Saturday, 31 July 2010
a) too complicated or
b) too calorific.
Ingredients: to make nine square crackers. 26 cals per cracker
50g SR flour
Herbs/spices to own taste
6g butter, cut into small bits
1.5 tbsp (around 35-40g) low fat natural yogurt
Heat oven to about 180 C
To 50g SR flour, add salt, pepper, 6g chilled chopped butter. Rub in the butter and then mix in any herbs or spices.
Add 1.5 tbsp low fat natural yogurt (about 35-40g) and mix into a dough, first with a spoon and then with the hand.
Knead lightly on a floured board, then roll out as thinly as possible. Cut out shapes (I used a square cutter), place on a non stick tray or sheet, prick all over with a fork. I re-rolled twice to use up the trimmings and got nine crackers from this amount.
Bake for 5 mins, then turn them over.
Bake for another 5 mins
By then they should be cooked and starting to go golden brown in patches – that’s just what you want.
Remove from the oven, sprinkle with sea salt and cool on a cooling tray. Store in a tight lidded container.
Friday, 30 July 2010
So there wasn't a lot to do but read (which was nice) and what with worrying, etc, by the time I got home I was feeling a bit vulnerable and had a food blip. The steak and chips would have been OK if it hadn't been for the red wine, the chocolate (which I don't normally eat much of, not being addicted to it) and the cashews (which I AM addicted to). Darn it!!!
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
I was going to dry the sage, but there's so much left in the garden there just doesn't seem to be any point really so all the cuttings ended up in the bin. Ditto for my own lavender - I really should have cut it just before the end of term and didn't have time then, so all of yesterday's trimmings got ditched.
Monday, 26 July 2010
There was plenty to cut.
Taken from the top of the hill, looking down to a wedding reception tipi at the bottom and then on over Hitchin (I think).
Rather a lovely place to have one's wedding photos taken.
Home this morning and then I have to make some choices. At the moment I think I will pootle straight home and set to work on the garden, weather permitting. The lavender will be bagged and hung up to dry and the house will be aired thoroughly. If I get everything on my list done, I will be very pleased indeed.
On the way home, I want to stop off at Bickerdikes. This is a rather good (not cheap though) garden centre close to Mum and Dad's and it's such a lovely place, it's a pleasure to meander around it. There's still a few gaps in the back garden beds, caused by the removal of the lavender and the perennial wallflowers, so I might get a few things, if I see anything. Not being anything like a proper gardener, it'll be rather pot luck.
I bought a couple of little Good Food cookery books yesterday. It's daft, because I have so many and really don't need any more, but when did 'need' come into purchases like that? There are some super recipes inside and when I have depleted the freezer, I will be cooking some of them, probably halving amounts and freezing one portion. Watch this space.
Just thought of something else I will be doing - uploading the photos I've taken! Then I can bore my gentle readers with view after view of lavender fields, etc.
Post script: I realised I'd posted this on the wrong blog and it's taken me ages to work out how to copy and paste it over here. Dad's settings aren't the same as mine - grrrr.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
The afternoon was spent with Dad, him showing me how to refill ink cartridges and where to get the refill kits from. Slightly messy at times but, on looking at the web site, I see they sell gloves. Having seen Dad in action I can understand why! Anyway, I'm going to try this. I get through such a lot of ink what with school stuff as well as personal stuff and to refill takes at most a couple of pounds.
We chatted about my hearing aids too. You might possibly remember that during half term my right aid just stopped working. Total panic until I found an old behind the ear analogue aid that worked once I'd bought a battery. Without my aids I am seriously isolated and it was a severe shock when one just 'went' so suddenly. Anyway, he has put me in touch with the company that provide him and Mum with their aids (it is a family disability, but Mum's is just age related) and I am hoping that before I go away on holiday something will be sorted. So kind.
I've posted in the other blog about the vegetables for dinner. Carrots, broad beans and runner beans, all of which were alive and kicking an hour ago. It's all smelling wonderful and I thank Dad for being such a wonderful gardener.
