Thursday, August 01, 2013
The title is one of my favourite sayings, and as far as I know it is specifically of Cornish origin, where I woz brought up. Of course, if you know different, I'm all ears. :-)
I use it a lot, which gives you some indication of how well organised I am these days. LOL
Anyhow, that was yesterday, and I gave up playing catch-up and losing, so went to bed blogless.
But this is now. :-)
Am I the only person who is finding the days shooting past faster than the speed of light?
Yesterday was cool and delightful. Today is sticky and very much not delightful.
Aside from the tasty noms from Waitrose.
They are very delightful! :-)
I came home with doughnut peaches, and sliced melon, and all manner of tasty freggie treats, and for lunch I popped some cold smoked rainbow trout fillets on my plate, along with some beetroot, and I baked little courgette buns to go with it. Yummy!
Ok, hold the phone...
That's what I said, yes. :-)
What are they? Well, they are sort of baby baked omelette buns really.
You simply set your oven to 200C, 400F, gas 6, and lightly grease four sections of a fairy bun tin or a muffin tin. Then you grate up a medium courgette (or about 4 or 5 of those baby ones) to about 100g or thereabouts, pop it in a bowl, add one egg and about 25g (more or less, your choice) of grated parmesan or other Italian cheese (I use a blend of Italian cheeses already grated so dead easy to measure out) and stir it all together with a fork. Spread the mix between the four greased sections, packing it in and gently firming it down. Then you pop it in the oven for 15-18 mins until the edges are golden. Pop on a plate and they are ready to eat. Really delish! And they have to be one of the easiest things I've ever prepared. Didn't even take five minutes to sort out.
I'm loving being back on Spark more regularly. I've even started to organise my team challenges so that this month I might actually manage to keep up with them! There is a lot of walking involved, what with the Step to the Beat team and the Leslie Sansone Team :-)
Well, better brave the heat and water the veggies. They must be feeling parched!
Hope you are having a great day!
Monday, July 29, 2013
Took me a few seconds to realise what was going on, but when I did I laughed so hard that I just had to share!
I think this is as good as any Spark Motivational Poster, don't you? *grin*
In other news...
I have made a veggie chilli in my slow cooker today. It has over 2400g of veg and beans in it. This means that split into six portions, each portion has all five of my five a day in it! Can't be bad, eh?
Going to throw a portion over a baked potato tonight. Yummy! Hope I don't miss!
Actually, I'm calling it chilli but it doesn't have any chilli in it. Just cumin, cinnamon, and lots of fresh coriander. Not a chilli fan really. :-)
The plan was for a meat free Monday, but as all great ideas I have these days, if not immediately written down to remind me, it stays in my head for all of two seconds and I had ham and chicken satay on my lunch platter. It was only as I was writing this blog that I remembered. Doh! Menopausal memory! Fun!!! LOL
I know, I'll try Freggie Friday instead this week. :-)
In not so good news, I'm back baking my own cakes, but when I added up the ingredients I realised that a small slice of my victoria sponge is 350 ish calories! Big Ouch! So I'll make small butterfly buns instead from now on. They are about half the calories of that cake slice! The fun thing with fairy cakes or butterfly buns is that you can make a one egg quantity, and that is enough for a whole week of treats. It also means that I can make one egg's worth in my fave flavour, and another egg's worth in Tara's fave flavour. That way we are both happy. :-)
One egg basic fairy cake recipe? What's that, I hear you ask...
What you do is weigh the egg in its shell, and whatever that weight is, that is the weight you use for the rest of the ingredients, so if the egg weighs 65g, you weigh out 65g each of butter or marg, caster sugar and flour. Cream the butter and sugar together than mix in the egg and flour alternately, and you have enough basic mix for 6 or 7 fairy cakes. Add fruit or whatever you fancy to the mix before splitting it between the bun cases and around ten mins or so at gas 5 and there they are. Delish buns!
Hope you've had / are having a great day!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Told you it was hot over here...
This blog would have been posted yesterday but I was halfway through writing it when the storm front they promised descended, so I had to switch the computer off for the rest of the evening.
So here we go again (she says checking the weather forecast quickly to see if we are in the clear now)
Friday Evening's meal was scrumptious. I combined two ideas into one pot and it was delicious! Salmon Roulade and Vegetable Tien combine together really well it turns out. :-)
I took a salmon roulade (Waitrose do these all set to put in the oven, so it is hassle-free):
I chopped up some onion and fried it in a little olive oil, and while it was cooking I also gathered and thinly sliced a selection of beefsteak tomato, courgette and potato.
