Sunday, 31 January 2010

Quorn Curry and Brown Rice.

I have been really busy again today, I was out collecting some parts for a new HF Radio aerial I am building. I didn't have any breakfast but did manage a quick coffee before I went.

We had a family outing to the THINK TANK in Birmingham this afternoon so my wife had prepared something to take with us. I got tuna mayonnaise on wholemeal seeded pittas, 2 packets of ready salted crisps and an apple. Very tasty it was too. We ate in the communal picnic area so in the interests of not looking like a complete nutter I didn't photograph my food.
Quorn Curry and Brown Rice

Tea - Well that was down to me again and we have still not been supermarket shopping ! I was looking through the cupboards and freezer and yet again managed to rustle up a complete masterpiece ! A bag of Quorn pieces out of the freezer, a couple of onions and a couple of jars of curry sauce out of the store cupboard. Some tomatoes and sultanas and it was complete.
It was good but still not enough vegetables and fruit today. I really must do better and I really must do the supermarket shopping tomorrow.
Sorry its not a very good post but I am very tired (probably tired because the lack of fruit and vegetables.) and am off to bed.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Fish, Noodles and Ratatouille

I was up at half 4 this morning and still didn't have any breakfast ! Although I did take a couple of cheese and branston sandwiches and a couple of packets of ASDA smart price ready salted crisps and an apple out with me. They were all finished just after midday. It was nice to be busy though, and at somebodies house where they made lots of tea in good sized mugs. I ran out of tea bags two days ago, and we are supposed to be food shopping today but I am out ! Oh dear ! I didn't get back until late either so the other half wasn't exactly in the best of spirits.


Fish and Ratatouille

TEA - No food shopping done, no meal planner done and I am in the dog house. The wife wasn't really interested in tea and we hadn't got much in so I had to improvise. A tin of ratatouille out of the cupboard, some dried noodles from the cupboard, a garlic baguette and some cod fillets in breadcrumbs out of the freezer. It was all very nice too.
On the plus side I made a decent meal even though I wouldn't of ever put these things together normally, I made a bit of space in the freezer and the cupboard too.
On the down side we were supposed to be having a family day out tomorrow and I haven't got any supplies for making sandwiches !
Oh well I am sure we will cope, I wonder how long we could actually go for without going shopping and just using the up the food in the cupboards and freezer. I might give it a go one day when the kids are a bit older.
And after everything I said this morning about eating more fruit and vegetables I end up having a day like today ?!?*!?

Fingers crossed for a better one tomorrow.

Home Produced Food.

Well I was looking at my blog last night and it confirmed to me that winter is a depressing time in the food calendar. The lack of home grown vegetables and the poor taste of supermarket food really does drive me to eat a lot of rubbish. My meals seem to consist of bread, potatoes, baked beans and bagged salad leaves flown in from Israel ! The few foods I do manage to produce through the winter are brussel sprouts, curly kale and eggs but we seem to use these very sparingly as we are scared of squandering them. We did preserve some food in summer though by making lots of vegetable curries with whatever we had to harvest at the time and putting them in the deep freeze. We also managed to save a few small bags of peas and freeze those too. I pickled some onions and shallots for the first time and they turned out great.

My Home Produced Eggs, Onions and Shallots

I tried my best with the packaging but I haven't got the neatest handwriting to start with let alone trying to write on glass jars ! Anyway, it always gives me a sense of pride to use my own produce and I try and make things look as attractive as possible. The egg box labels are professionally printed because our surplus are sold to friends, family and colleagues. We don't make a profit as all the money goes towards the up keep of the hens and their food ( organic layers pellets ) and luxury bedding.

We grew so many vegetables this year that I entered our local show and to my amazement even won a few prizes. The main difference between our vegetables and all the others entered is that ours are fully organic and grown without the use of any herbicides or pesticides. This makes them absolutely fantastic for eating but not great for showing and this wasn't a taste contest or I would of won every category hands down !

Me with my Collection of Vegetables
( CLICK to ENLARGE )

Well that's me with my collection of prize winning vegetables ( only a 3rd place ). That was a busy day. I was up at half 5 pulling everything out of the ground and still up at midnight cooking the vegetables to make a curry. I can honestly say hand on heart I did not waste a single vegetable I entered in to that show. Which considering I entered that lot above and 8 other categories was no easy task.

Writing this has made me feel a lot better about things and I think I will have to try and cheer up and think of the good times to come from this growing season.

James (M6JDB)

Friday, 29 January 2010

Posh Cheese on Toast an Friday Night Curry

Up and out early today. I had 2 slices of warburtons wholemeal bread toasted and buttered for breakfast which was nice, but I ran out of tea bags yesterday so I had to have a coffee !
I manged to get all of the agricultural supplies, organic poultry feed and ground oyster shell that I needed and picked up some bread and milk on the way back. I was only out for an hour so I managed a bit of time outside with the hens.

