch in the late afternoon sunshine.veggie patch Mangetout.  I always hear “mangetout mange tout Rodney” in my head when I think of mange tout 🙂mange tout 27-6 Mizuna.mizuna 27-6 Spinach.spinach 27-6 My sisters bought me 5 roses for my birthday 2 years ago and this one is looking amazing; it smells wonderful too.rose from sisters Eye spy with my little eye …… the raspberry canes Kath gave me when she emigrated home to NZ are ripening up and full of fruit.raspberries 27-6 This was the only disappointment of the day.  At first I thought it was soil but no, the broad beans are badly infested with some kind of fly which is disappointing.  I chopped down the worst one and saved as many beans as I could which I gave Harvey in his stir fry.  I was eating raw all day and the one bean I tried was bitter so I think they are better cooked so they couldn’t be added to my salad.infested broad beans For supper I carefully washed all the green leaves I picked: spinach, mizuna and rocket plus I added some watercress I bought at the market.  So lush and leaves in bowl 27-6 Topped with celery, red cabbage, carrot, tomatoes and mashed avocado which did the job of a dressing.  No added oil, salt, pepper or any other seasonings.supper 27-6-15 I then actually did pit all these cherries to make cherry and banana nice cream.  All these cherries shared between us plus 3 frozen bananas each made a fantastic pudding.cherries in bowl Served with some coconut and coconut sugar.cherry nice cream 2 This was so good that someone ( I won’t name names though) actually licked the bowl.cherry nice cream

So, one very well fed lady is feeling good after an all raw plant food diet today.  I enjoyed pottering about in the shops with the Little Fella today as it is a long time since we have had a day like that together.  The fruit haul was a real result and we are both enjoying getting through it all.

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 Fruit Haul

  1. Sally seiver says:

    You filled the lad with goodness today….all looks so delicious too!

  2. Lucy Murphy says:

    Oh my goodness those cherries look AMAZING. How fantastic x

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