-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/ Here... I guess... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499966 Not really up to talking much, really quite down and scared. <BR> <BR> Scan last week showed placenta is 0.4cm too close still. <BR> <BR> Had to wait until today for consultant appointment, at which they agreed to a scan next week to see if it has finally moved enough to not have to have a cesarean. <BR> <BR> Not happy, tired, and feeling my whole pregnancy has been wished away for the next appointment, the next chance for it to be "ok". Due 29th, last chance on Tuesday to be told what I ... Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:14:48 EST EU users of Sparkpeople app, privacy concerns. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491990 So Sparkpeople has decided to not make the effort to comply with the new laws in The EU coming into effect on the 25th of May and are closing the app to EU users. <BR> <BR> This makes me question the state of their date security compliance, privacy etc if they are in such a state they cannot comply by then... unlike EVERYBODY within the EU having to do so. They said "small team" well yes, like a lot of other businesses I am sure. This all comes down to being suspicious it's in a state so far... Wed, 16 May 2018 15:07:37 EST Adorable picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491247 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fed9f220-53bb-4c11-a8a9-ac66459f3a55.jpg"> My 4 year old drew this for me.... Mummy (me!) with baby in her tummy and our stripy cat Beastie! Mon, 14 May 2018 06:14:05 EST Hot day means WASHING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489022 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88b1aec0-f96b-48c6-81c0-aacb20876f66.jpg"> <BR> Washing all the packed away teeny tiny baby clothes ready for June since the weather is so hot I can dry multiple loads... Just run out of pegs since clothes are so tiny! Sun, 6 May 2018 05:54:27 EST The things people say to pregnant women... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488492 I got asked today what I was having, (what would people think if I answered puppies...) and said a girl. <BR> <BR> She eyed me up and down and asked "Are you sure? You don't LOOK like you are having a girl" <BR> <BR> Really? <BR> <BR> Thank you lady who works in supermarket cafe, I am sure your medical training is far superior to the 2 separate ultrasound technicians at two separate scans saying my baby is a girl. <BR> <BR> Old wives tales about pregnancy are such a bunch of hooey, but c... Fri, 4 May 2018 07:47:04 EST Not the best news, but neither the worst news either... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6487890 So my placenta has moved some. <BR> <BR> It is no longer covering the exit, but it remains too close for a safe birth as yet. It's only 1cm away and it needs to be 2cm. <BR> <BR> Baby is fine and measuring correctly at 50th percentile, which is smaller than Pickle, but at 50th she is smack bang average. Pickle was big at 9lbs 2 oz (91st percentile) so if I do manage a natural birth in the end, I will be happy having a smaller one! <BR> <BR> I have another scan at the start of June now, to ... Wed, 2 May 2018 07:18:47 EST Midwife and additional appointment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6487247 So saw my Midwife, and all good, blood pressure was actually lower than normal! I was enjoying playing outside in the park with my little girl first as we went early on purpose, and I was also seen on time, not late... so sure that all contributes! <BR> <BR> Asked about the deepening and growing of my freckles and the large pigmented patch, which can be hormonal in pregnancy, she said just check in with a Doctor and see what they say. So asked at the desk and was given an appointment there a... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:04:40 EST This Town’s ‘0.5K’ Is The Perfect Road Race For People Who Hate Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6486679 No that's not a typo... 0.5K <BR> <BR> Please read the article, it's brilliant, the snacks and rewards, the VIP option... it's so fun... <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.scarymommy.com/boerne-texas-poin<BR>t-five-k-race/ </link> Sat, 28 Apr 2018 10:48:40 EST 22nd, 23rd, 24th AND 25th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Persiana http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6486355 Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59aa6465-aefc-4f54-80ab-2c907099d01b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made: <BR> <BR> Tahini dressed bean salad, (Piyaz) <BR> Za'atar Roasted butternut squash, with a herbed yogurt dip <BR> Saffron and lemon chicken, (Joojeh Kabab) <BR> Spiced carrot, pistachio and almond cake, with rosewater cream. <BR> <BR> Loved the chicken, will be making this again for sure, the cake was way easier to cut when it had been chille... Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:38:33 EST 21st in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Superfood Family Classics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484079 Forgot a picture! <BR> <BR> I made the chicken and chorizo tray bake, with vegetarian chorizo, but I did two dishes and made mine with real chicken. <BR> <BR> The recipe had liquid added and then foil covered for half the cooking time and supposed to cook off in the other... it didn't.. I also did the potatoes and sweet potato separate and glad I did else they would have been so soggy. <BR> <BR> Was good, nothing super special really, spoilt a little by the veg and chicken not getting any... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:55:05 EST Well, bye bye impressive streak... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481967 157 weeks - 90 minutes or more fitness a week. <BR> since: 4/5/2015 <BR> <BR> Yup, certainly not getting that this week when I cannot even walk around the house. <BR> <BR> bye bye streak! <em>257</em> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:13:40 EST Got blood test results back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481349 ... And to top it all off I have low haemoglobin levels from iron deficiency. Which can cause breathlessness! Thanks for that on top of my asthma! Despite taking a pregnancy multivitamin. My Doctor suggested dietary changes for just now as iron supplements cause constipation and we will see if that helps. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:33:03 EST Feel like I am physically falling apart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481046 This morning I had an asthma attack unlike anything I have had since early teens before I got my asthma under control. I was advised not to take daily prevention steroids by my Consultant if I was managing on emergency reliever inhaler. I am not managing! So spoke to Practise Lead Doctor and he prescribed me the steroid preventative as its worse that my baby is getting deprived of oxygen. This in addition to pulling a muscle in my left calf... To my burning left thigh... To my intense hip pa... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:41:38 EST Link: 18 Simple And Doable Ways To Create Less Food Waste http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480601 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/gyanyankovich/easy-<BR>ways-to-create-less-food-waste?utm_ter<BR>m=.ywzA3aXdDO#.daO8wGxnl9 </link> <BR> <BR> My personal favourite ways of avoiding waste are: <BR> <BR> Meal planning and making shopping list from it... and sticking to it as much as possible. <BR> FREEZE IT... love my chest freezer! <BR> And making things like curry or chili that you can pretty much get away with adding anything to. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <em>258</em> <em>291</em> <em>26... Mon, 9 Apr 2018 08:42:30 EST 20th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: own recipe, forced by necessity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480210 The necessity of getting a loaf of bread delivered at the bottom of a bag of fruit pots and glass jars... even my 4 year old knows you pack heavy things at the bottom. <BR> <BR> So my loaf was squished, so I made a savoury bread and butter pudding for dinner, with left over spring onions, little bit of garlic, smoked cheese and mustard. Served with a salad. <BR> <BR> We liked, my daughter asked for it again, I said I hope not as I really don't want my loaf of bread squished again, it's not ... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 06:38:35 EST 19th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Everyday Superfood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/890100a4-cd5b-401a-892b-40647d8522ec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made the Veg-eree (not kedgeree) <BR> <BR> Obviously... list of changes... green chili as I had that so didn't buy a red one, added another egg, as who want's 1 and a half eggs, 2 eggs each please! I tweaked amounts of veg to make them more sensible and add up to full servings, so this dish is 3.5 vegetable servings. <BR> <BR> I do wonder if Jamie Oliver's new book is a reaction to crit... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 07:20:25 EST 18th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Own recipe, coconut mango korma sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478956 So I had a jar of fresh coconut puree sitting accusingly in my cupboard, and decided to make a mango coconut korma sauce. <BR> <BR> Korma can be terribly high calorie, containing nuts and loads of cream and oil. My own recipe contains very little oil and instead of heavy cream I used low fat yogurt. Still has the nuts, because it just wouldn't be korma without it! And nuts have nutritional value. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4725a039-3937-4494-901c-7c1a277f6e4... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 08:38:53 EST Link: 30 Delicious Things You Should Cook In April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478174 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/thinsg<BR>-you-should-cook-in-april?utm_term=.mg<BR>Qz0oKPw1#.abGEv3wkmn </link> <BR> <BR> Rhubarb is coming! Mon, 2 Apr 2018 08:37:23 EST 17th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477563 Seriously Jamie... 15 minutes.. when the instructions state "list of equipment out, kettle boiled"... THAT counts as meal making time matey, we don't all have minions to do this! Nor to do the epic pile of dishes this meal created either! <BR> <BR> but anyways, I made the mushroom pasta and side salad. <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/206b46a5-c002-480a-95b1-b636f6c4051b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Few changes (obviously) different shaped pasta, which is't su... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 07:59:29 EST Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477252 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c3e2625-c722-4736-aa76-8cefbb4a1a34.jpg"> <BR> Spring is springing, birdies are nesting and flowers are popping! Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:35:38 EST So whats with the leg... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476651 Had a couple people ask about my trapped nerve/leg/pain etc and thought I would elaborate on what exactly I am going through. <BR> <BR> In my 1st pregnancy when I was around 6 months, my leg went cold, we where away in Brighton for a concert and it really spoilt our long weekend as I was scared it was something like a blood clot. <BR> <BR> But it was a trapped nerve at about L2, my knee was the last thing to go numb, a semi-circle around the top of my left knee cap lost most feeling, and t... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 08:47:26 EST Link: Save money on your shopping bill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476296 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/jesseszewczyk/how-t<BR>o-lower-your-grocery-bill?utm_term=.gj<BR>RWRVXog3#.eaar9AgY8K </link> <BR> <BR> I do a lot of these, I plan my weeks meals ahead and ALWAYS shop with a list. <BR> <BR> Though now, I can't go to the shops, pushing the trolley is impossible with my trapped nerve so I am reduced to full shopping online which I do not enjoy at all. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 06:07:44 EST 16th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474719 ... which by the way are only ever 15 minutes if you discount all prep time and have somebody else clearing as you go! More like 30 minutes! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/416dda84-86b3-40ae-b128-3a6d1a391296.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made the Kerelan Curry. Minimal changes, actually, I didn't griddle the cauliflower (also not sure how he expects cauliflower to cook so fast) just cooked in the curry, and I forgot to buy spring onions so I used ordinary ones, and added a ... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:17:17 EST Disappointed in my pregnancy brain hormones and dreams about Chris Pratt... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474396 Don't worry, there is absolutely zero racy content in here... <BR> <BR> So one dream is early 'Parks' Andy teaching me absolutely ineffectually martial arts to defend myself in a weird hotel. <BR> <BR> And the other, we get promoted to Star Lord, but the whole crew and myself are in off-duty uniforms of gold velour... yes, reeeal velour (bonus geek points for that reference as well) <BR> <BR> Whats going on brain? Seriously?? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2bb5... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:23:06 EST Link: 14 Unexpected Little Ways To Cook Healthier At Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474085 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/hannahloewentheil/l<BR>ittle-ways-to-eat-healthier?utm_term=.<BR>pbzwJj3Ege#.uqM7OpzJLd </link> <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:34:30 EST Somebody furry enjoying the sun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473656 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1e2e7b7-5589-400c-8114-1b6eab6cab9b.jpg"> This is Beastie and she is really enjoying the sunshine this morning. We still have freezing winds from the East but the sun is out which is nice. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:56:27 EST 15th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Own recipe, freezer stocking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473067 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8757cca-dc88-4a2a-ab85-9209fe3b686b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Harissa and Lebanese spiced vegetable stew. We got a pack of aubergine in Costco which I roasted first, then courgettes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, chickpeas, gunga peas... solid veg basically! So your whole 5+ portions in one meal of savoury deliciousness! <BR> <BR> 8 portions frozen, my freezer is looking good and full for days I am not up to cooking anything. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:42:13 EST Adorable picture... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472721 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28c7b05e-4390-4dda-965c-8dd6845abb9c.jpg"> <BR> My 4 year old daughter drew this of me and her new sister in my tummy still! 25 weeks today, about 105 days to go! Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:46:54 EST 14th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Superfood Family Classics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472169 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2347bec-90d8-421a-a4d0-fc403cabd537.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made the Spring Vegetable and "chicken" stew... with Quorn. <BR> <BR> This ended up being a guide, because my carrots got frozen in the fridge, so I added celery instead, I refuse to buy anything other than English asparagus, so I added sugarsnaps and mangetout instead, and Quorn instead of chicken, I added garlic as I missed out bacon! Oh and I had no mint sauce, so made a small amount o... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:35:00 EST Link: Protein rich vegan breakfasts, it's not always about eggs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471633 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/jesseszewczyk/high-<BR>protein-vegan-breakfasts?utm_term=.mfd<BR>g1AM4wv#.xu8g9qQdRA </link> <BR> <BR> <em>481</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:00:50 EST More than halfway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471096 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf6d607e-4db1-4a8d-9181-fc83148db1c7.jpg"> <BR> 24+2 weeks so over halfway! I have a scan in 8 weeks to see the placenta has moved out the way. Hopefully it has but we shall see what happens then. Slowing down now for sure! Sun, 11 Mar 2018 04:11:27 EST This... this is my life right now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470644 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c03b613c-0022-4b3f-bfec-b3485a7cf528.png"> Fri, 9 Mar 2018 14:36:30 EST Glucose test results... