-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/ Shopping list FORGOTTEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366757 I am so used to planning whole week of every meal and planning my shopping list and sticking to it... But this morning I was to preoccupied thinking about parking (super road works mean nobody can park on fronts of our houses) and I FORGOT MY LIST! <BR> <BR> Total nightmare and took me too long as well. Lets see how many plans have to change this week! Fri, 26 May 2017 06:19:04 EST Are we seeing the light after chicken pox? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366382 I collect vintage books, and have a delightful 1930's (I believe, no date, but hair/makeup looks it and references to health care being paid for etc) book about Motherhood. <BR> <BR> In my stir crazy state (as I am not irresponsible enough to take my highly infectious child outside) I decided to look up Chicken Pox in my old books, and I was struck by this line describing the effects of it, even before it's visible... <BR> <BR> "severe constitutional disruption" <BR> <BR> Which is a super ... Thu, 25 May 2017 08:40:26 EST Dragon Eggs, part 2, the insides! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363858 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c613689-71a4-4ec3-9670-65add43b1c8f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Absolutely purple!! <BR> <BR> And no, not artificial at all, google of the variety, Purple Majesty, shows this.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.google.co.uk/search?tbm=isch&q=p<BR>urple+majesty+potatoes&tbs=imgo:1&gws_<BR>rd=cr&ei=Yd0eWdukFeTOgAa9xLywCA </link> <BR> <BR> My little girl was thrilled by them, we bought some more for this week. <BR> <BR> Tasted exactly the same as normal potato... Fri, 19 May 2017 07:58:26 EST Dragon Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363404 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d31b8d0-abbf-4078-b0ee-9288681320ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67b6252e-a5b1-4040-9860-67df9b1c3353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, my daughter doesn't need any help in eating her vegetables and fruit, but in Lidl they are doing some really cute fruit/veg packets to help children enjoy. <BR> <BR> We have had Unicorn carrots (multi coloured mini carrots) and snappy crocodile cucumbers (mini cucumbers, really tasty,... Thu, 18 May 2017 06:25:21 EST How things are going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360949 OK, so my little girls sickness bug wasn't as bad as the doozy we all had before,during and after Christmas. And thankfully neither of us has caught it. I have had a wretched headache and since she had complained of a headache first, I was worried I had, but no, just a horrible standard headache! <BR> <BR> She had one "good" sleep, but that was fever induced, she was back to waking at 5.30 this morning, she has a black out blind, a curtain and I edged the blind with card to black it right ou... Fri, 12 May 2017 08:59:44 EST 25th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Chickpea Mock Meatloaf with maple glaze. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360509 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa6f722a-c8e4-48f5-aee3-59a15ab2d7fb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was a recipe from a recent list I shared in my blogs, it was vegan, but every time I have made something vegan, honestly, it's FAR better just adding an egg instead of trying to make weird flax goo... my husband is vegetarian, so it's not an issue. <BR> <BR> I also replaced the panko breadcrumbs with English stuffing mix (which I think is very different from US stuff, though not entire... Thu, 11 May 2017 08:24:39 EST And, yes, my little girl really is ill. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360060 Got a call from nursery at about 10.30 saying my little girl was upset and saying she had a headache, so I collected her, gave her some Calpol and water and she snuggled in my lap for an hour. <BR> <BR> She NEVER stops, cold... nope, keep going, she only ever stops if she is REALLY ill. <BR> <BR> And then she sits up and vomits everywhere, all over me and the rug and carpet. <BR> <BR> *sighs* cleaned up, but the carpet and rug are soaked now, we used to have a small wet/dry dustbuster type... Wed, 10 May 2017 07:52:56 EST A funny but true alternative title... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359386 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5a2fce0-9803-47dc-8d52-cb634082dccc.jpg"> Mon, 8 May 2017 16:42:47 EST My little girl and I made pizza rolls. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358863 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/847f5311-7940-41e2-a62d-a20ce3d95247.jpg"> <BR> Garlic and herb dough, she loved kneading it. Tomato basil sauce, gouda cheese and some grated pecorino on top. She had loads of fun! Sun, 7 May 2017 12:36:22 EST Whats with all the bragging lately about eating so little. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358284 The new feed seems to spur people on to brag they are starving themselves eating under 1200 calories. It's an unhealthy mental attitude as much as anything and contributing to eating disorders. Sat, 6 May 2017 02:49:19 EST Link: 8 Causes of Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357494 <link>www.100daysofrealfood.com/8-causes-c<BR>ravings-kiran/ </link> <BR> <BR> Actually pretty interesting read here, with some thoughtful points brought up... have a look. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <BR> Thu, 4 May 2017 07:58:40 EST 24th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: own recipe, inspired by verbena tagine paste. