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Healthy Eating…Eat yourself slim….

 

No more...Diets Healthy eating (4)

Welcome back to Carol’ s Tuesday Healthy eating last week it was 4 lbs aka No biscuits and still no biscuits and no Haribos…. This week it is 1 lb but happy with that   One pound it is fair as I think 5lbs in 2 weeks is good and with little effort……..I also had added temptation this weeks as little Lily came to stay and she loves her morning cuppa with a biscuit so I am pleased as I had a large packet of digestives saying eat me!

Also as she lives in very rural Thailand she doesn’t live near shops so going to 7/11 is a treat for her….But everyone knows do not get Nannie any and that is better to let everyone know which makes it harder to cheat….

I have also stepped up my walking every little helps as the saying goes….

SO what do I eat and drink here is my typical day………

Between 8 and 9 am I have my morning cup of tea the only hot drink I have in a day

10 ish I have glass of fresh coconut water straight from the drupe…

Between 11 and 12 I have my first meal which generally is either Grapow Moo, Horapa Moo, Som Tam or noodle soup. ( I) will explain what they are below.

Between 12 and 5 I drink water.

5 ish I am now feeling picky so I have either some pickles and an inch sq of feta cheese….. 2 measured sundowners.

Between 6 and 7.30 we have our evening meal just tonight it is Thai green curry.

Any drink with dinner or after is water and I don’t eat anything else( This ) is when I had got into the habit of having haribos or a magnum if the grand kiddies went down 7/11….

It is so easy for those little things to just creep up on you and the pounds creep on….I don’t eat big meals it was the in between for me.

That is why I say to you if you cut out the snacking you can eat good healthy food whatever you want guilt free at mealtimes …. I am having a Thai green curry tonight the same as everyone else….. When I make an Indian curry I have a spoonful of mango chutney I also have a piece of flatbread  not a whole one as that is too much for me but my point is I eat the curry and any accompiaments and enjoy it.

Yes we make tomato based curries rather than too creamy but sometimes we do add a bit more yoghurt but it is because of personal taste.

I always cook from scratch using fresh ingredients and we don’t make sauces loaded with cheese and cream very often…I love mac and cheese but truly maybe have once or twice a year and I know that sounds a long time it just something I don’t make that often but when I do we enjoy it we just have other foods which we enjoy on a regular basis..6..It is all about choices and what we eat is our personal choice BUT if that personal choice is detrimental to our health then come on…..

Who do we cheat? We cheat ourselves and only ourselves…

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

 

Here are the recipes for my first meal of the day….

Chicken/Pork and Basil ( horapa)

Ingredients: Serves 1

100 gm Chicken or Pork mince or you can use loin and slice finely.

2 Long snake beans

3 cloves garlic

3/ 4 Thai chillies

Big handful of Thai basil pick leaves from stem

1 tbsp Oyster sauce

1/2 tsp Dark soy sauce

A shake or 2 of Maggie seasoning sauce

Lets Cook!

Wash and cut snake beans in half inch pieces

Peel garlic and chop chillies then grind in pestle and mortar

Heat a very small amount of coconut oil in a pan and add chillies and garlic cook while stirring for 30 seconds and add meat cook stirring until mince or meat has browned, add sauces and a little drop of water.

Add beans and  cook for 1-2 minutes add basil and cook for another minute.

You are now ready to serve with rice …I use black rice if I have it or organic white rice I eat about 2 tbsps cooked rice and a couple of spoonfuls of the pork or chicken this recipe serves 2/3 depending on size of portion. If I am cutting carbs down I would make cauliflower rice which I really like.

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This image shows my portion and this is with cauliflower rice. I’m am writing this on my iPad as my laptop is sick and I was going to show you noodle soup but the pictures are son a USB stick which doesn’t attach to the iPad so that will be for next time hoping I have a laptop…  I am finding the iPad somewhat restricting….

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Healthy Eating…No more diets…Eat yourself slim…

No more...Diets Healthy eating (4)

Welcome back … Before I say anything else I have kept a food diary this week incentivized by Sally’s little chart…I have had NO biscuits with my early morning cuppa and this is Day 9 PLUS I haven’t had any Haribos for 9 days either…

The result?? I have lost 4 lbs this week and that is eating normally and just cutting out those two pictured above… Have I missed them…

No, actually because I replaced them for 3 days with a custard Apple rather than making ice cream with them which was my original plan I decided to eat the fruit as it was and it was really nice…

Custard Apples

I will say I don’t eat anything I don’t like and if I am cutting down on something or cutting it out I do not replace it with anything like tasteless rice cakes or anything else which tastes like cardboard because THEY promote how good they are to help you lose weight…

I replace it with something else which is better and healthier but which I enjoy eating…

My second treat instead of haribos was 4 small ( just one bite) sized sun-dried tomatoes which I love and an inch square of feta cheese which I love with tomatoes.

