Friday, July 23, 2010
Well, I bought some Greek yogurt yesterday, planning to try out a few things with it, but ended up with a small (200g) tub because it isn't cheap and I didn't want to waste it if I found I wasn't keen, so I've only used it in two things so far:
To test the savoury options, I bought a ready meal called Channa Masala. It is "tender chick peas cooked in a warmly spiced tomato and coconut sauce, tempered with fennel and curry leaves". I love curry flavour but not curry heat. This blend was borderline for me and I used half the pot of yogurt to tone it down. It was delicious, and a pretty good protein mix thanks to the combination of the two items. Only thing was, with the rice and peas I cooked it was more than enough for one meal, so next time I'll split the amount, and get two meals out of it, with some extra veggies on the side, or maybe puree half the amount and use it to coat a piece of chicken perhaps. In my quest for increasing my protein levels without having a stomach like a lead balloon after my meal, all things are possible. :-)
To test the sweeter options, for lunch today I took the rest of the yogurt and put it in my blender, along with 1 banana, a dozen de-stoned cherries, and the flesh and juice of 1/2 a cantaloupe melon. I whizzed it all up for a good couple of minutes, and then poured some of the mix into two lollipop moulds to try it out frozen , and poured the rest into a glass to drink. It was pretty tasty. A slight aftertaste caused by the yogurt, but it was bearable, which is high praise from a fusspot like me. :-)
I'm looking forward to trying one of the lollies tomorrow.
I was going to make the Blueberry Mango Yogurt popsicles from here:
The cost was prohibitive though. Blueberries were very very expensive and the mango not cheap. Plus it occurred to me when looking at them that I couldn't remember how to tell if a mango is ripe. That's why I resorted to buying cherries and a melon instead. I will have to wait until my neighbour has enough blueberries on her plants to make a smoothie, and supply the mango and yogurt. Then we can share the result, because the organic greek yogurt is gluten free, which means she can enjoy it too. :-)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I decided to take a day off from the Walking Plan and the Bootcamp today because we had to walk into town for some work equipment, bill paying and a wee treat at HMV, and I knew I'd end up walking at least 5 miles, so I thought it would be silly to push beyond that and wreck myself for the rest of the week.
For the Walking Plan warm-up month I have swapped Wed and Thur over. Thur would have been a rest day from the walking plan, so a straight swap was easy enough.
I was due to start week 2 of the Bootcamp Challenge today, so I've simply delayed starting by twenty four hours.
We had a great trip into town. Tara had been saving up her pocket money to get a CD she really wanted, and I needed a second floor stand for my sewing so that I can keep a couple of projects on the go at once. I've tried a lapstand and ordinary rings and rectangular roller holders over the years but I end up twisting myself into all sorts of weird contortions while sewing causing no end of trouble with my back. I always return to my trusty floor stand, so it was time to swallow the cost and get another one.
I found a beauty! It has a smaller frame than my other one, but it is still a decent size. It has a ratchet system that allows you to turn your work 360 degrees which is a huge help when fastening off and so forth, and well, I just love it! Worth ever penny of the £40 it cost! I already put it together and sewed an ongoing cross stitch design I'm working on to the binding so I'm ready to go later while watching Ghost Whisperer. We just started season 5 over here a couple of weeks ago, and it is every bit as good as every other season! What a cute kid they got to play their son! Oooh, oooh, oooh! Season 6 of Medium starts on Friday too! Sadly replacing Criminal Minds which has just finished season 5 over here. My heart was in my mouth at the end of that last episode!
Anyway, digressing aside, I also grabbed some scrap pieces of 14 and 16 count canvas for my bargello experiments, and a couple of feet of Aida - 16 and 18 count for the same reason. I'm hoping to create some nice delicate designs using the Aida and cottons. My floor frames are going to be kept very busy for a while. :-)
When we reached HMV so Tara could decide which CDs or DVDs she wanted to buy, I stayed in the 2 for £10 section to see what they had on special, and in less than a minute Tara was racing back to me, eyes sparkling, saying, "Mum! You will never guess what I just found!" She held out a case to me, and I was amazed to realise that it was a copy of Picross for the DSi! I have been waiting for a second-hand copy of that game to turn up ever since we first got the DSi! I honestly didn't think I'd ever see it! Someone must have decided I deserved a little treat! ;-) Well, I had to have it, didn't I! LOL
I was also very naughty and grabbed 2 cds for myself - Toyah Wilcox and Shania Twain. Toyah takes me back to my teens and my pathetic attempt at rebellion, and Shania, well I just love that twinkle in her eye and the tongue in her cheek when she sings songs like That Don't Impress Me Much, and Man, I Feel Like A Woman. She totally took off Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love video in that latter video, which had me roaring with laughter, even though I quite like his music too.
Tara ended up with a CD (The Rasmus) and a DVD (Alvin and the Chipmunks), so she's happy. Then we paid my bills, grabbed a couple of sausage rolls, and walked home through the park, stopping at the pet store on the way to pick up some seed for the garden birds.
We got back just before the heavens opened, but you wouldn't have known they were going to. The sky was all blue with the old fluffy Cumulus for most of the time, and very hot and humid. I'm now doing my wilted cabbage impression again!
I hope everyone is having a good day.
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