Thursday, 14 February 2013

Back To Reality

No, we're not aboard Red Dwarf, we're just back on the Slimming World wagon once more. Much as I enjoyed all the delicious, highly synful food of the weekend, it's been just as nice to get back to basics and get back to eating properly again.

I'd wanted a lie in on Tuesday, but it wasn't going to happen, I was just too worried about the bloody kitchen ceiling, and so I got up and started on the cuppa's! Making breakfast is always fun when your kitchen is in pieces, add to that the fact that we had managed to run out of both eggs and mushrooms and I'm sure you can appreciate the slight oddness of breakfast :)

It was supposed to be an open sandwich, but it sort of got lost in translation. Was still nice though :) Both of us were in horrible moods, and the CBA's had really hit and neither of us were in much of a mood to go too mad with cooking - plus we only have the lights under the kitchen cabinets to cook by O_o 

Quick and easy was therefore the way to go with lunch, and with a little bit of help from the Change4Life app, I had some vegetable soup, as always, tweaking slightly from the original recipe :) It's based on the Hearty homemade soup and I didn't make too many changes, honest guv ;)

Hearty homemade soup

6 carrots (about 500g)
large chopped onion (or a healthy pour of frozen diced onions)
1 large red pepper chopped (or a good dollop of frozen mixed peppers)
900ml vegetable stock
50g dried red lentils
1 pinch of dried ginger (or ground cumin if you searched fruitlessly for ginger in your cupboards)
4 tbsp of fat free natural yogurt
black pepper
chives (if you have them - I didn't - for a change)

Put everything in a saucepan, bring to the boil, then simmer for 25 minutes. When the veggies and lentils are tender, blitz. Then serve and top with the yogurt (and chives if you're not as slack as me)

It was rather delicious, and I'll be trawling through the app again for more ideas I'm sure - as most are easily converted to being SW friendly.

For something sweet, I plumped for some of the non-crumble Shape yogurts (grumble grumble)

Oh I moan, but they're not that bad, and they are syn-free :) Even watching numerous episodes of Outnumbered could not put smiles on our faces, the gloom had most definitely descended, and so dinner was also a very low effort number I'm afraid. It's always handy to have Lazy Girl stand by's in the freezer though, for times such as these.

A 300g frozen Quorn cottage pie, with wedges and brussels. I tried something new with the sprouts though. Some of the ladies from group also admire the yummyness of the little green sods that are sprouts and recommended cooking them with garlic and onion, as I'm lazy I thought I'd experiment with my Hellman's italian dressing, and it was surprisingly good! My sprouts will be Italian from now on :) I know I'm not alone when I say that when I'm feeling a bit poo my sweet tooth goes in overdrive, and so I fancied dessert. At first I thought I'd have bananas and "cream" (Quark, natural yogurt, sweetener and vanilla extract), but when I spotted the last two Reese's miniature cups I was struck by inspiration and did my own version of a peanut butter and banana cream pie :)

Oh it was good, very good. There might only be a couple of peanut butter cups in there, but they added a lovely taste to the bananas and Quream(?) Not sure if it'll become a staple though, as the Reese's are rather dangerous thingums to have in the house, they seem to jump down my throat whenever I'm not looking! Can't think why there were only these two left....

Anyway, dessert was delicious,  but didn't magically cheer me up, and so I immersed myself in the Harry Potter world, with Pottermore and returning to the books. 

Food Diary (Tuesday)

Free Food
cherrry tomatoes
Linda McCartney rosemary and red onion sausages
homemade hearty soup (ingredients up there *points*)
Shape yogurts
brussel sprouts
fat free natural yogurt

Healthy Extras
A - 250ml semi-skimmed milk (in lots of tea!)
B - 2 slices of wholemeal bread from a 400g loaf

300g frozen Quorn cottage pie                      3½
2 Reeses miniature cups                                4
Options hot chocolate                                   2