Lunch - Lunchtime arrived quickly and my wife had prepared cheese on toast or "Posh Cheese on Toast" as I call it. She thickly sliced the wholemeal bread I had bought from the bakers, toasted it under the grill and covered it with chopped tomatoes and cheese with a bit of onion for good measure. Very nice it was too.
Posh Cheese on Toast
TEA - Now tea was a different affair. According to the planner we were supposed to be having sausage and mash, however, my wife ate her vegetarian sausages yesterday instead of a Linda McCartney Pie on her roast dinner so I had to cook something else. I searched through the cupboard and found 2 jars of ready prepared sauce. One was Levi Roots, Caribbean Curry Sauce and the other one is Amoy Yellow Bean, Soy and Cashew Nuts sauce.
The Empty Sauce Jars

I fried up some QUORN pieces and a couple of onions in some olive oil and warmed the sauces in separate pans. When the Quorn pieces and onion were browned I split them equally between the sauces and left them to warm through and infuse on a low heat for just over half an hour. I prepared the rice, cooked as instructed on the packet but added a stock cube to the water for a bit of extra flavour. We had a couple of slices of garlic bread left from the other night so I popped those under the grill too. Everything was plated up ready.
Quorn Curry and Beer

I will give yo my honest opinion on tonight's meal and that is that the best thing about it was the burnt garlic bread and the rice ! The reggae curry sauce seemed watery and hot for hot's sake. The Amoy sauce was thick but tasted like Cough Syrup mixed with Marmite. Out of the two the Caribbean Curry sauce was the best but on reflection neither were as tasty as a tin of chopped tomatoes with some onions and a couple of spoons of East End foods curry powder mixed in ! The alcohol free Becks lager was nice though and so was the bag of wine gums after the meal. Definitely the worst meal of the week and I cooked it !


Wine Gums for Dessert

The Maynards Wine Gums, the best part of tonight's meal. As far as drinks go I had a couple of Becks alcohol free, 3 mugs of coffee and plenty of orange squash.
I will work on the meal planner for next week now and also write out the shopping list for the morning.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Egg Sandwich, Roast Lamb Dinner

I was up and out early this morning so the only breakfast I had was a mug of PG tips. I got back before lunch and had a bit of quiet time in the garden and made sure the hens were in good health.
I only had a light lunch because I had promised to cook a roast dinner later on.

Lunch - Well what can you say, two hard boiled free range organic eggs from our own hens on Warburtons wholemeal bread that was lightly buttered. Sheer bliss. Look at the colour of those egg yolks. You don't get that kind of quality from shop bought eggs !

Organic Free Range Egg Sandwich

Tea - Well this was my domain today and I had to cook Roast lamb of shoulder ,Cauldron Sausages was the vegetarian option for my wife. Carrots, Savoy cabbage, broccoli and stuffing.
The Lamb went in at 160 degrees Celsius for about 3 hours, It was absolutely great, real melt in the mouth with crispy skin. The potatoes and vegetables are from a farm shop called " Muddy Footprints " Just up the road in Codsall Wood. I urge anyone who can't grow their own vegetables to support their local farm shop. The difference in taste and quality really is amazing, you are only eating what is in season, cutting down on food miles and your carbon footprint and you are supporting local people too. Its a winning situation all round.
I boiled the carrots and steamed the broccoli and savoy cabbage over the top with a little seasoning. The potatoes were peeled and put straight in to a tray of hot olive oil and placed on the top shelf of the oven.
The stuffing was again supplied by Paxo ( I will really have to find out how to make my own ) and was sage and onion. The meal was assembled and it looked very appetising.


Roast Lamb Dinner

Well doesn't that just look great ? I added a splash of gravy and a couple of teaspoons of mint sauce and tucked in. It really was superb. The lamb is from a local smallholding and they really do look after their animals which in turn produces meat of the very highest quality. It was so good that after I had eaten all that I had nearly as much again !

Round 2 !

I couldn't manage another thing after that lot. Note the half empty gravy jug top left !
Its a good job I had an hour before I had to go out and just stayed still for a while and waited for everything to settle.

Good points, Only one mug of tea today. I ran out of tea bags and don't go supermarket shopping again until Saturday. Lots and lots of water and squash. No crisps either. On the down side though I did have a hand full of liquorice allsorts and half a Terrys chocolate orange for supper but we will worry about that another day.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Banana Sandwich, Jacket Potato and Curried Beans

Had a good day today, I have been at home all day, catching up on emails, phone calls and planning next weeks work. Breakfast just didn't happen today. I didn't even get a glass of orange juice because I bought the wrong stuff with bits in ! I know, at my age I should be able to drink orange juice with bits in but it just turns my stomach !


A Banana Sandwich

Anyway an early lunch it was. I don't know how many other people still eat these but I love them. A BANANA sandwich. Lovely ! They taste great, a nice ripe banana on buttered brown bread with a sprinkle of black pepper and a packet of plain crisps. Washed down with a couple of mugs of tea and then back to work. Fantastic !

