-POOKIE-'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2DPOOKIE%2D -POOKIE-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Off to a wedding tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225434 Another of my husbands friends is getting married tomorrow, they are a bunch of childhood friends, he was the first to get married and have baby, we went to one friends wedding when my little girl was about 3 months old, horrid car journey over whats called "The Snake Pass" and her poor ears where popping in the altitude! <BR> <BR> The friend from that wedding just announced she is having a baby, due around Christmas. <BR> <BR> Another announced his engagement just after the insanity of t... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:07:17 EST Umm.... CHRISTMAS stuff in stores? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224744 Seriously, it is actually still August, still technically Summer. <BR> <BR> I have seen Christmas tree shaped serving platters... <BR> <BR> ...and the big tubs of Celebrations and Miniature Hero's chocolates with festive snowy packaging. <BR> <BR> Christmas. The children are not even back in school yet until next week! <BR> <BR> Christmas?? <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Not Halloween... <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Not Bonfire Night... <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> But CHRISTMAS <em>444</em>... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:32:13 EST Glad I made the effort today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224127 I woke with a hormonal headache, I had gone to bed early after the previous nights lack of sleep, went up after watching GBBO (YAY CAKES!!) and slept soundly. Apparently I said goodnight and got a goodnight kiss off my husband.... I really don't remember him coming to bed at all *laughs* <BR> <BR> But nasty headache, so took some Ibuprofen which is also helping with the physical discomfort from stopping breastfeeding, a strong coffee and decided to move my ass and still go swimming. Make an... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:12:51 EST About how I am feeling and no new recipe this week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223590 I'm still feeling sad and hormonally imbalanced and not to forget psychically sore from stopping breastfeeding my little girl. <BR> Still stressed by the utter trash moved into the rented flats next door to us, parking their heaps of crap, possibly stolen, cars illegally in my way over a drop curb, I filed a police report, but yeah, I am pretty sure they have far more worthy things to look into with sadly underfunded and overworked officers. <BR> <BR> My little girl has been fighting some ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:32:37 EST Vegetarian, egg free, high protein breakfasts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223011 OK, so the baked bean recipe in the list does have bacon (why it's in this list I don't know!) but the rest is vegetarian, egg free breakfast ideas to get that filling protein in. <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/hannahmars/not-eggc<BR>ellent?utm_term=.ay9XRq6p4y#.wk7vE8wqQk </link> <BR> <BR> I love having cottage cheese with berries and nuts. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:21:39 EST Feeling sad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220772 My little girl is 2.5 and we are just stopping breastfeeding now. <BR> <BR> I exclusively breastfed until she was 6 months old, absolutely no formula or food. She started food at 6 months and we continued breastfeeding. <BR> <BR> Now we have come to whats hopefully a mutual decision to stop and I cannot help but be sad. It's a moment of closeness and bonding, but recently she really has shown signs of only asking out of habit. So we have stopped the last two feeds she was still having. <BR>... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:21:45 EST Feeling stressed... and finding relief in something unexpected. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220183 I had a Dr appointment this morning, the surgery (this is what in the UK we call the place GP's practice, I'm not due an operation. Fun with language!) is just over a mile away and later in the day the carpark is MANIC (it's in a complex thats also gym, swimming pool, library, pharmacy, chiropodist, dentist, several Dr's surgeries, weight management clinic), and the carpark is far far too small. <BR> <BR> <BR> So since it is due to rain like goodness knows what for the next 5 days, I decide... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:34:06 EST 30th Book in Cookery Challenge: Ummm...Jamie Oliver's Super Food Family Classics... Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219752 Ok, my husband joked it would have been easier for me to mark what I DIDN'T want to try from this book. <BR> <BR> Today I made the Smokey Vegetable Chili <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f864987e-2498-4ba7-8123-dc4cb5d45c49.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, that is peanut butter and you will hear my opinion on that shortly... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f047dcfd-4070-4e2b-a7cf-607d2aadb7e2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This chili was a lot of effort, the veg... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:11:19 EST Do you peel butternut squash? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218890 Because you really don't need too! <BR> <BR> Time saver here, when it's roasted up in the oven it's lovely and soft! <BR> <BR> Extra fibre, extra nutrition and time saved... all win! <em>250</em> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:45:43 EST Mine and my little ones healthy breakfasts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218210 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f4d3177-a134-4e46-be17-15673352a736.png"> <BR> <BR> I had cottage cheese with unsweetened real cocoa and a little bit stevia, with frozen berries and a ground linseed mix. She had full fat greek yogurt with blueberries and this Polish raspberry syrup, made from real fruit, not flavourings and very high in Vitamin C. <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:46:14 EST Mini Mushroom Mock Meatloaves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5970c7ac-2e74-47a3-a87c-09d56cc4c861.png"> <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1330222 </link> <BR> <BR> Mini mushroom mock meatloaves with cauliflower and butterbean mash, green beans and home made 7 veg tomato sauce. (which isn't red BTW should be, but I used green peppers, not red and it got overwhelmed!) <BR> <BR> Can you guess how many calories this HUGE plate of food is? It was seriously huge, filli... