Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Confusion rains

It is absolutely POURING with rain here. Bye bye summer, it was brief but oh so sweet! I was meant to go for a walk with a friend this evening but that's gone out the window! Oh well, meal planning and blogging it is. It really has been one of those horrible, dull days when you just want to curl up indoors. I think they call it winter...

Well, at least we made it to Hump Day. I've not been feeling this week so far, so I'm hoping to see some improvement. I hope you're feeling a bit more chipper out there?

What's eating me? I'll talk a bit more about that later, but first, what have I been eating?!

Monday night's dinner was a new Iowa Girl Eats recipe I've been wanting to try... Luckily The Boy volunteered to cook so I could blog before we went for a walk. It was really tasty - Cashew chicken mango salad. I love IGE's recipes - they're simple, tasty and fresh. And don't it just look so pretty? Summer on a plate.

After dinner we settled down to watch the end of a series we've been following... except it wasn't the end. Yep, they left us on a 'to be continued...' cliffhanger. Grrrrr! I hate that! It had been marketed as a big finale, so there was much shouting at the TV and texting my friend to rant. I've vowed to boycott series two.
Tuesday started with a mackerel frittata. Ooh yeah. It's been a while since I had the mackerel version, and it was as good as usual. Stinky, but good. Note the morning sunlight dappling the plate. Today I had my headlights on. Pah.
Lately more of my colleagues have been bringing their own lunches in rather than buying from the canteen. They claim I inspired them... the annoying thing is, I'm now coveting their lunches instead of the other way round!
Check this prawn, feta and beetroot creation, in a purple box! Not sure about the pickled onions... Actually, I just imagined it. Yes! Top marks.

And how about this herby, lemony fresh fabulousness? With a little dressing pot. I don't know whether to feel proud or scared that my Queen of Lunches crown will topple. Bit of both.

Mine looked a bit sad in comparison. Tasted good, though. Leftovers from dinner and breakfast. Thrifty and yummy.

But look what else was lurking in the office... Leaving day cakes from a colleague. In the spirit of my new 'I'm not on a diet and can have what I want' ethos, I told myself I could have one if I wanted. But in the end, I actually didn't. I wasn't hungry. Cakes 0 Me 1.
In keeping with my general 'meh' vibe, I really couldn't be bothered to go to RMF, but I hauled ass and pulled through the running and push-ups and squats and sit-ups and torture. It's always worth it in the end.
My reward was this old Waitrose recipe I dug out for coriander salmon with coconut. Oh my The Boy and I both LOVED this. So, so good. Creamy, spicy and tangy. Oooh. I made sure to swirl my steamed veggies, samphire and sweet potato around in the sauce. Definitely going on the rotation and very quick and easy to make with a hand blender. I didn't have the coriander paste and just used fresh.
This morning the fog still hadn't lifted and another mackerel frittata didn't shift it. It doesn't help that I keep getting to bed a bit too late. Early night tonight for sure.
Lunch was baked salmon with salad. I forgot we were having a buffet and mingle to celebrate moving to our new floor, so I also enjoyed some crudite, ham and fruit from that. Rude not to.

No walk at lunch because I had a beauty appointment and it was raining. So, here I am at 6.30pm having only walked 3300 steps and wondering how the hell to get the rest in! Andy has gone for a run. But he's crazy.
Weighting game
So, I weighed myself this morning and I'm still clinging on to a few holiday pounds post-Sorrento. I know it's only been just over a week since I got back, but it dropped off instantly after Greece...
I know I need to be patient but I'm sure it hasn't helped with my mood today! I'm going to try and keep at my 'not dieting' and take it easy, but it's hard when I've been feeling so good and now, not so good. Patience, little one! I know the more I obsess, the more likely I'll be just to think 'stuff it' and eat a load of crap.
Scales are evil.
The end!
Do you know how much you weigh?
Sadly, yes.


  1. Jodea, I have to say that you have inspired me too...frittatas are now a staple on the breakfast menu....I haven't been sure what to cook myself now I'm single, but these meals have given me inspiration to try new things...and I have to say I'm now addicted to mackerel!! Love it, keep up the good work!!

    1. This has made me so happy and re-inspired me to keep it up. A lovely, cheerful end to a dreary day. Thank you!

    2. I too want to tell you that you have inspired me to eat better; more fish/lean proteins and veggies. Your blog is one of the few that actually have great composed meals and not just random food items thrown together in a bowl. Keep up the good work!

    3. Thank you so much - that's so nice to hear. It also reminds me that I must update my recipe page soon!