Monday, 27 January 2014

Prawn Stir Fry

Tonight's dinner was king prawns with stir fry vegetables, cooked in fresh chilli, garlic and ginger, with a little and honey and soy sauce. Served with brown rice, and eaten on the sofa with a pile of books that I have to read for uni. Reading under pressure is NOT FUN, but eating with chopsticks is.  

Friday, 24 January 2014

A Theory About Eggs

I have a theory that almost any meal can be greatly improved by sticking a poached egg on top of it. Think about it - there are fewer things in life more enjoyable than the feeling of cutting into just-firm whites, and letting the oozy yolk smother your dinner with its golden comforting warmth.

Last night I made a salad of leaves, petits pois and smoked streaky bacon lardons, dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, and topped it with a simple cod fishcake. Then I proudly placed my poached egg on top, and suddenly dinner got a lot more exciting.

What do you like having poached egg with...salads, steaks, pasta, pizza? Or are they strictly for having on toast?!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Some of the Weekend...

Some of the weekend...

We celebrated our cat Lulu's birthday by giving her a whole tin of tuna, sticking a candle in it and singing to her. She loved it, I could tell. 

We went for a sunny walk along the canal, fed some intimidating swans and got a bit muddy.

We treated ourselves to a carb-laden lunch at The Wild Cafe in Bath...and the next day a Sunday roast at The Porter (which I demolished before taking any photos!).

Hope you all had a good weekend and are ready for a productive week!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Banana, Date and Oat Smoothie

What better way to kickstart a healthy regime than with a substantial smoothie, followed by a run on a cold sunny day? It was my first in about 6 months (run that is, not smoothie) so it took some effort to drag my unwilling feet out of their slippers and into my running shoes. But I'm glad that I did it, because even though my thighs hated me the next day, I can't help but feel satisfied with the pain - and with the ridiculous hills around me in Bath, it's only going to get more gruelling!

So here's how to make a smoothie that will give you a long-lasting energy hit - whether you're going for a run, or just off to work or school for the day. It'll easily keep you going until lunchtime. 

Makes 2 smoothies

In a blender - or in a bowl, using a hand-held stick blender - whizz together 2 bananas, 2 very small handfuls of porridge oats, 4 chopped dates, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1 1/2 cups of almond milk (or whichever milk you prefer - if you're watching the calories, almond is a great choice). Make sure all the dates are thoroughly blended as they can be a little tough!

Pour into glasses, adding a little more milk if the consistency is too thick.

Monday, 13 January 2014

The End of 2013


Well well's my first blog post of 2014, and here I am still reminiscing about last year. I'm just about getting myself out of the indulgent haze of Christmas and New Year, and starting to embrace January and all it's talk of healthy eating, yadda yadda yadda. So before my blog becomes full of healthy recipes and good intentions, I thought I'd share with you some moments from our Christmas. There were mince pies; a painstakingly homemade gingerbread house that we took to Little P's school to share with his class; a starring role as Joseph at the school nativity; a wonderful Christmas at home, which I managed to host without having a meltdown, and roasted a glorious duck (and a honey and marmalade glazed ham the next day);  waaaaaaay too much cheese and red wine; almost as much Prosecco; lots of lego building and Uno playing; a night of dancing for New Year's Eve; and quality time with family and friends. To be honest, we didn't want it to end!

So it's been back to reality with a bit of a bang...I had an exam to welcome me into the year, and a huge workload that I somehow completely ignored over Christmas. And yes, I will be trying to be healthier for a little while - although I'm definitely not detoxing, I'll be upping our fruit and vegetable intake, saving treats for the weekends, and cooking meals that aren't mostly based around pasta. I've even taken up Zumba again -it's entirely necessary after all that cheese. So you can expect some leaner recipes to follow, and unfortunately, rather a lot less baking. At least for now. 

So Happy (belated) New Year, folks! Let's make it a good one! x


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