Home tomorrow morning, but it's been a good couple of days one way and another.
And - AND - it will be Monday and NO SCHOOL!! Can life hold more?
After we had picked our bagful, we went into the barn and had very welcome refreshment in the guise of a pot of tea each. Finally, I bought a couple of lavender plants and we went home.
I'm not quite sure what to do with the sage. I will have to cut loads and it's not a herb I use all that much - not as much as I'm going to cut anyway! I guess it will go into the freezer and I might have another go at drying a bit of it, giving it less time that I did the mint, which ended up a tasteless, scentless crumble of powder which had to be thrown away.
Anyway, back to yesterday. Home we went and shortly after that we set off for the local Chinese where we had a very delicious meal and a great natter.
So, although nothing exciting happened, it was just a very lovely day and one I will remember for a long time. A great start to the long holiday. If you're in the area at the right time of year it is well worth a visit.
Plenty of photos tomorrow and for the rest of this week!
Saturday, 24 July 2010
And then in the evening we're out to their local Chinese restaurant, a very nice place with delicious food. I think that restraint will be cast aside rather, just for that meal. Their Singapore rice noodles are to die for!
Friday, 23 July 2010
So, what's on today?
Well, I do have to deal with the kitchen as a matter of urgency. It's at the point where I can't really get going with my breakfast because there's no room, what with the bunches of flowers sitting in containers waiting to be sorted and displayed. That will be done when I finish this. The final count was six of various sizes.
Then I will Wii for a while - I need to work off some of yesterday evening's indulgences. It was a super evening but I ate too much and drank a little more than I had intended. I feel OK, just a bit stuffed still. However, experience tells me that to not eat breakfast would be a disaster in the making to I'm ruling a line under it and today is a new day!
Then it's getting ready for lunch. A local family is moving and a friend is holding a surprise picnic in Melbourne park for them. All they know is that the two families are having a picnic. They don't know about the other. They also don't know about this blog or I wouldn't be writing about it now!! the little boy is in my class - was, I suppose, now, and I was pleased to be asked along.
After that I have a decision to make, depending on how I feel. I could go into town and look round Debenhams to see how I could spend my voucher. I could go swimming. I could (and this is most likely) come home again and have a kip! Decisions, decisions!
I can't quite believe it - five weeks . . . bliss!
Thursday, 22 July 2010
After yesterday's wonderful gesture from the parents, I was most taken aback to receive numerous little gifts from my children today - plants, candle, wine (quite a lot - yay) choccies (ooops, oh dear) and so on, plus cards with wonderful messages that show me that I haven't quite been a waste of space this year.
I'm going to type in what one mum wrote to me because it's just so kind and encouraging and, after all, this is my diary.
To Mrs Clark,
Thank you so much for being such a wonderful teacher for [child's name]. He has developed in so many areas this past year and I am proud of his academic achievements. Perhaps more importantly to me is how I have seen his confidence as a little boy grow. He is so secure and content in his school surroundings and this is down to you, so thank you for nurturing him and giving him the self-assurance that is growing all the time.
I hope you know how valued and treasured you are.
All my thanks.
And this, from a leaving year six lad who has been rather special to me ever since I had him in year 1.
Dear Mrs Clark
This year I have progressed extraordinarily in recorder because of the lessons you have given me. Thank you so much.
Now, while I am sure that I have taught him as well as I am able, the above isn't quite true. He has made such great progress (and he HAS made great progress) because he is a gifted young man and a musician to his very finger tips. You can't make a silk purse without having the raw material to work on, can you? It's lovely that he feels that my input has made a difference though - that's what I went in to teaching to do and it's good when there is success.
And maybe, some time tomorrow, I will go for a meander in Debenhams and start thinking what I can spend my voucher on.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Last night was very pleasant. We had a farewell party for Petrina, who has been a TA at school for a couple of decades and who is now retiring. She's my TA at the moment and I won't half miss her. We'd all given Tina a bit of money and she provided the food, soft drinks and decorations out of that. Another TA had made a lovely cake, my children had made butterflies to decorate the room (Petrina loves butterflies) and a good time was had by all. I did my little talky bit at the right time, this time. One of the few disadvantages of being KS1 coordinator is that now and again one has to do stuff like that!!