Tea- well it was my turn to cook tea and according to the meal planner I posted earlier this week it was supposed to be roasted shoulder of lamb with all the trimmings but unfortunately I forgot to take it out of the freezer yesterday. I had a quick look at the planner and decided to opt for jacket potatoes with curried beans. It was nice. Not great but nice.


Jacket Potato with Curried Beans

The only extras I have had today are an apple before tea and I will have a couple of crackers with some cheese and onion for supper later. I have had plenty of fluids again, squash, water, mugs of tea and even a mug of coffee. I have taken the shoulder of lamb out of the freezer ready for tomorrow night and I will have to nip to the farm shop in Codsall Wood in the morning to pick up some fresh organic vegetables, fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

Goodnight

James (M6JDB)

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Macaroni Cheese, Garlic Bread and Salad

Not the greatest of starts today but it all came good in the end. I had a few appointments to keep so I was up, dressed and out of the door by 6:30 am. I only managed a quick glass of orange juice before I left so I was hungry by 10am. I grabbed a packet of crisps and a Cadbury's creme egg from the garage when I filled up with fuel.

Even though I was doing a lot of running around I did manage to swing by the house for lunch. I picked up a bag of battered chips from a chip shop not too far away from our house and took them home. ( Chips 2 days in a row for lunch ) I had a tuna and homemade coleslaw sandwich and shared the chips with my wife.

Tuna and coleslaw Sandwich with Chips

Well lunch done and off out for my last appointment of the day. According to the weeks meal planner tonight was supposed to macaroni cheese and garlic bread and with my wife's determination it was !
She makes the cheese sauce from a very old recipe that we have and it can take up to an hour to make. Well she stuck to her guns and it was marvellous.
The cheese sauce was mixed in with the cooked macaroni and then served with toasted garlic bread slices and some crisp green salad leaves and a couple of cherry tomatoes.


Macaroni cheese, Garlic Bread and Salad

A real triumph on my wife's behalf. If she didn't keep pushing me I would keep going through these phases of eating nothing bu rubbish. Chips 2 days in a row, crisps and chocolate is not a good path to go down. With that in mind I will have an apple and banana for supper.
Goodnight.
James (M6JDB)

Monday, 25 January 2010

Home Made Vegetable Tarts, Wedges and Coleslaw

What a day. I have been really busy again today, trying to get some work done but can't really seem to get everything clicking in to gear. I was up and out without any breakfast. Just one mug of tea !
I was still out way past lunch time so I grabbed a bag of greasy chips soaked in vinegar and covered in salt. Not the most satisfying of meals but I was so hungry I needed something ! Eating this sort of junk makes me feel tired and miserable.

Tea - Now that was a different story, my wife had been working hard all day making vegetable tarts and home made potato wedges.


Puff pastry vegetable tarts

As soon as I walked in the smell was great. As you can see from the photograph above the tarts were fantastic. We had them with some homemade potato wedges, the homemade coleslaw that was left from yesterday and some Branston baked beans. I didn't really realise how many Branston baked beans I actually ate in a week until I started writing this food diary. It really is a lot !



The Whole Meal

Now that is a real mans meal, Everything piled high ! Even more exciting is that my wife made extra vegetable tarts so we can enjoy them another day. BRILLIANT !
No sweets or chocolate or crisps today which is always good and I drank a litre bottle of Evian while I was out. I am also pleased that we have stayed on track with the weeks menu. 3 days in and 3 meals from the menu consumed. Good work. Supposed to be macaroni cheese tomorrow and my wife makes that too so fingers crossed again.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Home made pizza, home made coleslaw

Had a good day today. I did a bit outside and managed to watch nearly 2 full football matches on ITV.
Breakfast / lunch or brunch as it is known in some circles was toast.
2 slices hovis seed sensations buttered
2 slices hovis seed sensations buttered with jam !
1 banana
1 glass of orange juice
Jam on toast, one of those things I don't think I will ever grow out of, it just tastes great and is really satisfying when washed down with a couple of mugs of tea.
As I said, breakfast and lunch were combined so I went straight to tea.


A home made pizza
TEA - I decided to give my wife a break and also to get back on the meal plan that we are supposed to be sticking to this week and make a pizza. I love pizza and I love making my own. Making the base is quite time consuming but is well worth it in the end. The base is lovely and soft in the middle and crispy at the edges, it really is superb.
To top the pizza I normally us a jar of onion and garlic pasta sauce, a mozzarella ball, some grated mature cheddar, some onion and some fresh sliced tomato. It is all finished off with a sprinkle of mixed Italian herbs.

I made some coleslaw from carrots, white cabbage, onion and half a jar of hellman's mayonnaise. We also had some leftover mash and vegetables which i mixed together and baked in the bottom of the oven for half an hour. A posh version of bubble and squeak which consisted of mashed potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, onion and sage and onion stuffing. We had that lot with a few green leaves.

