Walks, books and muesli
Took myself off for a 4 mile walk this morning. Just me, myself and I. I fancied some time on my own, just walking, so off I went. It was lovely. A good day for walking, sunny and warm, not too hot. It was the same one I did with DP a few weeks ago. Saw some lovely houses en route
One of which has been mown now
Admired some stonking views
Carefully stepped over this little chap, I came across suddenly, just sitting on the path. He gaped his little beak at me as I stepped over him. Hoping for a tidbit. I was talking away to him, as if he understood, and as if he was a he, I’ve got no idea of its gender!
Tried to remember where the hazelnuts are
And generally chilled out. Lovely. Pretty stiff now, got to keep moving
I was going to make muesli in the No Power Plan, using a bag of mixed fruit and value oats, but changed it to a bought packet. Nevertheless, I wanted to see if the HM muesli would be nice. So I mixed 40g of oats, with 40g of mixed fruit, poured in 120ml milk and left it to soak. It soaked up all that milk, so I added a splash of water and put it back in the fridge. I shall have it for breakfast tomorrow and let you know what it was like.
Have just finished reading this book, Gut by Giulia Enders. It’s a fascinating read, taking us through the gut from mouth to bottom, explaining all kinds of things along the way. I learned many new things.
The reason I bought it is that I have become interested in the new field of gut research. The bacteria that live there influence us in many ways, both obvious and subtle. There is increasing evidence that gut bacteria dictate our diet, influence obesity, allergies, depression and Alzheimer’s. Giulia puts forward not one, but three theories of why our gut bacteria may make us fat and explores anti/ pre and probiotics. A recommended read.I had a little piece of salmon for my lunch today with some cold potatoes and a big pile of spinach and lettuce from the garden. I dressed the potatoes in a mixture of mayonnaise and miso. I’m a newcomer to the miso party and am enjoying exploring what I can do with it. The miso mayo I read about on the net somewhere and determined to try it. My goodness it was good. The miso was both a little sweet and deeply savoury at the same time. Delicious, and definitely something I will be having again.
I had the potatoes cold because when Guilia spoke about prebiotics, one of the things she said is that cooked, cold, potatoes or rice are more resistant to digestion. So more of it reaches your gut microbes intact, and they flourish on it. Making the meal more sustaining, for longer, and helping your resident bugs to be strong and beef up your immune system. Win win I say.
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one