So last weekend we went to a wedding and this weekend we had a birthday – mine!!! All year I had been thinking about how I wanted to celebrate but when it came down to it, I just wanted a simple cruisy and quite relaxing day.
My beautiful friends drove down from Auckland in the morning for brunch. Prior to surgery I thought occasions and get togethers would be tough. But you know, I’m learning they are not. I need to think about them a bit and plan a little more, and not get embarrassed over my plates and serving size however having the support of my amazing friends certainly helps, but most of how I deal with it happens in my head. “I can’t eat that, so I will have this”. And my favourite … “It’s not all about the food”.
What I really enjoyed, aside from the visit of course, was cooking for them! I found a breakfast skillet recipe that I would love to try later – kumara (sweet potato), zucchini, red peppers, onions and bacon with a few eggs baked on top. I tried a wee piece of the kumara – oh yes, we’ll be adding that to the kitchen recipe book!
That afternoon himself and I went to the movies. We saw the new James Bond film – Spectre. And I loved it!
Also a perfect chance to just relax and sip away, upping my fluids for the day. I’m still having a bloody hard time reaching those 1.5 – 2l goals. I took one of my favourite drinks, OVi Peach, and bought an extra bottle of water. Finished the OVi and only just started on the water, sloshed my way out of the theatre and peed like a racehorse when I got home.
These come in Peach, Citrus and Berry. Peach is my absolute fav but I tried the Berry last night and it ain’t bad either. They also work great as a flavour to a bottle of water. Ugh, so hating that furry mouth feeling from chugging water all day.
And then to top my day off … I created something delicious for my birthday dinner. Its bloody hard to get excited about eating when you don’t feel hungry – I’m trying to fix that by having an alarm set on my phone for each meal and using strong flavours in my food. Week Three is all soft foods right (so just a wee step up from Week 1/2 pureed foods – basically baby foods), its nice to be able to have an egg in the morning and OH MY GOD I MISSED CHEWING but I wasn’t really up for an omelette for my birthday dinner. Then I looked at the menu again and hello wee prawns!!
I marinated my 3 prawns (6 for $0.80 at New World) in lime juice for a couple of hours and then popped them in a pan with 1tsp extra virgin olive oil and 1/2 tsp garlic. And the lime juice – don’t forget that delicious juice. Right at the end of cooking I threw in a pinch of baby spinach leaves and let them wither up. PERFECT!
Now if I can work out how to flavour my morning 1 egg omelette and cheese (perhaps with a homemade pesto) then I’d be even happier! I’m enjoying garlic and lemon hummus and cottage cheese for lunch however I know I’ll eventually get bored – anyone else got any great suggestions for me??
Strength. A river cuts through rock not because of its power,
but because of its persistence.