12 days already? It seems hardly possible. I have been enjoying the salads so much! I'm actually thinking of continuing this project for far longer than I originally planned. We go on holiday for about 2 weeks soon - from 24th July to 7th August. I planned to ditch the salad a day thing at that point. However, I'm beginning to think I might try to keep going for as long as I can. I won't be doing SP while I'm away but maybe I can keep the salads going?
To this end, I bought a book today. It is called 'Salad Love' and is by a man called David Bez. He's not a chef, he's a designer, but he started to make a salad every day at his office for lunch and began a blog. 3 years later (!!) and he has created a book of his best recipes. It is grouped by Season and so I am beginning to think that if he can do this so can I. All it would take is a bit of planning and preparation on my part. Here is the book:
My salad today was a bit of a using up of left-overs as well as another attempt to make a new salad of my own. This time it was much more successful:
I call it 'Creamy Salmon, Raddish and flageolet bean Salad'. The creamy bit came from using up the last of my Pizza Express 'House Light Dressing'. As it is lower in calories than other creamy dressings my salad was still only 331 cals per serving. Yee-ha!
A refreshing Summer salad today with prawn, avocado and orange - yum yum. 352 calories in a serving. 42 of those are carbs, 14 are fat and 5 protein. Pretty good for you I'd say and definitely another one to make again.
It's another gorgeously sunny day in Edinburgh. I spent an hour lying in the sunshine yesterday and plan to do the same again today. Being a teacher means I can take advantage of the glorious weather in my Summer holiday - yippee! As we're off to Seville for a week at the end of July I feel like I want to get my skin a little bit used to the sun too. We don't always get the sun in Scotland so I have to take advantage while I can.
I decided to have my salad for breakfast this morning as at this time of year we have a positive glut of delicious Summery fruits. Today's salad was therefore a very simple 'Melon and Lime Fruit salad' made from half a Galia and half a honeydew melon, chopped and with the juice of a whole lime and a dessert spoon of brown sugar. I shared it with my husband before giving him a lift to work. It was yummy.
My husband has the opposite problem to me - he struggles to put weight on and is trying out some smoothies to help with this. Unfortunately, this morning's experiment with hemp protein powder did not go well and so I'm off to track down pea or rice protein powder in the local health store.
This morning is something of a catch up. Firstly, this is really Day 9 but I didn't have time to blog at all yesterday, so I will record my daily salad for today later. Secondly, I didn't manage to post photos from the last couple of salad's I had at my parents that my Mum made for me. So, I will sort out the latter first:
This was the 'Jewelled Quinoa' my mother made on Saturday night:
And this was the 'Green Lentil and kidney bean' salad she made for me at lunchtime on Sunday:
Both were very good. I think my favourite was the 'Jewelled Quinoa' because it went so well with the salmon and broccoli. Also - it had a great vinaigrette which I'll need to ask my mother how to make.
Now to catch up on yesterday:
I met some friends who are over from New Zealand. They have a lovely boy of 6 (nearly 7) and a two month old baby girl. We went to the Botanic Gardens for lunch and a stroll. Lunch became a three course affair (oops) but I DID have my salad!
The starter was delicate little profiteroles with a cheese filling, poached pears and salad leaves:
My main course was a 'Goats Cheese and Beetroot' salad and was very tasty. It was topped by one large slice of grilled goats cheese and had roasted beetroot slices mixed through salad leaves with giant capers. Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph that. Sorry.
I'm afraid all this goodness was slightly undone by my pudding (a chocolate and coffee bavarois) but at least the helpings were all small and I didn't eat my cream.
The only other problem was that when I got home my husband texted to say we were going round to our friend Sarah's for another friend's leaving party. I ate pretty small quantities I must say, being still stuffed from lunch! On the whole not one of my best days...