Yes I know It’s really cliche’ to start being healthy on the 1st of Jan – well at least I didn’t start until the 4th of Jan though so that is kind of unique – right?
So it’s been green smoothies, beetroot juice, roast lamb salad, smoked salmon frittata, steamed harissa chicken & vegies. All delicious & nutritious, however not too exciting for a self confessed foodie. I had a craving last night & ate some leftover steamed veggies!!
It’s also been helpful I have been filling in to teach extra Bodybalance classes while our other instructor is away and I have also dusted off my walking shoes & been for a walk everyday (yes it’s been a whole 2 days all ready!!)
It’s also a great excuse to get out all my healthy recipe books & work on some menu planning ideas. I do have some unhealthy dates booked into the diary as well as some recipe testing coming soon so it seems like a good balance of healthy & fun recipes coming up in Janurary. You have to keep it real – right?
So glad to finally have a few days off after our 3 days of fun at the Taste Theatre, I hadn’t organised anything for NYE just a quiet evening at home. About 3pm my sister rings up & says that apparently my hubby had invited them over & did we still want them to come? (It was a throw away comment at Christmas.) We thought why not it was another warm day so we thought we would throw together a BBQ. Lucky I had bought that lamb off the farmer at the market in Dec, we got some lamb chops out of the freezer. We had our tub of Quirky Cooking’s BBQ sauce I had already made the delicious cheese biscuits log & had it in the freezer, so sliced it up & baked it. We had corn chips, with homemade pesto, some leftover scrolls from the Taste Theatre session, olives, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, plus we threw together a Greek style salad with lettuce from the garden! Some times last minute get togethers can be the best ones 🙂
Who loves a bit of Jam? I do but I find the traditional recipe just a bit too sweet so I like to add less sugar. I like the latest idea of adding chia seeds to thicken it so you can use less sugar. It is just so easy to make Jam & chutneys in the Thermomix, it does the cooking & stirring for you. It is not recommended to do a double batch because it could boil over. Always take out the MC from the Thermomix lid & place the simmering basket on top to let out some moisture & catch any splatters.
Here we have the traditional raspberry jam made in the Thermomix with some rhubarb from the garden & a splash of rosewater – the recipe is coming soon!! Perfect to go with my scone recipe.