So that’s it! All over for another 2 and a bit years. The end of the Day Zero Challenge.
I didn’t manage to complete a whopping 35 things on my list. Which is a teeny bit embarrassing. Mainly due being virtually house-bound for the last 8 months! With that in mind, I will be donating the £35 for #90 to Crohns & Colitis in the vain hope that they might one day find a cure…..
I haven’t decided whether I will do another challenge yet. This is the second time I’ve done the Day Zero project (original was here: https://whitty79.wordpress.com/) as it’s a great way to focus on goals/trying new things/longer-term resolutions. I think I’ll have a bit of a break first though and try and get a bit better first.
Thanks to all of you who have read/commented/liked my blog posts. I’m not a great one for social media/self-promotion so it’s a bit weird to thing that other people are reading my random ramblings. But I’ve appreciated all of the feedback. I’m now off to quaff Champagne and watch the Bake Off. Cheers!
I’m almost at the end of my blog now and there are lots of things that I didn’t get around to completing, which is a shame. However, there are a lot of things that we DID do that weren’t on my list. We got loads more done in the garden than I dared hope for and we are really starting to push on with the house. The Cornwall Countdown is ticking! So with that in mind – I took some “before” photos of the hall/landing as that’s the major project we are embarking on next. It’s a mammoth task and one we’ve been putting off for 9 years! Who knows? Maybe I’ll do another 1001 blog and completing the hall will be on that one and you’ll be able to see the “after” photos then. Or maybe you’ll just have to come and see for yourself! Anyway, here they are:
For my final recipe I wanted a bit of comfort food. All my stuff recently has been fairly healthy (by necessity rather than choice, I have to say!) and I thought it was about time for something a bit naughty. Having been watching bake off, I thought about maybe a cake or something batter-y after batter week. But then my eye fell on this book….
Hands up who’s got one of these bad boys on their kitchen shelf? Or remember your mum having one? I thought so. This one belonged to Mark and came with him when we moved in together. I mainly only use it for cooking egg-y things which I can never remember the timings of but I was taken by the picture of the pie on the front. I started having a browse. I didn’t really fancy the pie recipe but I came across a recipe for Cornish Pasties and that sealed the deal.
This was how they looked before they went in the oven and then after:
So, my crimping leaves a LOT to be desired! I think that might be why they ended up a little bit dry inside? I have another two still in the fridge and will make sure they are sealed up really tightly before cooking them to see if it makes a difference. And I will definitely be adding extra gravy this time too….
They tasted really nice and it was a good recipe to finish on – I could almost hear the seagulls…..
Both of these recipes are from the Lean In 15 Book again. First up was this little beauty. Japanese Chicken Skewers. I think this is probably my second favourite (after the Mighty Duck Noodles). It was so light and fresh and tasty – I loved it.
The chicken was marinaded in soy sauce, honey and ginger (should have garlic too) and then grilled. The salad is made up of baby spinach, cucumber and radishes with a dressing of white wine vinegar and toasted sesame oil. Then a sprinkle of sesame seeds to finish.
Bloody gorgeous and dead quick to make. A real winner.
And then this evening we had Joe’s Oaty Chicken. The chicken was bashed out flat so it would cook quickly and then coated in flour, egg and a mix of ground almonds, oats & paprika. While that was frying in coconut oil I made the salsa which is cucmber, tomato & avocado with a dressing of olive oil and apple cider vinegar (should have been lemon juice but I didn’t have any).
Both of these recipes have been better-sized portions so haven’t felt like a chore to eat. Mark said this one was his favourite of all the Lean In 15 recipes we tried. (I think he forgot the Duck noodles….).
I’ve been really impressed with both books – so many different recipes that are all easy to make and with normal ingredients most of the time. Really worth the price – I’d recommend them.
Just one more recipe to go…..
Nearly there! Another new recipe from Lean in 15 today. Turkey Amazeballs. Firstly, I can now understand why there’s no photograph of this recipe in the book. It looks pretty grim….
See what I mean? I’ve tried to disguise it as best I can with the grated cheese but you can still see the
sick sauce underneath.
Again, this is a half-size portion – seems to be about right for us. The sauce is made from tomatoes, baby spinach, roasted red pepper (from a jar), spring onion and almonds – all whizzed together in a food processor. Which is where the disgusting colour comes from. I think if I did it again, I’d just chop the tomatoes, onions and pepper and cook that in the pan with the meatballs. Then add the spinach later on and maybe top with flaked almonds. The almonds ground into the sauce just made it taste gritty.
I should add that this isn’t supposed to be served with spaghetti – you are supposed to have more greens. But my belly can’t cope with too much veg. As it turns out, it can’t cope with spaghetti very well either… hey ho! Not such a great success this one. But still reasonably tasty and with a few tweaks could be viable.
Following on from the success from my Chocolate & Beetroot cakes I decided to try making Beetroot Brownies. This was a recipe from the Good Food website and contained both dark chocolate AND cocoa powder so sounded like it would be really good.
The recipe was easy to follow and the house smelled amazing while they were cooking. They had to cool in the tin so they were sitting there taunting us. Once they’d cooled down sufficiently we tucked in….. Only to both stop in unison with a look of barely concealed disgust. Not good. Not good at all. Really beetroot-y and a bit of a weird texture. I was SO disappointed! It seemed a real shame to throw them away. Not least because it was my supply of dark chocolate for the whole week gone! However, Mark took them to work today and everybody loved them! He even said they didn’t taste the same a day later. I tried one again but I didn’t like them still. But at least they didn’t go to waste 🙂
The second new recipe was another treat for Joe Wicks AKA #TheBodyCoach. This is from the second Lean in 15 and is Chilli Chicken Gnocchi. I used leftover chicken from yesterday’s roast dinner so it took next to no time to cook. It’s basically chicken, red onion and chilli flakes fried in coconut oil. Cherry tomatoes are added once the chicken is cooked as is a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a handful of spinach leaves. The cooked gnocci is then added and the whole lot stirred up together in a warm, comforting jumble of loveliness. Yet again, a tasty, filling and satisfying meal. I honestly can’t recommend his books enough. I’ve used these two books more than most of my cookery books put together! Excellent.
So I was on a crafty streak. I decided I’d finally give an origami dachshund a try. I found a set of instructions on the ever helpful pinterest that didn’t look totally impossible and printed them off. This is them:
Looks pretty straight forward, yes? I thought so. Until I actually looked at them with a flimsy square of paper in my hand….. Then they didn’t seem to make any sense at all! I could really have done with my sister being on hand for this one – she used to be able to make all sorts of weird and wonderful things out of origami. I battled my way through, I think correctly, until the last stage to make the head. It didn’t work at all. I could make the pocket fold ok but it didn’t make the right shape? I can’t figure it out. But this is what I ended up with:
I don’t think it looks massively like a dachshund. But then to be honest, I don’t think the one in the instructions looks much like a dachshund either! Certainly not like either of my two…. Will have to try again and see if I can crack the head properly. Origami – not a strong point of mine!!