Feta cheese seems to be a healthier choice. One ounce (28 grams) provides:

  • Calories: 74
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Carbs: 1.1 grams
  • Riboflavin: 14% of the RDI
  • Calcium: 14% of the RDI
  • Sodium: 13% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 9% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B12: 8% of the RDI
  • Selenium: 6% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 6% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 5% of the RDI

It also has decent amounts of vitamins A and K, folate, pantothenic acid, iron and magnesium.

What’s more, feta is lower in fat and calories than aged cheeses like cheddar or parmesan.

One ounce (28 grams) of cheddar or parmesan contains more than 110 calories and 7 grams of fat, while 1 ounce of feta has only 74 calories and 6 grams of fat.

So the little square of feta I enjoy is doing me no harm and better for me than cheddar.

I still had my sundowner every night and lost 4 lbs... To me I didn’t go hungry I ate what I fancied just cut out those 2 biscuits a day and haribos and I am not talking a big bag as they do child sized little bags here with about 10 little teddies per bag but it is still processed and added sugar and colourings…

That little chart of Sally’s gave me a wake-up call which was well needed. If you missed last week here it is … Courtesy of Sally and if you missed her post then I have added the link below.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-new-obesity-research-fat-accumulation-table-by-sally-cronin/

I also printed off Sally’s food shopping list and worked through it vitamin by vitamin and chose the foods which provided that vitamin or protection and made my own list of what I should be buying.

Then I drilled it down that out of the 40 items I took from Sally’s shopping list I always bought 22 of those items, next I looked at what I do buy but less often and that equated to 13 items which either I could only buy when they were in season or foods which I just don’t eat as often not because I don’t like them just because they are not always available or I prefer something else. The remainder I either cannot get here or are very expensive to buy as imported goods.

But overall I think I eat a pretty varied diet I just need to exercise a little more… I have ordered my pedometer and am waiting for it to arrive and I also need to keep an eye on those processed foods a little more rigorously…

The bottom line for me…

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

But overall a good week …How was your week.?.. Did you keep a food diary? Was that little chart helpful? I am happy to print your story if you feel you have found the best way to eat for you and have some tips that you would love to share then please do…

Thank you so much for reading this post and if you have found this helpful and know that some of your friends and family will then please hit your share buttons …Thank you xxx

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Retired No One Told Me!..Weekly Roundup… It’s all about the Flavour…

Welcome to my weekly roundup …you know the procedure by now..comfy chair, a drink relax and enjoy!

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My first post week was one which bought back memories of a lovely holiday in Malta and their lovely National dish of rabbit stew which in turn made me remember my granddad and my uncle Ken…Both of who worked on the land and taught me much when growing up…The rabbits were mostly poached(shhh) and his ferret definitely not a pet but that is life and how it is…The rabbit stew, however, my mum and Nan used to make..I loved it!

Enjoy recipes and I think I will be making my first octopus dish as Jovina’s recipe sounds and looks glorious…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/29/cooking-the-mediterranean-island-countries/

Then it was my regular Tuesday No more Diets …Healthy Eating… I started keeping a food diary as I had decided no more biscuits with my morning cuppa…Day 6 and No biscuits I sent Lily home with the biscuits so as to avoid temptation…How did all this come about? I read the lovely Sally’s post and perused the chart she provided and was shocked that those two biscuits could have such an impact so I duly weighed myself and started my food diary…

The plan??? Keep the diary and weigh myself every Monday( no hopping on and off the scales)…Well…Today is Sunday and the lure of the scales just too much…4LBS… OFF!

 

You two are so dumped from my diet…

I will also be truthful and did dump the Haribos only little packets of jellies but nearly every night… 2 things and 4 LB in 6 days…

Thank you, Sally, for getting me refocused …Hugs! xxx

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/healthy-eatingno-more-dietseat-yourself-slim/

Wednesday is the day I can indulge my passion for cooking courtesy of Sally and this week it was my favourite recipes …The recipes I make the most instead of buying them…

Healthier, it saves me money…A no-brainer really and it takes less time to make them than it takes to get in the car, negotiate the traffic, find a car parking space and then queue at the till and you still have to drive home…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-fajita-spice-tahini-peanut-butter-hummus/

Following on from Fruity Friday and the red Bananas I discovered along with some things I didn’t know …That all red bananas are not naturally red…The ones on the bunch are but not the pretty looking red bananas in a dessert…They are red because they are cooked in Lime water?? A trip to the local market with my daughter in law and we found the red paste…Spoiler Alert!

