Archive | December 2011

2012….

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2012 is going to have a tough job at topping 2011 for me as it was the year i became pregnant and gave birth to my first baby, my beautiful son Rowan…

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He is amazing and i love being a mommy! But i am a person who loves having goals so thought i would make a note of a few and then see how many i can tick off in 6 months time! So here goes…

  • Complete the Turbo Jam fitness programme

I bought this DVD set about 2 years ago and can honestly say it has never even been put into my DVD player! In fact i have a number of fitness DVDs and as i am on maternity leave and there is a recession going on i will try and make use of them instead of paying for classes at the local gym that i can not afford at the moment. Who knows i may even get to try P90X which is currently gathering dust in my DVD cabinet if i get my fitness up enough.

  • Finally reach my weight goal of 140lbs!!

I was very pleased to be at my pre-pregnancy weight one week after giving birth however i was quite overweight for me when i got pregnant. Breastfeeding is helping lots and i obviously can not try any faddy diets whilst feeding Rowan so the only way i am going to get there is through exercise, very healthy eating and determination!

  • Eat healthy

With the weight loss goal, i really need to concentrate on what goes into my mouth, i currently am not eating the best as i am still establishing myself as a new mom, however Ro is almost 12 weeks old and i am wondering whether i am using this as an excuse! My body is craving fruit/veggies so i know i am lacking in goodness… i also need to remember what i consume inevidently ends up in Rowan so i need to be a lot more considerate to his growth and development also. Therefore i am going to try and blog about lots of nutritional recipes that i plan to try out!

  • Do something new with Rowan every month

Whilst on maternity leave i want to do as much as i can with Rowan before i have to go back to work (which i am dreading, dreading, dreading). I already have baby massage booked and waiting for confirmation on whether we are on the January or February course. I also plan to go swimming with the little fella and join more of the baby groups in my town to give Ro as much stimulus as he can muster at such a young age!!!

  • blog, blog and blog

I have been blogging on and off for about 2 years (more off than on) but i love the blog world and networking. I am going to make a conscious effort to blog more, i want to contact companies and ask to review their products and then blog about it… i want to share recipes… mommy experiences… health and fitness experiences and anything else i feel like blogging about! I want it to be interesting and varied so people actually want to read my blog!

  • Be content

There is nothing sweeter in life than the feeling of being content… it’s my favourite feeling hence the name of my blog. I want to reflect regularly on what is making me content… there is so much doom and gloom in the world at the moment i want to re-inject the ‘feel good factor’ into my life on a regular basis!

  • Become a millionaire…

This time next year I’ll be a millionaire *well i am an Only Fools and Horses fan and can dream can’t I?*

A vegetarian quorn delight!

The hubby and i have been eating a lot of meat lately so we fancied a change and picked up a couple of packets of Quorn when we were shopping at Lidl. Last year i collected a few tokens off quorn products and sent off for their recipe book – i dug this out and dusted it off for some inspiration…

I settled on the Leek Pie with Quorn Pieces as i had all the ingredients already in my cupboards…

Prep time: 10mins + 30 mins chilling – Cooking time: 25 mins – Serves 4

Pastry Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g butter, diced
  • 75g cheddar cheese or equivalent, grated (i left this out as the husband doesn’t like cheese)
  • 5-6 tbsp chilled water

I mixed the ingredients for the pastry in my trusted Kenwood mixer – it was quick, easy & the lightest pastry i have made, i will be using the above for many more pies in the future!

Filling Ingredients

  • 40g butter
  • 1tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 100ml of boiling water
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°/400°F/Gas Mark 6
  2. For the pastry mix the flour and butter, rubbing to make a bread crumb consistency. Add water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture forms a firm dough. Cover with cling film and put in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
  3. For the filling start off by putting the oil and butter into a frying pan and melt. Add the chopped leeks and cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat. Soften them but don’t let them colour!
  4. Stir in the garlic, Quorn pieces and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook or 1 minute. Gradually add the stock and milk while stirring to make a thick sauce. Season to taste.

5.  Pour mixture into a pie dish and allow to cool.

6.   Place the dough over the mixture and decorate! Glaze with milk and put in the oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown.

The final product!!

My opinion… delicious and light – i didn’t feel bloated at all like i usually do when i eat meat & pastry – the hubby also has been raving about it so it must be a hit!!!

I must remember to put on my shopping list batteries so i can take better photos instead of using my iPhone!

I think you will be seeing a lot more of my Quorn Recipe book in future posts!