Sunday, July 18, 2010

Recipe number two - dahl with spinach

As an undergraduate, I shared a house with someone with a passion for dahl. Whenever it was their turn to cook, we would be presented with this stodgy, oversalted yet curiously bland mass of lentils and rice. I have never recovered from this culinary assault and have thus avoided dahl for nigh on twenty years.

I decided to suck it up and prepare dahl with spinach from Delicious Magazine's July edition. Served with rice, yoghurt, fresh coriander and mango chutney, it was so tasty that I am officially recovered from my past dahl-phobia.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Recipe number one

Kicking off the holiday eating goals, I cooked Bill Granger's pumpkin and cinnamon muffins (actually, I was forced to cheat on my goal from the start, as I have made these before. I had planned another recipe then realised I'd missed a vital ingredient which will have to wait for a trip to the market on Wednesday).

They are very tasty and, because the pumpkin gives a lot of the sweetness, very low on sugar. They also taste great crumbled on my banana porridge.

If only I could work out how to rotate my photos in my iPhone blogger app!

Off to the gym now...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Holiday goals

Well, it's been a long time between posts. Work has been a bitch and I have only just managed to crawl over the finish line to 10 blissful days of annual leave. 'Work-life balance' and 'flexible working hours' are myths perpetuated by those who want to keep us switched on at all times. I am knackered! The good news is that, through all this, I have managed to continue with my commitment to exercise and good eating. Sixteen kilos down now :)

To celebrate time off, I plan to do a bit of everything I like. My holiday goals:

1. Cook a new recipe every day
2. Plant some stuff, prune some stuff
3. Go to the gym every day that I am home (having two nights away)
4. Read at least two crappy novels and one more serious one
5. Sleep a lot
6. See at least two movies