Nespresso v Gaggia

We like coffee – in fact we love coffee.

My perfect mornings start with a good strong latte.    Meanderings around our local town centre usually end up with a great coffee or two in one or two of our splendid independent coffee bars.  Our favourite cities are full of even more favourite coffee-based haunts.

Coffee officionados out there will probably laugh uproariously at us, but we also love Nespresso machines.

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Why Do I Do It…?

***WARNING***

This post has been given a  ‘PTMI’ ( (Potentially Too Much Information) rating of 8/10 – you have been warned 🙂

Why do I do it…???

“Do what?” I hear you ask…

Well… being as you asked… I’m sitting here with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream in front of me and I’m going to eat it – all of it – in one sitting – in fact before it’s at perfect eating temperature…you know, that wonderful gooey not-quite-in-its-frozen-state-anymore-but-about-to-become-a-liquid state…to be honest, my sturdy spoon is in danger of being bent due to it being the total opposite of perfect eating temperature – it can’t defrost fast enough…

If there were any other ‘bad’ foods in the house, they would be in serious danger right now…lucky for me (or not so lucky for me in this state of mind) I don’t get them in anymore.  No bars of ‘normal’ chocolate, or crisps, or pizza lurking in cupboards…just fresh veggies etc in the fridge along with some cold meats and bacon – none of which appeal to me right now I’m ashamed to say… I’m being  very strong and NOT going online to look at pizza takeaway menus – heck I’m even thinking of cracking open a bottle of wine  so I won’t get in the car and go get takeaway chicken and fries (which always makes me feel like cr*p after I’ve eaten it when I’ve succumbed in the past…)  I don’t drive if I’ve had any alcohol at all…

I’ve not had a ‘bad’ day at work – manic and tons to do yes – but I actually like it like that.  Ok, starting my usually clockwork precision-like period 4 ******** days early whilst still at work – and in the middle of marathon back to back conference calls  – without realising  – wasn’t good  – in fact if Mother Nature had been standing in front of me at the point I realised – or even now come to think of it – she’d have been told to stick her ‘monthly gift’ where the sun doesn’t shine – but like I say, in the scheme of things, not a ‘bad’ day at all.

BUT

Can I be bothered to make ‘wise food choices’ right now – no.

If I had another tub of ice cream in the freezer would it be in danger after I’ve scraped the bottom of this one clean – yes.

Would I care – no – ok maybe I would after the second tub – my tummy (and head) are starting to complain a bit after the first one actually if I’m honest – that (was) alot of sugar… (yep it’s all gone…)

I do find myself back at where I started at the beginning of this totally random post – what on earth makes me do it???   Then again… I can’t be arsed trying to analyse it and life’s too short to regret my less-frequent-than-they-used-to-be lapses of good judgement 🙂

I’m off to get some paracetamol for my headache…


La Vinya del Senyor, Barcelona

One of the most wonderful wine bars we’ve ever visited and somewhere we love to go back to, time and time again…especially on an afternoon when it’s almost entirely ours…

With over 300 wines to choose from, including a selection that changes every fortnight that’s available by the glass if you don’t want a bottle, the view of the amazing Santa Maria Del Mar is the icing on the cake – or rather the foam on the top of a perfect glass of cava…

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Barcelona…(two weeks and counting…)

Easter fortnight starts this coming Monday.  Then it’s just two 4-day working weeks, with a nice 4-day weekend in between them, and it’s Barcelona here we come!

Not that we’re looking forwards to it of course, or that I’ve started my packing list already…Or that I’m doing my usual panic-stricken brushing-up on my incredibly rusty Castellano

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Here we go again…

Yet again we’ve got the ‘red meat is bad for you’ media circus about a new Harvard study that’s been published.

There’s one thing for sure – it’ll sell papers, be on the telly, get hits on news sites and basically be scaring the bejesus out of people.   I’m pretty sure this ‘news story’ is going viral as I type due to the amount of links suggested by Zemanta.   I’ve also just searched ‘red meat’ on Twitter and yup – quite a few tweets about it (100+ new ones in the past minute) – some are hilarious actually  (I’m going to retweet some of them 🙂 )    I’m also readying myself for comments from people (which can be pretty much ‘in your face’ ) when I put certain foods in my shopping trolley / on my plate / in my mouth over the next few weeks… (I’m actually quite thankful I’m NOT working at the moment as I would have stopped eating my lunch in public based on the types of Read the rest of this entry »


Meet Tess – My Trusty Typhoon Trolley!

This is Tess, my Trusty Typhoon Trolley (bag on wheels)!

Tess is a the newest member of my ‘move more’ campaign team, working alongside ‘Morty Marvellous Merrell’ (walking shoes), my longest-serving member and an absolute trooper – especially when it comes to pounding the streets in New York,  and ‘Greta Gorgeous Gore-Tex’ (jacket).  Greta joined the team last year when I lost enough weight to need a new coat, and my old one no longer repelled water…as I found out last April in New York when I got SOAKED.

"Tess...Everyone - Everyone...Tess"

I found Tess on a great UK website called ‘Shopping Trolleys Direct‘ – they have some great discounts on there!

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you’ll have seen that I’m doing more of my food shopping locally, via our wonderful markets here in Leeds, which usually means carrying around 10-15lbs of various cuts of meats and fresh vegetables.  This isn’t great for my elbows, wrists, hips or lower back, which end up shrieking in pain at me, but rather than being deterred by this, I thought I’d invest in Read the rest of this entry »


Thank You, Baking Fairies!

I’m an absolute swine for playing around with recipes – well the recipes I decide to cut out and keep, or transcribe from different places into my little Recipe folder, or print out and stick on my fridge if I think it’s one I’ll cooked often.  Pretty much all of my cooking is the ‘make it up as I go along’ method – and to be fair it turns out pretty well most of the time!

Take my recipe for Flaxseed Bread.  We found this on the internet a couple of years ago when we first gave up wheat etc, but wanted / needed a substitute for bread.

Original ingredients:

  • 2 cups flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar equivalent from artificial sweetener
  • 5 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil

(I don’t use artificial sweetener – when I first made this I used 1 tablespoon of unrefined golden sugar, and used melted coconut oil)

It tastes nothing like bread.  At all.  Flaxseed has a definite ‘flavour’…Its texture however does give you that feeling of ‘comfort-food’ Read the rest of this entry »