Monday, April 29

P is for patient!

Here he is. The op took place earlier today. I took him to the vets at 8.30 and when we phoned at lunchtime we were told all had gone well and we could collect him at 2.30.
We have to keep him quiet and not allow him to lick his parts - or the area where his parts were!

Watch this space!

Saturday, April 27

Hot Stuff.

I dropped Jon off at the dentist last week and used the time to have a look round the Asda supermarket. To be honest I didn't even know there was an Asda in Redcar - last time I was there it was a Netto. I don't really get excited about supermarkets but I had time to kill and bought a few bits and bobs - including a bag of sweet potatoes for £1.
I had a butternut squash at home so decided to use them together and make a curry.
I added a few bits and bobs to a Slimming World recipe and made the most of what we had in.

4 sweet potatoes
1 butternut squash
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons garlic (I use asda chilled garlic - 2 of)
2 teaspoons chilli powder
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons dried coriander
2 teaspoons cumin (recipe said turmeric but I didn't have any in)
2 cubes frozen coriander
2 cubes frozen chilli
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 pint veg stock

Stir all dry ingredients together add to garlic, coriander and chilli in a pan and stir in tomatoes. Transfer to casserole dish and add stock and cubed potatoes and squash. Cook in oven till tender - although it could be cooked on hob. I had a few green beans which I stirred in at end.

Wednesday, April 24

O is for Operation.

We thought about it long and hard.......
Bing is booked in at the vets 8.30 Monday morning to have the snip!


ABC Wednesday following our puppy Bing here in the Nesbitt household. Would you believe he is 6 months old on Friday!

Thursday, April 18

N is for..........Neutering? That is the question!

Bing is approaching 6 months..............!
The thing about the internet is we can do any research from the comfort of an armchair or in our case settee.

which Bing seems to like.....

to share...........
with Ella!

No no no............please, we are fine...on the floor!

A little late for ABC Wednesday but busy in the garden.......yes, Bing is enjoying the outdoor life!

(Notice Elsie in the background eyeballing the doggies next door!

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Thursday, April 11

I did it!

Last night at Slimming World I achieved my target weight!
It has been a long journey but finally I have reached my destination and am a better, healthier person for the effort.
I have met a great group of gals on my journey who will remain friends for life.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” 
Ernest Hemingway

Tuesday, April 9

M is for...on the Menu today!

In my ABC of life with Bing I would like to share with you what was on the menu today! Well to be grammatically correct it was actually on the draining board awaiting a chopping session for tonight's dinner. Bing jumped up at the sink whilst I was out for a few minutes......and sampled what he thought looked appetising! Had I not returned when I did I am sure he would have finished it all!
He ate a butternut squash last week and a pair of slippers....varied healthy diet eh?

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Monday, April 8

A Grand Day Out!

Rumour had it that we were to have a glimpse of some good weather so we decided to go to York on the motorbike....... a tad cold when the sun disappeared but we warmed up with a bowl of home-made soup!

We were right next to the Minster and the day was lovely.

Jon was looking for a leather jacket so we headed over to a motorcycle clothing shop. Whilst we were inside an enormous procession of bikes passed the shop window. Apparently they had just been to a service of blessing for motorbikes.

We called in at Squires Biker Café and after a cup of revolting tea we set off for home.

The weather was changing and we were quite cold when we arrived home. A hot bath soon sorted us out and supper was a lovely chicken dinner. The chicken had been in the Rayburn all afternoon and was quite delicious.

Looking at the cold weather today it was a good idea to make the most of the brief appearance of the sunshine.

Friday, April 5

A lavley lavely plate of food!

After a journey spanning 2 years I am finally about to achieve my target weight with Slimming World! For anybody thinking dieting is dull and boring here are some of the meals I have cooked and thoroughly enjoyed this past week.

Spicy Scotch eggs with green salad and beetroot

Peppered Scoth eggs with a chilli bean salad and SW chips (lush)

Mango and Strawberry with natural yoghurt (much better than the artificial fruit yoghurts)

SW Tuna  Quiche with mixed bean and chilli salad

SWHam  Quiche with mixed bean chilli salad and green salad

Creamy Chicken Curry with Sprouts ( I LOVE sprouts)

Frylighted eggs on toast

Vegetable rice


Some of my favourites......
Here are the relevant recipes.

SW Chips - Chip potatoes, blanch/par-boil arrange on oven tray, spray with frylight and cook in oven 200 degrees for 15-20 mins.


SW Quiche
I use a carton of fat free cottage cheese, 3 eggs some quark  and mixed all together. I then added a tin of tuna flakes or other meat ie ham,  spring onions, sweetcorn, chopped peppers. Mixed all in together, sprayed a silicon cake dish and bunged in the oven.

Tuesday, April 2

L is for Learning Fast and Liking Curries.

Bing has had his very first experience of the beach....and he loved it. We played alongside Elsie and Freida, retrieved his ball when thrown, paddled in the sea and followed Jon closely when walking.

On the home front all has settled down to normal in the henhouse. Mabel, Olwyn, Eva and Bev are happy and healthy and providing us with fantastic eggs. Whilst Jon and I both enjoy eggs we often find ourselves with a glut and I have a session in the kitchen to use them up.

My next batch of scotch eggs are going to be quite different following a new curry recipe I adapted. I buy a very very lowfat sausage meat which is suitable for my Slimming World diet so when I came across a recipe I fancied trying I substitiuted turkey mince with the sausagemeat. The result was absolutely gorgeous so my next step will be to use the mixture for scotch eggs....this is my adaptation.

Pork Shami Asian Eggs
1 pack of Joe’s Sausagemeat (400g)
1 small red onion, peeled and finely grated
1 tsp peeled and finely grated ginger
1tbsp medium curry powder
1tsp finely grated lime zest
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely choppped
3 tbsp chopped coriander
2 tbsp chopped mint
2 tbsp fat free natural yoghurt
salt and freshly ground black pepper
low calorie cooking spray
red onion rings and lime wedges, to serve
8 boiled eggs

1. Place the sausagemeat in a mixing bowl with the onion, ginger, curry powder, lime zest, red chilli, chopped coriander and mint, and the yoghurt. Season well and using your hands, mix until well combined. Cover and chill in the fridge for 6-8 hurs (or overnight if time permits) to allow the flavours to develop.
2. Boil eggs to own preference and place in bowl of cold water.
3. Take a small handfull of the pork mixture and mould round egg. Repeat until all mixture/eggs is used up.
4. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6.. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and spray with low calorie cooking spray. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through. 5. Remove from the oven and serve with red onion rings and lime wedges to squeeze over.