Mum & her OH are here today for a visit. Lovely to have some company!
Before they arrived I walked into town for a few bits and pieces so that I wouldn’t be tempted to fall into my usual nibbling trap before a visit! It worked really well, I felt all virtuous because I’d had some exercise! Plus of course I had less hanging around time, as I had to fit in a shower and change before they arrived as well.
We went into Chepstow and explored the older parts of town near the river before going to Wetherspoons for a lunch!
After lunch we wandered around Chepstow a little more; then we went to the garden centre and I bought a ton of wild bird food; then we came home and, you probably guessed it, I baked!!! I have wanted to try making some buttermilk scones for a while so that’s what I did. I used dried blueberries and mixed brown and white self-raising flour, but the recipe is basically this one by Delia Smith. I made them more or less wedge shaped rather than round because I also drool when I see photos of scones on US blogs from Starbucks etc and that’s the shape they all seem to be! The egg I used was large and I had to add quite a bit of extra flour to make the dough hold together, which had me wondering if they’d be very heavy. Luckily not – they’re really tasty and quite light!
Breakfast: All bran with peaches and a green monster smoothie – banana & spinach
Lunch: Wetherspoons (not very)Spicy tomato pasta with an undressed side salad
Dinner: Tortilla wrap with linseeds, spread with red pepper houmous, filled with turkey and salad
Snacks: Greek fromage frais with honey and cereal; 2 small blueberry scones; a few raisins and 3 small cubes of cheese at the garden centre farm shop.
Weight today: 10 st 4.25lbs – nearly had a heart attack!!! Then I remembered the amount of soy sauce in my dinner yesterday (even though I use reduced sodium soy sauce) and calmed down a bit!
btw, when I linked to the recipe for Firecracker Chicken yesterday I forgot to mention that because I used Half Spoon rather than sugar, and Half Spoon is about twice as sweet as sugar, I actually cut the quantity as well – in my case I used less than half the amount they recommended for sugar and it was still plenty sweet enough.