WOW! The weather has been absolutely stunning in my part of the UK today. It’s just rounded off a really fab weekend!! What has it been like where you are?
It’s shame that I have to get back into PhD mode tomorrow as I decided to take a long weekend (Thursday to Sunday) after my trip to sort a few things out around the house and generally just to recharge my batteries and get back into the old routine.
The day after getting back from Florence it was quite obvious that I had to do a major grocery shop because as expected there wasn’t a vegetable insight in my house, bar the frozen edamame beans in the freezer.
Organic pink lady apples, bananas, galia melon, a mango, an avocado, plums, organic pears, organic spinach, reduced rhubarb, grapes, aubergine, courgettes, pompadino tomatoes, tender stemmed broccoli, chestnut mushrooms, red peppers, garlic bulbs, reduced British oyster mushrooms, a red onion, organic white onions, red peppers, a living basil plant, a selection of living lettuce, spouted beans and lentils, mori-nu silken tofu, Alpro caramel puddings, agave nectar, white chocolate chip cookies, white cobs, cooked ham, a gammon shank from the rotisserie counter, beef and chilli pizza, organic passata, scotch eggs, organic cocoa powder, sabra garden herb hummus, xanthan gum, black olives and sun blushed tomatoes from the deli counter, organic peanut butter, organic kidney beans and cannellini beans.
Can you tell what is for me and what is for Alfie? I guess that is kinda obvious to you all by now…
Alfie is an avid meat eater, but scarily isn’t bothered where his meat comes from and would much prefer that I didn’t spend money on expensive cuts of meat for him. I’m slowly going to turn him around to my way of thinking. Although it is more expensive I think organically farmed meat is so much better as the animals have been cared for and have not been injected with awful substances.
I on the other hand whilst away have made the conscious decision to not to eat meat. This came about when a waitress served one of my meals with chicken on it in Italy. I called her back and told her that I didn’t eat meat, so she swapped it for more roasted aubergine. Since Christmas my relationship with meat has totally changed and I was eating it very irregularly or not at all. I can’t actually remember the last time that I actually ate meat and to be honest I don’t enjoy eating it anymore and so would much prefer spending my time eating food that I do enjoy. However, I do still enjoy eating fish every now and then, so if you feel it necessary to give me a label then I guess that I am now a pescatarian.
I’ve also decided to opt for good quality fruit and veg when my food budget allows. I already have an organic veggie box every few weeks delivered to my house, which I find to be well priced. The supermarket organic fresh produce seems to be much more expensive, but I do pick it up if it’s reduced or on some sort of offer. This also extends to my store cupboard ingredients too. 🙂
My iHerb order also arrived the day after I arrived home. I ordered double crunch fudge protein powder, guar gum and white chocolate wonderful. I totally screwed up the order for the PB. I was adamant that I clicked cinnamon raisin swirl- obviously not! DOH! Oh well, I love white chocolate wonderful and my stock is rather low, so may be it was just supposed to be. 🙂
Since my trip I have been craving green smoothies, salads and just fresh produce in general. They just don’t pile it up abroad like they do at home!!! I’ve picked out a couple of favourites to share with you:
Smoothie in a jar: frozen blueberries, spinach, maca powder, mesquite, maple syrup, hemp protein powder, xanthan gum, water, ice cubes, vanilla rice milk all topped off with some vanilla agave and almond flavoured granola and lots of crumbled artisana raw coconut butter…yum! This made for a very simple but delicious smoothie- my first after returning home. 🙂
Smoothie in a bowl: a banana, spinach, strawberries, lucuma powder, mesquite, maca powder, ground flax, water, rice milk, ice cubes, xanthan and guar gum, hemp protein powder, agave nectar. Toppings included a peanut flour sauce, pecan and treacle granola, raw coconut and cacao nibs.
A hummus topped salad: living lettuce, sprouted beans and lentils, pompadino tomatoes, raw carrots basil tofu with some amazing sabra garden herb hummus. I had to get some of this after reading about it on both Emma and Laura’s blogs and it didn’t disappoint. It is probably the best shop bought hummus that I have ever tried. It’s just so thick, creamy and full of flavour.
A Mediterranean inspired salad: living lettuce leaves, pompadino tomatoes, marinated red peppers and courgette slivers, basil tofu, black olives, red onion, basil leaves and a crumbled raw carrot.
This salad was amazing and was the first time that I had actually tried to marinate my veggies. To make the marinade I used canola oil, balsamic vinegar, mixed dried herbs, black pepper and let them sit for 20 minutes before cooking them until tender.
The other night I was craving aubergine, as you do! I had eaten it roasted whilst in Florence and it tasted beautiful and wanted to recreate something similar in my own kitchen:
I simply roasted off the aubergine along with courgettes, red peppers and red onion and roasted them in a sauce using organic passata, black olives, sun blushed tomatoes and garlic. Steamed tender stemmed broccoli with new ingredient roasted edamame beans made the dish. I loved this!!! 🙂
I’ve been enjoying double fudge crunch protein ice creams and I’ve also enjoyed some of the great Lindt chocolate that I picked up whilst away for dessert…
Well this has just been the best weekend. Yesterday I was in Leeds for Alfie’s brother’s wedding which was really nice. Also today the time had come to run my 10K for Race for Life in the beautiful sun. It was a great race and I managed a new PB of 1 hour 1 second. Yep I was 1 second away from my target of 10K in 60 minutes, but I will explain more about the 10K in my race recap tomorrow. I’m still buzzing about my PB!!!
Well I’m off to watch Harry Potter as my reward for today. I’m so sad that it is the last one, but cannot wait to watch it!!! 🙂
How was your weekend? What did you get up too?
Have you made any conscious decisions about your eating habits lately?
What is the best thing that you ate this week?
Don’t forget that my giveaway ends at the end of today!!!