I was pretty pleased with the food control bit too. There were a lot of goodies - quiche, pizza, garlic bread, crisps, peanuts . . . but I generally stuck with the salad, crudites, etc. OK, a few crisps and nuts jumped onto my plate, but nothing terrible and I passed on dessert. I didn't really want any - well, in one way I did, but only because it all looked sweet and sticky and gooey. I don't feel deprived for not having any! And I was rewarded today with another pound off, according to Peeves (the Wii balance board), which I needed after plateauing for quite a time.
Today is going to be a funny old day. First thing the juniors are performing a cut down version of 'The Button Box' to KS1/FS before play. After play it's my coordinator's time and Faith will be supervising them watching the rest of Shrek 3. In the afternoon they will be using the butterflies they made yesterday and which decorated Tina's walls last night, and turning them into little cards for Petrina.
And the parents have asked if I will be with my class last thing this afternoon. I know what that means! And I bet the tears come.
I've got my pressies wrapped and ready now. As always, I am a few short and need to make an emergency trip to Morrison's, but that's not a huge problem to anyone but the bank manager! Like everyone else, I'm beginning to feel lethargic and floppy as the momentum grinds to a halt at school. I hope the children are OK - they are so terribly tired and are getting grizzly, whingy and short tempered - a bit like the teachers, in fact!
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Anyway, I was umming and ahing about what I could get, given fairly limited resources, and I saw that in Morrisons you can buy four little bottles of wine for a fiver - £1.25 each. And I thought maybe one of those, with some home made choc cookies, all prettily wrapped, would make a really acceptable little gift for my wonderful helpers.
Monday, 19 July 2010
I didn't manage to 'do' the freezer yesterday so that's another thing to add to the holiday job list. I did manage to sort out a lot of mess in the kitchen and, of course, the washing is all done and dried. Apart from that, I pottered most of the day and very nice it was too.
Today? Well, this afternoon we have the official 'meet your new teacher' half hour which always seems to drag past and feel an awful lot more like an hour than half an hour. I don't think there's anything else. So this morning I'm going to get my little dears to write a letter to Sarah telling her about themselves. Then there's assembly (and I hope I don't have to take it), then some maths. This afternoon, after Petrina has gone, they're making butterflies for her! She likes butterflies, I have been told.
So all in all, a somewhat bitty day.
The food for today is on the new blog!
Sunday, 18 July 2010
I managed to get the upright freezer sorted out yesterday afternoon. There was some awfully old stuff in there (blush) and I was thankful that I have the habit of labelling and dating everything that I make and freeze. There's still plenty to be eaten up though, and I will need to concentrate on using up those meals as well as cooking completely from fresh. And, praise be, it didn't need defrosting.
I'm also thankful that the bin is emptied on Monday!
I've started another blog, here. The idea is that it's just a sort of food diary, to avoid boring my gentle readers here with lists of food. Feel free to go to it if you want; I can't say it will be any more exciting than this one, but it will act as some sort of record. I'm hoping that the photos will also help with portion control.
I can hope!
Today looks to be pretty busy too. I want to tackle the other freezer at some point. There's also some old stuff in there and I want to know what meat I have to use up. I used to have a list but I don't know where it's got to. At least I won't have to worry too much about cold loss with the chest freezer - the upright one warmed up alarmingly quickly yesterday - at least, the temperature dial showed that it did - so I kept having to open and close the door. When the door is set the 'wrong' way round, that can be a bit of a pain in a very small way. I was very thankful that the shed is now tidy and there's enough room there for jobs like that.
Apart from that, it's the usual Sunday stuff: bread making, washing and ironing, changing sheets, etc.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
So, today I hope to:
- Sort out the kitchen
- Do the usual Saturday chores - washing, ironing, etc
- Sort out the upright freezer, chuck out all the very old stuff, defrost and generally put all in order. I can make a list of what's in there at the same time.
