Monthly Archives: March 2013

Foodie Penpal Reveal Day

Today is Foodie Penpal Reveal day!!

I signed up to the Foodie Penpal thingy last month and it’s so good! If you’re in the UK or Europe, check it out on Rock Salt!

Anyway, this month I was paired with Anna from Plymouth (to receive a parcel from) and I was sending a parcel to Fay from Leeds.

This is what I received from Anna!

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The description of the contents of my package was on a cute little Puffin postcard!

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She included mini loaf cases, which I can’t wait to use! I love baking cute cakes and biscuits! Bite size and miniature is always more fun!

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The almonds are gone already! They were so yummy! They were roasted in Tamari (soy sauce) to with my blog theme!! The chocolate sounds tasty, and I may have to hide that from my Dad, he loves dark choc! I’m going to save it for when I start learning more programming stuff at work to help my brain!

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Sweeties!! I have never tried sweets like this before, my mum says they are too nice for me to eat πŸ˜‰ haha! I see what she’s getting at!

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To go show me the wonders of the miniture loaf cases, a homemade Chocolate, cherry and almond loaf!! I’m going to share that with the bf tonight!

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And mini cooky cutter/stamps!! I can’t wait to use these to make mini shortbread biscuits or gingerbread. They are adorable!!

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Thank you so much Anna for my lovely Foodie Penpal Parcel, I loved it all!!

Have you had exciting Foodie Penpal Parcels or other food/box subscriptions recently?

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Fast Day Food

Yesterday was aΒ fast day, so here is the food that I had πŸ™‚ Just so I can prove to myself that I am doing it right!

x1 Tea with milk (13 c)

x1 Coffee with milk and 1/2 sugar (30 c)

Feel Good Orange and Mango drink (160 c)

Lettuce and ham wraps – 2 slices of ham and half a mini romaine lettuce (30 c)

x1 tin of chopped tomatoes (74 c)

x1 tea with milk (13 c)

x1 Cherry Bakewell Alpen Light Bar (65 c)

x1 Apple and Sultana Alpen Light Bar (63 c)

x1 Tea with milk (13 c)

Lettuce wraps with sweet potato and herbs (around 30 c)

Just under again πŸ™‚ Had to be careful near the end of the day because I got a case of the munchies!!!

How is everyone’s pre Easter going? You excited??

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Bento No.41

Today is another fast day, but I shall delight you with my tales of reduced eating in another post, for today is burger day!

First things first though, I don’t like meat burgers. I’m not vegetarian, but I do prefer vegetarian burgers/sausages/chicken style food items rather than the ‘real’ meat stuff. I think it’s the texture and perhaps flavour, but then I wouldn’t like all meat….I don’t know, it’s weird πŸ™‚
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This is yesterdays Bento. Yes, all mine πŸ˜€ I had one veggie burger in a cheesy bun (with steamed broccoli stem, cheese, tomato sauce and mustard), homemade hummus (with mixed grains on top), mange-tout (to dip in hummus), half a boiled egg, and cherry tomatoes (hiding under the egg).

The boiled egg is meant to be star shaped, but it’s a bit wonky, haha! The burger was so good! And the hummus of course, was a delight πŸ˜€

Now, who’s hungry?

I am now D: oops!

I received my foodie penpal parcel for this month today!! It’s so good, but no spoilers! I will post about it Friday!

What is your favourite burger? And are you a single sauce or a mixed sauce kind of person?

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Fasting Day Accountability

Happy Monday!

My post last weekΒ really did help me focus on keeping the 5:2 fasting going, so, I am going to try to update you all on every fast day that I do. Sorry if it’s boring, but it helps me!! And I will still be posting Bentos lots πŸ™‚ so don’t you worry!

Today is my first fast day for the week:

x1 Tea with milk (13 c)

x2 small satsumas (40 c)

x1 Coffee with milk (18 c)

x1 Tea with milk (13 c)

x2 Rice Cakes (52 c)

Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese – for spreading on rice crackers (48 c)

x2 Cherry tomatoes (8 c)

1/4 Orange Pepper – sliced (15 c)

1/8 Cucumber – sliced (9 c)

x2 Mangetout (2 c)

1/2 cup Spinach (5 c)

x1 Coffee with milk (18 c)

x1 wheatabix cereal biscuit thing with a splash of milk (100 c)

x1 tin of chopped tomatoes (74 c)

x2 slices of sandwich chicken (12 c)

I was just around 427 calories for the day, yay!, which is all good πŸ™‚ I feel great and not that hungry, which is surprising as I had a case of the hangover munchies on Sunday! It involved sweets,Β chocolate, pasta, fried rice and gyoza (not all at once), but that is what the fast days are for: to get back into the eating-right mojo πŸ™‚

Don’t you love it when things go to plan?Β Or when you don’t feel guilty for the weekend munchies!

