Sorry to mention the weather again, but it looks like the autumn has well and truly arrived. I’m itching to re-vamp my wardrobe with some new garms, you can see my autumnal wish list here. Sadly, there has been no sign of any kabocha squash yet, sigh. Fear not, determined is my middle name and you can be sure that I will get my mitts on some soon.
Sunday was a complete contrast to the previous week where we were drenched in sunshine down by the river. Well, the word drenched is actually quite apt as it was pouring it down outside. Other than popping out to do the weekly shop Sunday was one of those days where I essentially did nothing. We battened down the hatches and hibernated in doors for the rest of the day. It was blissful after the busy week at work.
When I woke up I set about my usual routine if making my warm water with a slice of lemon and the made a green smoothie.
This was so good! It contained spinach, half an avocado, a peach, almond milk and water and all complete with a pretty pink straw. What’s not to love?
After a lazy morning we got ready to do the weekly shop. We decided to hit up Aldi for a change and to see what they had on offer. For those who are not in the know, Aldi is a discount supermarket that tends to stock it’s own brands. I’ve been to Lidl plenty of times, but I will admit that I’m an Aldi virgin. I was quite surprised that they stocked free range eggs and whole chickens and there fruit and veg section is virtually half the price of the big supermarkets.
I snacked on some sweet and salty popcorn and an un-pictured apple whilst we were out. Love that popcorn!
For lunch I made a beautiful salad of mixed leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, chopped dates and Serrano ham. My word this was delicious. The sweet sticky dates married up perfectly with the salty Serrano ham. There seems to be a sweet and salty theme to this post, not that I’m complaining, yum!
Since the weather was grey and miserable outside I decided to get busy in the kitchen. I roasted a whole chicken, made some jollof rice for dinner later, made some yoghurt and baked a banana and coconut wholemeal loaf.
I’m so pleased with how the loaf turned out, it tastes so good! I had some with some green tea in my circa 1920s vintage tea cup and cued up on the sofa with some magazines. A Sunday afternoon well spent.
We watched an endless amount of movies. It’s almost as if the TV companies had ones that the weather was going to be awful in advance as there was movie after movie. I adore it when the weather is gloomy outside as it makes for the perfect excuse to have lazy rainy days like this one.
In the evening I put together something for dinner, literally, as I had cooked it all beforehand. I had some of the jollof rice with some roasted chicken breast and steamed veggies. Alfie had the same but with more rice and less veggies.
Dessert was a bar of this 85% cherry and chilli dark chocolate from Aldi. Mmmmm…this tasted fab and I was really impressed with the quality. When I say a whole bar, there are individually wrapped bars of chocolate in the cardboard wrapper, however the chocolate was so good that I could have easily eaten all of them.
What a fantastically lazy day made even better with some great food and spending time with Alfie. There is nothing better curling up on the sofa, pottering about in the kitchen, baking and having a movie marathon whilst the rain is hammering on the windows. Listening to the rain is so soothing, as long as I’m indoors and not out in the thick of it of course.
How do you like to spend your rainy days? This post sums up my ideal rainy day perfectly, full of lots of my favourite things and food.