- It that goes smoothly, I can then do the same to the chest freezer.
- Shopping - I've taken to going to Sainsbury's in the evening, it's so much nicer.
- Also, I need to get into school - there's an awful lot of end-of-year stuff to do and little lime to do it now! This should probably have gone first on the list, in fact, because it won;t keep for another day.
When I get to Wyvale, I want to look out for something that will look nice through August. The beds look good right now, but by the middle of August, when it's the family barbecue, it's going to look less attractive, I think. I need to replace the French lavender as well - it's very woody.
Also, I do have to look out for a barbecue - can't have a barbecue without a barbecue!!
Porridge with sultanas; apple
Tomato and lentil soup
One pot Mediterranean chicken; cheats cherry ice cream
No snacks. My weight has been teetering along on the same level for over a week now. Some of it will be the exercising, muscle weighing more than fat, etc, but not entirely, I think! Must get back on track.
Friday, 16 July 2010
When I woke this morning it was howling and lashing outside. It's getting better now but I do wonder about this afternoon, whether the field will be OK.
Junior sports afternoon is always fun. As my bay looks out onto the field, I always let the children go out, if they want, sit alongside the wall and watch the action (what they can see of it, that is). It makes for a very pleasant, easy afternoon. Also I must remember to check who is in the ICT suite - if no-one wants it, I will bag the time to make up for the time we didn't get yesterday because we were finishing off our pop-up pictures!
And then next week it's making cards to say thank you to a very long list of parents, butterflies for Petrina (she loves butterflies) and generally tidying up and sorting out. No planning, of course - and talking of planning, when I was sorting out my desk, I found a huge pile of lesson plans which really should have gone into the file in the staffroom. Ooooops!
I'm now officially off Bodychef and onto do it yourself! I took a quick glance through the contents of the upright freezer (where I keep the meals I make) and there's some awfully old stuff in there which I reckon needs dumping. A shocking waste, but there you go! In a way it will be good to start again and I will feel guilty if there's stuff in the freezer. So one task this weekend (Sunday) is to do a proper clear out and, maybe, a defrost too. I'll see what condition it's in.
Another weekend task is to go into school through the library, do some serious sorting out and shredding of very old paperwork, to sort out my cupboards and get the internal file ready to hand on to Sarah. This will involve updating the records and making sure all the SEN stuff is printed off for her. It's all done, just not in hard copy yet. The book trolley also needs a good clear out. There are some very old, battered books in there and a very kind mum has donated a lot of her son's books (they're moving house and he's past them now anyway), so space is seriously needed.
B: Bran flakes; grapes
L: Hummus; sweet onion ryvita; salad
D: Barbecue (weather permitting) as our KS1/FS end of year social. Nice. Must remember to get a dozen sausages and something to drink. I think I'm going to try to keep off the alcohol this evening. Apart from the calories, I'm so weary, I reckon I will fall asleep if I have more than a small glass.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
I thought Tuesday took the biscuit, but today K in reception had a phone call from a parent at just after ten this morning, asking junior sports day would be cancelled because of the weather. Junior sports day is tomorrow!!! Yes, they know, but would it be cancelled? You couldn't make it up, could you?
Today is a different story - it looks as if it is set for the day and does not bode well for the KS2 sports day which is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. If the grass is too wet it can't happen - good old Elf and Safety!
It also puts paid to our plans for a fun end of year games lesson this morning. What a shame! Now I have to think of something else for them to do - drat and double drat!
It's the last Bodychef day for a while today. After this evening (school open evening) all the serious stuff is past and done and parties become the order of the week. Bodychef would be an awful waste of money. After that I have the time to do it myself - and about time too, I'm sure some of you are saying.