Small cooking bananas

Today I will be cooking the green bananas and turning them into a red dessert and all will be revealed on Friday…..

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/what-is-lime-water-nam-pboon-sai/

It was then the turn of one of my archived posts about the tradition of charcoal making down on the farm which the lovely Sally once again showcased for me …Such a generous lady is our Sal xxx

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The tradition of making charcoal here in rural Thailand.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-travel-thailand-down-on-the-farm-making-charcoal-by-carol-taylor/

Date time…I should be so lucky as sung by Kylie… Stuffed with blue cheese they are a wonderous thing or wrapped in bacon… I love those beautiful patterned Tagines, don’t you???Fruity Friday Dates (1)

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/fruity-friday-dates/

Lastly …Are you still with me??? Do you need to take five, top up your cuppa ???

Lastly, I took you on a journey through the 5 tastes of  Thai cuisine the ingredients which make up those tastes of Spicy, Sour, Sweet, Salty and Bitter…

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How you don’t get a starter, main course and then a dessert here… Even in a restaurant that serves western food Thais don’t get the concept of individual courses as their food is about the whole meal and how the flavours compliment each other how if you have a hot curry you will get a mild but tasty soup and stir-fry…

Which is why a Thai recipe is a guide as chillies vary in heat, fish sauce can vary by brand, depending on the time of year the taste of limes vary which takes me back to what I always say to you TASTE and TASTE again build your flavours to suit your palate and then you may be able to say I can cook Thai Food …

It has taken me 10 years and I am still learning…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/thai-cooking-sweet-sour-spicy-salty-and-bitter/

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup if you have please share or pin to your favourite board or media…Thank you xxx

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor #Fajita Spice, #Tahini #Peanut Butter #Hummus

Today is Wednesday and the day for my cookery column over at Sally’s…This week I am showcasing some of my favourites… go to spice mixes and butters ones which I make regularly as they are family favourites…I hope you enjoy 🙂 xx

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Carol Cook’s …My favourite spice mixes.

Welcome to this week’s Cookery column …This week I thought I would share with you some of my go to recipes ones which I make on a regular basis. My staples really I suppose ones, which I make quite often as they are family favourites.

As you know I mostly cook from scratch and it is something I have always done. Now more than ever as there are so many additives in products on the shelf.

Much of the time I either can’t get what I want here, or as it is imported, it is silly prices, but also because of all the negative articles about processed and manufactured food stuff.  I prefer to make my own as I know what it contains …So much now is laden with added sugars and preservatives that it is quite scary, and also increasing evidence that many…

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Healthy Summer Eating…How to eat great tasty food and lose weight…

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Summertime and the living is easy by Ella Fitzgerald or a little more upbeat… In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry…

I love those songs they both epitomise sunny days. leisurely eating with friends and family… What are your favourite summer songs??

It also means enjoyable food and drinks…Food and drinks which are tasty and fun to eat… which when you have eaten leaves you pleasantly full but still able to play ball…stroll around the park in the sun or just be…

I love a nice iced tea…Green tea with a splash of fresh orange or lime juice, muddle some mint sprigs add some ice and top with sparkling water… Refreshing and healthy…

iced green tea

Or cucumber and mint is a lovely combo with sparkling water …

Fresh Coconut juice…One of my favourites… there are so many lovely drinks which are so easy to make either for one or make a jug full… Play with your flavours …Freeze some orange, pomelo, lemon or lime slices and just drop in your sparkling water…

Puree some lovely fresh ripe mango, pineapple, papaya and top up with ice and sparkling water with some lime juice anything goes …Have fun and create…

Not sweet enough add a little honey…

Now to food...What to eat… Take some lovely zucchini noodles…

zucchini- noodles

Stick some chicken fillets on the BBQ or under the grill and add some pesto …quick, easy, tasty and healthy…Below are my recipes for a green or pesto and some lovely light dishes using fresh herbs…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/healthy-eating-fresh-herbs/

One of my favourite things are roasted lemons… the taste is sublime and cannot be beaten for me anyway it just sings of sunny days…

Roasted lemon and tomato salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ pounds mixed small tomatoes halved
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves

Let’s Cook!