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Bento No.40

I definitely over estimated my food consumption today! Yesterdays fast day went brilliantly, and today, I was determined to eat ‘normally’ but still mostly healthy. I did that, but I overpacked so I haven’t been able to eat everything yet :S

On a good note though, this post includes my breakfast bento and my snacks πŸ™‚ yay! More pictures!

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After my Personal Training session before work this morning, I had a quick mish-mash breakfast when I got to work. I had a mix of cereal, oats and flax seed, a yogurt (that I mixed in with the cereal), peanut butter (to top the cereal/yogurt mix) and grapes. Nice filling and healthy way to start the day πŸ™‚ and it filled my up until lunch.

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For lunch, I had super leftovers! The main bit is cheesy mash πŸ™‚ with sides of cucumber and pepper salad, sweet chilli quinoa and grain mix and half a boiled egg shaped like a car πŸ˜€ Lots of carbs in the mash, which I think is the reason why I’m so full.

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My snacks, which I ate a little after lunch were leftover cinema popcorn from last night (I took my own so it’s leftover from the bf’s bucket), and a small sweet pot with 2 raspberry ruffles and millions in πŸ™‚ definitely not the healthiest, but they were small portions.

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Now comes the things I haven’t been able to eat yet. Above is the chicken salad roll I was going to have with my lunch. *pop* I will probably have that for my dinner now (it’s back in the fridge for the moment).

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And a fruit pot with melon and pineapple in. That is now going to be my pudding for dinner. I enjoy fast days, and I do  like the idea that they shrink my stomach, but I feel bad that I overpacked 😦

Onwards and upwards. Tomorrow is a fruit and veg only day πŸ™‚ yummy!

What random/quick breakfasts do you have if you’re short on time or on the go?

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Getting back on that Fasting wagon!

Ok, I mean getting back on the Fasting wagon properly.

I have been doing the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet for over 2 months, but recently, I have been slipping. Not slipping as in not doing it, but choosing to go a bit over on the fasting day calorie amount, or choosing to do a juice fast instead, or a fruit and veg fast. Now, I know those other fasts are good and make me feel amazing too, but they don’t do the same thing that the 500 calorie day fasts do. So, back on it! And what better way to do it, than tell you guys and girls about it!

I’ve seen many bloggers write about their daily meals/calories and I do think writing it publicly makes you accountable for things you say you do. I want to continue doing the 5:2 fasting as it makes me feel amazing, and I wish it was more second nature, but it always takes me a while to form new habits. Blogging was a bit like that at the start, so hopefully blogging about it will help me with my fasting!

Todays fast menu:

x1 Tea with milk, no sugar (13 calories)

1/2 Green Machine Naked smoothie (about 120 calories)

1/2 sachet of instant Miso soup (about 20 calories)

Mixed Salad with spinach, cucumber and green pepper, no dressing (est around 30 calories)

x1 tablespoon of hummus (27 calories) with mange tout to dip (around 20 calories)

x1 coffee with milk and 1/2 sugar (around 30 calories)

x1 can vegetable soup (around 180 calories)

x1 pack of flavoured popcorn (53 calories) – to take to the cinema!!

I have been drinking lots of water throughout the day to keep me full and hydrated πŸ™‚

What do you think? Does telling more people about your aims, goals and progress make you more accountable for your actions?

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Bento No.39

 

 

I’ll be quick again, as it’s a fasting day and food pics make me hungry!!

I had this Bento the other week (when I made them more pretty) and it included some yummy snacks!! The snacks were sliced veg (radishes and cucumber) with ham wrapped dates. I’ve definitely got more into dates. I don’t love them yet, but I do like them πŸ™‚ The main part of the bento was leftover roasted mixed veg (pepper and onion in the yellow cupcake case and sweet potato in the blue cupcake case), leftover veggie burger bake (recipe below) with more cheese on top and chicken flavour noodles with sliced radish on top.

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It’s not the healthiest bento I’ve made recently, but it is so colourful and shows off the use of the silicon cupcake cases!

