Hey lovely people!  It’s the middle of the week already the weekend will soon be upon us again.  I’m so looking forward to this weekend as it will be my last shift at work for two weeks.  Two free weekends!!!  It’s such a rare occasion for me.  I cannot wait!!!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Lets get straight down to business…

Remember this?

This delicious mini Booja Booja Hazelnut Crunch Easter Egg was up for grabs for one lucky reader.   That lucky reader is…

Drum roll please…๐Ÿ™‚

Number 45 chosen by the random generator!!!  That’s Lucy over at Porridge and Parsnips!

Lucy says:

February 4, 2011 at 7:36 PM (Edit)

I love chocolate, it always makes the world seem like a better place when Iโ€™m in a grump!! :-D sadly Iโ€™ve never tried Booja Booja chocolates, fingers crossed I win so I can see what Iโ€™ve been missing out on!!

Congrats Lucy!  I’m sure you are going to lurrrrrrrrrve these little lovelies.  Could you please drop me an email so I can organise the delivery asap.

I must apologise for my lack of technical finesse in the IT department.  I still have no idea how to input the random generator result in to my blog posts…eugh!  Any advice would be highly appreciated!

Thanks so much for everyone who has entered. It turns out that there are zillions of chocolate monsters out there.  Why am I not surprised?!?!

More yummy food anyone?  Yes please…

An early start at 6am again…boooo! A green smoothie was my choice of breakfast this morning.  I threw in (literally as I was in a rush) a pear, pureed pumpkin, spinach, vanilla rice milk, ground flax, maca powder and xanthan gum.

I topped this green lovely with mixed seeds and, raw chocolate covered golgi berries chopped dates…yum!

I was super hungry when I woke up this morning.  This has been happening a lot lately especially when I’ve done a lot of cardio in the gym the day before.  I have a funny suspicion that it has something to do with the lack of  or  very small portions whole grains/carbs in some of my evening meals.  I really must sort this as waking up to the sound of my stomach violently growling really isn’t a very nice experience.

After this I headed to the gym for a major cardio routine.  I did 15 minutes on the treadmill, 30 minutes on the cross trainer, 30 minutes on the bike and 15 minutes on the stepper.  Wow!  The endorphins were flowing afterwards but I was a little light headed.  Refueling was a must so I had a Trek Oat Crunch bar and a banana.

For lunch I had another simple salad consisting of spinach, watercress, rocket, red pepper, bean sprouts, mange tout, baby corn, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and my Creamy Avocado Dressing.

Later in the day I snacked on some delicious gala melon and blueberries and only one of the chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies that I baked on Sunday.  There’s two in the pic, but I really didn’t need the extra one.

I do possess an ounce of self control after all. ๐Ÿ˜€

Dinner was a lovely Butternut Squash Coconut Curry.  When there is coconut involved  it has to be good right?

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 2 clove of grated garlic
  • 1 inch of grated ginger
  • half a butternut squash diced
  • 1 cup of a diced sweet potato (I used a Jamaican sweet pot)
  • 1 corgette
  • 1 red or green pepper
  • 1/2 cup of chestnut mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup of chopped okra
  • broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup of bean sprouts
  • 3/4 a can of coconut milk 
  • 2 tsp of hot madras powder
  • 1 tsp of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp of ume plum seasoning (optional)
  • vegetable stock if required
  • seasonings

First of all fry off the onion in a little oil until softened and add the garlic and ginger.  Cook for two minutes before adding the butternut squash and sweet potato and cook for a further 10 minutes, add a little stock or water if they begin to stick.  Add the rest of the vegetables and sautรฉ for at least 5 minutes before adding the coconut milk and spices.  Allow the mixture to simmer for another 15 minutes until the squash and sweet potatoes are tender.  Stir in the yoghurt and allow to simmer for another 5 minutes.  The sauce should be lovely and creamy.  If it has reduced too much add a little vegetable stock to loosen the sauce.

This doesn’t have to a veggie dish at all.  My boyfriend ate his with chicken and rice.

A great way to cater for two different diets.

Lots of ingredients, lots of chopping, but definitely worth the wait.

What have you ate recently that that has taken lots of preparation but was so darn worth it?  How do you cater for different diets in your home?

Have a lovely evening everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