Tomorrow is Friday. WO HOO!
Has Thursday totally dragged by for anyone else?? I feel like today has gone on forEVER. Lots has been going on here though…mainly for Chika, but I still had to be involved. Before I get onto all that though…I asked yesterday for folks to help me name my new Vita Mix (a machine that good deserves a name!), and I had some great suggestions! But there was only one winner – Karrie Anne, who suggested Vincent! Yep, my Vita Mix shall now be known as Vincent 😀 Thankyou Karrie Anne! Your prize can be..um….unlimited use of Vincent 😛
Soo anyway, today – designated cross training day today, so after my usual pre-workout fuel, I did an hour of DVD craziness. Theeen, Vincent and I held a secret rendez-vous in a corner of my kitchen…….I have to say- I am blown away by Vincent. With The Blender We Do Not Speak Of, an EGM would take a good 10mins to blend, with constant stopping and starting and prodding and poking to try and get it blended. Vincent however – (literally) 5 seconds and the job was done!! I had to hold onto the counter to stop myself falling over in shock. He produced a truly fabulous EGM (except I used 1 cup of milk, not half milk/half yogurt, and I added in nutmeg and date syrup):
Look at the size of that blackberry (reduced to clear – 99p!) – surely not normal!?
It was dang fine anyway; so lovely to have an EGM again – it’s been too long.
Straight after breakfast, I dragged Chika out to work – she was super (though quite tough to crack) today, despite the crazy weather. England was having a ‘bipolar’ day – whilst I was riding, I had heavy rain, strong wind, and blazing sun, all in 35minutea!! Up and down, up and down…mad.
When she was done, I did a short reading-walk, washed my hair, made a tofu-pear-plum dessert with Vincent, and later on made a DELICIOUS early lunch!! I had a wholemeal English muffin, spread with hummus – half topped with tempeh strips, and half with chickpeas. I also had mixed spice coated and roasted butternut squash, carrot (no wonder I have yellow hands :p), left over turnip and a bit of parsnip. The resulting excellence:
OH so scrumptious!! One of the best lunches I’ve had in a long, LONG time! I didn’t want it to end 🙂 Dessert was half a black bean brownie, and later on, some So Crispy bites.
Literally the second I finished lunch though, the vet and farrier turned up. Chika was having her nose checked out cos of her mild head shaking – he prescribed some nice herbal type supplements to help combat it, and wrote me a nice list of suggestions if it doesn’t work – ranging from the herbal supplement I just said, all the way down to having the nerves in her nose cut out, and giving her a medication that schizophrenics have, which would literally make her brain dead!! Hopefully the herbal supplements will work 😛
After everyone had left, I made some peanut butter bread from my Vita Mix cookbook (after a 20minute drive to find baking powder…..) –
However, I didn’t want bread, I wanted MUFFINS! So I did the exact same recipe, but in muffin form 🙂
I ended up having half of one for my afternoon snack:
Along with 1/2 cup of yogurt, with a sprinkle of this stuff (made just down the road from me):
The muffins were super too 🙂 I would’ve liked a slightly less subtle PB flavour, but the texture and lightness of the muffins cancelled that negative out 😀
For diiinner, I had been thinking about doing some kind of maple roasted chickpeas- but then I my cashew-banana-maple sauce came into my head randomly (and once the seed is there, you can’t get rid of it :p) and so the maple chickpeas were scrapped 😛 Instead, I did tempeh with the above sauce, kabocha, aubergine, parsnip and chickpeas:
Ooooohh I LOVE THAT SAUCE! Words cannot describe how much….Good gracious.
Dessert is going to be the pear-plum-tofu-cocoa dessert I blended up earlier. Can’t wait!!!
Sooo the Uganda post should come tomorrow, all being well 🙂 And then next week, there’s lots going on too. A trip to Wholefoods (the biggest store in London!) and my sister’s graduation may well be happening 😀
What’s your favourite TV show? What are you addicted to at the moment? I’m well into Gossip Girl (which I’m about to go watch now on DVD :p), and ER 😀 And I’ve got the American version of The Office waiting in the wings – anyone seen it?