Oh my goodness – what a year of changes for my culinary skills! Not only do I now regularly cook from scratch using proper ingredients and everyfink! (lol), but I even accepted the presenter bake off challenge this week, versus Simon, Kathy and Craigy!
We were all cooking our own fave bakes for a show that airs in September. Fun to do something a bit different! Here's a little behind the scenes clip!
My macrobiotic muffins worked out quite well - apple, walnuts, spelt flour, brown rice syrup… (oh, OK, I know what it sounds like!! But they tasted OK! Lol). Watch out for the 'Baking Boutique' in a month or so's time – it'll be a proper competition online and on air, where you can vote for whose look the best. I'll be counting on ya, regulars! Haha!
Winner of the macrobiotic comp a few weeks ago was lovely Helen from Belfast, who's got a long list of issues she wanted help with from the prize – the book and consultation with Marlene (www.marlenewatsontara.com). To read Helen's original comment from the competition, go here.
Helen's said she doesn't mind me giving you little updates on here. So I'll include a summary of how macrobiotic eating is helping her too every so often. Marlene says she's doing well after just a couple of weeks. This is from Helen:
'Blimey, if you only knew how difficult embarking on any sort of diet is for me – you see I'm usually the one who attends a Slimming Class and puts weight ON! Pathetic weightloss – up and down like a yo-yo! I was desperate for help and guidance. I would recommend her book to anyone as it is so very informative.
Prior to entering the competition I had reached a stage in my life where I wasn't living life to the full – in fact I wasn't really 'living' at all, I was just about 'existing' and this decline had been going on for many years – horrendous chronic fatigue, pains and debilitating depression – it was just awful! We all try to get on with things as best we can when suffering but it can be such a massive chore.
I have definitely found myself looking at food in a different way. The initial period of embarking on the diet recommendations was such a shock to my body I found it, to be honest, a bit rough, to say the least – I realise now, of course, my body was detoxing.
Since then I have been feeling less fatigued, I feel more like doing things that I had previously become totally disinterested in and I'm making more contact with the 'outside world'. I've even lost some weight. And I'm eating food items I would NEVER have thought of eating! TO BE CONTINUED…'
If anyone else has been doing really well via Marlene's book and advice do add a comment below! I know a couple of you have tweeted me about weight loss etc, so it'd be good to know!
Grandpog update – sadly my daughter's lovely poggie, Baloo, can't have puppies, they found out this week – due to hernia problems apparently. Boooo! Was hoping to one day have one of them! Shame.
Seems it runs in our 'family', considering the issues Patch had with her two tiny litters, plus Holly only ever took once, and both choccie labs Gracie and Daisy are both neutered 'cos of poor hips! Oh well, will have to find another way in future – shame 'cos I love puppies!
I don't really get the fuss myself, but I know many do. Do you? Anyway I thought I'd post this pic this week, considering the recent run of funny animal pics I've been showing you. Poor little fat bird! Made me smile tho!
The science bit
Cool video to watch this week from the 'Embarrassing Bodies' team about how Brussel sprouts have a special compound in them which helps the body combat illness. See? A Brussel sprout is not just for Christmas! Lol. Go to the P.S. at the end of this post to find out where to watch.
WATCH - the 'Inbetweeners' movie on DVD.
Gotta say, this home grown big screen version of the Channel 4 hit had me laughing out loud within a few minutes – mainly 'cos I'd seen most of the TV series and knew what to expect: coarse, crude comedy of the coming of age kind – good for anyone who's ever been – or never been – on one of those sun, sea, sangria and sex holidays (I'm a 'never', unless you count a four-girl trip to a secluded fishing village when I was 21 – mind you, my best pal at the time met her hubbie in the bar there, so it happens!)
Find out what happens to Simon, Jay, Will and the gormless Neil on DVD from one of the sleeper hits of last summer. Some silly – no, STUPID – bits, but overall a funny 8 out of ten from me.
QVC - have been off this week, including having a successful and surprisingly pain-free root canal being redone (yuk). But am back on air on Saturday at 10pm, including the new Canon camera Today's Special Value (launches midnight Friday, so assuming it's still there!)
It has a brilliant 20x optical zoom – amazing for a compact like this. Means you can get from here (spot the black dog!), to here…
… all without having to move nearer! How funny is Patchy's expression! Haha!
Have a great week, and look out next blog for the 'Batman' review! Am going tomorrow! If you've seen any good films or DVDs lately let me know by leaving a comment below!
And if you did anything unusual in July – for the Try it For the First Time club, let me know what your TiFFT was!
P.S. Channel 4 allow you to watch any old progs by just registering for free and sitting thru a few ads. For the clip on Brussel sprouts and cancer, just go here to get the amazing info from Doctor Dawn – it's 'Embarrassing Bodies Live', series 2, episode 5, after around 16 minutes of actual programme time – it's the programme with 'penis problems and testicle troubles' too – eg. testicular testing – which is kinda interesting also.
NB – whilst you're waiting for the ads to finish, maybe write me a comment on this week's blog! Easy to do – just enter your info below!