Sun worshipper…

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on April 10, 2011

in EATS!, Recipes

Hey guys! I hope you have all had an amazing weekend and enjoying the gorgeous weather.  I know I certainly have and was one of the reasons I didn’t post my usual Friday Feature post.  I decided to take Alfie out as he has been hibernating in the library revising for his finals.  He sat the first on Friday just gone, so I thought he deserved a treat and it was nice to see him for more than 5 minutes in a day. 

I’ve been eating some lovely food over the weekend, all celebrating the sunny weather. I hope it’s here to stay!

Friday started with a yoga sequence designed to target the core from Yoga Download.com followed by an upper body workout with weights.  Breakfast was weather inspired with a sunny looking yoghurt mess made from kefir, Dorset Cereals simply tasty muesli, mango, blackberries, persimmon, dates, dried cranberries and coconut.

I love yoghurt messes.  You can throw practically anything in them and they still taste great. 

Lunch was the same on both Friday and Saturday. I dived into a huge monster pasta salad.  I really like pasta salads, but find the ones in the shops just a little bit too heavy and loved this version just because it was lighter and satisfied by pasta cravings just so.

This light pasta salad included mixed leaves, olives, anchovies, sundried tomatoes sprinkled with whole wheat baked pasta in a tomato sauce.

There is literally nothing that can keep me out of the sunshine, not even work!  I’m a major sunshine lover so I decided to head out for my lunch break on Saturday and eat outside the lovely Cathedral.

Check out that beautiful cloudless sky…

…it looks more like summer not early April.

Rewinding back to Friday I treated Alfie to a meal at our favourite restaurant The Saxon Mill.  I have already raved about my adoration for this restaurant before and I think I will continue raving about it forever more because the food is out of this world.  The old mill is situated by a beautiful river complete with waterfalls- very picturesque!

Taking full advantage of the warm weather we decided to eat outside on the balcony…

It seems like the chef has also been inspired by the weather as there was a brand new menu on Friday with lots of seasonal produce. 

Heaven! :D

Breakfast and dinner on Saturday was my Banana and Vanilla Tofu and a roasted vegetable wrap with steamed veggies.

This morning I woke up bright and early to go for my weekly long run.  I decided to stick to just 10K today to re-check my speed. It wasn’t too bad I managed to do it in 1 hour and 6 minutes.  Not an amazing time or speed, but I’ve seen a 10k training plan in Women’s Running that I want to try this week.  It looks so tough though! 

I refueled with a fab and delicious breakfast outside in the sun.

*Chocolate Pudding with Custard*

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Pudding…

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa flakes
  • 2 tsp of cocoa powder (I used Green and Black’s)
  • 1 tbsp of agave nectar/Sweet Freedom/honey
  • 1 tsp of maca powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp of lucuma powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp of ground flax (optional)
  • 2 tbsps of dried cranberries
  • 2 cups of vanilla rice milk (or any other milk alternative)
  • 1 cup of water

For the Custard…

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • vanilla rice milk (or any other milk alternative)

Leave the quinoa oat mixture to soak overnight in the fridge or at room temperature.  For the custard layer it’s just a case of blitzing everything up to make a soft serve. 

Now GO get layering up!

As breakfast was so late and super filling I snacked throughout the day on two pink lady apples a persimmon and a Nakd Apple Pie bar.  I ate all this in the park near my house.  Although it wasn’t all pleasure and relaxation I had a huge pile of marking to get through.

Once back home I got my cook-on in the kitchen and cooked up some treats to get me through the week, including a Squash and Bean Tomato Stew tonight for dinner.

I served it with brown rice and purple sprouting broccoli or “fake broccoli” as Alfie likes to call it because he hates it compared to regular broccoli.  I loved this as a stew for the warmer months as it’s really light.  The recipe will be up in a single post later this week.

Whilst stocking up my freezer I found some batter for some gingerbread from my Babycakes recipe book.  Of course I had to use it up, but rather than making a loaf I made gingerbread cupcakes.

I had one for dessert topped with Darck Chocolate Dreams “frosting” and choccy seeds with two pink lady apples.

Well that’s my weekend folks!  Even though nothing significant has happened I’ve actually really enjoyed myself just pottering about and enjoying the sunshine.  I think I spent most of my time outside making the most of the weather.  A great end to a productive week!

