This has been a whirlwind of a week – literally! In the space of 7 days we have had sorching temperatures reaching a sweltering 26oc followed by persistent rain & I’ve contemplated turning the central heating on. Oh the joys of a UK Spring.
Despite the ever changing weather my energy and pain levels seem to be improving. As a result, this week I have been more able to walk around the garden and venture out to meet friends for lunch. I was so pleased with myself yesterday because Dave and I did a big grocery shop around a superstore and I managed to push the trolley around without feeling so fatigued and in pain that I have to go back to the car. I was on such a high.
However this was short lived when as I was driving out of the carpark another car decided that the give way lines did not apply to her & nor did she need to look if anything was in the road….. This resulted in me slamming on my brakes the best I could but she still was oblivious and proceeded to plough into the drivers side of my car. I am thankful that nobody was hurt and the other driver took full responsibility as it was 100% their fault. I now have to wait for insurance companies to fix my car. 😖.
So what else have I been up to this week???
Switching Up My Diet: Vegetarian & Cow Milk-Free
For the last couple of weeks I have been experimenting with a mostly vegetarian diet and have been trying my hardest to cut out all cows milk, wheat, yeast, excess sugar from my diet & the artificial sweetener aspartame. My reasons for this is to see whether excluding some foods would have a positive impact on my irritable bowel & bladder (apologises if this is tmi for a Sunday…). It is still early days but I can already notice a massive difference in how I’ve been feeling. I have more consistent energy levels, much less bloating and stomach pain, my spots have settled down and I have been enjoying cooking, creating and eating again. It’s like I’ve fallen in love with food all over again!
On the couple of red hot days we had this week I needed to find a dairy-free alternative to my beloved icecream. I managed to find this delicious coconut milk and vanilla icecream. It did have a lot of sugar but on one of the hot days of the week this was very much needed!
The next day I nearly put the heating on as it was so cold! I needed comfort food so I made this delicious pasta dish. I used gluten-free brown rice pasta, sun dried tomato sauce, grated some free from smoked soya cheese from Tesco and wilted some spinach. This dish was just as indulgent as regular pasta with slathering a of grated mature cheddar – but I didn’t get bloated or doubled over in stomach pains! Win win!
On Friday evening I met up with some friends who I hadn’t seen for a long long time and we had a meal at the Cadogan in Ingham, Suffolk. I always love the food at this pub, it’s always locally sourced and full of flavour.
For starter I ordered the Asparagus, Poached Egg & Elderflower Mayonnaise. This was such a beautiful dish. I loved the addition of the delicate pink chive flowers. The elderflower mayonnaise wasn’t really needed and in my opinion didn’t add anything to the dish. To be honest the floral taste was… confusing. The asparagus and poached egg were lovely – however the poached egg was slightly undercooked with raw egg white on my plate. However, I absolutely loved this dish and I am not one to complain.
For main I ordered the pea & beet risotto with goats cheese and I ordered a side of broccoli & almonds. This risotto was pure perfection – the sharpness of the pickled beetroot cut through the creamy sweetness of the pea risotto and the tang of the goats cheese. My side of broccoli was cooked perfectly, I did however have to ask for the almonds…. If it says it comes with almonds I want almonds!
This was such a delicious dish – both dishes were exceptional. A really great place for stunning food.
Beauty: Updated Skincare Routine
Did you catch my Updated Skincare blog post? My skin has been super sensitive lately and this is the only skincare combination which has not broken me out into spots or painful red irritation!
This week I have finished this piece I have called Waterfall. I have used crackle paste, glass bead gel, and modelling paste to create the texture on the canvas and have used inktense inks, acrylic paint and oil based prisme and moon paints to finish the piece.
What do you think? This is personally one of my favourites.
I hope you have enjoyed my weekly round-up and thanks for reading. Let me know how your week has been and let me know if you have any recommendations for me. I love reading and replying to your comments.
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