Happy New Year and let’s all welcome in 2015!! 😀
I’ve just eaten my weight in pretzels. 😛
Well I have to say I really enjoyed the festive break but it’s good to be back. I’m really glad I took the time off writing anything here, simply to recharge my batteries and to be able to spend time with my friends and family. Whatever you did, I hope it was as happy a time as it was for Lynne and me.
Brand new Recipes will be back from next week! In fact, I’m going back to basics and publishing 5 different porridge breakfasts, one for each day of the working week. Each one providing a natural, nutritious and filling start to your day. Not only that I’ve made them in mind for those of you who might require a speedy breakfast before leaving the house or those who might want to make their breakfast at work.
So if you haven’t already made a New Year’s resolution to quit those processed supermarket box cereals, you know that ones that are stripped of any beneficial nutrients and have sugar and salt added to improve their flavour and make you addicted to them, then why not try my simple wholesome breakfasts next week?
So Christmas, where did it go? Ah yes, it all started here with the making of the traditional Mary Berry Tunis Cake. When I say traditional, I actually fib a little bit there as it’s only the second year I’ve made it. However it went down such a storm last year that I decided to make it again, Lynne decorated it and we transported it between our families and shared it amongst everyone.
The first destination of the cake was Lynne’s mum and dad’s where we stayed from Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day. We take turnabout with our families. Last year it was the turn of my mum and dad to stay with us in Glasgow and I cooked the Christmas dinner. This year Lynne’s mum did her fantastic Christmas lunch, plus we always have a curry from a local Indian take away on Christmas Eve. If you follow me regularly you’ll know curries are one of my most favourite foods. Well that and the Christmas Day turkey and all the trimmings and and…. 🙄
Lynne kept commenting that my pile of presents was larger than hers. She’d already removed them from under the tree to my feet, eager for us to start unwrapping them when this picture was taken on Christmas Day.
I’m so happy with all the books and CD’s that I got. Lots of inspirational recipes and thought provoking positive wellbeing literature and, for my hillwalking, a brand new Berghaus waterproof jacket. My old one had lasted nearly 10 years but was slowly falling to pieces, so a very welcome and necessary item for that hobby. Oh and the Reeses peanut butter sneaked into that picture. I may have mentioned that since our trip to Las Vegas in September last year I’ve become a little addicted to it. 😮
After a night back in Glasgow we headed off on the 27th to Inverkeithing to see my folks who were just leaving my brothers having stayed there Christmas Day and we replaced them with us to spend time with my two very excited nieces!
I received an amazing present from my brother and his family. A box of produce and herbs from his allotment. Dried Chillies, chilli flakes, chilli powder, dried rosemary and hot chilli oil as well as heather honey and an Irish whisky to make a Hot Toddy! I loved this box, not just because I can put everything to use in my recipes, but because it was really personal.
After seeing all the things that my niece’s got for Christmas and playing at “schools” we all took a walk down to my brother’s allotment.
These two little budding gardeners were keen to show Lynne and I where they would be having their OWN vegetable patch this year.
I hope that I might be lucky enough to be on the receiving end again from the allotment when some produce has been grown and can maybe feature it in Neils Healthy Meals in 2015. Maybe this little helper (Kara) might help me make a recipe with the home grown ingredients too! 😉
So I’ll sign off now and leave you to enjoy your New Year’s Day dinner and whatever you have planned. I’ll be making Lynne and me a steak pie that is tradition here in Scotland for today.
All that’s left for me to say until Monday, is that we’re wishing you all a really healthy, happy New Year and to thank you for continuing to follow, commenting on and making my recipes. 🙂
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