So today it's
B: Bodychef cereal; apple
L: Tuna and salad
D: Chilli with cheese, cucumber salad; pear and cheese cubes
Sn: rice cakes, grapes, walnuts
And this evening I need to clear the fridge ready for the new lot of stuff.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
I'm off to watch the Juniors' show this evening, it's open evening tomorrow night and then that's the 'official' stuff finished really. I wonder how much work we will get done on Friday. :0)
I've just had some shocking news on FirstClass. Stephen Neville, who I have known online for many years, died at some point overnight or this morning. Stephen was probably one of the first people I got friendly with on FirstClass. He was deeply thoughtful, extremely intelligent and hilariously funny with a tongue that could scorch at 1000 paces. He will be sorely missed by many, me included - my deepest sympathies to those who loved him.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
The parental phone calls started coming in. For a time the line was totally blocked.
By just before one it was obvious that even if it stopped raining right then it was not going to be safe on the field or pleasant for anyone staying outside. So I took the 'management' decision to postpone sports day. The look of relief on the faces of my colleagues showed me that it was the proper decision, underlined shortly afterwards by a heavy downpour.
So here is the message I placed on the school web site and via parentmail. I wonder if it will prevent what happened today. Who knows? Watch this space, eh?
Three cheers and then some more for Faith (my SEN supply cover) who took all the children into the hall to watch a DVD on the large screen. The children saw it as a treat and a compensation for not having sports day, the staff saw it as an opportunity to get on with end of year stuff and everyone saw Faith as an absolute star. She well deserved the little patio rose I popped over to Morrisons to get for her as a thank you from us all. Love you, Faith, many thanks.
I wonder what the weather will be like tomorrow.
And the cause? Only that, having struggled to find enough adults to make our sports day this afternoon work properly, yesterday, after school, I discovered that we are two key adults down and, while I can fill one space, I have no idea what to do about the other, depending as it does on knowing what the races are.
Apart from that, everything is lovely and at 3:15 this afternoon I will take myself out of school, come home and fall asleep! :0) At least today is SEN day which means, unfortunately, time to get all the last minute stuff together rather than plonking the children in front of a DVD to keep them occupied! It also means one more adult as Faith will also be available to help.
But how I wish the juniors hadn't arranged their rehearsal at a local secondary for the same afternoon as our sports day - usually the Y6s help out and there would be no problems at all.
Almost, I wish for rain. If we had rain it would be cancelled and held at another time when there would be plenty of adults.
Maybe I ought to do a rain dance rather than Wii fit this morning!
Monday, 12 July 2010
I'm pleased to see that Spain won the World Cup, not because I follow Spain or even follow football in general, but because Spain was the team I got in the staff draw! I never win draws, so this is nice. Cakes all round at playtime, I think!!!
Sunday, 11 July 2010
So now it's sitting on the desk in front of me, recharging!
When I took DG home yesterday, after managing to prise him off the Wii, DD showed me his school report. It was very, very good indeed. He's made some outstanding progress this year, not only in the usual academic areas but also in the more challenging area of personal and social development. We're both a bit puzzled about some of his his levels though - the English seems to indicate four years' progress (two levels increase) and, while we both know he's come on amazingly, we'd like to know quite how the school came to level him thus. Did he take optional QCAs, for example, or did they use their assessment system (CASPA) and that's what the software told them? We don't know. It makes me laugh though - usually we're saying to ourselves things like 'he's been doing that for ages at home and (me in particular) he's a higher level than that! This time it was more 'wow' and 'that's fantastic'. Well done DG - cash reward coming your way!
The reports that the Columbus School create are very full, very complete and full of photographic evidence as well as plenty of words. The presentation is very impressive. I have to remind myself that it's a small school with small classes. If I had eight pupils I might also be able to produce something as seriously informative. Maybe, anyway!
B: Melon slices; fruit yogurt (might turn it into yogurt ice cream)
D: one pot spicy beef; melon and grape medley (with extra natural, yummy yogurt and perhaps a dash of honey)
T: Tuna with coleslaw and crackerbread; apple
Sn: grapes, prunes; more crackerbread
Saturday, 10 July 2010
I made a nice dressing to go with my salad at lunch; it was light mayo, balsamic apple vinegar, Dijon mustard, runny honey and lime juice, all put in a jar and then shaken well until it all combined into a runny dressing. It was really tasty.
