I know I haven’t put any new recipes on the site in forever, but my regular readers will know that these days if I have the energy to try new foods I don’t have the time, and if I have the time I don’t have the energy. However, I’ve been proper hormonal this past week (my period arrived early) and fancied something nice to nibble, so I made myself a Gingerbread, the recipe for which I’ve placed in the Desserts & Treats section of my blog. If you don’t want a dark cake, use half treacle and half golden syrup but I personally love the richness of using all treacle. If you want it spicier, just add more ginger. It does do best if you wrap it in foil and leave it for 48 hours before eating, but I can never wait that long 😉 It also freezes well.
I also made some Cauliflower couscous this week, after being inspired by an ASDA advert on the telly. I love the taste of cold raw Cauli, so just broke it into florets and whizzed it in the food processor until it looked the size and texture of Couscous, but you can add anything you like to it – spring onions, beans, roasted red peppers, seeds, nuts, herbs……..the sky’s the limit. You could also mix it with my Chinese Honey Sauce (see Jams & Sauces section for recipe) for a hot n sour mixture. I made a Spicey Bean Casserole to go with my Cauli and it was delish:
I had another Orthotics appointment on Thursday to discuss my custom made insoles. Despite modifications they’re still unusable, making the soles of my feet so painful after just an hour of use I can barely walk. So it looks like I’m scuppered and we’re not going to be able to find insoles which correct my inturned knees and hips without causing problems elsewhere. Bugger and double bugger. So I’m sticking with the D30 insoles I can buy myself online, but I’m going to try and add a small arch support myself from previous ‘trial’ insoles I was given by Podiatry. As my knees are now both painful, however, I’m using knees supports for strength and stabilization – the ones I’ve found best are from the Boots Pharmaceuticals range, as I can wear them over the top of my jeans and leggins and find them really comfortable. The stretchy ones placed next to my skin cause my to Dermographism to go nuts and itch me so much I can’t wear them.
I had a bit of a scare on Saturday morning. I was out walking Bertie when all of a sudden he sat down and starting licking his back leg. It became obvious he couldn’t bear any weight on it and I had to carry him back to the car, which nearly killed me as he weighs 10 kilos (22lbs) and we were in the middle of nowhere. I got him back to the house and had a good look at his foot but could find nothing wrong. He was obviously in distress though and still couldn’t weight bare. Ordinarily I’d give him some paracetomol and wait to see what happens, but on Saturdays the Vet shuts at lunchtime so I decided to have him looked at just in case it was something which needed treatment. We drove the 20 minutes to the Surgery, with Bertie still licking his foot and holding it pitifully in the air, only for him to jump out of the car when we got there like nothing was wrong – I wanted to kill him! The Vet thinks he’d been stung and just gave me some Calpol for the pain. So our little sojourn this morning cost me £21 I didn’t have – the most expensive teaspoon of paracetomol in the known universe!
As I said at the start of my post, my period arrived all out of the blue this week on day 19 of my cycle. I definitely think things are shifting again hormone-wise in recent months, which may be the reason I’m having more migraines than usual. The good news is these short cycles tend to be slightly less painful than a regular cycle though this one has left me feeling very tired and muzzy headed. I’ve been in peri-menopause for 4 years now but don’t seem to be making any progress towards actual Menopause.
I woke with some belting bruises on my legs this week, with not a clue how they’d been made. I feel like the protagonist in the Princess & The Pea story, who sleeps on top of 20 mattresses only to wake black and blue the next morning because a pea had been placed under the bottom one. Now I just need my Prince to come and marry me 😉