What I’m loving this week
My new handbag by Nancy Bird. I got it in their sale and just love it. The back is the softest orange leather and the inside is the same fabric as the dustbag.
I love it. I already said that, didn’t I?
What I’m coveting
These wall dots available at Ponyrider. I also love the banners. I especially love “sneakers.” Unfortunately I can neither afford nor justify them. Another minor issue is I don’t have anywhere to put them…. Sigh.
What I’m looking forward to
I’m off to Queenstown, New Zealand, for a long weekend in just over 2 weeks. I’m leaving the family here and catching up with a girlfriend. I can’t wait.
Operation Tummy Fix
The initial 4 week hard work has been done- and I’ve lost a total of 4.2kgs while sticking to the same number of calories I was consuming back in December. Sure I have a long way to go, and the weight loss is now slowing down, but my tummy and general yucky hormonal symptoms have almost completely gone.
I’ve stuck to it remarkably well, so will probably keep going- at least until I’m faced with bread so incredibly good that I have no choice but to sneak in a slice.
Having said that, the no wine rule will be relaxed, somewhat, in Queenstown- it’s a geographic necessity.
My recipe of the week
The only dairy I’m permitted is plain, natural, unsweetened yoghurt. I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to eat the fruit versions again. Anyways, yoghurt is a perfect vehicle for marinating chicken- especially when you add spices.
I’ve been throwing in some fresh grated ginger, crushed garlic, turmeric, paprika, garam masala and lemon juice, and leaving it be for about 30 minutes before popping it on a tray in the oven (200C) for about 30 minutes.