Total syns                                                     9½

Shall we progress to today? I had a decent sleep, and woke up determined not to let myself  be down anymore. Hague headed downstairs as my wonderful plumber of a brother in law, (have I mentioned his business is Leaky Lads? Highly recommended), was popping round to measure up for our new ceiling. In his haste he left the door open and I was soon joined by FlumpyCat and JadeyPuss, and along with a little text exchange from the lovely Duchess Florentina Amazeballs (aka t.o.k) it actually put me in a better mood. As we had to head out to get the shopping - we had no eggs, no chopped tomatoes and no mushrooms, I mean seriously, how is that even possible - I decided to cheer myself up by wearing my new shoes, well one of the pairs of my new shoes anyway ;)

So pretty, and they did the trick, I was in a much better mood - a mood that even the joyous discovery of yet more water on the kitchen floor after our showers couldn't break. You get to a point where if you didn't laugh you'd bloody cry eh? My mood improved even more when I could have some mushrooms for breakfast. Which was eaten at 5pm.

Even a broken egg couldn't dent my mood today. Perhaps I'm just immune now? As a friend said today, perhaps it's time I left the disaster to someone else for a while ;) I really enjoyed my brunch, toast topped with a mixture of mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, spinach and baked beans with some BBQ fry light and some eggs (obviously).  Followed by the now (almost) obligatory yogurt.

With a full fridge, the world was our oyster when it came to dinner, and for once we actually had something similar for dinner! Although Hague's involved chicken and bacon too!

There's something wonderfully satisfying about a purple hued dinner don't you think? So many veggies stuffed in there too - mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, red cabbage, sweetcorn and courgette, along with a HeA of reduced fat soft cheese and some synned Stilton, oh and the macaroni that I suppose was actually the base of the meal. It was gorgeous, strange how something stuffed with superfree veggies can really hit the tastebuds after a few days off plan!

Dessert was courtesy of Aldi's rather wonderful super 6 offer for this week. Pineapples for 59p :) So we bought 4, and I thought that was quite restrained! My tropical delight was accompanied by banana and topped with the last of the Activia coconut yogurts.

Very yummy :) I think I might have to get some more of the Activia yogurts - they might be 2½ syns, but they are really worth it, so creamy :)

Food Diary (Wednesday)

Free Food
baked beans
cherry tomatoes
red cabbage

Healthy Extras
A - 75g reduced fat soft cheese
B - 2 slices of wholemeal bread (400g loaf)

Milk in tea (4)                             2
Stilton (25g)                                5
Activia yogurt                             2½

Total syns                                   9½

Phew - it's quite nice to be all up to date! It's also been rather nice to get back on plan! It's been a complete emotional rollercoaster of a week, with more ups and downs than a whore's drawers. Here's hoping that at least the rest of the house stays standing for the time being, and that nothing else blows up, leaks or generally fails! Thank goodness for the kindness and generosity of friends and family, I truly don't know what we'd have done without them this last week, plus of course Hague, who despite feeling just as down as me has done his absolute best to stay strong and keep me sane over these last couple of days, I guess as it's gone midnight, and so officially Valentine's Day, I can get all soppy and tell him, via the medium of la blog, that I love him with all my heart, and that he means the world to me. I'm one rather lucky lady, that's for sure.

Apologies for the sappyness - but I loves him a lot ;)


  1. sappy sod ;) though to be fair I dont blame you love the bottom picture hunni xx

    1. Can't help it, I loves him :) Hehe, it is rather a nice picture isn't it? xx

  2. oooooooooh mini peanut butter cups, where did you find those? I now have quite a taste for American candy thanks to my ex. I love the Activia Intensely creamy yoghurts (esp the caramel ones), definitely worth 2.5 syns. Really hope yours and Hague's luck improves xxx

    1. Thanks hun, I'm hoping our luck can't get much worse lol! I got the Reese's from Asda, our local one has Hershey's too. Not so great on a diet though, I could polish off a whole bag of the miniature Reese's :) I'm going to treat myself to more Activia yogurts after payday, they're twice the price of the Shape ones at the mo O_o xxx