Wednesday, 18 July 2012

WIAW # 9

Can’t believe where the week has gone. Here are my eats as normal from last Wednesday.

For breakfast I went back to good old fashioned oats, sliced banana and some peanut butter.  It just fills me better then any other breakfast and never seems to disappoint.  I have been adding some berries in instead of banana for a treat but banana is still my fav.

This week I had the chance to try 2 free graze boxes thanks to a friend.  The first box came last week and the second will come this week.  All the snacks have been tasty and so fresh.

My favourite was the Jaffa Cake collection which I forgot to photo but it was roasted hazelnuts, orange sultanas and dark chocolate discs.  It was lovely and all had a hint of orange.  Each box comes with a booklet detailing the nutritional value of each section.  This is great for me as watching what I eat.  I do think they are a little expensive and not sure I would pay weekly for it but nice for treat and even nicer free J.

For lunch I had left over Potato and Cottage Cheese bake with a lovely leafy salad. 

For dinner we had Pearl Barley and Chickpea bake. 

It takes a little while to make but one of our favourite meals and makes a portion for 2. 

100g of pearl barley
½ tin of chickpeas
1 onion finely chopped
1 carrot chopped small
150g of chopped mushrooms
1 tin of tomatoes
½ pint of good quality stock
Any other veg you fancy.  I like a little courgette/zucchini
1 chilli finely chopped
1 garlic piece finely chopped

Put the pearl barley in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.  Drain and clean pan before adding back in the pearl barley.  Add all the other ingredients but the chick peas and bring to the boil.  Simmer for about 45 minutes, adding the chickpeas 15 mins before the end.  Check the pearl barley is cooked and serve.  You will need to keep an eye on it and add more stock in case it goes dry.  If it is too wet remove the lid and put the heat slightly higher until it gets to the consistency that you like.

Monday night I went bouldering.  I am not very good with heights and when I was younger I went climbing with the school and it really scared me.  I decided to give it a go and a girl from work who climbs said she would come with me.  You are not attached to ropes and follow coloured lines.  I stuck to the easy colours and tried some different routes.

The pictures are not very clear and I most certainly don’t look fantastic but it was a good laugh.  I did freak out at one point and had to come down but once I composted myself I managed it and did it again until I conquered it.  It was expensive and not something I would do regularly but would defo do it again.   There were some great climbers there and it was great to watch.   I would also like to go to a climbing wall and give that a go next .  Not sure if  I would freak out though!

I am spinning tonight if my legs can take it!!  I have so far kept to the fitness aims I set on Monday.


  1. WTG with the fitness! I've had overnight oats for breakfast everyday for at least the last 6 weeks. Banana and sunflower butter is my favorite!

    [Fitness, Health and Happiness]

    1. They are so filling, do you eat them hot or cold?

  2. Wow those olives look amazing! Making me want to go buy some of my own!

    1. They were really lovely. I am really enjoying Queen olives in chilli oil mmmmm.

  3. i agree with rachel! those olives look amazing. when i was in spain there were these huge barrels filled with different kinds of plump juicy olives. i was in heaven. they also give them to you free when you order a drink. can't beat that. enjoy!

  4. Olives delivered to your door? Yes please! I LOVE olives!

  5. Your pearl barley bake sounds divine! We go through lots of chickpeas and I've started making them in the crockpot, then freezing individual bags of them for later. The yummy food you received in the mail looks really good too!

    1. Thank you, it is one of fav meals. Just wondered how you cooked your chickpeas in the crockpot. Much better then using tinned ones.