So, here’s how to do a Quorn burger bake. I love putting Quron in bentos, as there is so much less of Β a worry about it not being safe at room temperature (than meat).

Quorn Burger Bake

Ingredients:

x1 pack of Quorn mince (or any other meat free mince)

x2/3 medium onions (or however much you like)

x4 whole eggs

Basil (to taste)

Oregano (to taste)

Parsley (to taste)

Cayenne Pepper (to taste)

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Olive oil (or any cooking oil) for cooking

Cheese (any) for sprinkling on top

Method:

– Dice onions finely

– Mix with herbs (I put to taste on the ingredients list because I don’t measure everything out when I make things), salt and pepper and Quorn mince

– Whisk the eggs together and mix in with the Quorn mince mix

– Oil the inside of an oven proof dish

– Pour/put burger mix into oven proof dish and bake for 25-30 mins (I bake it at gas mark 7)

– In the last 5 minutes of baking, sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on the top of the bake and put back in the oven

Notes:

I do not pre-cook the mince mix, both for ease (makes it so much quicker and so much less washing up!), and because the mince mix will cook through fine in the time in the oven.

This idea would also work with added sauces, such as BBQ sauce, hot sauce, or sweet chilli sauce (mixed in before baking). I will be adding sauce to it before baking next time, as it would prevent the need for adding sauce to it when eating!

Have you tried Quorn products? What Quorn products do you like, or enjoy cooking with?

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Bento No.38

 

 

Quick Bento from the other day. Don’t you love it when you grab something so quick and easy for lunch and it tastes devine?!!

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So, I had mixed steamed veg topped with crispy onions (below the salmon) and a nice big salmon fillet with black sesame seeds, ginger and cayenne pepper on top. Yummy!!!

How is everyone’s new years resolutions going?

I’m having to re-vamp my fasting moral, but my fitness and general health has improved so much recently πŸ™‚

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Preparation is the key!

I said I’d do some batch cooking at the weekend and…well..it went to plan in simpler ways than first anticipated.

I batch prepared instead.

Do not under-estimate the importance of preparing certain items in advance!! For example, recently, I have, nearly every single day, put sliced peppers, cucumbers, and carrots in the bentos.

So, I prepared them for the whole week πŸ™‚ Ta Da! Easy grab, place and go to add to the rest of the yummy lunches (I make 3 bentos each day: mine, the bf’s and my brothers’). I also had a brainwave of listing all the items (that I use) that are safe and ok to eat at room temperature.

Current Food List:

– Cheese (including non-processed cheeses)

– Bread,Β Pasta, Potato (cooked), Oats, Quinoa, Couscous, Noodles (any)

– Nuts (any)

– Chickpeas, Lentils (cooked), Butter beans, Kidney beans

– Cucumber, Peppers, Carrots, Radishes, Peas, etc (most vegetables, apart from Lettuces)

– Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Pears, Satsumas,Β Tomatoes (all fruit apart from frozen or tinned), including dried fruit

– Quorn, Vegetarian mince/sausages, etc

– Pickles (any)

 

I do put other items in bentos, but I wouldn’t class them as ‘safe’ or ok to eat for all people at room temperature. Those items include meats, fish and lettuce

If you have any more to add or different ideas, let me know and I’ll add them to the post!

Do you like making lists? I’m a sucker for it!!

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Bento No.37

Last night was amazing! I know it says on my About page that I am a Software Tester/Trainee Programmer, but I also have another job.

Have you ever been in a situation where you loved doing something so much you couldn’t give it up? (not including food!!)

Well I didn’t give up my Youth Work job when I started doing Software Testing. I still plan and run live music events and workshops almost every month, work some evenings at various youth centres and do lots of paperwork for the events.

So…last night was amazing. I helped run the first live music ‘set-up’ event for a new project (The-Project in Tunbridge Wells [UK] if any reader lives near there). Firstly, all the young people and staff were amazing, it went brilliantly; secondly, all the musicians were fantastic; and thirdly…I may have had a stage invasion planned during my brothers acoustic set (he’s both an acoustic guitarist and lead singer of a metal band). I have always wanted to sing but the only instrument I learned to play was the drums (I used to be in a metal band too, haha!), which doesn’t really go with singing! So my lovely brother let me sing with him πŸ˜€ and it was AMAZING!

Phew, self praise over with, here’s my bento!
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Do you think you should strive to increase the range of colours (natural) in your food at mealtimes?

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