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 08:43:06 EST How to get started and maintain a stock of home-made freezer meals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216576 One way to get started on a stock of freezer meals is to simply cook extra of everyday meals that freeze ok, like chili, curry, stews, casseroles etc. It doesn't take much longer to chop some extra ingredients, takes no longer to cook it, but will save you a whole meals prep in the future. <BR> <BR> Thats what I do a lot, there are only 2 adults and a toddler eating, so I cook something that feeds 6 adults and freeze 4 portions. <BR> <BR> Or set aside a time to batch cook large volumes, I... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:50:33 EST Spent 2 hours sorting my 2 freezers today, inventory! (neat idea, please look!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215965 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b0642e7-18d1-4530-91e7-53c0c15f72dd.png"> <BR> <BR> This is how I inventory my freezers, I have a mini one inside and a chest freezer outside. <BR> <BR> Each item is listed with a circle to cross out when it's been used. It's SO useful. <BR> <BR> peas OO <BR> corn O <BR> beans OOO <BR> <BR> Different pages are different categories, like the meals I make, fruit/veg, meat/fish, veggie products, bread etc <BR> <BR> Also defrosted the mini fr... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:55:16 EST 29th Book in Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Super Food Family Classics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215396 Today I made 2 recipes from this book! (The Baked Tarka Dal will be covered later when it's done, it's waiting to bake.) <BR> <BR> I made the 7 veg and tomato sauce... why this isn't just called 8 veg sauce I don't know lol <BR> <BR> This is a LOT of vegetables, I am not sure if Jamie is taking the mickey when he suggested instead of using a food processor you could hone your knife skills on this recipe... it's nearly 2.5kg of veg!! <BR> <BR> So food processor helped me out! <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:23:23 EST Odd "weekend" ahead... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214767 So this weekend is shaping up weirdly. <BR> <BR> Friday my husband goes away for a stag party... *laughs* nothing raucous, they are going narrow boating, real ale drinking and going to Bath to see the, well, baths. <BR> <BR> So he goes away Friday morning, I mentioned this last weekend and since my sister in law is back in the UK for a while from The Netherlands she is coming over to stay to get to spend some time with her niece. Planning healthy dinner for us, so Friday food is in check. ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 08:20:00 EST Two delicious clean eating meals to share. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214150 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47f92ab4-4457-4669-b97c-7077c2c95dc8.png"> <BR> <BR> Bean salad with a palm vinegar and mustard dressing, with almond and chili powder coated turkey strips. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c170157-3ae5-4284-b8f5-bac040280061.png"> <BR> <BR> Cauliflower "kedgeree" (instead of rice), which is cauliflower, smoked haddock, peas, hard boiled eggs, with turmeric, chili, cumin and coriander. <BR> <BR> Lovely fresh clea... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:02:36 EST August Challenge, accountability confession. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213583 OK, healthy breakfast before we left for in-laws and funeral, point to me. <BR> Lunch was, well why is there nothing in the fridge at in-laws? Me, husband FIL and toddler end up at new Wetherspoons for lunch, point to the failure team there. <BR> I didn't have dessert, so minor win. <BR> Then the wake, I'm sorry to anybodies suggestions to bring my own snacks, because that would be unthinkable to do at a wake really, a real kick in the teeth of a grieving relative who has worked hard at a str... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 07:54:27 EST 28th Book in Cookery Challenge: Meena Pathak's Tastes of India http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211989 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c411d054-2154-4f28-b016-5a7bc5012a91.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d53e028-b96a-40c8-bd63-6e9bd93029af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am annoyed my picture is all blurry, this lunch was SO good! <BR> <BR> Chickpea flour (besan) and fenugreek pancakes with my own addition of warm boiled eggs, and tomatoes from our own garden in coriander and mint. <BR> <BR> This book is nice, but doesn't have pictures of every dish and... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:00:11 EST 27th Book in Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Super Food Family Classics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211352 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c364b84a-5ffd-4f2a-a52f-b34a9f6941c3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Family-Classi<BR>cs-Jamie-Oliver/dp/0718178440/ref=pd_y<BR>bh_a_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WTRKFJF3G6<BR>J2QA4W4CKQ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/449a7cdc-a44b-4343-b303-1b5f4d77c7f1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made the Gurkha Curry, really interesting as you made the spiced yogurt like you do for meats usually, but coated vegetables i... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 06:02:44 EST August Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210848 My goals for the group I have joined for an August Challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat clean, to me this is mostly cutting out sugar, it makes me feel gross and I know it. <BR> <BR> 2. Maintain momentum at weekends, at least TRY and do the right thing instead of just giving up for a free-for-all food fest! <BR> <BR> I have a couple events on the horizon, we sadly have funeral this Friday, which also means we will be staying with in-laws overnight and going out for a meal the next day. <BR> We a... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 08:35:48 EST My beautiful lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210410 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dabdada6-6f1d-4520-aebc-d18d0e720f80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Half of a HUGE lavash, only 100 calories for this vast acre of wafer thin "bread" avocado with jalapeno herb mix on one side, hard boiled sliced egg on the other, two colours of peppers, tomatoes, grated carrot and "popped" black eyed beans, you put them in dry pan and let them crisp and pop. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 14:05:35 EST Explosion! Video of the demolition of 3 tower blocks in my town. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209620 We waited for AGES in windy multistory carpark due to the demolition of the final 3 tower blocks in Blackpool, several had already been "nibbled" down by this monster munching machine, not sure why they couldn't just blow the lot up...but we waited over 40mins past the due time as a couple of people from the exclusion zone hadn't checked in safe... in the damn pub. <BR> <BR> Then they blew up so fast we pretty much missed it, quite a let down after waiting so long. We went round and had a lo... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:25:55 EST Weight loss fraud? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209552 I am feeling some what of a weight loss fraud! Yesterday two people commented on my having lost weight. Only if you count the 20 pounds as in £ my new jeans cost! Instead of looking like a teenage boy with jeans round my lower butt I have ones that fit! No weight loss just miserly me shelled out on jeans! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:28:54 EST New lack of hair! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208600 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5db43eb-c177-4b01-8da5-64ad24d2aa4d.png"> <BR> <BR> ended up shorter than I think I expected, not entirely sure I like it, it's been straitened, so might be better when it gets a bit more oomph from not being so flat. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:24:17 EST I liked this SP article. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207989 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=2144 </link> <BR> <BR> I HATE food waste, absolutely hate if something goes too bad to use. <BR> <BR> I admit I don't save bones or peels to make stock, have done previously, but with a vegetarian husband, no point in making meat based stocks! <BR> <BR> I meal plan a week ahead, this is one of the very best ways of not wasting food, I don't buy things going "oooo that looks good" unless I can change my meal plan and not b... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:50:05 EST 26th Book in Cookery Challenge: Meena Pathak Celebrates Indian Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207419 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f6d8d29f-c94d-4a95-9641-690ba8dcf2ba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21d40853-08f0-4b27-961e-342774d10bcf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made the Bhindi Paneer, but instead of deep frying the bhindi and paneer I put a minimal amount of ghee in and cooked them that way. Worked just fine! <BR> <BR> The thing about cooking bhindi or okra when you want a dry dish is to KEEP GOING cook off that stickyness which is useful in th... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:13:39 EST The new Jamie Oliver book.... SO good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206903 <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Super-Family-Classi<BR>cs-Jamie-Oliver/dp/0718178440/ref=sr_1<BR>_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469538641&sr=8-1&keywo<BR>rds=jamie+oliver+superfood+family+classics </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a91eb635-bf30-4d62-b175-361ba6c1ae8b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just got this at the weekend. In marking the pages I want to try I have pretty much marked every 2nd or 3rd page... I cannot choose where to begin! There is SO much good in this book. <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:13:32 EST Great. Our car was broken into. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206182 Parking change of about £5 stolen, whole car rifled through,nothing else taken or damaged. <BR> <BR> <BR> That's not point though. I feel disgusted somebody has been in my car touching things. No point calling Police, they are far busier with more serious things... But that is exactly how the general state slides to being worse. <BR> <BR> <BR> Resigned to the fact people suck. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:46:22 EST My colourful lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205697 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62235a95-b4f7-4452-9e1b-f68e6b30e2df.jpg"> <BR> Red pepper, yellow pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, spinach, red cabbage with a little balsamic. Medium fat Turkish cheese (halloumi in all but name!) cooked with herbs. So delicious. Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:43:39 EST 10 days to go! (any muggles may be confused!