And I had another yogurt making session, this time with some considerable success. It was UHT full milk and Ubley yogurt and what's resulted is absolutely delicious. Because it was UHT milk, I didn't need to scald it first, I just microwaved it to about 46 deg and then stirred in the starter. I had some on the vegetable curry tonight and then some more on the pineapple and mango for dessert. I now have to try it with semi skimmed UHT as full fat is really rather too calorific.
DG stayed overnight and has become addicted to the Wii. He's tried games I haven't looked at yet and looks to be on it for a while yet. I'll have to stop him soon because breakfast is nearly ready.
Better go and stir the porridge!
Friday, 9 July 2010
What put the cap on it was what I saw as I pootled home after school (earlier than usual because it is Friday). Twenty or so little boys, all tearing around the school field, wearing football kit, 'bibs' and heavy football boots, because it was football club - and hardly a one had their head covered. Sooner them than me!
I went round to my new class after play to take story time with them. I can see that a certain little lad and I will be exchanging words not too far into the future. They certainly are a totally different kettle of fish to my current class - next year will be interesting!
And now it's the weekend. DG is staying overnight, which will be nice, and then it's getting those theme books up to date for open evening
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Do the Wii hula hoop thingy, I mean. Mind you, I can now feel it all round my middle, so it must be doing some good! Hopefully . . .
There's not much else to say really. End of school year life swings along, inexorably and unstoppably heading towards the last day. I think most paperwork is now more or less complete; I don't think there's anything major outstanding. Hope not, anyway!
DG is coming to stay tomorrow night - super! DD is going out for some sort of girly night somewhere! So now I have to work out what I can feed him with! I think maybe some sausages and home made oven chips might fit the bill.
And while on the subject of food - today's is . . .
B: Fresh fruit platter; natural yogurt with honey (my addition)
L: Hummus, oatcakes, beetroot, apple
D: red chicken with rosemary and tomatoes; broccoli; rhubarb and strawberry compote; yogurt
Snacks: apple; pear
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
The next experiment will be with UHT long life milk. However, I won't try that until after next weekend, when I start doing it myself rather than using Bodychef. Fingers crossed!!
Update on making yogurt. I won't be using diluted evaporated milk again. It tastes too much like - er - well, evaporated milk (sheepish smile) It's OK, it will make good smoothies and good ice cream, but it's not got that creamy slight tang I'm after. I think maybe I'll use some of the tinned fruit in my cupboard and make some smoothies to freeze.
So - next effort will be UHT milk, which some seem to swear by. Either semi skimmed or full fat to start with and maybe a little more starter. I'll get there eventually! :0)
B: muesli; plain yogurt (not my own) with a little added honey
L: tuna and nicoise salad
D: spinach and sweet potato stew. I really didn't care much for this last time I had it - too much spinach, which is not my fave veg at all. Today the baby pizza might swing into action!
Sn: apple, pear, brazils, cheese
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Oh, I had such a battle with myself after school. I suddenly developed an overwhelming craving for pizza. Really silly, because it's not usually a favourite food, but, oh my goodness, it was strong. I went over to Morrisons and stood looking at the pizzas when common sense started fighting back. It didn't win totally, but . . . well, I did get a pizza, but it was a child's tiny one. I got some cheese to grate over, but it was a net of those single portions. And when I got home I put them both in the fridge and they're still there. And now I've had proper dinner, I am unlikely to want anything else this evening. Phew. Narrow escape there!
And - big and - I now know that one of those child sized pizzas is going to be enough for me and I CAN have one and not be over indulging too much - even with extra cheese on the top. That's worth knowing for the future, I reckon. Just in case!!
Monday, 5 July 2010
The other thing of note was that I managed an hour of Wii exercise. Bet I don't keep that up every day! And I still can't do that bloomin' hula hoop exercise! Grrrrr . . .