Homemade Pizza, salad, coleslaw and bubble and squeak.

The good news is I haven't had any sweets, crisps or chocolates today and I have had plenty of squash and tea. I am out all day tomorrow so we will see how things work out then.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Cold Buffet

Well it is Saturday, the first day of our new food menu and already it has been swapped around !
I have been working in the garden today, I moved the chicken run around so that they are now running on all the raised vegetable beds. This is there final place of the winter. They won't move again until spring time when I start to use the beds again.
Anyway I was shattered so my wife volunteered to do a Saturday buffet and excellent it was to.

We had:- Salad, Free Range Organic Boiled Eggs, Freshly Baked Bread Rolls, Houmous, Bread sticks, Tomato Salsa, Tortilla Chips, Mature Cheddar Cheese, Pickled Beetroot, Pickled Onions, ASDA salad cheese ( a cows milk version of FETA ), Tomatoes, and Cucumber.

I must say that our eggs really are fantastic, the texture, the colour and the flavour cannot be surpassed. It really has got to do with the hens welfare and diet.


The little one seemed to enjoy it !

 I thought I had taken a picture of the buffet but couldn't find it on the camera or PC, but I am sure you will enjoy the photograph of my 7 month old daughter enjoying her food.



Breakfast I missed today and lunch was just a packet of crisps.
Working outside makes me really thirsty and also takes my mind off food ! I must of had at least a gallon of orange squash and about 8 big mugs of tea !

Weekly menu, Main meals

Well this is the list of main meals for the following week.
We start with pizza on Saturday and run through to sausage and mash next friday.
The meals are generally planned out like this so we can control our budget and also make best use of refrigerator and freezer space.
Timing is also a factor as somedays I am really busy and need something quick and other nights I have plenty of time to prepare more elaborate meals.


Homemade Margarita Pizza & Side of Homemade Coleslaw

__________

Cold Buffet Consisting of;

Salad, Free Range Organic Boiled Eggs, Freshly Baked Bread Rolls, Houmous, Breadsticks, Tomato Salsa, Tortilla Chips, Mature Cheddar Cheese, Pickled Beetroot, Pickled Onions, Homemade Coleslaw

__________

Pepper, Courgette, Tomato & Mozzarella Puff Pastry Tarts & Homemade Potato Wedges

___________

Homemade Macaroni Cheese served with Garlic Bread & Side Salad

__________

Shoulder of Lamb or Vegetarian Pie

& Roast Potatoes with Seasonal Vegetables

_________

Jacket Potato topped with Curried Baked Beans

__________

Sausage, Mash & Mushy Peas

Friday, 22 January 2010

Sausage, mash and onion gravy

I was up and out early today. I didn't fancy anything for breakfast so I just had a cup of tea.
It didn't take long for hunger to bite though and I was soon tucking in to a cheese salad and branston pickle sandwich with a bag of crisps as an early lunch ! I wish I had taken a photograph because it was the best sandwich I have had in ages.

Tea - Well this was fantastic and is also a real favourite of mine. Sausage, mash and onion gravy.

The sausage was free range Gloucester old spot from a small holding in Castlecroft.
Mashed potatoes made with Wilja potatoes and organic milk and free range butter
We also had some Paxo sage and onion stuffing which always goes well with mash. ( I must learn to make stuffing myself as I am sure its not too hard )
The vegetables were cauliflower and broccoli and it was all topped off with onion gravy.

Sausage and Mash

The down side to today is that I popped in to our local Tesco on the way home for a paper and they had the Christmas chocolates offered at less than half price so I ended up buying some quality street and a Terry's chocolate Orange.
I say down side because an hour later there is hardly anything left !

The chocolates before we demolished them !

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Cauliflower cheese, Crisp sandwich

Another good day today. I got up early enough for breakfast and had a great day at work. A fantastic evening meal and then off out again.

Breakfast - 2 slices of wholemeal toast and a glass of orange juice. Quick but very effective and kept me going for 4 hours.


A quick breakfast

Lunch on the run was a great British crisp sandwich ! A fantastic invention that provides a tasty snack in less than 2 minutes. The filling can be crisps of any size, shape or flavour. The more butter you get on the bread the easier it is too eat !

A Crisp Sandwich

Tea

Now after providing myself with two very easy and not very nutritious meals my wife decided to take things in to her own hands and make tea. What a belter it was, Home made cauliflower cheese with roasted potatoes and branston baked beans. A real treat. The cauliflower was grown by myself and my wife made the cheese sauce from scratch and it was all cooked and frozen back in August.
In the depths of winter, what a ray of sunshine this meal was. The vegetables we grow ourselves are far superior to any that can be bought. Photographs of my vegetable plot can be found here http://www.m6jdb.co.uk/ . They seem to have a better flavour and texture even after freezing and reheating !