Pre-heat the oven 325F 160C

Add the lemon slices to a saucepan of boiling water and blanch for 2 mins…This removes the bitterness…Remove from the heat and pat dry.

Gently toss the lemon slices with the sage, sugar and 1 tbsp of olive oil then spread out on a baking tray lined with parchment and bake until lemons are dry and lightly coloured about 15-20 mins then set to one side to cool.

In a large bowl whisk the pomegranate molasses, allspice and 1 tbsp of olive oil season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the lemons, onion, tomatoes, parsley and mint..if mint leaves are large then tear toss gently to combine…

Taste to check seasoning and add more salt and pepper if required.

Enjoy!

Stuck for a tasty dressing this one is quick, easy and delicious…

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 3 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1/2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers.

Lets mix!

Measure all your ingredients into a bowl gentle muddle the herbs and capers to release the flavours…Season with freshly ground black peppers and use to season your favourite salad…

Lovely over a salad topped with some grilled sliced chicken or sliced grilled steak…

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For some more ideas pop over to Sally’s for some healthy snack ideas including a lovely guacamole and salsa recipe…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-snacks-and-dips-guacamole-and-salsa/

 

This has been added as such a brilliant way of tracking weight loss and no I haven’t seen it before ( I DON’T GET OUT MUCH) although I am sure some have…I just loved it!

https://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2018/07/17/losing-your-marbles/#comment-48348

I hope this has given some ideas for some lovely fresh summer eating…What are your favourite summer recipes ??? Please tell me in comments I love to hear from you.

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Retired No One Told me! Weekly roundup…Bubble berries, Bread and Bacon…

Welcome to my weekly roundup slightly late as it has been one of those weeks…A bitty week when I haven’t got as much done…Do you get them???

Anyway, here I so get your favourite drink, a comfy seat, feet up and relax…

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Fruity Fridays is the first post of the week and what a pretty little berry it is…I love the name Bubble berry it suits it so well and made into a chutney on some lovely brown bread with some goats cheese it really is tasty…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/fruity-friday-the-inca-berry/

Thinking of food again..I had a lovely curry yesterday with my favourite black rice or raspberry rice as they call it …we grow a small amount on the farm and I really like it …

pork masala with black rice

My favourite curry and you can see how much I love coriander, can’t you? but look at that lovely rice it really has a beautiful taste… Recipe for the curry will follow soon maybe next week…

Travel Thailand was next and a lovely little temple very quirky… a mixture of old and new and one I had driven past daily for a few years and it was only after I moved away from the area that I visited it..so typical that you don’t often see what is on your doorstep…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/travel-thailand-wat-srisoonthorn-phuket/

I then got all … well, you know me by now and on occasions, something starts me thinking and away I go…All I will say is Quiet the mind and the soul will speak…

Melientha Soup

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/quiet-the-mind-and-the-soul-will-speak-ma-jaya-sati-bhagavati/

No to Diets and yes to healthy Eating…This week I talked about growing your own, communal gardens letting your kids help cook and garden which encourages them to eat and also to start to question exactly what is in your food…Be aware…Those pesky, greedy manufacturers have had their own way too long…We need to fight back…Don’t buy it! Simples!

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/07/03/healthy-eating-no-to-diets-eat-yourself-slim/

Before I knew it it was Wednesday… Carol’s Cookery Column over at Sally’s … Slightly different this week as it was a joint effort… I cooked and cured the bacon and ham, baked the bread and made some yummy Jalapeno Poppers and baked not deep fried so a bit healthier and our Sally made the Mayo…There is nothing like freshly made mayo and her banana dip caught my eye as well as being something different …If that hasn’t made you hungry then nothing will…More for us…hehe

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-home-cured-ham-and-bacon/

Lastly, I had to reblog Debby’s post over at Sally’s, she is the Queen of the cruises after all and what I knew about cruising you could write on a postage stamp… I now feel equipped and all fired up to take a cruise… it was a very well written and informative post on the do and don’ts …Of cruising!

cruising Debby

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-cruises-part-two-ship-tips/

I hope now you are rested and ready to go and have enjoyed the read…xxx

That’s all for this week let me know how you get on in comments I love to hear from you…

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Healthy Eating…No to diets…Eat yourself slim…

No more...Diets Healthy eating

Welcome to No More Diets …Just healthy eating and of course moderation… I think it is time many of us woke up and realised that many of the chronic diseases today are caused by our lifestyles and what we eat… We are allowing these manufacturers to get away with murder as that is what it can amount to…Gone are the days when we could buy food safe in the knowledge that it was good for us…

We may be busy and work 24/7 or not have much money to spare but healthy eating requires thought and action and need not be expensive.

