I started the day with a walk into town to do some Christmas shopping at Waitrose. I wasn’t sure if walking was such a good idea if we’d had a cold night, but the roads were really clear and the snow over the fields was nice and crisp so I enjoyed it! More than these guys look to be enjoying the weather!
After lunch I also took a walk to a farm shop in a garden centre near us. Its run by the people who farm ostriches near here, and I use it for the nice cheeses they sell. They didn’t have what I actually went there for, but I managed to find some nice looking other cheeses to buy instead. Each of these walks was about 5 miles round trip, maybe slight less to the farm shop because I cut across a nice snowy field
with views of the Old Severn Crossing in the distance:
Breakfast: home made Bircher muesli. This is one of my favourite breakfasts, discovered on a cruise years ago and sought out on every holiday since (they didn’t do it in Cuba :-( ). Its basically oats soaked overnight in apple juice and milk or cream and eaten cold. The full on version probably uses cream, but I use soya milk – low fat soya milk at that. I also mixed in some plain whey, an apple and some raisins, and topped it with a tiny sprinkle of pumpkin seeds and walnut pieces for some texture contrast! Looks almost as good as it tasted…
Lunch: Vegetable soup (told you it would look exactly like the last batch!) and a grilled vegetable sandwich, so stuffed with grilled veggies that I had to eat it with both hands to stop the filling falling out!
Dinner: Hot chilli with brown rice and a side serving of asparagus & green beans – it was going to be a salad, but I decided I would rather have hot vegetables than cold.
Snacks: I fuelled my morning walk with a mini Green & Blacks butterscotch chocolate bar – my favourite G&B flavour. I also had a protein smoothie, some popcorn (air popped, flavoured with garlic Italian seasoning) and a Babybel lite.
After my second walk, I did some baking. I decided to bake my own mince pies this year, and had lofty plans for making a fancy crust (and using bought mincemeat filling). Then I remembered that I’m not good at pastry and didn’t want to have to make multiple efforts at it to get something good enough for the family so I bought some shortcrust pastry ready made – plain, not sweet, as I figured the filling would be sweet enough. I made 24 normal round pies (over generous with the filling – a theme of my cooking is to be ‘lavish’ – so they bubbled up and all over the place, but who cares if they taste good? The 2 bigger rectangular ones at the front I made in mini loaf tins to use up the filling and pastry, so M and I will be having those on Christmas Eve with some cointreau & orange cream… hey, its Christmas!
Weight today: 10 st 3.4 lbs. Wow I seem to have this maintaining thing down these days….