Home grown and home made cauliflower cheese

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Fish, salad and garlic roast potatoes, Egg and mushrooms on toast

Well I had a great day today, I got lots of work done and as promised I got up nice and early. My reward was a kings breakfast of wholemeal toast with fried mushrooms and a fresh organic egg from my hens. All washed down with a mug of PG tips !

A kings breakfast !

With a breakfast like that there was no need for lunch, I had plenty of fluids to keep hydrated. Several glasses of water and a couple more mugs of tea.

Tea time was a treat, again it was cooked by my good lady wife and very tasty it was too ! We had battered cod, garlic roast potatoes and a salad with a twist. She roasted some thinly sliced parsnips and carrot and tossed them in with the mixed salad leaves, cucumber and tomato. A real treat for the taste buds. I spoilt mine a little by using so much mayonnaise but I suppose you live and learn.

Battered cod, garlic roasts and roasted vegetable salad

A very good day today, no other snacks in between. I will aim for the same again tomorrow but maybe take some fruit for lunch.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Home Made Leek and Potato Soup, Fruit Platter, Cadbury's Dairy Milk



Had a busy day today so I was glad I had made the leek and potato soup on Sunday. Leftovers are great and I always think soups, curries and stews benefit from a couple of days standing. It really seems to improve the flavour.

My effort to get up earlier came to no avail so I was out without breakfast again, just a quick glass of Tropicana orange juice to help me on my way. Back for lunch though !


Lunch Homemade Leek and Potato soup

A Fruit Platter for Supper

Lunch - Home made leek and potato soup with sliced and buttered french stick

Tea - A fruit platter consisting of 2 Victoria plums, a satsuma and an apple.

Not a bad day up until then but when the football came on I did tuck in to 100g of Cadbury's Dairy Milk and a packet of salt and vinegar McCoys.

DRINKS - Plenty of orange squash a couple of glasses of water and 3 mugs of tea. I am trying to cut down on the tea !

Monday, 18 January 2010

French bread pizza and potato croquettes

I was working at Wolverhampton community radio station today so It was out the door without any breakfast. One of the things I must make an effort to do is get up earlier and make time for breakfast !

Lunch

My wife was on the ball this morning and kindly made me a sandwich to take.

1 cheese sandwich, cathedral city on hovis seed sensations.
1 portion of canteen chips
1 apple
1 orange

Tea

A fantastic home made french bread pizza which was again prepared by my wife.
It was supposed to be served with potato croquettes but as you can see from the picture above they sort of fell apart in the oven and just became bread crumbed mashed potato and cabbage. Very very tasty though !
It was served with mixed salad leaves and sliced cucumber and tomato.
It was all so nice I had another scoop of potato mix and another frenchbread pizza !
Half a dozen Cadbury's roses for desert and that was the end of another fine day !

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Leek and Potato soup Recipe



We were quite busy and had visitors too ! Not much food preparation time but we managed quite well.

Breakfast

Kellogs cornflakes and milk with a sliced banana.

Lunch

I took a bit of time out to make some leek and potato soup,
It was really tasty and looked great as you can see from the photograph.
I had 2 of the bowls in the picture and 3 of the rolls shown with butter !

No Tea

We had a late lunch so didn't really have tea. Only 24 cadbury's roses chocolates out of the tin the visitors gave us as a present !

The soup was fantastic so here is the recipe. I hope you enjoy it, please feel free to comment or had add your own variations.

Easy Leek and potato soup

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6
Ingredients

500g leeks
250g potatoes
100g onion
4 tbsp oil (olive oil is best)
750ml vegetable stock or just enough to cover the vegetables
250ml milk
Salt & pepper to taste

Method

1. Slice the leeks and roughly chop onion, peel and chop the potatoes.

2. Lightly fry the vegetables in olive oil for 5 -10 minutes, just enough to add some colour to the vegetables.

3. Add the stock and bring to the boil
4. Simmer uncovered for 20 - 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

5. Remove from the heat an either use a hand blender to puree the vegetables or transfer to a conventional food processor and then back to the original pot.

6. Now add the milk and season with salt and pepper to taste.

7. Gently reheat the finished soup and serve with bread or crackers of your choice.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Home made pizza, sausage and mash.

Up early this morning and off out to TESCO. It used to be ASDA but due to terrible customer service that has now changed, please see my other blogs for more information and please do feel free to comment or add your own personal experiences and I might even be able to turn them in to a post on there own !
Back to the food. As I said I was off out early today so just a quick slice of toast with butter ( anchor free range ) a glass of orange juice and a cup of tea.

Lunch

This was prepared by my wife. She has taken to preparing a lot more meals since I started this blog, I wonder if that is happy coincidence or maybe a chance to have her culinary genius show cased in photographs on the Internet ?

As you can see it was a fantastic home made pizza on a crusty baguette with a side salad and a dollop of Hellman's mayonnaise.


Great Home Made Pizza

Tea

This was another triumph by the wife and also a massive display of my lack of self control.
We had
Free range organic sausages
Creamy mashed potato with real butter and organic milk
Organic Savoy cabbage steamed and seasoned with salt and pepper.

