Monday, 27 February 2017

Our Weekly Journal 27 Feb 2017

Much to Bear's delight he found he had pockets in his jeans.

We didn't get out much this week. It was half term in Cardiff and it didn't stop raining so outdoor venues were off the cards and anything indoors had raised their prices and they would have been full, so as we can wait and go another time we gave the popular places a miss.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 9


#MySundayPhoto Number 9

This week I have been really rubbish at taking photos but we did pop out on Friday as the sun was shining and the views were good. We like to go to a place between Cardiff and Newport, called Pound Hill where we can look over the Bristol Channel to Brean Down in Somerset. It was still a little misty but Somerset can be seen.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Slimming World Weigh In #7


Slimming World Weigh In #7

Seven weeks already and did I hit my one stone target? Well, I was very good all week except for Friday and talk about breaking a diet! I knew it was going to be difficult as I was meeting friends I hadn't seen for ages and it wasn't the food, I was very good with the food except for a few chips. No, it was the wine, the prosecco and the gin. It was one of those nights.

Slimming World Pork Kebab with Tzatziki - Recipe


Slimming World Pork Kebab with Tzatziki

I love tzatziki. I make it quite often, it always reminds me of Greece. Traditionally it is used as a dip, eaten with crudités, bread or grilled meat. In Athens next to the meat market there was, maybe still is, the best souvlaki place. Wooden sticks with cubes of meat, lamb or goat I guessed, dipped into lemon and oregano and served with chunks of rustic bread that I have never found outside Greece. This is my homage to that.

The kebabs can be cooked under a grill or on a barbecue.

Serves 4

Prep Time 20 minutes plus marinating time Cooking Time 8-10 minutes


800g Pork, we use medallions as they are trimmed of all fat. Either loin or fillet.
Juice of 1 lemon
Oregano fresh or dried
250g 0% fat Greek Strained Yoghurt. Fage is my favourite as it is thick and made in Greece
Half a cucumber
Clove of garlic
Optional Fresh raw vegetables to dip. Spring onions, carrots, tomatoes, peppers.


Ensure the pork is trimmed of all fat and cut into one inch cubes. Marinate in fresh lemon juice and oregano for at least an hour, turn often to ensure all is soaked. The quantities are not important. If using fresh oregano chop or crush to release the flavours.  The pork can be prepared in advance and left to marinate in the fridge overnight.

Thread onto skewers. Metal ones help the heat to get to the middle but wooden are fine. Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning frequently, until the meat is cooked.


Prepare the tzatziki

Grate the cucumber and squeeze out as much water as possible.
Finely grate or crush the garlic.
Mix all the ingredients together. Some add mint or dill but I like it plain.

Use a large clove of garlic; grate the cucumber; Squeeze all the liquid out; mix together
Serve with crudités of your choice and Slimming World chips.


This is such an easy recipe and vegetables could be alternated on the skewer with the meat. The meat can also be put into a wholemeal roll (Healthy Extra b) with the tzatziki and still be Syn free.



Monday, 20 February 2017

Our Weekly Journal 20th Feb 2017


It's been a very strange week. We have hardly stepped outside the door for a few reasons. The weather was cold and wet and although this is never an excuse to keep us in Bear has had a horrible cold. I have been feeling under the weather with a dizzy spell on Monday that actually made me sick. I had labrynthitis many, many years ago and occasionally when I catch a virus it makes me dizzy too. I have never been sick with it though. 
We did get to the shops and Bear was better on Wednesday so we went to Tots, only for him to be poorly again on Thursday.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

#MySundayPhoto Number 8


#MySundayPhoto Number 8

This week we have been stuck indoors a lot. Bear has been full of cold so I have been looking at things we can do that do not involve;

a) water
b) paint
c) me running around chasing him

We had been posting playing cards through a hole in the side of the nappy box and Bear put it on his head. He couldn't see so I roughly cut a big hole in it. 

"Are you a robot?" I asked

"No, a knight"

Isn't a toddlers imagination amazing?



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