I then grabbed a round pyrex oven dish and spread the onion on the base of the dish. Then I placed the cut veggies into the bowl vertically in a circle around the edge of the bowl on top of the onion. I had a few small bits of courgette left so I laid them flat in the centre as a stand for the salmon roulade.
I popped the veg (without the salmon) in the oven for about 40 mins at Gas 6 until the veg was softening, then I took it out, sprinkled some grated Italian cheese (although cheddar works too) over the veg, placed the salmon roulade in the centre, and popped it back into the oven for another 20 mins.
When it came out I just scooped it all onto a plate and munched my way through.
Dee. licious! :-)
So Friday ended on a very tasty note. :-)
Sadly, however, Saturday did not get off to a good start...
Pidge passed this morning. The shock of the attack followed by the cat trying to get to her the next day was too much for her and she couldn't eat. I took her to the vets after a pingpong match between the local wildlife rescue centre and the RSPCA, and the vet looked her over and decided it was kindest to put her to sleep. For this service they were nice enough not to ask for a payment, and when I offered a donation they refused it. That is true pet care and customer service!!!
That kindness was a real relief after the morning I had on the phone. Honestly, I could spit! I know that the RSPCA does some stellar work, but seriously, when you phone their local number on a Saturday morning you would think that someone would actually be there. Animals don't just get sick Monday to Friday, you know!
So what actually happened? As the RSPCA were conspicuous by their absence when I tried to contact them, I rang the vet because it was clear that Pidge still wasn't eating and could not be persuaded to. The veterinary assistant explained that unfortunately they aren't set up for wildlife care, so the best they can do is take a look, and if necessary put Pidge to sleep. However, they did have the phone number of the local wildlife centre, and suggested I try them, and if they were unable to help then I should call the vet back.
So I rang the wildlife centre. The lady I spoke to was very nice, and offered to see if anyone was available to pick Pidge up. She rang back a few minutes later to say that unfortunately they were short staffed and they had no one available for a pick up. However, I could try the – you've guessed it – RSPCA!
I told her the local RSPCA number wasn't being manned and there was no other information on their message. So she suggested I try their emergency number.
So I rang the emergency number, went through the rigmarole of the automated message option 1 of 4, then option 2 of 6 then – press 1 for a lecture on leaving fledglings where you find them unless they are injured. Press 2 for a suggestion to – you've guessed it again – ring your local wildlife rescue centre!
At no point did the message actually offer practical help, and after the lecture they cut me off!
So I rang the wildlife centre back to ask what to do next and the only option left was beg a lift out to their centre in the middle of nowhere from a neighbour. This is the joy of not having transport. Rescue centres are almost always in the middle of nowhere, and there isn't any way to reach them except by car.
As the only neighbour even vaguely nature-friendly who would have been approachable was out, that wasn't an option, so the only thing left I could do was ring the Vets again.
They told me that they were very busy, a number of emergencies had come in, but if I brought the bird down about noon and was willing to wait one of the vets would take a look, and if necessary put Pidge to sleep.
So, just time for a twenty minute exercise routine, followed by a quick breakfast and then I persuaded Pidge into a box puched full of holes, and walked her down to the vets where, as you already know, they felt it was kindest to put her to sleep.
I was a bit tearful – silly I know, but I get attached to critturs so quickly. Still, I choked them back and walked out of the building. And instead of turning left and heading home, I turned right and headed for Castle Park. I figured the walk in the park would be nice, maybe cheer me up, and I could pick up a couple of bits in town and then head home.
It was lovely in the park, and with the trees in full foliage there was a pleasantly shady walk along the side of the river:
By the time I reach the other side of the park I was feeling much better, especially as I spotted my favourite pigeon being fed by a chap who was laid out on the grass enjoying his lunch. This pigeon has a gammy wing, and has been around for a long time. You can easily tell him apart from the others, even without the wing issue, because everyone takes pity on him and feeds him, so he is very fat! I was pleased to see him still with us, and I headed out of the park with a smile on my face and made for the bank, grabbed some cash and bought the bits I needed, then headed for a snack. Sadly I got waylayed by Greggs and ended up with a sausage roll, and after that I decided (without thinking it through) to try a Shakeaway milkshake – raspberries, cream, icecream and meringue!
It was delicious! Just two problems...
One: raspberries crunched up in a shake contains loads of seeds (which I'm supposed to avoid with the diverticular issue) – cue surrepticiously spitting out seeds after every mouthful into a tissue. LOL
Two: Bit calorific, specially on top of a sausage roll!
And I couldn't change the evening meal plan because the mince would have gone out of date, so yesterday was a bit over my calorie limit, and WAY over my fat limit.
Fortunately, up till that point I'd had a good week, so it balanced out more or less.
And today is the start of a new week. :-)
Let's hope it is a good one for all of us!
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