The kids don’t like vegetables or salad or ?????

If they are hungry they will eat… If they help grow or prepare and cook their food…They are more likely to eat it… We need to be sneaky as parents…Yep, you heard…A slice of tomato or beetroot, a piece of carrot in their smoothie and they won’t know they will just love the taste…Who doesn’t love a smoothie?? But it gets that veg down them and as they get older …tell them the truth…

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Generally, fussy parents begat fussy kids so before you say you don’t like something think you might be making your kids even fussier!

Where to start???

I would start by clearing my food cupboards, fridge and freezer… Read the packets, look up the words you don’t know do a little research, learn how they affect the human body and our kids, learn what chronic diseases they are linked to…Take charge…Decide what preservatives and chemicals you or your children shouldn’t be exposed to… Know what foods they are in… Boycott those foods…Don’t buy them…

Think about what your foods and drinks come in… I no longer buy tinned tomatoes as the white coating inside the tin is known to leach into the food…I make my own save lots of money and freeze in portions. Plastic is also a big no no in my house and here’s why…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-the-hormone-mimic-in-plastic-and-inside-food-cans/

But before you start thinking that I am paranoid and don’t eat anything nice …I am as regards what is in my food but we love the food we eat, we eat healthily, we eat good food and chocolate …sometimes it is too hot and sticky here for chocolate though and that sort of puts me off but I love ice cream…

You can eat the food you love maybe with a healthier tweak or two and a bit of moderation but there is nothing I deprive myself of at all…

So you clear your cupboards and the kids are moaning because they really love something you have chucked out…. Look up the recipe… You will be as surprised as I am just how easy most things are to make and they don’t take long…

For example:-

Peanut Butter: How many of you love peanut butter?? How many of you have kids who love peanut butter??

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Shop bought Peanut butter contains...Roasted Peanuts, Soybean Oil, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Cotton Seed And Rapeseed Oil), Salt, Mono And Diglycerides. 

Homemade Peanut Butter contains… Roasted Peanuts, Oil ( of your choice) Salt.

Well, a difference in ingredients there isn’t there?? Below is my recipe and it is so easy to do and the taste is so much better… If the kids like the chocolate swirl some in..easy.my recipe explains it all ♥

Peanut butter is the easiest thing to make and takes 15-20 minutes the kids can help it is easy and NO nasties…

So many store-bought products are so easy to make, generally much cheaper and no it doesn’t have the shelf life but what cost is a long shelf life when that jar full of preservatives would probably outlive you if you do not start doing something.

Start small and think about what you can do...I am not saying never ever eat a burger again…I am saying make your own.

Living here has forced my hand somewhat but also opened my eyes to how much I can make easily, cheaper and that is better for our health. I don’t spend hours in the kitchen it is too damn hot…

I plan…

I make extra and freeze into portions…ideal if you work all you need to do is spend a Saturday once a month and plan and freeze.

It will save you precious time and money and you will be healthier. Do you live in an inner city as many of you do and don’t get so many bargains or have a garden… I haven’t always had a huge garden…I grew potatoes in bags and veg in pots or hanging baskets so many ideas online…Only got a balcony ??? Even if you only grow fresh herbs and tomatoes it is a start. Many places now in inner cities are using rooftops and they have amazing gardens…Communal gardens ask around to see if there are any schemes you can join or start your own. All you need is a small area with a few willing hands also an ideal way to make friends and learn about gardening etc.

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https://www.pps.org/article/beyond-food-community-gardens-as-places-of-connection-and-empowerment

Container gardening is very popular now and if you have sunny window sill then it is ideal to grow your favourite herbs …Strawberries grow well in hanging baskets and look lovely… Go on Pinterest to get ideas and use anything an old wheelbarrow even an old WC pan anything and it makes the place look so pretty.

https://www.almanac.com/content/container-gardening-vegetables

How useful did you find the post on Tofu last week I found it useful as I knew absolutely nothing but thanx to Victoria I now know more about tofu…If I am honest I am never probably going to be the biggest fan but I will persevere and the lovely Esme has given me some tried and tested Tofu recipes which I am sure are very nice here is one for squash and tofu.

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https://esmesalon.com/ess-acorn-squash-with-orzo-kale-and-tofu/

That’s all for this week let me know how you get on in comments I love to hear from you…

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