Twenty five minutes on the Wii this morning - early morning, before I have my bath, is going to be the best time! But I can't do the hula hoop - grrrrrrrr
B: Granola; fruit yogurt
L: Curried tuna pasta salad
D: Red lentil and sweet pepper curry; quinoa; chocolate biscuit cake
Snacks: apple; plums; brazils
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Yogurt unwrapping time and it's come out all runny. :0( I'm hopefully straining it through a muslin and maybe it will set better when it's cold . . . or maybe it's back to the drawing board!
First I tried to make tahini (couldn't find any yesterday) but it wasn't entirely successful because the amount I was trying to make was too small for the blender and it had to be zizzed for too long for the chopper to cope.
Never mind, I decided that as you have to zizz the chickpeas for ages to make hummus, I'd have a go at that, using Annabeth's recipe (very nice, thanks, Annabeth) which cuts down on the oil by using some of the liquid from the tinned chick peas, and adding the toasted sesame seeds to the mixture. I'm pleased to say that was a whole lot more successful and without the bitterness one gets from commercial tahini. So there's seven little pots of hummus chilling and waiting until I want to wander down the garden to the shed. As I'd opened a pack of cannellini beans to make up the chickpeas (because there weren't quite enough chickpeas for the recipe), I made a cannellini bean dip with the remainder - three lunches' worth. And now I'm having a go at making my own natural yogurt. The milk has been scalded, I've added some skimmed milk powder and now it's cooling before adding the probiotic yogurt as a starter. Then it's going into the Easiyo container to magically turn into wholesome home made low fat yogurt. That's the idea anyway. And I won't feel the least bit guilty about eating it because Bodychef allows 15 fl oz skimmed milk each day and I never have that much. In fact, it's good because I will be upping my calcium intake.
This afternoon? I've been sneezing something rotten, so I will take a dose of piriton with my lunch which means that I'll be snoozing for most of the afternoon! I bought the latest Rosemary Conley magazine to inspire me, so the moments I spend awake will be spent reading.
Have a good afternoon yourself!
I found my next two target skirts. Some of you might remember me saying that I'm getting one garment (skirts seem the best thing to use) that is one size too small for me and using it as a measure of how the healthy eating is going. I've now grown into my current target skirt! When I went to Sainsbury's yesterday evening to get some items not covered by Bodychef, they had some clothes on sale. Obviously, I had a rummage through, as one does, and found a skirt I had originally said no to several weeks ago because it's the same as one Liz (the other year 1 teacher) has. It had been reduced to £3.60 and was just the right size for a target skirt. Who could say 'no' at that price? There was another one, different colour, same style, same price, one size below that, so I got that too. Two skirts for the price of half the original one! That's value for you.
I also got three T shirts - some of mine are getting rather too large now and while I can still slop around in them, I'm hoping that by the end of the summer holiday they will be way too big for a smart appearance at school. They were sale too. So two skirts and three tops for under £15!! Can't be bad!
Apart from that it was a lazy day. I made two seeded loaves in the morning, one for tea today and the other sliced, wrapped in individual slices and frozen for the future. I made some oat biscuits which were OK but I won't be cooking them again as I have nicer recipes. I made that strawberry ice cream which is seriously scrummy as well as being just about the easiest thing ever. It made six little portions so that's three for today and the others for the future.
But most of the time I either snoozed, read or watched back to back episodes of an old Britain's Next Top Model - utter rubbish but somehow addictive!
And my food today is:
B: Muesli; plain yogurt and berry compote (which I will turn into an ice cream, I think)
D: chickpeas with butternut squash and tomatoes; broccoli; mango and pineapple
T: Chicken strips; spinach, rocket and courgette salad, avocado (if it's soft enough), salad dressing; ice cream
Sn: walnuts, pear, apple, brazils
Saturday, 3 July 2010
I zizzed the strawberries and pushed it through my mouli thing to make a puree. I added a couple of tablespoons of icing sugar - proper serving spoons, not measures. I added the creme fraiche. Then I just whisked the lot together till combined and churned and froze it in the ice cream maker - it's still freezing, in fact.
