Fireworks and Feasts
November 7, 2014
Lovely Husband and I went for a stroll on Bonfire night. We knew that if we took our usual scenic route across the beautiful bridge by the park that we would have a great view of all the fireworks going off in the back gardens in our neighbourhood. The weather had turned very chilly so it was the first time we had to be properly “bundled up” against the cold and so we set off, with me in particular, looking like a little Michelin Man.
The extra layers were beneficial to begin with, but as we walked along at a cracking pace, I soon found myself discarding a couple of layers as I was properly ‘working up a sweat’ and we were fortunate to see a great display exploding in the sky courtesy of the residents in our part of town. As well as the smell of smoke in the air, we also kept getting distinct wafts of delicious tasting food. Mostly it was “eau-de-beef-burger” or “scent-of-sausage” as the barbecues seemed to be out in force, but walking past a front garden I got a whiff of baked potato with more than a hint of cheese. It made my mouth water. A little further on there was an “organised” event and bowls of chilli were on sale. Again, the smell was really appetising… and I decided that was what we would have for supper when we made it back to Hudson HQ.
Thanks to the WLR recipe database I always have “stock items” on my shopping list. Every week I make sure I buy extra lean mince, onions, tomatoes, peppers and haricot beans. I check that my store cupboard supplies has garlic, curry powder and chilli powder in it. I know that with those few ingredients I can cook up a “basic batch” and then tailor it to suit our tastebuds. LH and I agreed that “proper” (i.e. “oven baked”) jacket potatoes topped with a WLR-compliant chilli would be exactly the right thing to warm us up after our evening stroll!
We arrived home and both pottered in the kitchen, preparing our supper and then getting on with chores whilst it cooked. We grew more peckish as the kitchen filled with the aroma of some very fine-smelling food and by the time we sat down to eat were more than ready to enjoy our meal.
And enjoy it we did. Having checked it off against the WLR database it was entirely within all our allowances. We both had enough to satisfy our hunger but we have both changed our eating habits so now we no longer feel the need to supplement supper with garlic baguettes or thick slices of well-buttered bread. Our “treat” was a small amount of grated cheese on top – but even this was a light variety (one we have recently discovered and which we defy anyone who didn’t know to identify as low fat – it is equally as tasty as the “full-fat” versions we used to consume in eye-watering quantities).
Autumn has definitely arrived and as much as I miss the blue skies, the warmth of the summer sun and dining al fresco, I do confess that there is something lovely about a bracing evening stroll followed by a cosy evening with hearty autumn food. My slow cooker has now been retrieved from the top of the fridge (with help from LH…. And even he had to stretch to reach it) due to the fact that my local supermarket had an offer on winter root vegetables that are crying out for a little bit of lean casserole meat, a generous handful of rosemary and thyme and a good eight hours on “medium” whilst I am out and about.
I love a great stew or a hearty plate of thick almost-too-hot-to eat soup… and having checked against the information here on WLR I know that everything is nutritious, healthy, and won’t scupper my efforts to shed some more pounds before I have to start looking for my “Christmas party outfit”… (yes… all the Hallowe’en and Fireworks merchandise has mysteriously vanished from the shelves and the “seasonal aisles” are now full of festive fayre). I do confess that I have noticed that a certain fizzy drink manufacturer has now released their “names” bottle range with all of Santa’s reindeer on them… and I am determined to have the full set by Christmas Eve… (after all, who says that reindeer only drink milk…?).
Whatever your plans for the coming week… whether it is out and about in the bracing autumn air or snuggled up indoors, just remember that WLR isn’t about “diet food”, it’s about a healthy diet, with endless possibilities which will help you get to where you want to be in terms of size, shape and wellbeing.
With my usual Big Hug to all you wonderful WLR-ers.