Addicted to courgettes!

I think I need to confess something! I am addicted to courgettes! Not the ones from the shop, no way, but the ones from my garden. There is something so exciting and satisfying about picking something from the garden and eating it an hour later. I have had this with strawberries before (from the garden) but have never had that many- enough for some at lunch, or some to add to a smoothie.
Yesterday evening I picked one green and one yellow courgette, to add to my dinner. I sliced them thinly and put them on a baking tray with a squirt of oil and a sprinkle of oregano. I roasted them along with a bean burger and some sweet potato. I piled the courgette strips on top of the burger, and had it with a salad, gherkin and some beetroot. Yum.
I can see more growing too, how exciting!

I have been looking in my recipe books for recipes to use, and have found one for chocolate courgette muffins. I have a nice looking recipe in the Rachel Allen Bake book too- so many recipes, so little time! Something to look forward to after my holiday 🙂
I also made some pecan blondies from the Hummingbird Bakery book (for sunday tea) which made the house smell amazing!

Today I tried porridge before my long run. I left it the same amount of time after eating before heading out, and in fact I was fine, so I may try it again. I did 7 miles, but it was so hot and I was feeling very sluggish. I had to stop and walk because I was feeling so hot, and at one point had to find some shade to stand in for a bit. It did occur to me that as I have been so busy and rushed in the mornings I have forgotten to take a multivitamin for a while now. Being veggie although I do try to include iron-rich foods in my diet (especially oats, lentils, nuts) but I also normally have a vitamin with iron every other day. So I wondered if that is why I have been struggling more than usual. So I made sure I had one today. My whole run took me 69 mins, which included 3 mins of walking/ stopping, so to do 7 miles in that time isnt bad for me.

Once home I had a weird cereal bar (a fairtrade apricot and kernel bar)- it was ok, chewy and sweet and what I fancied, but not sure if I would get it again. After my shower I made a coconut water smoothie (coconut water with banana and frozen mango- served both of us).

Then on to lunch! I had a wholemeal pitta bread with dark chocolate PB in it-mmmmmmmmm amazing! Plus apple, cherries, and some almonds.

Off out for tea now, I am hoping to fit in another run tomorrow (last one before holiday) so might try the porridge again to see how it goes.


Long time no see

Well, what have I missed?
After my early run on wednesday I had the busy day, got home from the cinema at 12.15- a bit of a late one! Inception was a really good film, very clever and thought provoking, but the air-con was broken in the screen and by the end it was baking in there!
Anyway, Thursday was normal (last body pump until after holiday), but I was so shattered after wednesday that I didn’t check emails or anything!
Friday was a bit sad, as it was the last day of term, and lots of the staff are leaving, so we went out for a few drinks after work. When I got home I picked another courgette from the garden (I had picked a few baby ones but this was the size of a big banana) and had them for tea. Roasted yellow and green courgette and red pepper looked so pretty,in a ciabatta loaf with basil and cream cheese, plus some corn and a big salad. Yum.
As you can see my garden is still very much exciting me!
Today I have been catching up with an old friend and her little boy. We went to a local farm park, and even saw a reindeer and some wallabies! I went to the shops on the way back, mainly to look for a suitcase (no joy) but I did see a new magazine, Vegetarian Living. Now it did have a free 9bar on it, which caught my eye, but it is packed with recipes and interesting looking articles so I decided to give it a go!
Off to bake something for sunday tea now.

Early run number 2

Well this is becoming a bit of a habit isn’t it? This morning I was up and running at 6.10am. It was the same run as monday and took me the same time, not much else to report really!
I have enjoyed them though, it is nice to get the run done before I do anything else, plus again today traffic was bad coming home and I was so hot in the car that a run was the last thing I fancied when I got home.
After my shower I had a new breakfast. After my porridge the other day it got me thinking about bircher muesli, so with my home-made muesli I made some up. 40g in a bowl with 100ml milk, soaked overnight. Then this morning I gave it a stir (it had got quite thick), added 80g blueberries (including a couple from the garden) and some pouring yoghurt. It was super tasty and super filling- yum

Yesterday after work we were having a leaving tea at a local hotel (tea and a scone very nice) but I didn’t get home in time for aerobics- boo!

Tonight I am off out (with work again!)- this time to celebrate a team achievement that was put off when ofsted came, so busy again.

I had lunch in my little new pots today- they are the envy of all the staff! Lunch times are fun! I am using up all the bits in the cupboard so ended up with a random lunch of oatcakes, peanut butter, apple, watermelon and a yoghurt. Made all the better by the tub!

Very early run

I set the alarm early today because I knew that after work I would be busy (more shopping for leaving presents). Once I had woken up and changed (I put my running gear at the end of my bed so no excuses!) and had a big drink of water I headed out. I only wanted to do a quick run, and at first it felt anything but, probably because I was still waking up! I am a morning person and do get up as soon as the alarm goes off; I can’t have lie-ins or anything like that. But normally I would be pottering around at home not running. Anyhow when I got to the traffic lights I had made it in 5 minutes which is my normal time. Altogether my speedy route took me 26 mins, so not bad in fact. I saw quite a few people out (no smilers today though- perhaps people out running at 6.30 am take running too seriously to smile??), including some people coming back from the supermarket with full bags- I suppose the checkouts will be quiet at that time! After my shower I enjoyed my first bowl of porridge for months and months!

I had a little experiment- last night I put in a bowl 15g flaked quinoa, 15g oats (usually have 30g oats that’s it), 15g raisins, 150ml milk and left it to soak overnight. Then this morning I cooked it for 2min 20. When it was cooked I added some cinnamon and also a sprinkle of blueberries and blackcurrants (from the garden of course!)- super yum!

The raisins soak up the milk and swell and go all juicy. The quinoa did add a different flavour, not sure how to describe it really but it was tasty.

As it turns out I was so relieved to have gone out first thing. It got so hot this afternoon that a run was the last thing I fancied when I got home. Maybe a gentle walk later!

I am super pleased with the presents though- my friend yesterday mentioned that she wanted a blueberry bush, and I wasn’t sure what time of year they would be sold, but I found a massive one covered in green berries. Hope they don’t fall off in my car on the way to work tomorrow!

I have also a lot of eggs to use up (my Mum’s chickens are busy laying and they brought some around at the weekend)- so only one way to use them up of course- brownies!

I have not tried the brownie recipe from Hummingbird Bakery yet, so I tried that this evening. I have not had one yet, they are still cooling, but they smell amazing, very chocolatey-mmmm.

I was going to go and see Toy Story tonight but think we will save it for the weekend as it is on very late and am a little tired. Anyone else looking forward to seeing it? Pixar always make classics.


Shopping fun

Now I am not usually one for shopping. But today I went to a massive shopping centre with some of the girls from work. We needed to get presents for the Teaching assistants that work in our classes, plus leaving presents for people who are leaving. So I had a long day trapsing around the shops. At every paperchase I went into (and boy there were a lot) I kept seeing these cute little tuppaware pots. They are like russian dolls- 4 sizes all inside each other. Anyway I ended up treating myself- they will make lunch time fun! Although my friend did comment that they would be good for baby food. There is a little one which would be fab for a blob of nut butter!  £7 is not bad for a treat seeing as my friends were getting expensive bags and shoes and things.

What do you like to treat yourself with? I used to love clothes shopping (back when I had more money to spend maybe!!)- now I get tired wandering around shops all day and get a bit bored. I would rather get a nice plant for my garden or some baking things, or running clothes! My three fave hobbies!!

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