WIAW: Butterflies

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on June 20, 2012


I know I have been saying this for months but the time to put my thesis to bed is very near.  I have been working flat out all week to get the final editing finished, which has meant long hours and late nights.  I’m going to send this draft to my supervisor at the end of the week then he will  suggest some revisions (or not hoperfully!).  Then my co-supervisor will have a look at it and cast his thoughts and may want to make some changes.  And after all that going backwards and forwards I can finally submit my thesis and get on with my life (thesis defence pending) !

Getting on with my life more than anything gives me butterflies in my stomach.  I have so much going on right now relocating, finishing my PhD, my job, future career plans and not to mention my wedding.  Practically the beginnings of a whole new life and I am more than excited for it all to begin…eeeek!

Peas and Crayons

Anyways lets get on to the food for this week’s WIAW, Monday’s in fact:

It was an early start as per usual on Monday and I did my usual upper body strength workout with 20 minutes of HITTs on the cross trainer and bike, such a great workout.

After getting ready and setting up my “desk” at the dining table I made a swampy looking green smoothie for breakfast.


It included kale, a banana, Fit Shake strawberry hemp protein powder, almond milk, acai berry juice, and Welches grape juice.  Despite the unappetizing colour because of the kale this was actually a really delicious smoothie.  I topped it with coconut and goji berries.

I worked right up to lunch non-stop but took a break to have something to eat…


Homemade hummus sprinkled with smoked paprika, raddishes, cucumber, carrots, tomatoes, Thai sweet chilli baked tortilla chips and some crackers.  I was in a snacky kind of mood so this worked perfectly.

Later in the day I decided to make a dent in the Greek yoghurt haul that I have been sent to review.  I added a Total Greek yoghurt and raspberry and pomegranate split pot to some cherries with a nice mug of earl grey tea on the side.


For dinner I wanted something quick and easy so I could get back to my work.  I had a rummage in the freezer and found a Linda McCartney vegetarian burger.  A salad of little gem lettuce, peppers, avocado and sweet corn and a sweet potato topped with vegan butter made for a lovely meal.  Oooh…and the ketchup of course, can’t forget the ketchup, yum!


Later on I wanted something sweet so I cut a slice of my Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownie Cake that I made at the weekend, recipe coming soon!


…with more cherries of course.  I think I have a problem where cherries are concerned at the moment!

Quite a tasty and balanced day of eats me thinks! What is the tastiest thing that you have eaten to day?

What last thought/event gave you butterflies?

All of the above for me. plus I was doing my makeup the morning and my mind drifted off (as it often does!) to my wedding day morning of me doing my own makeup.  I had butterflies of the excited variety!

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Laura@keepinghealthygettingstylish June 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

It must be so exciting having all that ahead of you! I get butterflies thinking of all my future plans too! That Linda McCartney burger looks so good, I have a craving for veggie burgers now!

Charlie June 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Hi Jemma. That chocolate and peanut butter brownie cake looks yummy. Have you posted the recipe on your blog? I can’t seem to find in in the recipes section.

Tessa@AmazingAsset (@Tessa8m) June 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Ahhh you have so much to look forward to lady, you are almost there and wow, exciting stuff to say the least :) I am psyched for that recipe to be posted too!

fitcakesjuliebeatrice June 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM

does the brownie contain coconut shred?

daisychain June 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I want to bury my head in your lunch, YUM! Tastiest thing I’ve eaten today was fresh cherries bought in by one of my patients at work…some perks to doing the early shift..pick of the gifts!

whatwouldjessicaeat June 20, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Chocolate + PB? Sounds like my kind of cake! Can’t wait for you to share the recipe!

Tamzin June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I had a yummy chickpea and avocado lunch, the last thing that gave me butterflies was my boy : )

Maria June 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

That cake sounds like my idea combo :)

Jan June 20, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Please make that very soon, that looks absolutely delicious.

Lauren (@poweredbypb) June 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I love cherries! I think they are on offer in a store near me at the minute so I am going to massively stock up ha! Best thing I’ve eaten today was probably overnight oats, so good!

Kailey June 20, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Can’t wait for that recipe – the chocolate peanut butter looks delicious!!

eatinglikeahorse June 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Looking forward to the recipe, that sounds lovely :-)
And once that thesis is in, you’re going to feel so good and you’ll deserve it after all that work! It’s a real life-changing year isn’t it – but all for the better!

Julianna @ Julianna Bananna June 21, 2012 at 3:10 AM

everything looks delicious! can’t wait for the recipe!

LilyLipstick June 21, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Good luck with the thesis! Your food looks so tasty, definitely good motivation when you’re working on something. x

Alexiasana June 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

mhm… your green smoothies look delicious! i now have one too almost every morning. so crazy about it when its hot outside! perfect to start the day!

sprint2thetable June 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I have a theory that the uglier the smoothies, the better it is!

Can’t wait for that cake recipe. Looks drool-worthy. :)

Love Live & Learn June 21, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Good luck with finishing up your thesis!! Everything sounds so exciting for you right now, I can’t wait to read all about it all :-)

Your snack lunch looks really delicious, I love food like that!

Errign June 22, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Cherries are my favorite fruit! Good luck with your thesis stuff – what will your phd be in?

Hmmm, butterflies…oh, my date the other night for sure!

caloricandcrazy June 22, 2012 at 5:01 AM

that snack plate looks yummmm-ay! :)
also love that cake!
my fav eat from today was my craisin groats with a scoop of creamy pb…just makes it sooo much tastier! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I hope your date went well :D Thank you! My PhD will will be in Neuroscience.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Thank you! Snack lunches are great when you want a bit of everything!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I totally agree with your theory! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

They are indeed the best way to start the day! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Thank you! Yes good food definitely helps.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Thank you! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Yes a lot is happening this year. It’s very exciting! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

It’s a great combo! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Cherries are lovely aren’t they, glad you will get the chance to stock up now.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Oh it will be very soon!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

It’s really yummy!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Aww that’s really sweet!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:54 AM

It’s my perfect cake too! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Awww that’s so nice of your patient, cherries are definitely a tasty gift!

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

No none at all.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Thank you! I cannot wait for it all to begin! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Thanks! No I will be posting it next week! :D

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The future is such an exciting thing to think about. The veggie burger was fantastic, I was really surprised.

md June 24, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Hi Jemma,

I am new to this site, I just started writing a healthy eating eating blog for a college course and I have been looking at some other sites for inspiration. your site has got to be one of favorites….I really want to try the Choc and peanut butter cake.

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 26, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Thank you so much! :D

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