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These are good though don’t be duped into thinking because they come in a large bag you get a good portion. Before I knew it I had munched my way through the entire bag of spicy lemon grass flavoured crackers. I was relieved to read on the packet that the weight was 60 grams, only 10 grams more than a packet of Nobby’s or McCoy’s crisps.

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Usually I like to eat soft boiled eggs. Buttered toast is cut into thin strips (soldiers), perfect for dipping into the runny yolk. Mmm.

Earlier this week we bought some cress that is now starting to outgrow its container so harvest time has come and I must make egg mayonnaise, which means boiling eggs until they are hard.

My nan's proven method is to cover the eggs with cold salted water and bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. The added salt makes peeling the eggs easier. If you want to cool the eggs quickly, throw a load of ice cubes into the saucepan prior to peeling off the shell. Once the eggs have adequately cooled, slice'n'dice them and mix with mayonnaise, some fresh parsley, a sprinkling of paprika and season with salt'n'pepper.

Okay, now my eggs have cooled so I'm off to do what I've just written. 

I own a Seat Ibiza and the nearest reputable Seat garage is close to Glasgow. Arnold Clark, the ubiquitous car dealer, was my nearest option, but from what I hear, their service, both mechanical and customer, is of poor quality.

Instead of waiting at the mechanics for 3 hours, a friend picked me up and we went for lunch in Glasgow, to a great pub / restaurant. I did not plan on eating much for lunch but I couldn’t resist the Chicken Ciabatta with Smoked Applewood Cheddar. I shared a bowl of chips too.

No more big lunches for me. I start my new job tomorrow and plan to take packed lunches. If S and I get up earlier, we can fit in a 15 minute stretch / fitness session, make our packed lunches, and walk to work.

Both S and I ate muesli for breakfast, after our half-hearted attempt at some exercise this morning. I mainly stretched for 10 minutes and S did some sit ups. Also, I found out that S will only eat breakfast after she has showered. Weird!

I just ate three different types of mueslis, all mixed together in one bowl. They were:

  • Alpen Original
  • Sainsbury’s 12 fruit & nut muesli
  • Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ Caramelised Nut & Raisin Crunch

I put about 15 grams of each muesli into a bowl and added 1/3 of a pint of skimmed milk. All three mixed together certainly complement each other, increasing the number of different oats, nuts, fruits and seeds one eats in a day. Surprisingly, all three mueslis add sugar, and by simply comparing the ingredients, Alpen seems to be the most unhealthy out of the three healthy cereals. Anyway, here’s the list of healthy sounding stuff I ate in my bowl of muesli.

Oats

  • Oat Flakes
  • Wheat Flakes
  • Toasted Wheatflakes
  • Barley Flakes

Nuts

  • Hazlenuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Pecan Nuts

Fruits

  • Raisins
  • Flame Raisins
  • Sultanas
  • Golden Raisins
  • Chopped Dates
  • Chopped Apricots
  • Sweetened Dried Banana
  • Dried Diced Papaya
  • Dried Diced Pineapple

Seeds

  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds

Flavourings

  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Salt

Misc

  • Dried Skimmed Milk Powder
  • Dried Milk Whey Powder
  • Malted Barley Extract
  • Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed Oil & Palm Oil)

After seeing the Sainsbury advert for mashed sweet potato last night on TV, the powers that be set the wheels in motion for S and myself to happen upon the overpriced supermarket today. We took a walk around Cramond despite the gusty weather, and, on our return drive, came upon a Sainsbury’s supermarket. This was only the second time I’d driven around this part of town and we did need to get some food shopping and Sainsbury’s would have usually been out of the question because as far back as I can remember, my experiences of shopping at Sainsbury’s have always been expensive.

Anyway, we’re back home now, and spent £79 on 55 items. All good items, healthy and in minimal packaging.

Sweet Potato Mash with Kofta Meatballs
And here’s what we ate this Easter Monday evening: Boiled sweet potatoes, mashed up with sour cream and some garlic. The potatoes were ever so tasty and sweet as the name would suggest, and went perfectly with the “kofta” meatballs, also sweet for some reason, and the rustic (?) fresh spinach and watercress, plum tomato and cucumber salad. Felt healthy, was perfectly adequately filling, and easy-on-the-conscience food.