Sausage and mash

The wife cooked a load of sausage, she is vegetarian and only eats Quorn so it was up to me and the lad to finish them off !
That meal doesn't look too unhealthy but when I reveal that I ate 3 MEALS this size for my tea tonight and a pint of gravy to cover it all in !!!!!!!
Yes 3 of these meals and a pint og gravy !
I managed to drink plenty of squash and about 8 mugs of tea throughout the day.
Off for a lie down now I feel fit to burst !

Friday, 15 January 2010

Vegetarian day !

Good day today and meat free too ! I must admit I was at home all day so it is easier to prepare and enjoy nutritional food and meals without the constant worry of a set time limit.

Breakfast


This is a photograph of my lovely breakfast. Very simple but very filling, nutritious and tastey too.
Two slices of thick white toast with half a tin of chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper !
3 mugs of tea to wash it down and you are off to a flying start !

Lunch

Well after a good breakfast lunch was quite light.
1 cheese sandwich ( cathedral city ) on organic wholemeal bread
4 Home grown and pickled onions
1/2 packet of walkers worcestershire sauce flavour crisps

Tea

A fantastic evening meal prepared by my loving wife,


Pasta, salad and bread.

My goodness it looks like something out of a magazine !

Pasta  spirals
Tesco finest sundried tomato and basil sauce
Grated cathedral city cheddar
Mixed salad leaves and cucumber
Organic wholemeal bread with olive oil and balsamic herby dip !

Again drinks were around 8 mugs of tea, 6 glasses of robinson's squash and half a bottle of appletize.


Thursday, 14 January 2010

Good day


Busy day again today but I did manage to pop home for lunch and my beautiful wife made this fantastic cheese on toast with a green salad.
She toasts the bread and then spreads it with tomato puree and then tops it with sliced onions, Italian spices and mature cheddar cheese before returning it to the grill to brown. Served with a dollop of Hellman's mayonnaise. There is some real love in that meal !
Breakfast
2 rashers of free range shoulder bacon
2 fried free range organic eggs from the garden
1 slice of thick cut white fried bread
Heinz tomato sauce
3 mugs of tea
Lunch
My wife's fantastic cheese on toast !
Several glasses of Robinson's orange squash.
Tea
Well I thought I would return my wife's earlier favour and cook her favourite for tea.
Roast free range organic lamb chops ( for me and my son )
2 free range sausages ( for me )
Quorn Roast ( for my wife )
Roast potatoes
Roast carrots and parsnips
Steamed broccoli
Thick gravy
Desert was a homemade fairy cakes that we bought at the country market in Codsall.
About another 8 glasses of squash have been drunk throughout the day and also 6 mugs of tea in total. Good day all round !
Cheers
James (M6JDB)

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Fish for tea.


Well a better day today. I have been busy again so skipped lunch but planned ahead and had a hearty breakfast.

Breakfast

1 rasher of free range organic shoulder bacon
2 free range organic eggs from the garden
2 slices of hovis seed sensations toasted
1/2 tin of branston beans
HP brown sauce

Lunch

1 Apple
2 handfulls of peanuts

Tea

Garlic and sea salt roast potatoes cooked in olive oil
Branston baked beans
Some mixed salad leaves and sliced cucumber
Oven cooked wholetail scampi covered in bread crumbs

Loads to drink again today, at least 6 mugs of tea and 8 glasses of robinsons squash

Supper will be an orange and banana.
Lets hope I can keep on like this and see an improvement in my health and mood !

James (M6JDB)

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

No pictures again !

On the plus side I got my radio set up and had a great couple of contacts. Had a mega busy day today so like all un healthy people I skipped breakfast and just had a couple of cups of tea.

Lunch

Was on the go at lunch time so I grabbed a portion of chips, cheese and beans from the local chippy and scoffed those down.

Tea

Didn't feel very hungry so just had a couple of sandwiches on hovis seed sensations bread. One cheese and salad with branston and one tuna and cucumber.

Snacks

1 Cadburys dairy milk

To drink I had about 6 mugs of tea and 8 glasses of squash.

Not a great day food wise and certainly lacking in fruit and vegetables but never the less still not a great deal calorie wise compared to a normal day !

Monday, 11 January 2010

I need to take more photographs !

Busy day today so I had to skip breakfast ! I just had a mug of tea.

Lunch

1 cheese and salad baguette, branston pickle and shallots
1/2 packet of salt and vinegar kettle chips
3 mugs of tea.


Tea

2 large battered fish portions, lots of salad, which included red and green peppers, cucumber, tomato and cos lettuce.
14 garlic roast potatoes
4 glasses of squash

Supper

4 segments of chocolate orange
1 Cadbury's dairy milk bar
1 packet of Bassett's cherry drops
2 mugs of tea
2 glasses of squash

Will have some more fruit tomorrow and eat less chocolate.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Getting Better


Feeling a bit better today and had tons of sleep last night and a lie in !

