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Pum update…Week 1 January DONE (again)

Having been forced back into routine very early on the 3rd of January I’ll admit it has actually been nice having some structure again after the festive madness.  I remember well the feeling of achievement getting through my first healthy week of 2016 by writing ‘Pum update…Week 1 January DONE’.

I’m at it again and while there has been a few stray Christmas chocolates, a sticky toffee pudding incident and a couple of glasses of wine consumed, for the most part I’ve gone into January with a healthy mind-set.

Fitness

Last week’s fitness rundown:

  • Tuesday (1st day back at work)
    • 5 mins cross trainer warm up
    • boxing sets of jabs, uppers, hooks and a squat combination
    • low-key for starting back but my legs felt it!
  • Wednesday
    • Insanity fitness test DVD
    • I piggybacked on my team-member’s workout, it was tough but I did feel great having done it.
  • Thursday
    • Weights circuit (deadlifts, squats, pull-downs, bench-press, tricep-curls and Russian twists)
    • I really like the weights circuit I follow, I start at the back of the gym and work my way towards the exit!
  • Friday
    • 30 mins cross trainer workout.
  • Saturday
    • 7 mile walk at Loch Katrine.

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Eating

I’m back on the oats wagon and have mainly been having porridge or overnight oats for breakfast.  They fill me up and are perfect if I’m going to the gym over lunchtime as I don’t ever feel weak or queasy (which I sometimes do if I’ve not had enough to eat).

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I’ve also been having soup every day for lunch.  Last week’s choice was a lovely homemade roast butternut squash and parsnip blended soup (roasted with plenty smoked paprika) – very yummy!  The only downside to this is that I don’t seem to be the only one making fresh healthy soups as the queue for the microwave in work has doubled!

Despite having a bit of a focus on healthy eating I’ve still managed to have some really nice dinners.  Josh was a star last week and pretty much had my dinner ready for me every night (due to year-end madness in work).  We had duck, chicken, and sea bass throughout the week.  I also got a chance to use my new Denby bowls (I already had the shallow ones but my mum got me the big deep ones for Christmas, perfect for stir-fry).

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All in all it has been a week of balance, no extreme January crash diets but getting back into a good routine!

 

Pum x

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Pum’s favourite recipes…Isabelita’s Larder Rocky Road

Following on from my Lemon Berry Cake post (check it out for the story behind the baking!) here’s the recipe for my 2nd creation for year 2 of The Great Thermo Fisher Bake Off.

Now, I’ve borrowed this recipe from the lovely Sarah on Isabelita’s Larder and, in my opinion, was INCREDIBLE!

You have to check our her Rocky Road recipe here.

What made this so good was the removal of the fruit and the addition of crunchie bars.  Mmmm I wish I still had some of this left but it went too quick!

Here’s my version, and a little dusting of icing sugar makes all the difference…

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Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Lemon Berry Cake

Now this is not one for the dieters out there, sorry!

Last week I did some home-baking for my work to take part in the 2nd year of The Great Thermo Fisher Bake Off.  I thought I’d share the recipes I used in a 2-parter because they were both soooo easy and turned out really well! (See the 2nd part of this post and my recipe for an amazing Rocky Road here).

The first was a Lemon Berry Cake.  This sponge was super light and the berries were refreshing paired with the gorgeous buttery icing.

This was a goodfood recipe and the only change I made was to increase the cooking time from 25-30 mins to a full 35 mins.  I just judged based on look and feel (at the 25 min mark the cake was still very wobbly).  The sponge turned out perfect and I’d definitely recommend cooling it properly before icing.  I also followed my mum’s advice to bake it in a silver foil tray.  I then removed it to cool, ice and decorate before putting it back into the tray to transport.

See the full recipe here.

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If you’re looking for a failsafe sponge recipe I’d definitely recommend this recipe, delicious!  I can’t wait to recreate with different toppings and decoration!

 

Pum x

 

Pumspiration…Recent Recipe Roundup

Here’s my recipes to try in August…

 

Roasted  Salmon with Watermelon Salsa

This looks so fresh and summery, here’s hoping we get some sunny weather to go with it!

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with hot Honey Drizzle

A really simple idea but I’m sure a delicious one.

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Cinnamon Stresuel Banana Almond Muffins

Of course my eye wanders to the sweet recipes I come across.  This sounds so yummy I love cinnamon so much!

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Millet Tabbouleh

I remember first being introduced to tabbouleh by big sis Biff when I visited her in Dubai.  Another fresh recipe this is ahhhmazing with hummus.  Can’t wait to try the millet version!

