-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/ Excited about whats under the floorings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169980 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f5fd8d7-a437-4bda-ab40-403666fb8716.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Under THREE layers, yes three, two of vinyl tiles, and the last a real old linoleum, glued down with bitumen glue (BLACK GOOP) there are the original Edwardian tiles this house was built with. <BR> <BR> I had hoped and hoped they where down there, it would be crazy to remove them as they are deep, so hoped they where there. Using a hot air paint stripper to melt the glue, peeling up each la... Wed, 25 May 2016 08:19:57 EST 16th Book in Cookery Challenge: Let's Veg Out (Again!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166015 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/558f4314-b47a-44d5-a6cc-ca5d2092bc8f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No apologies for repeating a book, I have so many books its good for me to actually use them more! <BR> <BR> Courgette fritters this time. I forgot to add thyme so they where a little wishy washy, but they where nice enough. I used soya flour to cut carbs and add a load of protein. That was very tasty batter, so saved it from forgetting the thyme! <BR> <BR> Might make again, but need some ... Thu, 19 May 2016 04:17:29 EST No swimming today, recovery from a migraine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165420 I absolutely LOVED being pregnant, for 9 months I had NO migraines. <BR> <BR> Apparently its a semi common thing, but not understood why. I would have given blood Every.Damn. Day, if it could have helped research into this effect! <BR> <BR> So yesterday on waking, a bad headache developed very quickly into the worst migraine I have had in a long time. complete with vomiting and lights, my poor little girl didn't understand, but my husband is super busy with a new project at work so couldn't... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:56:47 EST Why I love Friday 13th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161981 When I sat my exams at college, I did 13 exams, with the candidate number 1013 <BR> <BR> I passed my driving test on the first attempt on a Friday 13th. <BR> <BR> After surgery I was allowed home on a Friday 13th. <BR> <BR> When my husband proposed, we decided not to wait for ages for the wedding, meaning it would be in 2013, I pondered a Friday 13th, but the reality of getting guests meant we settled for Saturday 13th July 2013. <BR> <BR> My little girl was due on February 13th and I was... Fri, 13 May 2016 07:35:37 EST 15th Book in cookery challenge: Healthy Meals, Healthy Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159228 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82ba578e-99ad-42a2-8a2a-e4f9a1c2684b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a book from the British Heart Foundation full of Indian recipes, authentic recipes designed for those in Asian communities, not ersatz anglo-indian things! <BR> <BR> I really like it, I have made a couple things from it before and decided to try this new tofu recipe. <BR> <BR> Instead of paneer, it uses tofu. Cannot say it was an exact replacement for paneer, but it was a nice use ... Mon, 9 May 2016 08:33:45 EST Bonus Book in Cookery Challenge: Shaker recipe book from Pleasant Hill, Kentucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149333 I found this book in a antique shop here in the UK. It's called "We Make You Kindly Welcome" Recipes from the Shaker house, Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. It's from 1970. <BR> <BR> I used this recipe as a competition entry in an online game I play, it hardly fits with my healthy eating recipes, but its so interesting I wanted to share it. <BR> <BR> It has a wholemeal crust for super crunchy texture and the filling is unique! It's very thinly sliced WHOLE lemons, left to macerate overnight in suga... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:22:00 EST International Shipping Rates... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147829 I KNOW that the USA is a long ways away from the UK, but a recent experience has left me wondering, somewhat paranoidly I'd admit, that maybe the US Government just don't want you to use the Postal Service! <BR> <BR> it is honestly the only explanation I can think of for the insane shipping prices to get things from the US to UK these days, I know it had gone up, but its beyond comprehension now. <BR> <BR> Within Europe, before Christmas I sent a really quite heavy parcel to Germany, and it... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:10:08 EST Oh that moment when you finish a book... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147012 ... and have no idea what to read next as it feels like nothing will compare. <BR> <BR> I have had multiple books like this, but recent examples where "Thud" by Terry Pratchett, I have yet to read another Discworld book, I am rationing them out since sadly there will be no more, but I thought this was one of the best I have read. I do like the Watch ones. <BR> <BR> The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson was another, I was very lost after finishing this. <BR> <BR> And the book I have just finished... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:23:06 EST My favourite way to prepare tofu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146222 MEWHENRYSMAMA asked how I like to prepare tofu, so I thought I would share a quick blog with my favourite way. <BR> <BR> I like to press my tofu first, wrapping in kitchen roll and using something heavy to press some of the liquid out. <BR> <BR> Cut into slices and in a non-stick pan, adding a little oil, I fry them on one side until they start to crisp a bit. Cooking tofu takes longer than you think! <BR> <BR> Then I flip them over, and pour over this sauce. For two people I used 2 tables... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:39:20 EST 14th Book in Cookery Challenge: Let's Veg Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145822 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba11f3d4-e85c-48dc-9480-4b7b2e7cc7cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lets-Veg-Ou<BR>t-null/dp/1472384903/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF<BR>8&qid=1461095117&sr=8-1&keywords=let%2<BR>7s+veg+out </link> <BR> <BR> I made the Greens, Beans and Pea Patties. <BR> <BR> It's a use for watercress that I actually liked! Watercress is amazingly nutritious, but I really don't like it very much, these little patties had it and they where absolutely ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:50:20 EST Brand leader Dolmio/Uncle Ben's warn consumers to only eat these once a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142766 <link>www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36051333 </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting move by the company to warn you off eating certain products of theirs more than once a week. <BR> <BR> It won't help those who don't read labels anyway, arguably the people who need to read them most, consumers of cheap, processed food with a lot of fillers. Going to a store like Iceland can be shocking how cheap a huge bag of "chicken" nuggets is. <BR> <BR> Mars (the owner of the brands) wants to reformulate their produ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:32:57 EST New recipe this week, not from a book. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141944 When I tried pumpkin seed butter I found it unpleasantly bitter and it put me off the jar of sunflower seed butter I had bought, it's been staring at me guiltily from the cupboard for months so I decided to make something with it at last! <BR> <BR> A seed/bean veggie loaf thing, I cooked them in big muffin cases so they where easier to deal with than slicing a big loaf. <BR> <BR> And they are really lovely, a lot better than I expected for quite a simple recipe. <BR> <BR> And I used and di... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:03:44 EST Do you help your future self with easy batch cooking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139691 Rice? Lentils? Beans? <BR> <BR> You can batch cook a huge pot of these, allow to drain and cool enough to touch, bag up into individual bag servings, spread out on cooling racks (especially important for rice) to cool quicker and freeze. <BR> <BR> it works so great, and saves SO much time and money. Dried goods like this are far cheaper than canned or ready cooked, and sodium is more controlled as well. <BR> <BR> Batch cooking? <BR> <BR> It only takes a few minutes more chopping to make a... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:32:39 EST 13th Book in Cookery Challenge: The Secret Ingredient: Family Cookbook by Sally Bee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138319 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8be58e82-e74e-4730-8b9f-419d711c8362.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Ingredient-F<BR>amily-Cookbook/dp/000742017X/ref=sr_1_<BR>1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460203294&sr=8-1&keywor<BR>ds=sally+bee+family </link> <BR> <BR> Nice book with easy recipes, the authors story is scary, she was only 36 with several young children when she had 3 major heart attacks and her family told she wouldn't survive... she fought and turned to healthy sensible... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 08:11:22 EST New Eatwell Plate for the UK has been released http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137668 It's just been released, in the hubbub over the sugar tax it's kinda not been noticed. <BR> <BR> The Sugary foods recommendation for daily consumption has been removed! <BR> <BR> How great is that? <BR> <BR> Not sure that making the now tiny sliver being fats consumption is entirely correct, we need to eats fats, but I guess thats included in dairy, fatty fish etc as well, and that tiny sliver is for pans etc. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/t<BR>he-eatwell-guide.aspx... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 07:56:21 EST In praise of "famine food"... the Black Pudding. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136837 Black pudding has an interesting history. <BR> <BR> As well as being a simple part of the always practiced habit of our ancestors of "nose-to-tail" eating, in not wasting the blood when draining an animal, it was also an important dish during very harsh times. <BR> <BR> An animal could be bled a small amount without harming it, the blood mixed with oats and onion, and you have blood pudding, a nourishing, filling dish with little cost. <BR> <BR> I like black pudding but never really looked... