Well....

I think it's safe to say this might be the end of this little side blog :-( Apologies for the disappearing act but once again the lupus keeps acting up. I'm fine one day and not the next...so, for now at least, I'm going to sign off from updating this blog. Furthermore, if I'm being completely honest, my interest in blogging has been waning altogether - I think it's time for a change.

Still, I may or may not return to it, we'll see, obviously a daily blog detailing everything I eat was never going to last forever :-) It's been an interesting side project though, you certainly learn a lot about your eating habits when you announce it all to the world! 

I hope it helped some of you in whatever way - simple ideas, inspiration...not to feel guilty about having cake for breakfast or champagne for no reason at all... ;-) Hey, ENJOY your food, right??


 thank you all for following 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

BREAKFAST

I still had some French Toast batter leftover so I had a couple slices with sunflower spread and maple syrup.
Cup of coffee.
338 calories.

LUNCH

Yes, the Chickpea Noodle Soup with Herb Dumplings.....again. I am officially addicted. Like yesterday I had it without the chickpeas as I'm out of them (and any other suitable bean to replace them with!)
324 calories.

AFTERNOON

Just ONE of those chocolate peanut butter oat bars I made the other day with my afternoon coffee.
189 calories.

DINNER

Well, I still have lots of that garden fresh roasted tomato sauce in the freezer, made with our homegrown tomatoes, garlic and basil. So I made a batch of homemade fettuccini and my Garlic Bread. Such a lovely meal this!
505 calories.

Later on I had a cup of tea and a couple gingernut biscuits.
91 calories.

EVENING

A slice of multigrain toast with sunflower spread and peanut butter.
223 calories.

Calories for the Day = 1670

Monday, 21 October 2013

BREAKFAST

A couple slices of multigrain toast with sunflower spread and peanut butter.
Cup of coffee.
471 calories.

LUNCH

Another stormy day, another bowl of the comforting chickpea noodle soup with herb dumplings. (Well, minus the actual chickpeas as I'm out!)
330 calories.

AFTERNOON

I made some Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat bars from a recipe booklet I have. They are good but stuck like glue to the pan (even though I followed the greasing instructions...grrr) anyway, they are like a chewy granola bar base and topped with a swirl of chocolate and peanut butter...So good I had two with my afternoon coffee :-)
356 calories.

DINNER

Was small and simple. I had half a tin of red kidney beans leftover in the fridge so made the beanburgers again. I had mine in a regular burger bun with slices of avocado and some BBQ sauce. 
308 calories.

EVENING

A whiskey cocktail - I've been enjoying just a shot of whiskey sweetened with a bit of Sweet Freedom Syrup, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and poured over 1 ice cube. So nice! Had a small bag of salt and vinegar crisps and a slice of wholemeal toast with sunflower spread and avocado slices.
400 calories (haha, more than my dinner!)

Calories for the Day = 1866

Sunday, 20 October 2013

BREAKFAST 
(Note - photo is from the main blog, 2009.)

My son requested French Toast - something I've not made in ages as I tend not to have nice bakery bread AND silken tofu in the house at the same time, but this time I did! So glad too, I forgot how good French toast is! Served of course with vegan butter, maple syrup and a dusting of icing sugar. Unfortunately I didn't have any blueberries, they do go so well with this.
Cup of coffee.

LUNCH
A Beanburger Houmous Sub

I was fancying a Subway style sandwich but filled with more than just the veg that they can offer us ;-) I opted to make my Beanburgers but shaped them into thinner patties to fit the sub, added my Cannellini Bean Houmous and some lettuce, cucumber and tomato (they are hiding in there!)
Delicious!

AFTERNOON

Cup of coffee and a couple digestive biscuits.

DINNER
An all freezer meal - I had some Curried Pumpkin, Lentil and Chickpea Soup in the freezer made from a summer homegrown pumpkin my in-laws gave us. I also had these very yummy naan style flatbreads in the freezer - all defrosted and heated up; a match made in heaven!

EVENING

Well, dinner *was* quite light...had half a houmous sandwich and a small bag of salt and vinegar crisps and a whiskey cocktail :-)


Saturday, 19 October 2013

BREAKFAST

The last couple slices of banana bread with sunflower spread and a cup of coffee.

LUNCH

I'm possibly addicted - the Chickpea Noodle Soup with Herb Dumplings. Perfect autumn food :-)

AFTERNOON

Cup of coffee and a slice of that apple pie I made a couple days ago.

DINNER

I made a yummy sweet potato and chickpea curry. I had leftovers in the fridge including a bit of passata (tomato sauce), coconut milk, green pepper (from our garden!) and chickpeas and in the veg basket some red onion and sweet potatoes that needed using. 
I also threw in some frozen peas and it turned out to be one of the best curries I've made. Gutted now as it was just "thrown together" - not sure I can recreate it, haha - MacArthur Park! 
Served it with some basmati rice and a glass of chilled white wine. A lovely meal.

EVENING

Slices of French bread with my Cannellini Bean Houmous and a glass of white wine.

Friday, 18 October 2013

BREAKFAST

A couple slices of banana bread with sunflower spread and a cup of coffee. 


LUNCH

It is incredibly stormy here today!! I had to have the Chickpea Noodle Soup with Dumplings - a perfect weather match :-) I used the new dumpling recipe on the blog post there - it's the best!


AFTERNOON

Decided to lay off the pie, lol, had just a cup of coffee.


DINNER

Was something new. I based it on the Red Pepper and Zucchini Pasta Bake but with just zucchini diced small and I used orzo instead of penne/rotini this time and added some black olives and an oregano, pine nut and breadcrumb topping before baking. OMG it was delicious!! Must blog :-) Had a glass of red wine with it.

EVENING

Glass of white wine and some French bread with houmous.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

BREAKFAST
Banana Bread on the left there....yeah, I also made an apple pie (I didn't have that for breakfast though!)
I found myself with a few bananas perfect for baking with yesterday so made a loaf of banana bread. I didn't make my usual 'healthy' version that is on the blog though. I wanted to try a regular banana bread and this one is really good! Perfect light yet moist texture, very happy with it. Had a slice with sunflower spread and a cup of coffee.

LUNCH

Damn. This is where this blog gets embarrassing...Aware that I basically had cake for breakfast and was planning on having pie in the afternoon I knew I *should* have had something light and healthy like a salad but the overwhelming desire for a big bowl of mac and cheese won me over. I blame the weather....furthermore, I'm just going to write this day off as an un-healthy carb fest and be done with it...

AFTERNOON
Ok, now I had a slice of the pie! I only made this as I had pastry leftover in the fridge from the Thanksgiving weekend and some apples my son has been refusing to eat for some new reason....sigh....anyway, it's a good pie but there were only 3 apples so it's mostly pastry, lol, still good! Had a cup of coffee with it and some coconut whipped cream on top.

DINNER

It was just me and my son for dinner tonight and I had a zucchini to use up so made his favourite pasta dish - the red pepper and zucchini pasta bake, but without the peppers and more zucchini. Told you - carb fest day....shrugs...at least I had some zucchini and onion!! lol...

EVENING

Had a couple small glasses of red wine with the hubby who came back late this evening from a week away in London :-)