Goodness, it's delicious. I will have to be very careful! I'm going to have to freeze it in single portion pots, I think, to maybe avoid indiscriminate partaking thereof!
I wonder if it will work with the Streele Farm blackberries later on this summer :0)
One of the joys of losing some weight is that I can now get into a number of summer things that were way way way too tight two months ago. In this weather, it's a great relief. Last weekend I spent a couple of hours starting to sort out my wardrobes. There are clothes in there that I am so unlikely to ever wear again that they got folded, bundled into carrier bags and left out for recycling. We used to have a clothes recycling point when the supermarket was Somerfields, but when Morrisons took over the recycling facility disappeared. While searching for the nearest clothes point online, I discovered that if you leave bagged clothes of certain kinds out with the green box, the council will take them and recycle. I did think for a short time about selling some of the hardly worn stuff on somewhere like Ebay, but finally decided that it was just too much hassle! The council do a proper recycling job by all accounts and I suppose that's what I pay my rates for - also, it was easy!!
So today it's the drawers, which also have a load of unnecessary tut inside them and need a really good sort out. See, I knew I'd get properly to grips with my messy bedroom at some point!!
I found a likely looking recipe online: cinnamon, honey and lemon oat cookies, so I'm having a go at them this morning. Apart from the fact that George is here for an hour's gardening and I like to offer him sustenance, I also like to have something to offer DD and DG for Sunday tea. DD takes the remains home for DG's packed dinners. I hope they're as nice as they sound!
Friday, 2 July 2010
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Yesterday afternoon was more enjoyable than I had anticipated. I'm not a keen admirer of formal peer observations, especially when grades have to be given, but I do enjoy the actual process of watching another teacher in action. I always learn something from the experience and come out of it a little bit wiser. Giving feedback can feel awkward, depending on how it all went, but yesterday's was fine.
I gave out the invites for the next of our KS1 and FS social 'do's yesterday - this time a barbecue round at June's in a couple of weeks' time. Just about everyone can come, which is great. People really do seem to enjoy these times together. Everyone is very sociable, we have some giggles and indulge in a bit of harmless 'gossip' and have a good meal! In case you're thinking that we've hardly recovered from the last one (true), remember that it was a special - a goodbye to someone going on maternity leave - not one of the usual termly get-togethers.
The fence isn't quite finished - I don't think Mick works on it all day, he does part and then has other work to do. I don't mind; it's looking good anyway and can only look better as time passes. What I am less impressed with is that the wallflowers haven't arrived. Given that they were posted a week ago, they will be dead by the time they get here. I think a complaint is in order here.
B: Bodychef special cereal (all nutty, seedy and fruity); grapes
L: tuna, mixed salad and oatcakes
D: chilli with brown rice and grated cheese; cucumber salad; pear and cheese cubes
snacks: apple; walnuts; rice cakes
All very yum. However, I am thinking hard about the next steps now. I have Bodychef ordered for another week and a half. After that I think I will have a couple of three day hampers to last me over the middle of the last two weeks. The last weekend before we break up is the barbecue and I'm going out on the Saturday, so I will do my own thing then. After we've broken up, I will also do my own thing over that weekend. I might order some more for the first week of the holiday, while I look over all the previous menus and think about doing it myself, maybe knocking up some specific menus in the same style. The thought is very attractive as I do enjoy cooking when I have the time and, of course, I will need to do this anyway while we're at Streele Farm. We're going to organise meals the same way as last year as it worked so well. Breakfast will be sorted by whoever is on the spot (usually me and DG), and we will take turns (including DG) in providing lunch and dinner. Last year DG needed quite a lot of help. This year, after cooking lessons weekly, at school, for much of the year, he seems feel a lot more confident to do most of it himself.
And then it will be back on the Bodychef wagon with the start of the new school year unless something dramatic happens to prevent this. A long time into the future, it seems, but the time will go quickly!