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 05:01:43 EST Loved my swim today but disappointed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136059 I checked the timetable online last night and the pool was open to the public this morning while my little girl is at nursery. <BR> <BR> So I went and I swam a whole mile when I haven't swum for about 3 years! I think I did pretty well?? <BR> <BR> but so disappointed... the normal timetable is ALL school swimming both days my girl is safely at nursery! No public swimming at all! <BR> <BR> The other pool at the other side of town is open, but that pool is chilly and hasn't been just nicely ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 05:44:03 EST Problems when eating refined sugar. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135370 I posted this on the nutrition forum as well. <BR> <BR> When I have eaten not even a large amount of refined sugar, I am getting horrible gas, not trapped wind, but, perhaps TMI here, copious amounts of gas, painful bloating from it. <BR> <BR> It's almost as if some sort of fast fermentation is going on, I have googled and cannot seem to find much relating to this specific symptom occurring, plenty about causing energy crashes etc etc, but very little with sugar causing crazy and within an ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 08:38:00 EST Found a flavoured yogurt I approve of!! *shocked* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134540 <link>longleyfarm.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6695fab6-4bbc-46f7-9179-71d8aceb9bca.png"> <BR> <BR> I don't buy flavoured yogurts for my little girl, those marketed at children are just disgusting with their levels of sugar and junk in them, but I struggle to find single serving pots of plain yougurt, not every store stocks them and I have zero store loyalty *laughs* I shop around! <BR> <BR> So browsing the plain selection at Morrisons, I glanc... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 08:32:01 EST 12th Book in Cookery Challenge: Everyday Superfood by Jamie Oliver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132344 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4318e30b-f88a-490f-9ca1-bd34aebd7870.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Everyday-Super-Food<BR>-Jamie-Oliver/dp/0718181239/ref=sr_1_1<BR>?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459514149&sr=1-1<BR>&keywords=everyday+superfood+jamie+oliver </link> <BR> <BR> This is a nice food, lovely photos with some great ideas, this isn't the first thing I have made from this book. <BR> <BR> I made the Mushroom Curry, which has a quick "paneer" type sauce. <BR> <BR... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:40:44 EST Do you like brussel sprouts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131525 Not soggy, over boiled, squishy messes, but crisp short cooked, or slowly roasted... yum! <BR> <BR> I love brussel sprouts! <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/maitlandquitmeyer/b<BR>low-us-all-away#.qvWx5OAON </link> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:17:01 EST 11th Book in Cookery Challenge: Ma Larkin's Perfick Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130645 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b0f2749-da5b-49b8-bd7e-a43a2481129e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I recently re-watched all of The Darling Buds of May, and read all the books for the first time (side note, should you read and enjoy, I recommend NOT reading the last, its written 10 years later and its just not good). <BR> <BR> So when I saw this cute tie in book, I had to get it. It's written almost as a chatty cooking time in Ma's kitchen, its really nice. <BR> <BR> I made a Kentish Ap... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:52:23 EST No new cookery book recipe last week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125775 I did try a new recipe for overnight yeasted waffles, but that was from online! <BR> <BR> No book recipe for dinner last week as my husband was away on a business trip in London, so simple dinners for me that week. <BR> <BR> Will be trying one on Sunday, for dessert for Easter lunch. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:32:38 EST Look at the "chocolate" easter-bunny-ducky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125020 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4fd9fe9c-48ca-49fc-b95a-12697c62a082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> my little girl loves ducks, she has a plastic bucket printed with rubber ducks, to store all her rubber ducks in! <BR> <BR> I got this one to go in her Easter basket this year. <BR> <BR> I really wonder if she will try and eat it! Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:39:59 EST Sugared drinks to be taxed in the UK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122106 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/saraspary/sugary-dr<BR>inks-could-be-about-to-get-more-expens<BR>ive-thanks-to#.wqGqo8X8Y </link> <BR> <BR> I'm pleased to see this added at last. <BR> <BR> I think some of the comments about it are utterly insane, about the "poor being taxed"... nobody... NOBODY needs to drink sugared soft drinks. End of. <BR> <BR> Every family on a budget, every single person living wage to wage... EVERYBODY has a choice to avoid this, nobody needs to drink it. Spend your money ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:04:28 EST I love this German word... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116660 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5731884b-7583-43d2-a1ef-14cc1436ec01.jpg"> <BR> <BR> German has a bunch of words which cannot be directly translated to English, which I find amusing for a language that often has hugely long words of things put together instead of creating a new short word. <BR> <BR> But yes, Dragon-food made me laugh! <em>19</em> Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:40:45 EST 10th Book in Cookery Challenge: The Wholefood Cookbook by Pamela Westland. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115722 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c3ef57d-293f-4b1b-bb77-cda7744b8e3d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another charity shop find, from the late 80's <BR> <BR> I made a Cashew Cream Cheese Roulade, it was meant to made with walnuts but I am allergic to those. <BR> <BR> So really it would have been even lower carb had I not subbed those, its a really low carb recipe, high fat and high protein. <BR> <BR> And it was delicious! One to make again. <BR> <BR> Forgive the silly amount of cucumber... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 04:28:26 EST Watch this poor little boy sad he is NOT at a broccoli farm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114963 <link>www.mommyish.com/2016/03/08/little-b<BR>oy-cries-because-parents-took-him-circ<BR>us-not-broccoli-farm-video/ </link> <BR> <BR> Poor little guy wanted to visit the broccoli farm... not see the circus! Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:22:53 EST The "dumbing down" of food for children. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114406 For lunch today my just 2-year old had a slice of wholemeal bread with soft cheese and chopped spinach inside, and one part of the sandwich had pilchards (large sardines) instead... yes really. <BR> <BR> And she ate it. She ate the pilchard and spinach parts before she ate the plain cheese sandwich. She had it with tomatoes and cooked beetroot. <BR> <BR> From when she started food I have just given her real food, she never had mush, her first food at 6 months was toast and banana. It's call... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:36:22 EST Do you eat a rainbow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113264 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6dda69a6-0d82-4d17-934c-175d44c6d394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/why-you-shou<BR>ld-eat-brightly-colored-fruits-and-veg<BR>etables/#axzz42E0rjtU7 </link> <BR> <BR> Brightly coloured vegetables are just shouting out to be eaten! The look wonderful and enticing, fresh and colourful. <BR> <BR> But its more than just that, when things are all different colours, it means they have different nutrients inside! So we need to ea... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 08:57:07 EST Sparkpeople article related to "International Year Of The Pulse" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110949 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=discover_the_pluses_of_pulses </link> <BR> <BR> A SparkPeople article related to the blog I posted the other day! <BR> <BR> We have besan (chickpea flour) socca tonight for dinner with my paneer curry. Lovely! Fri, 4 Mar 2016 08:20:12 EST 9th Book in Cookery Challenge: The Vegetarian Cookbook by Carol Owen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110006 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de6d0aef-7da5-4217-b80e-c13b6fe4ad21.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another charity shop buy. <BR> <BR> I decided to make what is a very anglified recipe, for a Tamale Pie. <BR> <BR> Beans, onions, peppers, tomatoes in chili under a cornmeal and cheese crust. <BR> <BR> I added too much water to the topping sadly and it was rather runny. Otherwise it was a nice topping, I also shouldn't have crushed the garlic in the filling as it made it too strong, but I... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 05:32:56 EST UN has declared 2016 to be the International Year of the Pulses. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109274 <link>iyp2016.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.pulses.org/recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> I was reading a recipe blog the other day and somebodies "commitment" was to eat pulses or legumes one day a week. <BR> <BR> 1 day. <BR> <BR> I had to laugh, I really did, and glanced over to our chalkboard meal planner to see how many days a week we had pulses. 6/7 days did, but a couple of days had them twice! <BR> <BR> We should all be eating more of this valuable crop. I am not a vegetarian, bu... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:48:22 EST Do you have any interesting blogs/recipe sites etc to share? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105236 I'm always looking around for new recipes, or healthy living articles, so does anybody have any recommendations for blogs or recipe sites etc they would like to share? <BR> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:44:08 EST Interesting article about everyday "superfoods" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104789 <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/6-hidden-sup<BR>erfoods-you-probably-already-have-in-y<BR>our-pantry/#axzz41DWqfu41 </link> <BR> <BR> As the author of the article says, its not about some obscure berry from darkest Peru, there are foods we can eat everyday that are amazing for us! <BR> <BR> I use so many onions in cooking, not so much garlic as I don't like it when it's too strong, but onions OH yes, and I always leave them to sit a little while. <BR> <BR> Black pepper is SO easy to add ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 16:41:29 EST About doing dishes... a little funny... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103575 "You know who was Sisyphus' wife? Dishyphus. <BR> <BR> While Sisyphus was out making a name for himself in the working world with his rock, Dishyphus was stuck at home clawing at egg stuck to the frying pan." Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:42:26 EST 8th Book in Cookery Challenge: A Feast of Ice and Fire (GoT official companion cookbook) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103014 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46a0fc0a-5e03-48d9-9819-a479952488fb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Game-Thrones-Offici<BR>al-Companion-Cookbook/dp/0345534492/re<BR>f=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=145625501<BR>0&sr=1-1&keywords=feast+of+ice+and+fire </link> <BR> <BR> I love this book, anybody who has read any of the Game Of Thrones books will be aware of the heady descriptions of food, from humblest stew on the wall to the fanciest of lemon cakes. <BR> <BR> This b... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:24:47 EST Raining again... flood warnings AGAIN. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099674 I popped out this morning to make the most of the predicted hour of actual sunshine, and it started spitting with rain as we came home. <BR> <BR> Now, after lunch, its raining steadily, and the prediction is heavy rain later and all weekend. <BR> <BR> With accompanying flood warnings... again. <BR> <BR> We are very lucky, we possibly live at the very highest point of Blackpool, no chance of flooding, but the surrounding areas have been flooded badly, we had to drive through a lot before C... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:04:53 EST 7th Book in Cookery Challenge: The Mushroom Cookbook by Victoria Lloyd-Davies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098729 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94060399-1d3a-4d87-a917-759afe4974d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another charity shop buy, as are most of my cookery books. <BR> <BR> I made a vegetarian Black Eyed Bean Mushroom Bourguignonne. <BR> <BR> It was pretty good, I think I added a bit too much liquid so it didn't thicken as much as I thought would be nice. It was very high on vegetables, 575g each serving, so technically 7 of your daily servings of vegetables! I used the food processor to cut... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 04:25:09 EST 6th Book in Cookery Challenge: Tomato! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098006 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77891018-ecc4-4164-8f95-87879266b4c9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> yup, the book is just called Tomato! I got it in a charity shop the other weekend. <BR> <BR> I decided to adapt a recipe for a savoury bread pudding with tomato and mozzarella slices, it was meant to be made with foccicia, but I used a wholemeal bread instead. <BR> <BR> It was quite nice, the tomatoes did make some parts of the bread too soggy for the savoury custard to set quite right, wh... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:07:01 EST My little girls 2nd birthday party, with cake picture! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096289 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ea8ee3a-6718-4d87-8e13-94d991cbde56.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8b84185-67d1-4430-a56d-ed4954f05909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was still very ill, but my husband and I spent 3 hours decorating my little girls cake and I think we did a good job! She loved it. <BR> <BR> She had a lovely birthday party. Her actual birthday is tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86115d52-0c23-4350-894c-62b6273... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:54:56 EST Not well today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093359 Came on quickly last night, I have an absolutely rotten cold, my sinuses are so swollen, I cannot clear them, I can't smell or taste anything. I cannot even smell the Olbus menthol oil meant to clear it! <BR> <BR> Can't take any decongestants as I am still feeding my little girl, so I am stuck feeling all stuffy. <BR> <BR> I really hope it clears some by her party... can't bear to not taste all the wonderful food I have planned! <BR> <BR> Had to clean the house today, 2 hours cleaning and ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:50:14 EST Busy couple of mornings coming up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091637 While my toddler is at nursery I have a BIG to do list, she only goes 2 mornings a week and I have to cram things in! <BR> <BR> Clean the whole house. <BR> Deal with the damp mold we just found. <BR> Bake two, two layer cakes (will freeze so they are easier to decorate) <BR> Make huge batch pot of vegetarian chili. <BR> <BR> Busy busy! Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:06:04 EST This is the kitty cake I made for my Daughter's Birthday last year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086505 Realised I never had shared it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0902f15-3407-4bd9-a9c2-eb96ed1d1e73.JPG"> <BR> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 06:50:19 EST Preparing for making my Daughters birthday cake... fondant icing tips? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085644 I don't like fondant, but I am making a cake with it on top to create a picture of my little girls favourite character. It's quite a simple design, but I have never worked with fondant before. <BR> <BR> I have bought pre-coloured icing, ready to roll, but not sure how to stop it sticking without making the colours dull with icing sugar, or how to "glue" the bits together onto the backing fondant. <BR> <BR> One half of the cake will be chocolate/mint marble and the other end will be strawber... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:46:46 EST 5th Book in Cookery Challenge: Cooking The Middle Eastern Way, Christine Osborne http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085040 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a378586-0ce4-4ad2-8a1a-c1c1f6ac210e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is another of my older cookery books, its from 1986, the author traveled widely and the recipes seem pretty authentic, rather than the ersatz "foreign cookery" some of my older books are. <BR> <BR> However I took some pretty big liberties with the recipe I tried as it was meant to be a lamb dish. What drew me to the recipe was that it had tahini to make the sauce, which sounded really ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:23:15 EST 4th Book in Cookery Challenge: Slow Cooker and One-Pot Cooking and Casseroles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081217 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0d3a807-c3eb-4144-bd10-0112748b7fc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Slow-Cooker-One-Pot<BR>-Cooking-Casseroles/dp/0754816222/ref=<BR>sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1453978968&sr=8-11<BR>&keywords=slow+cooker+casserole </link> <BR> <BR> I made a Pumpkin Peanut Thai Curry, one-pot recipe. <BR> <BR> Smelled wonderful, I made the recipe a lot bigger as I had a bigger pumpkin to use. This recipe was a success! <BR> <BR> Having some for dinner ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:07:06 EST Very sad, my own Mum is not coming to my daughters birthday... by her choice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078559 My daughters birthday party has been set in place for a while, my SIL is even flying from The Netherlands to attend. <BR> <BR> Yet my own Mum has decided that her and my brother are going to some stupid overnight sleep over at Alton Towers... a theme park... instead of coming to her party. <BR> <BR> I am so unbelievably hurt and she doesn't even get why. I don't understand what kind of monster chooses to ignore a 2 year old for a theme park. <BR> <BR> My daughter is aware of having a part... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:56:44 EST Busy morning cooking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075227 My little girl was at nursery, so I spent some time in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I made 10 portions of a Butterbean and Herb Stew and 8 portions of a 3 Lentil Dal. <BR> <BR> I also prepped vegetables to roast for dinner, with extra for lunch tomorrow. <BR> <BR> AND I made the smooth peanut butter we got in Costco into crunchy by dry pan toasting whole red skinned peanuts and then bashing them with a rolling pin! Costco has a whole peanut, peanut butter, no sugar, no added palm oil. But it's o... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:00:37 EST 3rd Book in Cookery Challenge: Seasonal Vegetarian by Sarah Bounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074626 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c169ca5-5357-454b-a0c2-0edf5cf72741.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another charity shop find, most of my books are, they are usually such a bargain. <BR> <BR> This book sets you out trying to use seasonal produce, I picked a recipe for Mushroom and Butterbean Stroganoff. <BR> <BR> I did change it a little, I basically swapped around the volumes of mushrooms to butterbeans to make it a lighter dish, we had a LOT of mushrooms! I got a pack of cute asian mus... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:23:42 EST