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204777 10 days to go! <BR> <BR> I have already paid for my copy at Waterstones ready to collect! <BR> <BR> <em>54</em> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:57:47 EST 25th Book in Cookery Challenge: 2 recipes from The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204198 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7efaf652-60b1-4415-86dc-ec97035df69e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Firstly I have to say I can not recommend this book if you are interesting in vegetarian cooking. There is literally ONE main dish thats vegetarian. <BR> <BR> I understand what these guys are trying to do, help Joe-Public to eat better in easy no fuss ways, but I think this is a bit rubbish to only have one vegetarian dish. I was disappointed, and glad I got this from the library. <BR> <... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:19:49 EST Busy morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203633 I went swimming, yesterday we had temperatures of over 30'C and today we had storm and flash flood warnings! Had a power cut due to thunder and lightning storms. I only swam 3/4 of a mile today, just wasn't feeling it and started getting a bit of cramp in my stomach so finished early. <BR> <BR> Just not feeling quite with it today, bit down, slept poorly due to the high heat and humidity. <BR> <BR> Then came home and made the pepper puree for our breakfast burritos, I made the smooth peanut... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:36:36 EST How to deal with a Very British Heatwave. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203030 1, Unbutton top button (only that one mind) <BR> 2, Ponder removing vest, but don't risk it. <BR> 3, Complain loudly and profusely to everybody <BR> 4, Listen, nodding in appropriate places to others complaining. <BR> 5, Relax, it will be raining soon enough <BR> <BR> At which point you can go back to complaining about the rain!! <BR> <BR> Ahhh Britain, at least we can still unite over complaining about any and every state of weather there can be. You have to laugh (between complaining mind... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:08:21 EST Pendle Sculpture Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202418 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cded4708-d499-4b51-bc02-9a52c4d251a9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> For our wedding anniversary we went for a walk to the Pendle Sculpture trail, we had seen it was a little way out from where we could park, but didn't realise it was an upwards trail, ending up a the end of the trail about 250m higher than where we started! <BR> <BR> Pushing a buggy up part of it was impossible, my little girl's sturdy little leggies managed to get her up! The picture is u... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:42:19 EST You know what's a good workout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200188 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de7edc29-c61b-4ef0-ba8d-f79c3e60ffd5.jpg"> <BR> Making this much mess, in loads of steam from the stripping machine and singing along to bouncy Euro-pop! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:25:08 EST Exhausted looking for Cookie Monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199613 We saw HUGE 50cm plush Cookie Monsters in Home Bargains, but as our little girl was with us, I didn't get her one, then realising later it would be perfect to go with the Cookie mug I got her for Christmas already. <BR> <BR> So now, I have been back to 6 yes 6 stores looking for him and not one has got any left. My step counter on my phone says I've walked 3 miles today! <BR> <BR> I'm really disappointed now. You can get him from Argos, for about 3 times the price sadly. I'm cross as myself... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:11:35 EST On our own this week... and sad I missed something in a shop. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198520 My husband has gone away for work to London again this week, so me and the little Pickle are on our own. She is realising more and more when he goes away and it gets harder. She actually is old enough to miss him now... but also old enough to "bribe" good behaviour with the promise of Daddy bringing her back a present! <BR> <BR> So also no new recipe book challenge this week. <BR> <BR> I saw in a discount store (Home Bargains) BIG plush Cookie Monsters and didn't get one, then remembered I... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:25:11 EST A weekend on plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198148 So I have made it. Followed my plan all weekend. <BR> <BR> I am really pleased with myself but the damper is knowing next weekend really will be unable to be planned! We are going to a country show/food festival. While I CAN make sensible choices, I am unsure that I WILL make them. Also we are going hopefully to the Pendle Sculpture Trail and having a picnic for our wedding anniversary celebration... <BR> <BR> It's more that I have found focus and am scared I will lose it again with a free... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 14:48:27 EST Halfway through Saturday and on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197431 Woke to a rainy miserable day, we didn't want to be trapped indoors, both of us are feeling a bit down right now, my husband suggested the Trafford Centre, but as I had planned and defrosted food I said no to that. <BR> <BR> We went out and I successfully bought nothing I shouldn't have. <BR> <BR> Had our planned lunch (soup, in July, so seasonal, but then neither was needing all the lights on and wearing raincoats), he popped to corner shop for milk and came back with a snack as well that ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 09:03:28 EST Something I read when Tim Peake returned to Earth. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196917 This thought honestly made me cry... He saw so much, things so amazing we cannot comprend. The thought I read was why would you want to return to this world right now? It's broken and hurting in so many ways. My country disgusts me with the insane rise in racial hate crimes since the EU referendum. Earth from space is still beautiful. The view from down here isn't so good. We have to try and find beauty and hope but it's in precious short supply. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:57:30 EST 24th Book in Cookery Challenge: Nadiya's Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196348 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16a6bd12-8f17-4679-a0ce-143826b88035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got this book from the library, and well, I'm glad because I was very disappointed in the recipes. We love Great British Bake Off and Nadiya was a really amusing contestant and deserving winner. But this book just didn't inspire me. <BR> <BR> I liked the way she mentioned her Mother cooking eggs for curry when she was little, I made my own Dal recipe, and tried cooking the eggs from the b... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:56:50 EST Massive confessional for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195717 Ok, I have wasted 7 months. <BR> <BR> For the last 7 months I have maintained a weight I don't want to be. <BR> <BR> If I had even lost 1 pound a week for all this time I would be over halfway to my goal weight, had I been amazing and lost 2 a week I would be at it. <BR> <BR> Instead? I waste my weekly efforts by eating and eating every weekend, undoing all the careful meal planning, nutrient balancing I do ALL WEEK, EVERY WEEK... wtf is WRONG with me? <BR> <BR> I want another baby and it... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:17:52 EST Where shall we go? What should we do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195070 On our first wedding anniversary I was still in a bit of a fugue with Post natal depression, and a wild 5 month old, so we didn't do much. <BR> <BR> Our second anniversary we went to Northern Ireland and had a wonderful week away, lots of beautiful scenery and great food (lots of potato!). Our honeymoon was in Ireland, so this was just perfect. <BR> <BR> So this year, our third anniversary we are at a loss as to what to do, we cannot go away, my husband is far far too busy with work project... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:20:54 EST First met my now husband 6 years ago today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194204 We met online, had been talking a few weeks and agreed to meet. <BR> <BR> It was a hot sunny day and we decided to have iced coffee and he gave me a little present of strawberries he had grown in his own garden. <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Well that first "date" went pretty well looking back over where we are now, married, owning our own home and with an adorable cute little pickle together. <BR> <BR> So today we had strawberries with homemade healthy waffles for breakfast and when our littl... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 16:18:15 EST 23rd Book in Cookery Challenge: Rick Stein's India http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192476 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c4ca72d-db8f-40d4-b0d5-f3a81c48b66d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the companion book to a really interesting BBC series, we really enjoyed it and the book is full of interesting anecdotes of what he did there. <BR> <BR> I made the Maa Ki Dal, also known as dal makhni more commonly. <BR> <BR> I added some extra vegetables and as this dal is traditionally swimming in ghee, I used coconut milk to add the nice texture that gives, but only one can ov... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:21:56 EST Hello Autumn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191702 While I know I would be complaining of if was really hot... What on earth is going on with 40+ mph winds and sideways rain at the end of June! I had to take off my jeans I good so wet popping to corner shop for milk and collecting my daughter from nursery just round another corner! Also wearing fluffy socks! Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:54:48 EST Frozen Avocado... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191029 So Tesco has frozen avocado halves. <BR> <BR> Since moving away from London, one of the only things we miss is the Turkish food store! Their produce was always amazing. <BR> <BR> Avocados are so annoyingly hit and miss and expensive while being that, so when I saw the frozen ones I thought we could give it a go. <BR> <BR> Well... yeah, no good for eating alone, we wondered if they could go in our breakfast burritos, but no, the taste is different and the texture. I made it into guacamole l... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:29:09 EST 22nd Book in Cookery Challenge: The Big Bean Cookbook. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190633 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/578f11e1-63e3-40ef-b31e-5f0166632a65.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Love this book, loads of lovely pictures, a section at the start with descriptions, uses and history of loads of legumes, grains and their basic products (like flours, tofu, pasta etc). <BR> <BR> I made a split-pea balti, using quorn chicken again instead of real to make it vegetarian for my husbands sake! <BR> <BR> I added some extra spices, I am confident with Indian cooking and thought ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:51:58 EST 2016... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188691 ... can just eff off. <BR> <BR> This year has been wretched and hateful and I have had enough. <BR> <BR> So much loss, horror and turmoil. <BR> <BR> Stop the ride, I want off. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:28:05 EST 21st Book in Cookery Challenge: Slow Cooker and One-Pot Cooking and Casseroles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188039 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0d3a807-c3eb-4144-bd10-0112748b7fc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another repeated book. It's a great book so why not! <BR> <BR> This time I made the Mediterranean Vegetable Bake, roasted vegetables in, ok honestly it's a giant yorkshire pudding no matter how you look at it! <BR> <BR> Served with vegetarian sausage and a roasted aubergine, I roast them whole, no oil, nothing, just throw them in the oven and they go gooey and delicious with no fat-spongi... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:30:40 EST