Hey all. First of all please excuse me if this post does not make much sense- I was back to work this week, and it seems to have sucked all the energy out of my body and my brain.
I bought a few bits back from Bath:
Some Munchy seeds, Zest pesto (hurrah), Lime curd, chocolate covered marzipan, mini and normal foil cupcake cases, toffee drops (for in cookies) and some little loaf pans.
I put the loaf pans to good use last week:
I made up some sourdough bread, but then I divided the mixture in half, and to half I added some soaked raisins and cinnamon. To the other half I added some hemp seeds.
They came out pretty well, although I used half rye flour and they didn’t rise very much (but I have found that before with rye flour). Plus the silicone moulds means no sticking at all 🙂
I split one loaf in half while it was still warm and had it for breakfast with some cinnamon and raisin pb. Yum.
I had the other one another day with cinnamon raisin pb on one half, and apricot jam on the other half (I toasted it first).
I also decided (a bit late) to make some hot cross buns at the weekend. I had bought some dried apple (the lovely Urban Fruit stuff) as I wanted to have apple and cinnamon ones. I used the same recipe as last time from The Great British Bake-Off book, and just soaked the apples and some raisins in warm water first, so they plumped up a bit.
I even piped on the crosses (last time I left them as “hot buns” as I could not be bothered to do it).
All packaged up and ready to take over to Andy’s parents. We did keep a few for ourselves.
I tried one warm from the oven spread with some coconut butter and apricot jam.
Today I had one for lunch with some maple almond butter, and a pear. I toasted it under the grill for a bit first- yum.
The thing about fruity breads is that they are the perfect vehicle for nut butter 🙂
Rather optimistically I also charged my Garmin and Nike+ today. It is 6 weeks since my op, and the consultant did say I had to wait until then to start running again. So I was hoping to try a run/walk at some point this week. But going back to work has really put me back- I got home this afternoon and just sat and stared into space, needed a lie down and almost nodded off. I have not had an afternoon nap for weeks, yet I really felt like I needed on today. I really didn’t think going back to work would be that hard, and I was starting to feel more like my old self, and I think I have to realise that in fact I am not my old self and still need to build my strength up. No matter how active I tried to be whilst at home, it is not possible to replicate a day at work, so I would not know how tiring I would find it until I actually went back. Oh well, things can only get better as I get stronger I suppose.
Anyone had a hard time going back to work after having time off?