Hasn’t it turned cold here in the UK ? When its cold I find it hard to be healthy as I want to eat comfort food and the thought of exercising fills me with more dread than usual. To make it a little easier I have written the days I need to exercise into my diary and my teen daughter is going to join me so we can both cheer each other on !
On the food front I am making soups for my lunch from whatever left overs we have which is warming, healthy and easy to make like this lentil soup which I added a little curry powder to to give it an extra flavour.
I don’t measure out the ingredients I just go with what I have and this Winter soup included …
- red lentils
- vegetable stock about a litre
- celery chopped
- brussel sprouts sliced
- carrot chopped
- 1 teaspoon of medium curry powder
- a little sunflower oil
Saute the vegetables over a medium heat in a large saucepan, until soft then add the curry powder and stir then add the lentils, vegetable stock and season.
Bring to a gentle boil then turn down to a gentle simmer and put the lid on the saucepan.
Stir regularly and add more stock or water as needed until the lentils are cooked through.
Check seasoning then serve. I make a large batch and then freeze the left overs for other days.
On another subject altogether I have been having a major clear out and the things I have most of are books from mine and my mums childhood they have been well read and not in good condition at all but way to nice to throw away as they have such beautiful illustrations. So I have been cutting out the pictures, some of the beautiful text and some full pages and making bundles up and listing them in my Etsy shop ( you can see them here ) so they can be appreciated all over again and I get to have more space.
I have just come back from a few days away to Birmingham to the Spring Fair at the NEC with my sister who is a buyer for her place of work. She had to buy Christmas trees, lights and decorations. I don’t want to see another Christmas bauble for a very long time.
It was an exhausting trip but very inspiring and it seems that swans, rose gold and pink are going to be a big thing for this Christmas as well as the combination of navy and gold. I will be sticking to my red and gold but may add a swan or two to my tree and a little rose gold.