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Return of Seasonal Food of the Week

March 23, 2011

So, Wednesday is usually seasonal food of the week day for me, but for the last two weeks I have been neglecting it, which is a real shame because two weeks ago it was mussels. I adore mussels and I love eating them in restaurants, but I never quite got round to getting any. Last week was spring onions, and again I didn’t get off my backside and buy any in time. I actually ordered some on my home shopping delivery last night, so they do feature in my lunch today.

This week’s seasonal food is rhubarb. I love rhubarb, and it’s even better because it’s grown really locally to me in Yorkshire. The only downside is that it needs sweetening because it can be really tart. I went enthusiastically down to the market to buy some, but was thwarted because today was Asian market day, so no rhubarb. I do have some frozen in my freezer, so that will make an appearance in breakfast tomorrow and I’ll head back to the market tomorrow.

I’m having a really fun week with fitness this week. I loved yoga on Monday and felt like I’m making some progress. My lower body is still super inflexible and I can’t get into a lot of the lower body poses. My upper body is a little better and after I came home my shoulders felt so good – worked out, yet relaxed. Swimming last night was awesome too. I decided to go free and easy and didn’t count lengths or clock-watch. I swam fast when I had a bit of space and went slower when I got caught behind someone, which added up to a really good workout. When I got out of the pool I realised I’d done about 45 minutes. I tried using a nose clip for the first time yesterday because I’d been suffering from serious sneezes after swimming. I had one small sneezing fit straight after I got out, but much improved.

AND … today I went for a run Smile It was the most perfect morning for it – crisp and fresh with bright blue skies. The plan called for 5 minutes running, followed by 3 minutes walking twice over, so quite a gentle start. I managed it quite easily, which encouraged me, but I want to start slowly and stick to the plan. I felt really good afterwards and felt more alert this morning than I have done for a while.

Before the run I had a few dates to give me a burst of energy. When I got back I had two slices of wholewheat toast spread with almond butter and topped with a chopped banana:


For lunch I had a brilliant salad including those spring onions I mentioned earlier, along with brown rice, a few chickpeas, orange pepper, cucumber, spinach and cottage cheese:


I finished off the day with a veg-tastic dinner of baked cod with pesto and roasted veggies (butternut squash, aubergine, courgette and orange pepper). I added a small tin of butter beans to the roasted veg about 15 minutes before the end of cooking:


I’m trying to get more fish into my life because it’s a good source of protein and oily fish has lots of omega-3. I ate some fish when I was very young, but then stopped eating it and I think it became a sort of “fear food”. My mum is allergic to fish and we didn’t really have much in the house and I think it made me a bit afraid of it. When I was at university I started occasionally eating salmon, but still avoided other fish. When I went to China the fresh fish was so gorgeous that I really became a fan. When I got home I was still a bit dubious, but have gradually started to introduce different types. I LOVE shellfish now and well cooked white fish is growing on me. I still hate tuna though!

Are there any foods which you used to think you didn’t like, but are loving now?

I have loads of examples, fish is just one. I used to think I didn’t like sweet potato – clearly I was delusional!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011 9:16 pm

    So many! Probably all veggies- I don’t LOVE all of them now, but I eat them, and that’s an improvement from when I was a teenager 🙂

  2. March 23, 2011 9:35 pm

    Ironically, when I was a kid I was pretty much veggie from birth (not by my parents’ choosing, I was just fussy :P) Aside from tuna. It was the only non-vegetarian food I ever liked and I lived on tuna mayo sandwiches until I was old enough to realise that a fish was still an animal lol.

    There are so many foods I’d never eat when I was younger, but I think the biggest one is lentils, red or green. I remember freaking out when I was fourteen (and a veggie that didn’t eat any vegetables aside from frozen peas and occasionally cooked carrots) and my Mum put red lentils in my Quorn bolognese in a desperate attempt to get something nutritious into me.

    Sounds like a very positive week on the exercise front. Glad to hear that the running is going so well 🙂


  3. March 24, 2011 8:04 am

    Cauliflower! I’ve recently gotten really into that. Just not in cauliflower cheese please (which I hated as a kid!)

    Great news on the running, swimming and yoga too. I think going slow and sticking to the plan is definitely the safest option. I found that when I overstepped the increases my knee pain was noticeable worse. Surprise surprise! The progress will come, and it’s a much better foundation for future adventures then too 🙂

  4. March 24, 2011 8:06 am

    Glad your enjoying your fitness so much! I love rhubarb, I like to roast it in the oven with orange juice, its delicious! Theres so many foods I didn’t used to like when I was younger, I was an extremely fussy eater and used to go days with just eating sweets and vegetable soup, how times have changed!

  5. March 24, 2011 10:52 am

    There is so much that I used to hate when I was younger, like beats and marmite. I love them both now. It’s funny how our taste buds change over time.

  6. March 24, 2011 11:18 am

    I used to shun crunchy pb believe it or not, (I actually just wrote believe it or nut bahaha)

  7. March 24, 2011 1:47 pm

    This tub of veggies with cottage cheese look so damned good! I recently asked this question on my blog, too, because I recently noticed how much my taste and palette had changed as ive got older. I love loads of different foods I couldnt stomach as a kid, like prawns, olives, custard, etc! Infact, there isnt alot I wont eat now, except for meat and non-vegan foods!


  8. March 24, 2011 5:46 pm

    Great news on the run! I love rhubarb too!
    I never used to like any beans at all, and now I practically live off them! I also only used to like salted peanuts, no other nuts at all, and now I like all nuts (except walnuts still). I never used to like onions, and now I do. And for ages I didnt think I liked spinach whereas actually I love it. So loads actually! I was sucha fusspot!

  9. March 24, 2011 6:46 pm

    I’m glad the exercise is going well for you! 🙂
    And those roast veggies look SOOO GOOD! I haven’t had them for ages cause of the weather getting warmer… but I’m thinking of cooking up a big batch and enjoying them cold in salads! YUM!

  10. March 24, 2011 6:52 pm

    SNAP!!! I find sticking to a running plan works for me, I like flexibility in everything else I do (choice of when and what etc), but when I start out running I need structure.
    Foods, well my current “I can’t live without” would be legumes/pulses of all kinds and I wouldn’t touch these for love nor money a few years back 🙂

  11. March 24, 2011 10:49 pm

    Weirdly, I hated peanut butter till only a few months ago – mad as I could eat my own weight in almond butter! I’ve come round now though; when Holland and Barrett was doing buy one get one free, I couldn’t resist TWO of those big buckets 🙂
    Your breakfast does look amazing!

  12. March 25, 2011 7:36 pm

    hahah peanut butter !!! I eat it every single day now and I used to tell babysitters/teachers i was allergic because it made me cough. i hated ants on a log.

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