Tempeh time!

Hello lovelies! Smile

Breakfast was a  delicious warming bowl of pumpkin-spiced-raisin oatmeal! It was: 3/4 cup oats, 3/4 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp pumpkin, and some cinnamon and mixed spice:DSC04425

I can’t believe I was ever a person who always skipped breakfast. It is my favourite meal of the day now! Can’t live without a good breakfast!

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I was going to go to a step class today, but seeing as I ran yesterday, I decided to play it safe with my ankle! But I might try another short treadmill run tomorrow, and am praying that it’s fine then! Smile

Lunch was a salad, with sweetcorn, avocado, tomato and a few other things:corn-avacado-tomato-salad-450x337

Funny about the avocado, because I’ve seen it all over blog posts today! Julie also had avocado in her lunch, and Angela’s chocolate tart that she posted the recipe for today has lots of avocado in it! Small world! Smile

I also rediscovered rice cakes today! I’d forgotten how much I love these! They made a big feature in my afternoon snackage! I started with one topped with PB and one with Marmite:DSC04399

And then went on to have a PB rice cake sandwich:DSC04430

x 2! Open-mouthed smile

Dinner featured a new food for me:DSC04437

I wasn’t sure quite what I wanted to do with it, but decided on simply frying it in EVOO spray then tossing in soy sauce, as this is what I usually do with tofu when I’m in a hurry. The pack says it serves two. Really?DSC04438

I served half the tempeh with two baked sweet potatoes and sautéed courgette/zucchini.DSC04443

Huh, one serving of tempeh! Hmm, not quite sure about tempeh to be honest. It grew on me the more I ate of it, but not sure whether I really like it or not! I prefer tofu at the moment, but I think I’ll try doing other things with tempeh and see if I like it better in a different way. Have you tried tempeh? Do you like it?

Dessert was, of course, dark choccie!DSC04363

In my book, there is no such thing as a bad day when dark chocolate is involved! Open-mouthed smile

This Saturday will involve some serious Christmas shopping. I am swapping presents with some friends on Monday, so I am slightly worried that I have no presents yet! Confused smile Can you imagine how busy  the shops are going to be this weekend? I actually like the mad Christmas shopping crush, but most people I know hate it! Do you love or hate Christmas shopping madness?

TGIF tomorrow! Have a good Friday! Smile

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

And snow it certainly did!DSC04136

I opened my curtains to this sight this morning.DSC04137

Believe it or not, this was the best weather of the day! Soon after I snapped these photos, the heavens opened and the never-ending blizzard began!

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I used Mimi’s tip on mimicking the texture of stovetop oatmeal by stirring in a spoonful of extra oats after microwaving, and it really worked! The texture was much better!  Thanks Mimi! Smile

Travelling in the snow today was fun! Well, for me anyway! Smile with tongue out I walked everywhere, but my brother, who had to get the train, has been trying to get home for four hours now (his commute usually takes 30 mins), but still is not very near! My Asics did me proud, and kept me upright and my feet dry+warm:DSC04148

Sadly the weather was too severe for my planned 5-miler. My back-up plan was an aerobics class, but that was cancelled due to the weather too! I’ll have better luck tomorrow hopefully! Open-mouthed smile

For lunch, I wanted something warm and season-appropriate. So I peeled+cubed a large sweet potato tossed it in a teaspoon of cinnamon and roasted it, which really hit the spot! Served with this purchase from Whole Foods:DSC04150

This smoked tofu was so good! The sunflower seeds in it gave the texture a slight crunch, which was great! I think it may even beat the basil flavour…! It also came marked for easy cutting, specially for people like me who have issues with that sort of thing! Smile with tongue out I fried it for a few minutes to give it a slightly crispy texture, but I had some as it was and that was delicious too!DSC04152

I also filled a large flat mushroom with Pure dairy-free cream cheese, and grilled it for a few minutes. And burnt it a bit too! Of course, this just added to the yumminess in my opinion! Winking smile

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The tofu was so good that I ended up eating a lot of it whilst waiting for my sweet potato to roast. I may have had almost the whole pack…! Open-mouthed smile Also enjoyed pear with cinnamon:DSC04158

To warm me up during the afternoon, I had two cups of this Whole Foods buy:DSC04167

Enjoyed in my Emma mug SmileDSC04162

The scene from the back of my house was very beautiful and peaceful. Check out the thick layer of snow on my wall!DSC04159

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However, at the front of my house, there was complete and utter chaos. We live on the hill of a major road, and the snow was causing huge problems for the traffic once the snow started tipping down:DSC04140

There were abandoned cars (the one on the far left), cars that were scarily skidding straight down (the red one) and ones that were sliding backwards down the hill (one on the right). Buses and cars were abandoned at the top of the hill because it would be far too risky for them to try and make it down:

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Seeing as this was the state of the road, I’m not surprised!DSC04147

Still beautiful though SmileDSC04146

The people struggling in their cars must have gotten really annoyed at the girl snapping photos of their battle against the snow! Smile with tongue out

This kind of heavy snow is pretty rare where I live, which explains the chaos! How often do you get heavy snow where you live? Did you have any weather problems today?

By the way, I loved reading your responses to yesterday’s post, and agree with all your points and comments. I emailed the reader to ask her to read the post and your comments to see what she makes of it, so thanks for weighing in! Smile

Illness and Icing

I was ill today Sad smile Hence the late post (sorry about that!). I was switching between headachey, nausea and a combination of the two throughout the day. Hopefully it’s just one of those 24-hour bugs, as I feel slightly better now, so lets hope tomorrow is better!