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357187 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24f4b624-7487-4688-a5d0-9b727b5a78d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Green tagine... <BR> <BR> Green verbena tagine paste... so I ran with the theme and most of the vegetables in it where green, just no green pulse I could think of... though literally just realised mung beans right now! <BR> <BR> This tagine paste was something with got with a gift card we got for Christmas for Waitrose, it was incredibly high calorie, I assume mostly oil, so this dish act... Wed, 3 May 2017 14:04:25 EST Super bonus 4 recipes in Cooking Challenge: Sirocco, Persian cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356009 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac614136-3c3b-4601-bcd7-ea2ddd0ef38c.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I made 4 recipes from Sirocco <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Sirocco-Fabulous-Fl<BR>avours-Sabrina-Ghayour-x/dp/178472047X<BR>/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493642794&sr=<BR>8-1&keywords=sirocco </link> <BR> <BR> I made the Apple and Pomegranate salad, with a trick I learned online, soak your raw red onions in ice water for at least 10 mins (mine had an hour) that removes the bite of sulph... Mon, 1 May 2017 08:58:12 EST 19th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Recipe idea from Kids TV programme http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355088 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15197b48-ff18-44c6-a7d9-a1a5ed30d782.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My daughter likes watching a programme on CBeebies called "I Can Cook" and she wanted to make the tortilla cup "nests" she saw in one episode. <BR> <BR> So we did! <BR> <BR> Not really much of a recipe, put stuff in tortilla wraps and bake until it's crispy, but she enjoyed filling them and was proud of her efforts. <BR> <BR> Not sure it's something I would repeat, it was hard to eat, bu... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:07:07 EST Here's how you go shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354693 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9605dd09-14dd-4b6c-aa23-97f6239b47ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thats my dining room table covered with this weeks fruit and veg! <BR> <BR> 2 boxes strawberries <BR> blueberries <BR> raspberries <BR> lemons <BR> bananas <BR> oranges <BR> pomegranate <BR> 2 colours of grapes <BR> <BR> pea shoots <BR> spinach <BR> spring onions <BR> mini cucumbers <BR> mixed coloured tomatoes <BR> red onions <BR> celery <BR> mint <BR> courgettes <BR> peppers <BR> caulifl... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:34:27 EST Yoga! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354150 We did yoga together! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/219f7c8d-908c-4fe8-96f9-cc968ad6cb20.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:40:07 EST Link: Get planning, meat free Monday ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353695 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/me<BR>atless-monday-recipes?utm_term=.gslvN4<BR>QDKn#.kkpNVjeaE5 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm planning on making the mock meatloaf with chickpeas, but as I mentioned the other day any vegan recipe for that kind of thing or burgers etc is so improved by actually using an egg instead of some substitution, as my husband is vegetarian, this isn't an issue. <BR> <BR> I'll report back! <BR> <BR> We should all be aiming for multiple meals meat free every week, ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:39:18 EST Link: Another neat "cheat sheet" list, vegetarian ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352764 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/veg<BR>etarian-and-vegan-cheat-sheets?utm_ter<BR>m=.vnozg5N7Ao#.rkzr4av6zX </link> <BR> <BR> Some are a bit obvious... and I have to say that I personally have found ANY vegan recipe for veggie burgers etc is infinitely improved in structure by actually using an egg not weird flax goo! <BR> <BR> I am so glad my husband is vegetarian and not vegan! Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:19:41 EST 18th in 2nd Cookery Challenge : own recipe for beef casserole. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352265 While my husband was away I filled the house with smell of slow cooker beef casserole mmmmm... So so good! My daughter and me loved it! Win! Lots in the freezer for later. Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:08:24 EST Unicorn drink... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351637 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb2f4976-807b-411e-b1a6-8ef789e209c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> *waves at fellow Harry Potter fans* you will know why.... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:57:16 EST On our own for a few days... and couple updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351004 My husband has gone away on a stag weekend... the kind that involves railway museums and trampolining... they all agreed they are too old for the raucous! <BR> <BR> So we are on our own, my little girl has a friends birthday party on Saturday. I have a beef stew in the slow cooker, making the whole house smell amazing while my vegetarian husband isn't here! For dinner tonight, lunch tomorrow and Saturday, then a few portions for the freezer as well. <BR> <BR> Car needed a couple things on M... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:58:57 EST Dark chickpeas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350478 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae68d5c7-be88-4175-b483-70dc07ba2c2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Few people mentioned they hadn't heard of these... So here they are! Darker and smaller than normal chickpeas, pretty much same taste. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:47:31 EST Easter present for my little girl... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350042 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/474f04e6-6d7b-4a4c-b775-691badd4b0af.jpg"> <BR> ... Going to last longer than chocolate! And not expensive either. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:24:04 EST Baking fun this afternoon with my little girl. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348787 Already made a double batch of dough the other day when she made cinnamon bunnies for Memaw and Grandad, so just rolling and cutting to make more for Nana and Grandad, and Auntie Ruth (real Auntie! back from The Netherlands for a few days) and Auntie Jill (my husband's Godmother) and Nanny (great nanny actually). <BR> <BR> So LOTS of bunnies to make! Going to gift bag them up for Easter presents tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Also got a couple of over ripe banana's and a bag of open-too-long sugar fre... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:21:19 EST I did it!! Under 200lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348358 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb630376-f81e-4488-91ff-ab22ca99e441.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 198lbs this morning! <BR> <BR> Slightly worried about the high carb days coming up, had hot cross buns today, the ONLY day I have allowed myself to have them, like when I was little and it was the only day you could get them, unlike now when you can buy hot cross buns and mince pies next to each other... in August... <BR> <BR> And we have Easter vanilla panettone to have as well. I can ea... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:00:15 EST I deserve a medal for not losing it this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347869 ARGH! <BR> <BR> I normally shop 8am on Fridays, but as tomorrow is Good Friday that wasn't possible, so tried to work out if I could fudge through until Tuesday, no way, not enough vegetables... <BR> <BR> So I had to go today, but AFTER my cat's 9.10am vet appointment (which is a whole'nother kettle of ARGH). <BR> <BR> So didn't get to the store until after 10am.... idiot in car park trying to wave me past the space I was going into so he could go to a different one... no buddy, YOU are in... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:04:34 EST 17th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Falafe-ly type things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347561 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59fdbc5b-435c-4114-803b-3faceb81a014.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My own recipe, I used dark chickpeas, thats why they are so dark, they are certainly not burnt! <BR> <BR> We all enjoyed them! I have a tub of jalapeno herb mix to make a "ranch" style dressing from yogurt, and I had mine in romaine leaves instead of pita like my husband and little girl had. <BR> <BR> Enjoying proving myself better than found recipes! <em>550</em> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:09:40 EST Sizergh Castle visit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345648 Had a lovely day out today, the weather was actually beautiful for a change. <BR> <BR> We took lots of photo's, amusing ourselves by taking the same pictures of our little girl we took nearly 2 years ago when we went before. <BR> <BR> Chasing bubbles! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a20191d2-f8cb-4817-bad7-0645f52bb2ab.JPG"> <BR> <BR> We found a friendly cat in the kitchen garden. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb56f93d-6741-406f-a0aa-c25d95309... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 16:52:41 EST Sharing recipe for Mango Almond Korma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344520 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=3230579 </link> <BR> <BR> Here we go, one recipe for Mango Almond Korma. <BR> <BR> Any questions or glaring omissions from the recipe please do comment, I tend to assume people know too much I think when writing out a recipe! It's hard to know what details are necessary. <BR> <BR> I used a HUGE tin of mango puree I got in the Indian food section of the supermarket, you can also find it in other Asian food stores. Or of course, ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 06:38:56 EST 16th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Mango Almond Korma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344226 This recipe is entirely made up by myself inspired by the guilt of a 850g HUGE tin of mango puree in the cupboard not being used. <BR> <BR> And it was totally amazing, my daughter high-fived me and my husband said it tasted like a restaurant dish. <BR> <BR> And this is why I love cooking Indian food, I am GOOD at it!! <em>481</em> <BR> <BR> The cauliflower "rice" might not be that authentic, but cauliflower goes great in Indian food, so that was all good. I cooked some turkey and some ... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 14:02:32 EST A walk way more muddy and epic than the guide described... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343049 We have a book with walks suitable for children and families across Lancashire, we picked one for this weekend describing gentle slopes and easy paths... <BR> <BR> OH boy was it not. <BR> <BR> The recent (and not so recent) huge amounts of rain had washed away paths, leaving rocky messes, that where hard going, or soggy mud. Some of the slopes where really steep. <BR> <BR> We found the ruined hall and well house, and we enjoyed the sunshine, but we really earned our picnic lunch, my girl ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:40:20 EST Plank Challenge for core strength. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342110 I really don't think my posture and core strength are up to much! Going to be trying this as it really doesn't take much time every day, and hoping it will help with as well, the trapped nerve in my spine I got while I was pregnant and is still nipped and causing phantom pain in various places and my left knee is still numb! <BR> <BR> It can't hurt to try and to hope! <BR> <BR> Started yesterday. <BR> <BR> Plank Challenge: 3 times a week complete these sets. <BR> <BR> **WEEK 1 <BR> <BR>... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:54:23 EST Stop What You're Doing And Watch These Cats Ringing A Bell For Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341780 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/angelospagnolo/seco<BR>nd-best-cat-video-of-all-time?utm_term<BR>=.ih5xONzera#.rc0WeZGaR3 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> These kitties gave me a real cute laugh at the end of a tiresome headachey day. <BR> <BR> *DING* <BR> <BR> now give me a snack <em>468</em> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:05:06 EST 15th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Baked butterbeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341100 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a81da2b4-df14-4e07-a8d5-c71f8a95b96f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's by Bridget Jones... I'm sure she is endlessly NOT amused by that, I have a name similar enough to a popular 1980's TV personality and it peeved me off enough being similar, let alone the same! <BR> <BR> (note, I am not diabetic, nor anyone in family, it's just a book of healthy carb controlled recipes that I thought I would look through from the library) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:32:36 EST 14th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Little Piglet kids cookery book. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340640 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/883ea47e-62f5-4224-a4d0-951504a5ece2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made the blueberry yogurt muffins with my little girl for a Mother's Day breakfast treat. <BR> <BR> Very healthy, only 50g maple syrup in 12 muffins! <BR> <BR> And they where delicious, I added more blueberries than they suggested and used fat free yogurt (it didn't specify) and made them in silicone cases for ease of removal. <BR> <BR> Going to make them again and freeze them as quick,... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:26:32 EST Guess what... 40 things about ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340108 Oooo a bandwagon... lets just catch that!! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> Nope, it tastes like the taste I would get in my mouth from cleaning the goats shed out. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Never. <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> In the UK this is extremely rare, but I was brought up in the countryside and my Dad had guns for vermin on crops, and have the correct respect for them as a tool, not a status symbol. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favourite... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:24:41 EST Link: Cheat sheets for healthier cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338700 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/sallytamarkin/cheat<BR>-sheets-for-healthier-cooking?utm_term<BR>=.sfgBgmRkAr#.wwrqKrRDdP </link> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:28:17 EST OK, so I have re-earned my 120lbs lost badge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338261 Goodness knows what my actual total of up and downs comes up with a total of. But it's a lot more. Such hard work to lose over again. <BR> <BR> In 4 lbs time I will also break the barrier I haven't seen since I was pregnant and put away my scales... being under 200 lbs again. <BR> <BR> Over the last weeks, I have managed to contain a weekly treat to ONE treat. Previously, I was terrible at an all or nothing attitude...the whole weekend would be lost, if we where going out to eat, then might... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:02:40 EST Cutest cheese! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337797 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8083bced-da31-4ad7-8240-8aa189c4703f.jpg"> This is real Gouda just stamped out in teddy shapes! Got in the Polish shop and it was cheaper than normal slices of cheese I get for our burritos. But my little girl is very pleased with her teddies! Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:34:28 EST 13th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Dal, my own recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337453 So, something went wrong with my shopping list week. I said at least twice to my husband that there wasn't enough vegetables on it, but blowed if I could spot what was going wrong! <BR> <BR> And I was right. <BR> <BR> So the dal recipe I had rustled up to use some suspiciously dated Indian spiced tomato sauce from the cupboard got edited into... whats left looking sad in the fridge because it sure isn't whats supposed to be in there!! <BR> <BR> And you know what? Frugal is delicious! <BR> ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:17:24 EST Chris Pratt's snack videos... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336265 <link>www.scarymommy.com/chris-pratts-what<BR>smysnack-diet/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'll just leave this brilliant commentary on the hardness of dieting right here.... <BR> <BR> <em>35</em> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:52:59 EST Link: Breakfasts around the world! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335690 Think outside the sugar coated cereal bowl for inspiration for something healthier this week! <link>www.quora.com/Eating-In-your-country<BR>-what-are-the-foods-usually-eaten-for-<BR>breakfast </link> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:19:06 EST Zoo visit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335118 Blackpool zoo is a great zoo, they have a lot of ties with big conservation projects, responsible breeding programmes for endangered animals in their care, and they have recently spent a lot of money on new enclosures for their giraffes, a new group of penguins and the orangutans, and also they have the largest sealion pool in the UK, the only gorillas in the North. <BR> <BR> Still doesn't stop my twinge of conscious and, yes really, the near tears seeing the huge, beautiful male Siberian ti... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 05:30:20 EST Link: LOADS of neat healthy eating ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334874 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/sallytamarkin/cheat<BR>-sheets-for-eating-healthier?utm_term=<BR>.nfmpZLmOPY#.mhQvlbQmy1 </link> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:57:19 EST Planning a healthy picnic for the Zoo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334178 We are going to the zoo tomorrow, we have prebooked nonrefundable halfprice for local residents tickets (say that fast) and the weather forecast is rubbish. Sighs. <BR> <BR> Packing a healthy picnic, counting the calories. <BR> <BR> Just please can we have some not-rain... Not even asking for sun... Just not-rain! Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:23:13 EST 12th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Preserved Lemons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333741 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1eeb68eb-1947-41e8-812b-bcb078c9b0f4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So after buying my Citrus Paddock, the week after they where reduced to 50p for 6 HUGE lemons, so I bought another paddock. <BR> <BR> (yes I read your comments informing that was the company... but BLAH to you!!... it's a Paddock for my citrus regardless!! No spoiling my cute Paddock!!) <BR> <BR> We had a HUGE jar of tiny preserved lemons from the Turkish food shop where we lived in London... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:16:58 EST 11th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: 50 Great Curries Of India http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333459 <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Curries-India<BR>-Camellia-Panjabi/dp/1856265463/ref=sr<BR>_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489607240&sr<BR>=1-1&keywords=50+great+curries+of+india </link> <BR> <BR> Firstly, I LOVE this book. I got it in a charity shop, the recipes are authentic and every one I have tried has worked. <BR> <BR> I made Pistachio Korma. <BR> <BR> Sadly you can't get super bright pistachio's here, so it wasn't a beautiful green. It's also not something you can do in a hurry, you have ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:55:56 EST Results from Dr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332312 As several people suggested, I asked for Vitamin D test (amongst a million others), and lo and behold, that's what I am significantly low on! Hence the tired sluggishness. So on high dose supplements to see how I get on! <BR> <BR> Nothing else is wrong, nice to put thoughts about thyroid or diabetes aside. <BR> <BR> So I need some sunshine! <BR> <BR> We live far enough North in the UK that the guidelines are that the quality of sunshine just isn't enough October to March, that we cannot ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:47:46 EST Kalettes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331734 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2df6d1a3-83a6-4bf5-bc50-9e5eae804e22.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.kalettes.com </link> <BR> <BR> Again inspired by a magazine article, then seeing in store, I decided we would try these. <BR> <BR> Yeah... well. <BR> <BR> I am not a fan of kale, it tastes worthy and self congratulatory for eating something that feels like an autumn leaf and isn't actually much more nutritious than spinach, and is less nutritious than watercress. I feel part... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:38:29 EST Pluot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330690 Pluot. <BR> <BR> yes really, thats a word. <BR> <BR> It's also a fruit! A plum and apricot hybrid. <BR> <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluot </link> <BR> <BR> The variety I have (Flavour King) has a short season, I usually refuse to buy anything other than English plums, but as this is NOT a plum, and I was curious after reading an article about them in a magazine. <BR> <BR> So here they are! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92ddab12-4384-4aab-8c23-476bf... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:00:07 EST