Breakfast

2 slices hovis seed sensations buttered
1 mug of tea
1 glass of orange juice

Lunch ( cooked by my wife )

Roast ham hock
cabbage, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, Thick gravy

Plenty of glasses of squash !

Tea

2 toasted tea cakes with butter, 3 mugs of tea, 6 chocolate biscuits

Supper

1 orange, 1 plum, 1 apple, 1 bananna

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Still ill but eaten some fruit !

Right, I had a good lie in today and did't rise until 11. I was presented with a cup of tea and some hot buttered toast in bed. GREAT START !

Still not feeling well so I did a bit of light housework and only had a banana for lunch.

Tea was a different matter, I still feel low and the weather is very cold so my body is still craving animal fat. I am 15 1/2 stone and 6ft 5ins tall so not greatly overweight.
In all honesty I am normally over 16 stone between December and March and then down as low as 15 stone during the summer months when I am more active in the garden and we have more fresh produce available.
Back to the meals !

Breakfast

1 slice of Hovis seed sensations with butter
1 Mug of tea

Lunch

1 Banana
4 Glases of Robinsons squash

Tea

3 Sausage sandwiches which consisted of
8 free range pork sausages
6 Slices of hovis seed sensations bread well buttered
10 Thorntons continental chocolates

Supper

2 Clementines
1 Apple
1 Plum ( would of been more but they aren't ripe ! )
1 Banana

several mugs of tea, glasses of robinsons squash and plain water.

Still too much fat and junk and not enough fruit and veg but I am confident this will improve as I get better !

Friday, 8 January 2010

Craving animal fat !

Being ill I am just craving fats today.

Breakfast

1 Slice of cheese on toast
4 mugs of coffee

Lunch

1 bag of battered chips, soaed in salt and vinegar and dipped in mayonaise

Drinks

12 glasses of squash
4 Mugs of tea

Tea

1 rasher of free range shoulder bacon
1/2 tin branston beans
1 free range organic egg
1 Thick white fried slice
HP Brown sauce

Break for a mug of tea and
12 Thorntons continental

3 free range pork sausages
1 free range organic egg
1/2 tin of branston beans
1 Fried slice thick white

Now that is enough to fill anybody up !

Went shopping to ASDA today and got tons of fruit and fruit juice and a few vegetables so we should see a shift to a more balanced diet over the next few days.

When its very cold weather and your body is run down it does naturally crave these animal fats and other high calorie food so that you can obtain maximum heat calories for the minimum amount of effort.

Good day / bad day ?

Got up nice and early after not much sleep. Had a doctors appointment and have been diagnosed with a chest infection so I have got a course of anti biotics.

Breakfast

2 free range rashers of shoulder bacon
3 sausages from free range pork
2 fried eggs from my own free range organic poultry
1 fried slice of thick cut white crusty bread
1/2 tin of branston baked beans

Now if that doesn't get you out of bed and set you up for the day then you may as well just give up life !

Lunch

Still stuffed from breakfast I decided on a pot of tea and 3 Jaffa cakes.

Evening meal

1 bowl of my delicious home made vegetable soup with the addition of a few chunks of slow roasred pork hock.
Fantastic !

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Better food today and my recipe for quick and easy winter vegetable soup

Well I said yesterday that things had to change and today I have done my best to cut out all of the rubbish. Still ate a lot of bread but I am not feeling too good so I need some comfort.
At least I managed to make something again today !

Breakfast

2 mugs of tea.


Lunch

Home made vegetable soup and 2 crusty bread rolls.
Amazing, packed full of vegetables and essential vitamins and minerals. A great lunch that set me up for the rest of the day and instantly made me feel better.

Evening meal

Roasted pork hock and free range organic egg sandwich with a side salad.
The eggs were out of our garden and the girls are really proving themselves in this weather with another 4 eggs today. They don't have any artificial heat or light, just good organic food and TLC.

My own winter vegetable soup recipe from the new website I am working on as a trial.
Please give me some feedback and let me know if you try it. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Quick and easy winter vegetable soup

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients

200g onions
200g potatoes
200g carrots
200g sweede
200g parsnips
4 tbsp oil ( olive oil is best )
1 litre vegetable stock or enough to cover the vegetables
300ml milk
Salt & pepper to taste


Method

1. Wash, peel and roughly chop the vegetables.

2. Lightly fry the vegetables in olive oil for 5 -10 minutes, just enough to add some colour.

3. Add the stock and bring to the boil
4. Simmer uncovered for 20 - 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

5. Remove from the heat an either use a hand blender to puree the vegetables or transfer to a conventional food processor and then back to the original pot.

6. Now add the milk and season with salt and pepper to taste.

7. Gently reheat the finished soup and serve with bread or crackers of your choice.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

A good ending !

