Things that boil my blood (and eggs)

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Grab a cuppa….we could be here a while!

I should tell you now that this post includes a recipe for some delicious baked eggs, if you would like to skip my moaning and jump straight to the food (I wouldn’t hold a grudge) then click here to go to the lovely Rachel Khoo’s original recipe.

Now, you know me, I’m not one to moan BUT….!

Having been on a rather long journey towards motherhood I’ve managed to tot up a disturbing number of gripes about the subject before, during and after my eggs have finished baking (tenuous food link!).

So, Mr T and I have been married for 8 years this May and have just welcomed our first little bundle of joy, Little Miss T joined us in October and (just FYI) was conceived completely naturally dispite the fact we have been a child-less, married couple for quite a few years.

This childlessness was partly by design and partly due to nature.

My mother passed away (you will know the details from previous posts) the same year that Mr T and I got married. This left us with a huge amount of healing to do but also with a house to sort (hoarder!) and sell on- it eventually took almost 5 years to get through (the house that is) and was such a tiring  process that the thought of going through it pregnant/ with a young baby was hard to contemplate and so we kept putting starting a family off until the house was sold despite half-heartedly trying from time to time. Don’t get me wrong, if it had happened for us during this time then we would have been over the moon but it just didn’t.

Even once this obstical was out of the way, making the final decsision to whole-hartedly commit to staring a family took us some time. We love holidays and socialising so we spent a while giving it a go and then when it didn’t happen we just went on holiday and thought ‘oh well, at least we can drink and spend whatever we want without a worry’.

This all changed New Year 2015. We were in Las Vegas living the highlife, sipping beer at 9am whilst popping dollars into the BlackJack machines and we both agreed, that whilst living said highlife was mucho fun, we both wanted more and so Little Miss T’s journey into this world began and my long list of annoying comments began to grow! Continue reading

Whole 30 and DONE! 

  For the past 4 weeks I’ve been sharing with you my Whole 30 journey- I’m writing this post 4 days short of finishing for real but lunch today will be my last supper so to speak. I am currently on the train on my way back home to my family for my cousin’s 30th birthday celebrations. The food was preordered a couple of months ago and I’m looking forward to relaxing in the company of my best friends and having a good giggle!  

 It’s not for the drink or the food that I’m stopping my Whole 30 dedication today, it’s the ‘no pressure’ feeling. I managed on my friend’s Hendo and at a christening without drinking or eating anything other than Whole 30 compliant foods but I had to focus and think carefully and tbh, tonight I don’t want to have to think! I’m allowing myself a break I’m ok with that. I intend on finishing up my Whole 30 on the 2nd July as always but because of tonight, I’m viewing this morning as my last ‘pure Whole 30’ meal. I’ve loved my Whole 30 journey and there are many, many things I intend to keep making and eating as the weeks go by- I’m not suddenly stopping and going back to my old habits and I think that was my ultimate prize- a total change in attitude and taste! 

Another thing I’m going to keep going is my ‘ask if they can…’attitude. Yesterday I had a bit of a wait for my bus and it was warm and sticky out. I needed a drink but Costa was the only place open- I didn’t want a hot drink so looked at their coolers menu- I really fancied an ice-tea but figured it might have added sugar so I asked! Rather than making it with the syrup in, the lady offered to make it for me without and add slices of lemon- amazing! I didn’t even ask if they could- she simply offered!   

 
Along this journey I found people to be amazingly supportive and helpful. My husband and friends have totally understood what and why I’m doing this and haven’t made a big deal of it- my lovely teaching BFF still make me a cuppa but doesn’t even think twice now- she knows I’m not having milk! People out and about have been very accommodating too- read my last post to find out more. 

As if I needed anymore inspiration to keep my new found ways going- I jumped onto the scales this morning- 14 1/2 pounds lighter!!! That’s just over a stone people!!!!!!! I also struck a pose and snapped a selfie…   

 I know I’ve still got some way to go but I can actually see the curve above my bottom and into my back now and I look more like 3 months preggers not 6!!!!! Bonus!!! Apart from the weight loss my other positives are that my usually dry skin is smooth and clear, I have much more energy, I never feel sluggish or bloated and I’ve been sleeping soundly every night- why wouldn’t I continue? 

Some of the meals I am most certainly going to keep going are..

Breakfast no more toast and marmalade-   

 
This is my new go-to and I love it! 

Lunch I am most certainly not falling back into my school dinners routine of the past-    

  Amazing salad or left overs are my new lunch box staples. 

Tea even Mr T has enjoyed these yummy eats- 

 

To see my full meal plans and links to recipes click here and here.

So, this is it guys, my last post as a Whole 30’er but be sure to check back because I’m going to try hard to keep my new-found eating habits up and I’ll be sure to let you know how it’s going!

Have you just finished a Whole 30?

How have you found eating post ’30? 

I’d love to know…

Catch you soon

Mrs T Xx

Marmalade fit for Paddington…if he also loves cheese!

Tadaaaaa!!! Behold, the most perfect preserve! I’m also loving the cute tags made using some of the Kirsty Allsop range.

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A while ago I blogged about meeting Jill of ‘Jill’s Jams’ fame and how she had inspired me to try and make my own preserves and this follow on post has been a long time coming but you know what they say…

‘all good things come to those who wait’

After searching for inspiration and a method which required little of the normal jam- making paraphernalia (cheep is the way after all!) I decided that chutneys were the way forward. I was a bit down hearted as I was really hoping to make a yummy marmalade to spread on my toast for breakfast but at least this way I could fulfil my aim of making or home enhancing all of my Christmas presents this year (oooo I bet you lot can’t wait can you, you lucky ducks!)

As I said last time, the ‘Pinterest’ research commenced and I stumbled upon a recipe I liked the look of just as I was about to drop of to sleep! (anyone else spend hours once they have tucked themselves up in bed, glued to ‘Pinterest’ or is it just me?)

Now, I know Paddington Bear looooves marmalade like I love cups of tea as he was a huge childhood hero of mine and so I jumped for joy when I realised the chutney I was aiming to make was, in fact, labelled as a ‘marmalade’! I was able to feel joy at the prospect of making something I really wanted to whilst also…ahem…selflessly making a gift for someone else.

The recipe pinned from notquitenigella.com was easy to follow, required few ingredients and I was very pleased when my ‘try-hard’ efforts looked as though they were paying off and quick! 

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Due to the citrus juice (I’m no scientist but I think this is a pretty reasonable guess!) the mixture began to break down and ‘ferment’, not sure if that is the correct term but again, I think it’s a decent guess (you can tell I’m an expert at this!) before I had even put it on the heat!

Although it has been sat in my fridge for a over a week now, I finally got the chance to try some of it at the weekend as I had been holding out for a strong cheese worthy of my delectable ‘Orange and Carrot Marmalade’ and it was mighty fine indeed!

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If you like a chutney to have a sweetness and a hint of spice to it then this is the one for you! Click here if you fancy giving it ago yourselves, it is very tasty and has a subtle Christmasey smell about it as it is fragrance with cardamon and ginger- perfect for this time of year!

I would like to say that Mrs Try-hard has, in this case, succeeded!

What have been your latest triumphs?

Have you tried to make a preserve and think I should have a go at it too?

If so then leave me a comment or link and I’ll certainly ‘try’ to give it at go!

Until my next, ahem, success!

Mrs T x