Happy Sunday Folks, I hope your weekend is going well. What’s this “What’s NOT Cooking” all about? Click here.
Well, we’re back! Back from an absolutely amazing, relaxing and fun time in our little caravan in Glencoe. And thank you weather, you were pretty decent to us!
Thank YOU for all your comments and likes on Instagram! I just managed to share some of the fantastic views we had, before my phone finally stopped working. It got upgraded yesterday though to a smart new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Love me new gadgets! 😎
I’m putting together a post for Thursday to share with you the best of the scenery highlights of the last week. There were so many. I know I’m going to struggle to choose which photos to show you, and you folks always have so many nice comments about my pictures of Scotland, so I’ll try and show the best ones.
And the food, OMG, #allthefoods, we ate at some fantastic places, more on that below!
Anyway, back to this edition of what’s NOT cooking, as usual let’s start off with a couple of recent blog posts that I really enjoyed reading.
Inspiration and Wellbeing
http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/03/05/4-toxic-behaviors-that-tear-couples-apart/ so how do people in healthy relationships deal with issues that can’t be resolved?
http://tinybuddha.com/blog/forgiving-refusing-let-bad-things-change-us/ an amazing true story of forgiveness.
Out and About in Glencoe
There are just so many excellent food places to visit in this area of Scotland. I decided to feature the very best of what we ate below otherwise this post would just be too long!
On Tuesday we shared this amazing seafood platter for lunch from the Loch Leven Seafood Café. All of the seafood is completely fresh! Lynne loved the langoustines. For me the lobster was the best I’d ever tasted! It’s safe to say that this was enough to fill us for the rest of the day! 😮
Thursday evening, I drove into Fort William where we had booked an early evening table at still my most favourite seafood restaurant ever, the Crannog Seafood Restaurant. We deliberately booked early so we could get a table and admire the loch side view.
There’s so much to choose from on the normal menu let alone looking at the specials board. What would you have? Here’s what we had below……. 🙂
Lynne had the pan fried scallops with black pudding and shallot puree.
I had the poached halibut, asparagus and salmon gravadlax terrine with pickled cucumber.
My main course was the pan seared monkfish with pork belly black pudding and creamed leeks.
Having not yet had enough of langoustines, Lynne opted for another awesome langoustine dish.
Accompanied with salad and sauted potatoes.
Dessert is something we would normally share. Just as well we were doing lots of walking! There were two we both wanted to try so we shared this chocolate tart with heather cream.
And this banana and date pudding. I am so re-creating this!!
Oh, and here’s what I cooked for us each morning in the caravan, a different healthy frittata each day, this one was a garlic, leek and kale breakfast frittata. 🙂
Apart from all the eating and walking that we did, we had lots of relaxing time sitting about drinking tea and coffee in the local coffee shops. A trip to Glencoe wouldn’t be complete without a stop at our favourite coffee shop, Crafts and Things.
More photographs on Thursday. 😀
I know some of you folks just come to this part here for our weekly meal planner for next week, so here it is. Breakfasts are generally a daily variation of these porridge options.
Monday Lunch – Sweet Potato, Garlic and Chilli Soup
Monday Dinner – New Casserole recipe I’m working on
Tuesday Lunch – Broccoli and Stilton Soup
Tuesday Dinner – Green Lentil Lasagne and Side Salad
Wednesday Lunch – Ham and Veg Soup
Wednesday Dinner – New Salad recipe I’m working on
Thursday Lunch – Avocado Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Thursday Dinner – Skinny Lamb Curry & Wholegrain Rice
Friday Lunch – TBC
Friday Dinner – TBC
What’s this iwanttobeablogger.com part all about?
Well, those of you who read this weekly update of mine will know that I recently started evening classes at Glasgow College in Web Design and Web Authoring. Again, thanks for all your supportive comments and emails! Things are progressing nicely there. At my last class we were building basic websites using nested tables on HTML and beginning to cover more advanced aspects of HTML5 and CSS. We also started using Dreamweaver. I LOVE Dreamweaver!!
I’ve bought and registered the domain iwanttobeablogger.com (I couldn’t believe it was still available – but it was!). My idea is to set up a generic site, separate to neilshealthymeals.com which will be a reference site for anyone wishing to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog on any kind of hobby / topic they might wish to write about.
I still often struggle to find some resources online, and sometimes they’re just not what I’m looking for, so I thought I would try and summarise my experience of how I set up everything to be self-hosted. I’m by no means any kind of expert, but I think I’ve got more than the basics now, plus as I build that site in my desktop test environment, I’ll still be learning more about the Genesis Framework and coding myself, so hopefully I’ll eventually be able to answer any questions that people who come onto the new site might have. This is the idea anyway, and could change!
Eventually, and I mean eventually! I hope I can offer services (paid) to build specific WordPress blogs, customised to how users might want them to be, for those people who might just want to write and have me make the tweaks for them in the background. This is the plan anyway!
I’ll certainly keep you updated here as to how things are progressing. Oh, but neilshealthymeals isn’t going away! I don’t think I would feel well enough informed to write a brand new site about how to be a blogger, if I wasn’t already doing it, but still very much learning and growing from that experience, so no worries there.
I have a job! 😀 Which is just as well as Lynne said that because I haven’t been shaving regularly, apparantly I’ve been beginning to look a bit like a “hobo”. 😮
The job itself is basic and temporary. But it’s work and it’s money. I can’t begin to tell you how frustrating the last 4 months of unemployment have been, job search wise, nor do I want to go on about the hundreds of job applications I’ve sent. So let’s leave it at that. I’m just waiting on my start date coming through.
So, leaving you now on that positive note, make sure you head over to Amanda’s blog for her Sunday update and great links.
See you for Tuesday’s recipe!
Comments welcome (as always!) And thank you. 🙂