I have been addicted to food all my life and have decided to now find help for my "little" problem and take back control of my body.

I am writing this so that I can inspire, become motivated and finally find a life where food is not the answer to everything.

I am British born, but am currently living in NYC (so please excuse the spelling if it changes about a little bit).

I want this blog to become an inspiration to prove to you and to me that real results can be achieved in real time, on a low budget and by a confirmed couch potato

Welcome to my journey

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Have your cake...

Dear reader, please try and refrain from killing me or telling me I have been a naughty girl by giving into temptation, but I confess......I have eaten from the forbidden fruit and by God did it taste good.

I know technically whilst on a diet, dessert is restricted to fruit and water, but I have found an alternative. The Raspberry Oat Bar by www.haveyourcakeltd.com is possibly the most incredible sweet I have tried in a long time.

I apologise for the fact that my pictures do not do this raspberry and chocolate oat bar justice (I couldn't wait to take a picture before my first bite. sorry)

This is quite simply the most incredible 150 calorie bite I have ever had. The bars come in a container of 4 and are only 150 calories per slice. I know this is not ideal to eat everyday(nor is any sweet treat) but are far tastier than the "diet" bars of 180 calories.

Thumbs up Have your Cake. I love you guys

Curb Appeal

So my new obsession in NYC is checking out the outside of peoples apartments and wishing I had enough money to live inside them. Have a look at the little collection I have picked up.

I am a sucker for ivy growing up a house and I think it frames the windows beautifully (makes you look past the bins at least)

I don't usually like window boxes without flowers in but I think the shrubs look beautiful here

Now climbers in window boxes are right up my alley. And the huge lavender plants below the windows make this exterior decor simply divine

I love love love this house. It is a registered building hidden away on 18th street and I want to move in so much. The front garden is simply huge. As it is a dark and sunless garden, shade loving plants such as ferns would thrive here.
Those are my favorite so far. What do you do to add curb appeal to the front of your house?

Farmers market creations

So this is what I made with my farmers market products.

The left is asparagus and courgette simply steamed with spices, and the right is char grilled corn which I intended to have as a started but added it to various beans I found in the cupboard and red peppers. I put them in a big casserole dish with veggie stock and chili flakes and a pinch of paprika and let it cook for about 2 hours. It was simply sublime and lasted till lunch the next day. yum yum.

How does anyone else cook their beans? I get stuck for ideas

Monday, 14 September 2009

So I went to the farmers market this morning and went a little mad trying to find some food for my dinner tonight. As you can see from the pictures, I was spoilt for choice.
The carrots were amazing raw (I munched on one as I walked around the market)

The flowers were just incredible. I dont think my awful photography skills do the colors justice.

I have never seen black runner beans so am quite excited to try these out.

I think I bought pretty much everything in this picture. The farmers were so friendly and told me where and how everything was grown. I cant wait to see what I come up with.
Speak soon

Saturday, 12 September 2009

9/11 remembered

Obviously the entire world knows of the fall of the twin towers and most people I know remember where they were on that fateful day.

This year I was in NYC. It was a very mournful day (even the weather joined in the crying) and very contemplative.

I know of at least 8 people who had lucky escapes that day (their metro didn't arrive on time so were late for work in the towers, the line in the bank inside the towers was too long, the bread machine broke down in the restaurant so a delivery for the 20th floor was unable to be processed, they had gone outside for a smoke at the exact time the first plane hit, etc)

From my roof, I could see the above pictured lights and thought about the family and friends of the 2000 + people that died 8 years ago.

The emotion the day caused in America (especially in NYC) was overwhelming and for the first time in a long time, I didn't feel like eating.

My thoughts go out to every single person across the world who were affected by 9/11

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Farmers Market feasts

So the farmers market was at Union Square today and I could not resist the fresh produce.
Above is the portobello mushroom ravioli I bought with a homemade fresh tomato, basil, garlic and mushroom sauce which took me about 5 mins to prepare and cook.

I wish I had pictures of all the stalls at the market but I had already started shopping before I whipped the camera out!

Labor day weekend is going to be interesting as have several BBQ's planned so am going to try and be good and just have salads and veggie burgers.

Have a lovely weekend everyone
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