Yep, that was me on Friday night!
Picture the scene: There’s me, having just eaten dinner, preparing to write a post about my new-found love of mango, when the phone goes. It’s my best friend.
She sounded a bit strange and was only on the phone for a few seconds when she said she had to go because her husband was ringing. She rang back a minute later, sounding almost in tears, and said: “Please can you come round? There’s a…” I honestly thought the end of the sentence was going to be “… mad axe-man outside” but it was actually “…massive spider”!
So, dressed at my stylish best, in slobbing jogging trousers and ancient cardigan, I jumped in the trusty Golf (she’s only two minutes’ drive away) and went to the rescue 🙂
Bless her, I couldn’t stop laughing when I got there but she’s terrified of them and it was HUGE! But I’m not fussed about spiders so I put it outside, then stayed for a glass of wine or two 🙂
So there wasn’t time to post and I didn’t have time yesterday because she and I were going to watch the Grand National in a pub near Brighton with a huge group of people. We always go and it’s always a brilliant afternoon/evening; few drinks, great atmosphere… and it always seems to be beautiful weather too 🙂
But from past experience, I know I can go all day and hardly eat anything on that sort of thing so I made a good breakfast, carrying on the theme of the week…
It started with the peanut/banana/chia pudding last Sunday (and Monday)
It’s delicious and really filling but somehow feels like it needs more substance so, during the week, I made some of this and cooked oats separately
Then mixed together:
Perfect – just as filling but with more to it 🙂
Then, I saw a weird “buy a bag of apples, get a mango free” deal in Sainsbury’s. It seemed strange but I’m not one to look a gift mango in the mouth! So I dived in and made, that night, a mango and Kara coconut milk smoothie:
I’m quite glad I didn’t have enough spinach to add – look at that colour! And the mango, which was almost over-ripe, was soooo good, especially with the coconut. So the next step was obviously…
Mango chia pudding (1tbsp chia seeds, 80ml Kara coconut milk and about 1/3 of a mango, pureed) left overnight and mixed with the oats…
… with mashed banana and a dollop of almond butter on top. 🙂
It was perfect (cue sad face because the mango is no more) and perfect fuel for the day, especially because, apart from the pb/banana sandwich I took with me, I didn’t have anything else till I got home about 10pm. I quickly microwaved a sweet potato, which was so good, I turned it into pancakes this morning, using another find:
I saw the powdered coconut milk in Tesco ages ago and thought it might be a cheaper alternative to the tinned stuff (and with less chance of wasting any) but, as standard, stashed it in the cupboard and forgot! I broke it out today to make these:
Sweet potato/coconut pancakes;
1tbsp coconut powder
2tbsp egg whites
1tbsp milk (I used Kara)
About 1/4 of a huge sweet potato, baked and mashed
1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda
Mix everything really well and cook on a preheated pan over a low heat.
They came out really substantial and didn’t burn or stick at all – result! I topped mine with mashed banana, mixed with another 2tsp of coconut powder:
Bliss, and it fitted with a bit of a tropical theme, given the banana/mango/coconut content of the last few days! I’m intrigued by the coconut powder too and want to use it more… have you tried it?
Off to take advantage of the beautiful weather and cycle to ride Dave – have a great Sunday 🙂