-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/ Have you seen this INSANE coffee you can buy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241167 <link>www.buzzfeed.com/mdunne/adelaide-ass<BR>-kicker?utm_term=.pmzgNV5Mke#.ioq1pK8Mrz </link> <BR> <BR> That much caffeine is beyond a joke, beyond even considering it's ok to consume. <BR> <BR> I'm shocked its being allowed to be sold. It's a health hazard. <em>106</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:58:01 EST Bought a dehumidifier. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240539 Well, after discovering another patch of damp, we are getting serious work done soon, hopefully, goodness, please hopefully... we decided to get a dehumidifier to help dry out the house. <BR> <BR> So many HOLES in our house. <em>257</em> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:58:45 EST 35th Book in Cookery Challenge: Disgustingly (Deliciously?) Ella. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240023 First off, this is literally the WORST recipe book I have EVER seen. <BR> <BR> And I collect cookery books, and have some crazy weird things full of aspic, brains... all sorts. <BR> <BR> And I would rather eat some weird 1970's aspic kidney canape than ANYTHING from this book... <BR> <BR> ...Unless you count the "recipes" of things like put chocolate inside banana and bake it. *rolls eyes* (I would eat that, and have done it, hmm, 25 years ago at Brownies?) and she clearly hasn't got over... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:58:11 EST Sometimes it's the little things... annoying my nutrition tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239465 900% of RDA of vitamin A <em>267</em> <em>147</em> <em>291</em> <em>370</em> <BR> <BR> Thats what happens when you eat red/yellow peppers and butternut squash, or butternut squash and sweet potatoes in the same day, like I am today and tomorrow! <BR> <BR> It makes me laugh to see that. It's the small things! <BR> <BR> And before anybody gets a bee in their bonnet, as regularly seen on the nutrition forum, right on your nutrition feedback you read to find out you ate this much... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:24:40 EST 34th Book in Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Super Food Family Classics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238942 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a70d0b7-d6f3-43ea-a620-e0e709ffa10b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mango Lassi Bircher, I think I should listen to the little voice that looks at a recipe and goes yuh-huh, thats wrong, because I ignored it (again, thanks Jamie) and my scepticism was right. <BR> <BR> ...Turmeric doesn't belong in a sweet dish. <BR> <BR> I already left out fennel seeds as I really didn't want them all crunchy on top. I also upped the amount of yogurt to give more protein.... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:09:43 EST Inspired by RawCookie... An apple blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238398 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcc7acb3-6ffb-44db-be2d-3ea5befea5ef.jpg"> <BR> Look at this Discovery apple! So red inside! So yummy! A freebie from neighbour of my inlaws. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:46:21 EST Explore Asian, a brand a like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237268 <link>www.explorecuisine.com </link> <BR> <BR> This is actually a link to a website of the brand that seems to be for the US, I can't find a UK version of the website, but you can buy them in Asda (cheaper!) and Holland and Barrett (marked up!). Not sure where else. <BR> <BR> I have tried the blackbean spaghetti and the edamame spaghetti and now I have the lentil lasagne sheets to try. I haven't had lasagna in SO long! <BR> <BR> They are high protein, high fibre and low carb. They look ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:44:15 EST When you are feeling "not normal" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236777 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be4055ca-1a38-467f-83cb-1547d9f4d3af.png"> <BR> <BR> "normal" is seriously over rated. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:14:26 EST When is ok to ask a woman when she is having a first or another child? Answer NEVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236114 At the light hearted end of this rant is basically you are asking <BR> <BR> "Are you having unprotected sex a lot??" <BR> <BR> Is that an acceptable public topic of conversation? NO <BR> <BR> Would you be offended if somebody replied, "we are having loads of sex, how's your sex life? spicing it up with anything?" YES you would. <BR> <BR> At the deeper end of this is you have NO CLUE what is going on. People keep this sort of thing private for a reason. You asking when they are having a f... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:00:18 EST It's so fluffy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235750 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/831a7df2-5176-4047-a11a-0066d180fc8d.jpg"> <BR> So maybe I was a bit premature getting this winter coat out and my girl insisted on wearing it yesterday. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:19:35 EST A Harry Potter inspired all too true joke for women... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235210 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8bade46-7187-483b-83f5-f52030d05e14.png"> <BR> <BR> and THAT is why you NEED chocolate as well!! <em>493</em> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:31:20 EST 33rd Book in Cookery Challenge: Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234455 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e4b6b65-3d52-49ec-88c4-bb9a1d6639b2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/852b95a4-50b9-47a1-903a-e16d40805f60.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok, so I do own a spiraliser, but it's fiddly and messy and the recipe I made (and multiple recipes) from this book do not actually need a spiraliser. Why waste the effort of spiralising carrots and THEN putting them in the food processor to "rice" them? Seriously, save the time and effort ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:12:10 EST Apple Pie Waffles recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233805 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=3134326 </link> <BR> <BR> Was super impressed by these this morning. <BR> <BR> Most waffle recipes have things like whole cup butter, whole cup sugar which yes, its does make for a crispy waffle, it does not make a healthy breakfast. <BR> <BR> But in my epic journey of many waffle recipes I have come to several conclusions, you NEED a little fat in the mix, 1 tablespoon of something is enough, else its going to stick and never c... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:30:05 EST Cute little funny from my toddler... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232722 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f356e63-8b9b-4410-9d1a-2be398e6eaf3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So what do you call this? <BR> <BR> (Honestly I actually realised I don't know what it's called!) <BR> <BR> But my 2.5 year old decided they are... <BR> <BR> "CORN BONES" <em>30</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2016 08:11:08 EST Productive couple mornings and a slight disappointment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232114 Yesterday I filled all the old screw and nail holes and the gaps where we had to extend the old door in the beautiful stained glass I showed before. <BR> <BR> My disappointment comes from trying to hot-air gun strip the banister rail. Every wood surface in this house has about 30-thousand coats of paint on it, and when we stripped part of the skirting in the living room, it came off so easy. <BR> but the banister? The 30-thousand layers came off in the thick easy scrape, but oh underneath ... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:22:59 EST 32st in Cookery Challenge: Frugal Abundance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231554 No book this week, just a sense of achievement and frugal necessity. <BR> <BR> Lots of left over from other things veg in the fridge, half a box of mushrooms, carrots and a small sweet potato going soggy, several of my nemesis.... green peppers and some celery. Added to bottle of passata and onions, garlic and herbs/spices and tiny touch black strap molasses to help the tomatoes along. <BR> <BR> And we have over 4 (4 adult and 2 toddler servings) of a delicious healthy stew out of things no... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:10:24 EST Dilemma... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231055 I have such an obscene amount of work to do on our halls/stairs etc as I mentioned earlier. I am torn between skipping my swimming for a few weeks as the only time I have to work on this is the few hours my toddler is at nursery and my husband works so much he doesn't have time. I have a year pass for swimming which I haven't got my monies worth yet from and its MY time. So I am in a dilemma. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:22:59 EST My poor sore hands... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230396 I am suffering from a mild case of stress related eczema, which is causing incredibly painful for what they look like small blisters on my hands which take a long time to heal. <BR> <BR> I have a multitude of small cuts from stripping the wallpaper as it was so thick with paint it was sharp, too small to really notice at the time, but mildly infected now afterwards. <BR> <BR> And then, the icing on the cake, I caught my finger knuckle on the heating element of the cooker with a really nast... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:36:51 EST Stained glass we put back in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229397 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e92c2e2-6d43-45cb-a481-fae2cd48fd37.jpg"> Just the door and lower window. The upper ones were thankfully left in the house. So are the ones above front door and porch window. Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:53:17 EST Goodness, the biggest job on the house, waited until last, now has a deadline! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229349 We have a BIG Edwardian house, 1913 actually which I forgot in my lucky 13 blog! <BR> <BR> We cannot afford to do the kitchen right now, it's only from the 1990's so not too bad, but certainly not good, so thats waiting. <BR> <BR> But we have done office, our bedroom, my pony room/spare room, little ones bedroom, toilet, bathroom, living room, playroom, dining room, the room right upstairs being a loft room. <BR> <BR> So whats left is oh my goodness... a huge downstairs hall, staircase, l... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:39:25 EST Summer rolls! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228813 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3d7391b-8da6-472e-8858-70f4affbba29.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tried making summer rolls for lunch today, easier than it looks actually if you can get them to roll tight! <BR> <BR> I filed a box from salad bar at supermarket so we could have lots of different things inside them. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 08:09:11 EST The weird thing about vegetarian chili... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228200 I just had another portion of the Smoky Vegetarian Chili I reviewed the other day which I made from the Jamie Oliver book. I said it wasn't the best and wasn't at all sold on adding peanut butter! <BR> <BR> I'm still not sold on that. Not changed my mind that much! <BR> <BR> But after freezing and reheating chili always seems to be BETTER. I notice it my ordinary vegetarian chili I make, the frozen batch are better than the fresh eaten one. <BR> <BR> I wonder what the freezing is doing? Sp... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:16:24 EST 31st Book in Cookery Challenge: The Really Hungry Vegetarian Student Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227791 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5699088-8d90-4cc5-bca5-88f8aa0488ca.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ad7b55f-aba7-4aea-8c92-79a61d18427c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.co.uk/Really-Hungry-Veget<BR>arian-Student-Cookbook/dp/1849755590/r<BR>ef=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1472666218&sr=8-<BR>3&keywords=hungry+vegetarian+student+cookbook </link> <BR> <BR> Another book from the library, I made the Nutty "Meat"balls. <BR> <BR> They where really n... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 14:01:38 EST 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