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Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto

I go through phases of being really into pesto and then forgetting about it completely.  This recipe sparked my interest so I’ll definitely be whipping up some pesto during the week for various meals.

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Baked AB&J French Toast Oatmeal

Yum yummy yum yum yum!

How good does this look?! As a lover of all nut butters and porridge this one has to be tried!

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Pum x

 

Pum update…Eating In Lately

Last week I updated you on Eating Out Lately  so thought I’d pull together a post on some of my recent tasty eats-in.

I made my tried and tested lasagne  the other week and it was such a treat.  Thankfully Josh took a few portions home since I always make too much!

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I’ve really been getting into scrambled eggs recently.  It’s funny I go through phases and when I’m off them I really can’t stand them but when I’m loving them I can’t get enough, hence the scrambled eggs for dinner tonight!

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Followed by fruit salad with loads of pink grapefruit, fave!

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Using half a roast chicken I whipped up a really yummy chicken soup on one of my Sunday cooking sessions.  The added rosemary really finished it off and I didn’t mind at all having this for lunch all week.

Not given up my porridge-loving-ways I’m back into the date syrup (with peanut butter obv).

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I’ve also made a delicious new discovery of mint in salads.  Who knew?!  Definitely makes a green salad less boring!…

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Sticky honey, soy chicken has been one of my go to dinners lately, just really quick and easy to pull together!

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When the weather was gorgeous here I enjoyed dinner at Chez Cat’s (…aka Catriona’s house).  As soon as the sun’s out I become instantly jealous of people with gardens!  Cat served Asian salmon with mango salsa and salad.  It was sooooo good, perfect for outdoor dining.

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Josh has also made some pretty good meals recently, credit where credit’s due eh. Grilled asparagus with parma ham, chicken stuffed with black pudding wrapped in bacon with a whisky sauce (hello!) finished with rhubarb crumble.  Not even going to pretend this was a healthy dinner but it was bloomin’ good!

Aaaand rounding off today’s post is the immense chocolate calzone that Josh also made me (after the infamous ‘calzone incident’ where I wasn’t allowed to order a chocolate banana calzone in Zizzi lest we miss the cinema…joking, it wasn’t that bad but I still got a homemade calzone out of it).

 

Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Tasty Turkey Chili

This is my tried and tested recipe for turkey chili.  I love beef chili but like to mix it up and use turkey now and again for something a little lighter.

I usually make a big batch of this and freeze off portions.  Then when I fancy having some for lunch or dinner I just defrost overnight.

This is great with quinoa, brown rice, baked jacket or sweet potatoes!

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Pum’s Tasty Turkey Chili

Ingredients
  1. 500g lean turkey mince
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 red peppers, chopped
  4. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  5. 1 tin kidney beans
  6. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  7. 2 tbsp. chili powder
  8. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  9. 1 tsp. cumin
  10. 300ml stock (I prefer beef stock to make it richer)
  11. 1 tbsp. olive oil
What Pum did
  1. Heated the oil in a large pot and browned the turkey mince.
  2. Added the onion and cooked until soft.
  3. Mixed in all other ingredients and left to bubble for 30-45 mins until sauce thickened (remembering to stir occasionally).

 

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This is so tasty and you can totally adapt the spices to your own preference.

It’s also deeeelicious with some grated cheese melted on top for an extra treat!!

 

Pum x

 

Pumspiration…Newest Recipes

Newest recipe inspiration from my favourite blogs!

 

Madeleine Shaw

Red Lentil and Harissa Hummus

My preferred healthy snack is definitely fruit but I know it’s probably better for me if I vary it with veggies so this hummus caught my eye.  I looove lentils and think this sounds like a really tasty combination and great way to up the veggie snacking!

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Fit Foodie Finds

Whole Grain Blender Breakfast Muffins

These muffins sound like a great grab-n-go breakfast and I’m pretty sure they would freeze well too.  With pureed strawberries and bananas they definitely appeal to my sweet tooth!

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Whole Nourishment

Stuffed Zucchini with Quinoa Mint & Feta

I think this recipe would be great for having friends round either as a starter or along with salad.  The flavours of mint and feta are great for transforming simple veg into a really flavoursome dish, can’t wait to try this one!

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Faring Well

Lentil & Cucumber Salad w/ Dijon Dressing & a Savory Scone

Another one with lentils sorry can’t resist!  I bet the Dijon dressing on this is yuuum!!!

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And finally…

 

Livia’s Kitchen

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bourbon

CHOCOLATE

PEANUT BUTTER

BOURBON

Need I say more…?

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Pum x