Well today started badly. For a start I still feel really crap and I could do with some good food.
I had to take some relatives to the airport this morning and I didn't get up in time for breakfast.

Here goes today's food;

Breakfast in the car was,
2 packets of walkers monster munch
10 opal fruits or star bursts as they are now called
1 bar cadbury's caramel

Lunch

6 Jacobs cream crackers with cheese and chutney
4 cheese cubes and shallots
1 packet of walkers cheese and onion
1 banana

Christ what a bad start, I can't shake off this cold and sore throat and I think I know why. The amount crap, rubbish junk food I am eating !

THIS HAS TO STOP !

I got the food processor out and knocked up some shortcrust pastry, then grated some cheese and fried some onion and made a quiche.
It was delicious, I had two of the plate fulls shown below and I do feel better for it.
The salad and garlic roast potatoes really did compliment the quiche perfectly.

MY TEA


Below is the photograph of the fresh wholesome homemade quiche before I demolished it !

Monday, 4 January 2010

Not very well !

Still feeling lousy and its probably to do with the amount of junk food I keep shovelling down my neck !
Here is today's lot ;

2 slices of hovis seed sensations with butter and marks and spencer conserve
1 packet of hula hoops
1 packet of walkers prawn cocktail
15 mars celebrations
2 strong coffee's

Lunch

3 pancakes soaked in sugar and lemon juice.
2 cups of tea.

Tea

6 slices of hovis seed sensations, thickly buttered.
1 tin of branston baked beans
1 hand full of cathedral city grated cheddar and a good squeeze of HP

I have also had about 6 glasses of squash in between.

STOP PRESS

I am up late surfing the net because my throat is so sore i can't sleep and I have demolished
8 Jacobs cream crackers, loaded with cheese and half a dozen shallots.
Another 2 mugs of tea and soon some biscuits if I can find any !

I weighed myself this morning and I am a 15 1/2 stone

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Feeling run down !

Well I have got a stinker of a cold and I am not suprised at all ! Since about 2 weeks before christmas I have been eating junk, junk and more junk !
This is today;

1 packet of monster munch
6 mars celebrations
1 slice hovis seed sensations light and nutty thickly buttered

for lunch I had

A mcdonalds double cheese burger and half a packet of fries
20 mars celebrations and a tub of chocolate ice cream

Tea was a lot better today,

1 free range organic egg out of the garden
A pile of pasta with morrisons onion and garlic pasta sauce
Lots of salad, including chopped tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and mixed salad leaves.
3 slices of hovis seed sensations thickly buttered

Very tasty too !

Drinks, 1 coffee, 4 teas and about 5 glasses of squash !

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Blow out !

Well you will have to read this to believe it !

Lets start of with the morning.

2 mugs of coffee
2 slices of hovis seed sensations thickly buttered and 3 soft boiled free range organic eggs out of the garden. Delicious !

Not a bad start ? We got delayed with chores so didn't go shopping until mid afternoon so tea had to be quick and simple. Frozen pizza !

1 good fellas delicia peperoni pizza
1/2 Dr oetker speciale pizza
1/3 morrisons own garlic and tomato pizza bread.
3 glasses of squash.

Not the lightest of meals was it ?

Off to the family party and a few glasses of coca cola and lemonade, some spicy tomato juice and then to eat................

1/2 dozen king prawns
smoked salmon
mini pizzas
cheese rolls
crisps
pickled onions
potato salad
peperami
pea nuts

Got home about half an hour ago and already had 3 glasses of squash !

Better start eating some fruit and vegetables tomorrow.

Friday, 1 January 2010

First days food

Right here we go. I am not going to pull any punches I will just list what I have eaten today !

2 slices of hovis seed sensations thickly buttered.
8 Terry's chocolate orange segments.
2 packets of monster munch
3 sausages, roasted leeks, roasted carrots, roasted parsnips, roasted potatoes with plenty of gravy.
1 sausage, roasted leeks, roasted carrots, roasted parsnips, roasted potatoes with plenty of gravy.

( yes 2 full meals ! )

2 thick slices of Christmas cake without icing.

About an average day for me really. I don't tend to eat as much as i used to. I will try and record what I drink as well.
I didn't keep any records today but from what i can remember i had

4 mugs of tea
2 bottles of becks alcohol free lagers
4 glasses of squash

Day one !

Happy new year !

The aim of this blog is to keep an online record of the food i consume each day.
I will analyse this on a weekly and monthly basis and see if i can improve my eating habits.
I grow vegetables and keep organically fed poultry so get fresh eggs everyday and an abundance of salad and greens in the summer but not so much in the winter.

I hope to highlight how poor my diet is and then chart the changes i make and hopefully see an improvement in my general health and well being.

The format will be me writing down the food I consume throughout the day and then uploading to the blog every morning.

2 other blogs will be started today, one for the work i do in the garden and one for my radio ham hobby.

About one hour of my time each and every day will be taken up filling out these blogs. It will be a sort of self experiment and test of willpower !