Breakfast was very, very dull. I felt really nauseous and didn’t want to eat at all (a first!) but choked down a couple of slices of toast, then settled down to watch some quality daytime TV, which included the same episode of Friends three times (The One With The Ultimate Fighting Champion, if you’re interested! Smile with tongue out)

And obviously, I had to spend some time in the kitchen. As I always say, “when (fill in blank: ill/in doubt/bored/angry/happy/etc), bake”! Actually, today’s escapades involved very little baking, but copious amounts of this…billingtons_fairtrade_light_brown_sugar_500g

So what did I make, I hear you ask? Well I made (no-bake) ‘cookie dough truffles’! Open-mouthed smile Basically, it’s my little cousin’s birthday party at the weekend (she’s going to be seven!) and I promised her I’d make something for her party. When I asked what she wanted, she said “something with cookie dough in it!”. Er…okay then…! Obvious issue here was the small matter of raw egg! Much as I ate it as a kid and survived, I don’t think parents would like me possibly giving their children food poisoning! But this saved me:Nestles_Carnation_Sweetened_Condensed_Milk_397g_115

No eggs here baby! Isn’t this beautiful? The finished result:DSC03341

Also, it happens to be one of my best friend’s birthdays tomorrow, and I know she has a sweet tooth that could (almost!) take on mine, so I made a special few for her:DSC03347

Did you notice the truffle with the ‘I’ iced on it(pretty badly!)? Her name is Izzy, so I personalised one for her SmileDSC03342

Packaged up in a cute little box and tied with a ribbon:DSC03346

Cute, huh? Obviously I bought her a present too, but this was way cooler! Smile with tongue out

Cookie Dough truffles (based on a recipe from Food Network)

Makes a ton. Depending on how big/small you make them, you can get 25+

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chip

Mix together the butter, sugar,vanilla,and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl until well combined. This was one seriously sugary mixture. DSC03300

Add the flour and chocolate chips. You might be able to form this into balls at this point, but I couldn’t, so I chilled my dough for about half an hour. Trying not to ‘accidentally’ eat too much cookie dough like I did, roll into small balls. Or do as I did and make some huge, and some tiny-variation is the spice of life after all! Smile with tongue outDSC03303

Place the balls in the freezer for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, melt  12 oz chocolate chips with 1 tbsp butter. To melt, place in a microwave at 25 second intervals, stirring between each, and be careful not to overheat. The best thing to do I think is just to wait till the chocolate is mostly melted, then just stir as the rest will melt in the meantime. I also used different types of chocolate for fun! Dark…

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..milk…DSC03332

…and white for decorative drizzling purposes:DSC03335

Now for the messy (and most fun!) bit! You can dip the balls using a spoon (like I did) or any other method you think is best (e.g. with an icing bag). Once done, store them in a fridge till solid. Then if you like, drizzle white chocolate over them. I used my loverly icing syringe:DSC03340

Looks very ominous doesn’t it? Smile with tongue out I do love using my syringe…maybe I should be a doctor, then I could use one every day! Not quite for the same purpose, but just as fun I’m sure! Smile with tongue outDSC03339

Then pop back into the fridge, and voila! They’re done, and you end up with this beauty:DSC03341

So hopefully a very happy bunch of little girls this weekend, and two sets of very happy birthday girls!

Anyway, back to me! Smile By lunchtime, I was feeling a bit better. Still not particularly hungry, but in need of some nutrients and a pick-me-up. Enter: The Green Monster! What else? I assembled my ingredients:

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2 handfuls of spinach, a banana, a pear, 3/4 cup soya milk, 1/2 tsp xanthan gun, 1 tsp cinnamon and some cereal, all blended together…DSC03328

…and poured into a bowl to enjoy…

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…and then topped with Grape Nuts and dried fruits. So good. Smile Also, I was randomly craving sweet potato fries. Don’t ask me why. The sick girl must have what she desires!DSC03321

Enter wedges of sweet potato mixed with the following:DSC03313

Paprika, sea salt, and EVOO, and then I threw in some black pepper for good measure and tossed the wedges around and ovened at 200C for half an hour until crispy perfection is reached:

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Hello yumminess. While I was waiting for the oven timer to go, I did a bit of DVD workout:

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While I wasn’t feeling quite up to the cardio yet, I did about 20 mins of the strength training/stretches part that I’d never done before. What did I discover? That I have killer butt and leg muscles, but my abs and biceps+triceps are non existent! I will work on that!

After lunch, I felt much better. To the extent that I tried a finished truffle or two… Delicious, if I say so myself! Definitely not a healthy option though with that amount of sugar! Smile with tongue out 

I had a short run planned today, but didn’t want to risk worsening my bug. As I was feeling slightly better, I did about half an hour of the cardio bit of the workout DVD, which was tough, but I felt good afterwards! Didn’t look quite as good as I felt though:DSC03336

Oh dear. Sweaty unattractive mess! Smile with tongue out

Excited for tomorrow, as I’m supposed to be getting another delivery! Not a food one this time, but some running tights I ordered online, that were in a sale and reduced from £40 to £5!! Open-mouthed smile I’m also going to my friend’s birthday party in the evening. She said there’s going to be a big surprise, so I wonder what it is…! Guess I’ll just have to wait and see, and hopefully I’ll be feeling 100% again! Smile

So today was a mish-mash of random eats in the hope that I would recover quickly and wouldn’t bring anything back up! What things do you eat when you are ill?