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WIAW: First Date

Pinch and a punch for the first day of the month- I hope August has started out on a high for you all!

Well what a shocker the UK sunshine has disappeared to be replaced with rain and grey clouds again, geez should have known that it wouldn’t last.  The changing weather has left me with a bit of a cold so I have been nursing that for the past few days, but I haven’t let it get me down though and have ben trying to carry on as normal.

Peas and Crayons

This week for WIAW I want to share my goings on from Monday because I was treated to a lovely meal and it was  just so good that I had to share.

I kick started my day with a lovely bowl of fresh peaches and strawberries with some peanut butter Cheerios which was a nice treat as I have been trying to use them sparingly like I mentioned in my latest vlog.  I poured over some unsweetened almond milk and had an ice cold glass of water too.

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I love adding fresh fruit to cereal, it definitely makes it more satisfying and another way to get in more fruit into my day.

Later that morning we popped out to Hobby Craft and TK Maxx to buy some wedding craft supplies and props to dress the reception venue.  I’m really happy with what we picked up, all that is needed now is for us to get our wedding DIY heads on.

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Shopping OOTD: beige cardigan: Zara, blue vest: Forever 21, skinny jeans: Forever 21, scarf: Forever 21, pink rose bud earrings: Forever 21, moccasins: Forever21.

This outfit was a total Forever 21 love fest- such a great shop!

All of that shopping worked up my appetite so I picked up a lovely blueberry smoothie from Boots. 

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These things are so handy when you are on the go!

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When we got home it was time for lunch so I made a lovely salad of mixed leaves, courgettes, smoked salmon, half a baked sweet potato and some chunk hummus, so good!

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Afternoon snackage was a chopped pink lady apple and 3 pitted dates to tide me over.  I definitely need this extra fuel to get me through Jillian Micheal’s Yoga Meltdown Level 1 workout- it’s such a fab yoga routine!

Later on in the evening it was time to get ready for our date night.  We headed to our reception venue for dinner.

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a cheeky snap of the restaurant

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To start I had the salmon gravlax with Bellini’s.

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My main was the sea bass fillet with roasted fennel and crab meat balls (sorry the actually name on the menu for this dish had so much more finesse than I could ever muster!)

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An dessert was just amazing!  I delved into a delicious slice of chocolate heaven, a chocolate tart with cookie dough ice cream.

I think it is easy to see that it was  a pretty amazing meal.  I’m so excited to see what they come up with for our wedding breakfast.  This got me thinking about mine and Alfie’s first date. 

Our first date was seven years ago and we headed to Nando’s after work and went to watch a movie.  Funnily enough Hitch was playing at the time so we watched that, very cliché I know, but it was such a great first date.   Since last nights date night was in pour wedding reception venue it was amazing to realise how far that we have come as a couple.

What did you do for your first date with your partner?

Have you ever had a bad first date?

What is the most delicious thing that you have had to eat today?

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Date Night

Hey Hey!  How is everyone’s week going? It’s so close to the weekend now- I can almost taste it!  I cannot wait, no work for me. 😀 Before we get to the weekend let me just rewind a little to yesterday morning…

Yesterday started with my usual toning workout, which I can still feel as my muscles are sore.  A sure sign that it is working!  The night before I decided that I would make give over night oats a whirl.  I ate them a lot during last summer and was in to minds about them.  Sure I love oats, but the concept of eating cold oats was a little hard for me to get my head around.  Nonetheless I persevered and actually got used to them.

This was really good.  I mixed wheat germ, oats, hazelnut and almond rice milk, and topped it with creamed coconut, and mixed seeds. 

I will be definitely be making plenty more over night oats in the future.  A great tip is to leave out a little while before you want to eat them, especially if you are prone to super sensitive teeth like me.

For lunch I recycled the salad that I had the day before and had only managed to eat half of it- waste not want not!

This time I added extra spinach, olives, carrots,  rosso tofu and stirred in some vegan pesto.  I followed this with 2 of my bargain 10 for a £1 oranges.

Mid afternoon I snacked on a chocolate chip and cookie dough Lara bar and a pink lady apple.

I love Lara bars!

We decided to go out for dinner, which is such a rare occasion these days. It was so nice to be out the house.  You have probably noticed that I don’t get out much in the evenings.   I’m usually too tired due to PhD stress and housework and Alfie is equally swamped being a final year medic- busy times!  Alfie took forever to get ready, so I waited…

and waited…

and went a little crazy…

Finally…

We headed over to Pizza Express. I chose the Mozarella and Tomato Salad drizzled with basil pesto for my starter.  This was seriously delicious,  I must buy some mozzarella this weekend.  For my main I had the Four Seasons Pizza.  My first proper pizza for months and I devoured every last piece!

I think we are going to take one night of every month or every two weeks and make it date night-a new tradition.  It is so easy to become bogged down with work and never actually spend any time with each other. 🙂

This morning I made a mega green smoothie:

This smoothie beast contained almond milk, spinach, celery, an apple, wheat germ, ground flax and xanthan gum.  I topped it with Rude Health Early Bird Muesli and dried fruit.  This was seriously good and kept me full till lunch time!

Lunch was a lovely bowl of my Moroccan Kale and Chickpea Soup with two large oranges.

For my pre-workout snack I ate a RAW Health Apricot bar and an apple…

My Riverford organic vegetable box arrived on yesterday, I totally forgot that I was having one delivered this week.  So after my mammoth fruit and veg haul at the weekend I also have all of this to get through:

cherry tomatoes  ES
courgettes  IT
loose carrots  UK
chard  IT
green batavia lettuce  FR
leeks  UK
white potatoes  UK
loose onions  UK
mushrooms  UK
pointed cabbage  UK

My fridge is totally overloaded with vegetables.  It required a lot of rearranging, but surprisingly I managed to fit everything in…just! I know a lot of it will last way in to next week so I’m not too worried. The way I get through veggies at the moment the thought of any of it going to waste doesn’t even come in to play.

Due to my current vegetable situation I thought an stir fry was apt for tonight’s meal with noodles and an Asian inspired sauce.

This was a huge plate of veggies.  I didn’t realise how much I had put in the pan until I served it up on to my plate.  They included red cabbage, red peppers, mange tout, baby corn and mushrooms.  The sauce I made to go with it was lovely: 

  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 cm of ginger grated
  • 1/2  a chilli deseeded
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp of soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp of black rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 3 tbsp of water

I love a huge plate of veggies!  I also topped them with some mixed seeds for some added crunch-so good!

Finally two of my mangoes have ripened. I left the other two in the fridge to save for another time.  Thanks for ripening tips- adding a ripe bananas to the mangoes really did the trick.  I have no idea what has taken them so long.   Taking up the opportunity to use them I made this:

Vegan Mango Lassi

  • fresh mango pulp from 1 mango
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 cup of organic silken tofu (Clear Spot)
  • Agave nectar to taste if required

Blitz it all up in a blender until smooth.  You may need to add more almond milk, depending on your food processor to get a smoother mixture.  Play around with it a little.  Place in the fridge and chill for at least an hour.

Scrum-didili-umptious!

I topped it with creamed coconut, golgi berries and raw chocolate golgi berries. 

There are some busy times coming up ahead.  Scary times too, with some big decisions to be made about our career paths and maybe a move to a different town.  Exciting!  I have been in education since I was four years old.  It’s all I know.  I’m a little apprehensive about being thrust into the big wide world after handing in my thesis.  How am I going to cope?!?!? 

How do you handle making big decisions?  Do big decisions make you nervous?

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