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470154 ... all fine. <BR> <BR> No gestational diabetes. <BR> <BR> Very glad of that! Thu, 8 Mar 2018 05:31:10 EST Just back from Glucose Tolerance test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469814 How much more civilised this was compared to my experience in London. <BR> <BR> I really went off sweet things with my first pregnancy and the syrup you have to drink is obviously very sweet, gross fake flavour. So I asked to rinse my mouth out so I wouldn't actually vomit... I was severely spoken down too and told no, I said I know I cannot drink the water, I just need to rinse or I will vomit, right now! So they let me rise, standing over me like hawk. <BR> <BR> Here, I didn't even have ... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 06:30:17 EST 13th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Superfood Family Classics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469629 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61f3ee87-0f0d-47bc-95d9-5089e4622bef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made the Lentil Bolognese. <BR> <BR> With a couple tweaks! (else I wouldn't be me) <BR> <BR> No Chianti, as "No alcohol, No risk" applies in pregnancy, even if it might have cooked off. It's not worth it. So added a bit of tomato paste and blackstrap molasses to bump it up. I also added a couple sundried tomatoes which where looking lost in the cupboard when I got the porcini mushrooms ... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 14:41:16 EST 'Ultra-processed' products now half of all UK family food purchases http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468836 <link>www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb<BR>/02/ultra-processed-products-now-half-<BR>of-all-uk-family-food-purchases </link> <BR> <BR> It's pretty revolting really to think of the substances being passed as "food". <BR> <BR> This accounts for things generally processed, like oils, cheese etc, but its really talking about cake, snacks, chocolate, "nuggets", "bread"... things that now have to have 'product' added to the end, as it's so far removed from what it is meant to be it cannot l... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 11:12:12 EST Link: 31 things to cook in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468176 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/31-del<BR>icious-things-to-cook-in-march-2018?ut<BR>m_term=.cd5G5kEbxg#.qfm6aLljeK </link> <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> <em>140</em> <em>483</em> <em>481</em> Fri, 2 Mar 2018 08:50:42 EST 12th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Breakfast muffins, bakewell tart style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467862 My daughter is enjoying a new programme on CBeebies, where they are getting children from around the UK to cook a food from their families culture/country. <BR> <BR> I was slightly confused at the English one, where they cooked Bakewell Tart and the narrations said "many families have their own recipe for this, and cook them at home often".... I have never made one, nor know anybody else who has! Nor did I ever make one in Food Technology at school, or in my Nutrition GCSE *laughs* I think ... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 08:54:54 EST 11th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Greek Cookery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467453 So this little mini Greek Cookery book had 6 different mousakka's in it! <BR> <BR> And of course, none of them where quite what I wanted to make! Vegetarian, with aubergine, with potato and a lower calorie option. So I combined them! <BR> <BR> Grilled aubergine slices, not fried. Sauce made from greek yogurt and egg instead of a flour/milk white sauce. Goats cheese and some left over Red Leicester on top. Filling of lentils, peppers and other veg. All the recipes seemed conservatively spice... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 06:03:55 EST You wouldn't think it was that hard... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467137 ... to find black, non-see through, cotton, maternity leggings. <BR> <BR> I hate leggings. But they are a necessary evil for the sake of comfort. <BR> <BR> First ones I ordered, comfy, fit nice, totally see though, might as well be tights. <BR> <BR> Next ones, stated to be cotton, arrived, 95% itchy polyester. <BR> <BR> Trying again, hopefully this time, they might be ok! <BR> <BR> <em>79</em> Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:07:06 EST Just what I needed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465856 ... To catch my daughter's horrible cough and feverishness. She said "I wonder where you got it from?"... From the small person coughing directly in my face perhaps? Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:39:16 EST Consultant appointment today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465054 ... went pretty well except for the total embarrassment of telling him I was a year younger than I actually am as I forgot how old I was *headdesk* <BR> <BR> Told me to see my GP about the headaches as he isn't convinced it's pregnancy related as they are going on so long, tried to get an appointment and they have none for 3 weeks, which is on the day I have my Glucose Tolerance test at the hospital... so trying to phone tomorrow for a cancellation space. <BR> <BR> Made appointment to see a... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:45:47 EST 20 week scan, not entirely good news. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462925 Gherkin looks all fine, all bits and bobs present and looking correct, and confirmed she is a she... I still worried after our private scan, since my pregnancy has been so different. I guess I neatly spoil all those old wives tales about sickness/cravings/symptoms meaning boy or girl. <BR> <BR> I however have a low lying placenta, which means I need monitoring to hope that it moves up as baby/womb grows and, well, unblocks the exit route, otherwise I will have to have a cesarean. Other compl... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:11:27 EST Link: Loads of neat charts to help you cook more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462729 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/emilyshwake/cooking<BR>-cheat-sheets-to-keep-in-the-kitchen?u<BR>tm_term=.kfEVy60wgn#.vazakX2Lwl </link> <BR> <BR> <em>258</em> <em>485</em> <em>267</em> <em>284</em> <em>368</em> <em>370</em> <em>373</em> <em>147</em> Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:50:18 EST 10th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Rick Stein's Road To Mexico http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462369 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fcecb98-7be1-488e-8531-911155b87886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5239451-f25a-4707-be0c-361cffba5ddd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made the roasted tomato salsa, which upon doing so, learnt tomatoes take a really long time to toast on a griddle! <BR> <BR> Of COURSE I made a couple changes, instead of raw onion, I used raw spring onion greens, much less harsh, not a fan of raw onion taste and I also added some griddl... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:45:45 EST 9th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Own recipe for dal, using a spice blend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460133 Made my own red lentil dal... dahl, dhal... however you want to spell it! <BR> <BR> i do love my food processor, it makes things like this, and the vegetarian mince dish I made 8 servings of and froze 6, so quick. When you want your vegetables to be pretty small, then chuck it in and 4 onions, 6 carrots, 8 sticks celery are done in seconds! <BR> <BR> If you batch cook, a food processor is a great investment. <em>580</em> <BR> <BR> But I think the spice blend we got from a food festival... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 06:32:04 EST Who needs Valentine's Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459775 We really don't "do" Valentines Day. The first one we had together, we watched Predator and ate pizza. And thats been as fancy as it gets <BR> <BR> What REALLY shows a person loves another is seeing a need and fixing it....regardless of the day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fae6629-0e66-40e4-a778-fe0004df70ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what my husband got for me after I dropped my nail files, my chalk AND chalkboard, the laptop mouse... all down behind the sofa.... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 08:16:19 EST Not sure what decade dinner was from tonight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459162 ... or was I simply channelling my Nanna or something... <BR> <BR> Mince and mash <BR> <BR> and tinned fruit filled flan (on request of my daughter who had it at nursery and wanted to make it) <BR> <BR> Ok, so my mince was Quorn, and was 3/4 vegetables, and the mash was 50/50 cauliflower <BR> <BR> <em>291</em> <em>485</em> <em>369</em> <em>367</em> <BR> <BR> But still, felt like I should be donning my pinny and I even put my husband a beer in the fridge for after the DIY he ... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 14:11:35 EST 8th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Vintage curry cook book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458684 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6088fa11-08e8-4400-bbcb-7b88e5f82317.png"> <BR> <BR> I made the green bean foogath to serve with my homemade mango almond korma. <BR> <BR> Mostly inspired to make by not using the green beans another night they where meant to be used as I was too late back getting car fixed to make what I was going to make! <BR> <BR> It was good, nice accompaniment, would make it again, fairly quick and simple. <BR> <BR> This book is quite authentic for an... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 07:59:17 EST 7th in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Own recipe for sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455289 I decided to make up a batch of vegetable sauce for going on things like pasta, beans etc. <BR> <BR> it contains nearly 3 servings of veg per portion <BR> <BR> All good vegetables and some basic seasoning of herbs, garlic, paprika and some salt free Herbamare, with a little blackstrap molasses to sweeten the passata nicely but still giving nutrients instead of empty carbs of sugar. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>370</em> <em>369</em> <em>372</em> <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> It's ju... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:34:32 EST