Trying to get more veggies into ’em!

So, new year, new start and part of that for me is to get more vegetables into hubby and the kids. Last year was very much a non year healthy eating wise – because of hubby being sick and hospital visits and trying to keep everything going, it was very much a case of getting something on to the table whether that was made from scratch, made from a packet or bought at a takeaway.  Now that we’re coming out the end of that cycle of cancer treatments (yipeee! fingers crossed that’ll be it), I fully intend to get back to cooking from scratch for nearly every meal.

However, I am already hitting resistance, not just from the kids, but hubby too. I made really lovely meatballs and pasta last night from Jo Pratt’s In the Mood for Healthy Food  and everyone moaned about them. To be fair to hubby, the chemo has affected how he tastes and enjoys food. Sigh.

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Am currently making root veg falafels from the same book and when I told him what we were having, hubby screwed up his face at them. I told him to try them and see if he likes them before deciding he didn’t like them. Honestly, it sometimes feels like I have three kids instead of just two!!

Anyway, that’s enough of moaning, how are you all? Hope you are well. What’s this weather been like lately? Got up this morning and the whole place was under ice. Spent about ten minutes de-icing the car this morning before I could take the kids to school. Was really chilly. Finally it’s beginning to feel the way winter should. It has been worringly too mild for too long.

This week I’ve been back at work and started to eat and be more healthy (see last post). I haven’t touched wine or coca cola since we last spoke and intend to keep that going. Have finally finished my Christmas chocolates (well most of it…two chocolate oranges and a large bar of chocolate) so chocolate is the next thing to be reduced and chucked out. I want to get into the habit of eating only home-made biscuits and cakes because 1) I know what’s in them; 2) they are fresh; and 3) they are more filling so I won’t need to eat much of them to feel satisfied. It’s all in the masterplan!! Hee hee! Am also on the downward slope to cutting out snacking in between meals. I’ve decided to do this slowly so that I don’t crave (and give into) rubbish. Next, I’m upping my exercise starting this weekend…back to yoga first (hopefully that will sort out my back which still twinges from time to time).

On the writing side of things, I cleared out my study (it was a dumping ground for Christmas pressies and rubbish) and I aim to start back at writing. I’ve got a project to launch, which I aim to do at the end of this month, and am going to get back into a book I’ve half written. It’s aimed at young adults. I’ve been finding it really difficult to write, but I think that may have been partly because of the horrible year we had last year and partly because I just wasn’t getting my head down to get on with it!! I have no excuses this year and only myself to blame if I don’t finish the book.

Jings that’s a lot of intentions I have!

Ref the falafals…the root veg was taking it’s time cooking, so we had home-made lentil soup instead (made yesterday). We’ll have the falafals tomorrow and I’ll let you know how we get on. The kids will be able to try them so no doubt that will be another moan. Talking of lentil soup, the recipe is delicious. Here it is if you want to have a go making it for yourself…

Home-made Lentil Soup (serves 4-6)

half a turnip (swede to anyone who is not Scottish)

one potato

five carrots

one onion

four ham stock cube

Two large handfuls of red lentils (minimum 100g – I like to put loads in, I like the soup thick)

Two litres of water

Method – grate or chop all the vegetables and place with the stock cubes, water and lentils in a pot. Heat up to boiling point. Turn down so that it’s simmering and simmer for at least half an hour or until the soup is done. Serve with a side of bread/rolls and butter. Yummmm!!

Right enough of all this food talk. I will say adieu for now. Til next time!

Dawn xxx

Hunting for treasure


It’s been a bit of a non week this week. The weather was terrible at the beginning of the week, so we couldn’t really get out plus hubby had a few hospital appointments so that put the kybosh on making plans.

The last couple of days, however, the sun has finally come out and the kids have been out playing. I’ve been working on a couple of things – one of which is a new book – and been reading. I finished Zorba the Greek and started John Forster’s biog of Charles Dickens.


This morning, I trundled down to Helensburgh for a spot of treasure hunting in the local charity shops. I had a happy hour roaming the shops (one my own – other mums will understand how fab that is) and came back with five tops and a brand new pair of jeans all for £25! Bonus! They are all in really good nick! One is a beaded Jacques Vertes top I got for a fiver…result! And it’s not granny-ish (I find many JV outfits a little too older lady for my taste).


This afternoon I’ve been catching up with Castle and doing this blog. I have Jo Pratt’s Spring Chicken Casserole (from her In the Mood for Healthy Food book) in the oven and tomorrow I plan to gut my study…it’s really really untidy. Over the weekend, I have a kitchen to strip (it needs done up) and the inside windows to clean. I may even squeeze in a wee carpet cleaning as well. Ahem, well that’s the plan…I’ve been finding myself being a little lazy these days. I will just have to take a mental ‘runny’ at them and just get them done. That is the problem with being a grown-up – there’s always stuff to do that you really can’t be bothered doing, but need done! Sigh!

Right am off. Got the table to set and rice to get on! Til next time.

Dawn xxx