Have a great week everyone!

What did you get up to this weekend? 

Are you an outdoor or indoor person?  When the sun is shining I find it really hard to stay indoors for too long, which is going to be a struggle when I start writing my thesis this summer.  There have been occasions where I have taken my laptop outside in the garden to study.  What can I say?  I’m a bit of a sun worshipper with suntan lotion of course! :D

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movesnmunchies April 10, 2011 at 9:26 PM

isnt the sun AMAZING!!! i went for a run today though and that heat was tough- so so so gorgeous though! i hope it sticks through summer!! love you rbreakki pudding- so so pretty!! as well as that view from the restaurant!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 11, 2011 at 11:22 AM

My run was tough too because of the heat, I went outr pretty early too. I did see some runners in the park in the afternoon sun. I don’t know how they did it.

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Kimberley April 10, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Aww, I love love love sun. I wish I lived somewhere warmer!

I did my outside run of spring on Friday, it felt ah-mazing! The picture of you is gorgeous and the scenery !!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 11, 2011 at 11:22 AM

A girl after my own heart. I love the sun too! :D

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Coffee&Claptrap April 10, 2011 at 11:33 PM

I’ve enjoyed the sun today washing my car, cleaning my yard and gardening :D

I can’t believe how happy the sun makes me feel!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM

It’s amazing the effect the sun can have on your mood.

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Kristina @ life as Kristina April 11, 2011 at 1:52 AM

Seriously-those pics are incredible, the food is amazing-so jealous! Loving the sunshine this wknd

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM

I love the sunshine. I think it makes all the difference to everybody’s mood and outlook.

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Sophia @ Raven Waves April 11, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Your food always looks so yummy, especially your yogurt bowl! I’m more of an indoor person. :)

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 11, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Thanks! :D

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 11, 2011 at 5:55 AM

We’re due for a warm week- I can’t wait!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM

I hope you enjoy it! :D

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Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish April 11, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Looks like you had a fab weekend! I know what you mean about wanting to be out when the sun shines, I used to take my study stuff to the park or pinch my mam and dads garden and wifi when I was studying!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 11, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Ha! It’s a pain to be studying inside when the weather is so good. I think I will be taking my work outside a lot this summer.

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Maria April 11, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I love to be outside! I prefer to be in the shade looking out at the sunshine, as I get hot and burnt very easily! Love the look of the choc pudding

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes April 11, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Wise choice to stay out of the sun if you burn. My mum is the same and it’s not pretty. The pudding was lovely, very filling though!

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megan @ the oatmeal diaries April 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Oh my goodness, WAY too much delicious food in this post! Your breakfast pudding looks amazing! Just bought quinoa flakes at the store today so I may need to try that :)

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~Jessica~ April 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM

All of your food looks so fresh and summery: perfect for the weather we’ve been having.

I’m definitely an outdoors person: I can’t stand being shut in and wish I could find a job somehow that was primarily out and about in the fresh air. I thrive on sunshine and even when it’s grey/dull/raining/snowing I find being out in it better than moping about indoors.

xxx

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) April 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Oh YUM that chocolate pudding and custard breakfast looks AMAZING!! And outdoor ALL THE WAY!! I’m loving the weather here at the mo!! :D

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Sarah(everydaysapicnic) April 11, 2011 at 7:05 PM

I love being outdoors when it’s sunny – so I’ve loved the past few days. I find it pretty uncomfortable in the strong sun though, so I do tend to seek out the shade.

I love the look of the chocolate pudding :)

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Ellie April 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

I usually love to be outdoors where there’s lots of trees and flowers. Oh! throw in a waterfall in there too :P beautiful pics and setting Jemma! I love how you came out in the photo too :D

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Jenny April 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Wow everything looks delicious! Especially the Chocolate Pudding with Custard, I most definitely gotta try that :) I’m mostly an indoor person because it’s really hot in Miami :(

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Flo (Coconut Chronicles) April 12, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I LOVE running outdoors in summer! In winter, not so much!!
I love the look of your ‘chocolate pudding and custard’… I always make put my ‘gourmet’ oatmeal in a jar like that hahaha

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This Italian Family April 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Gorgeous cathedral! I’m with you, I LOVE the sun! I have definitely been enjoy some serious time in it lately. :)

Yummy eats too!

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