I was slightly disappointed because it was only after I left the butchers that I realised the sausages he had given me were frozen. I'd ordered the gluten free BBQ pack two days in advance, so I definitely expected them to be fresh! This meant that they weren't defrosted in time for the BBQ, but thankfully this meant that we could have sausage and egg for breakfast the next morning. Every cloud has a silver lining I suppose!
While I was at my local health food shop these Kale chips caught my eye: I've not had them in years, and I don't think I've had this flavour before. When I picked them up, I made a half arsed attempt to look for a price, but couldn't spot one, and so I put them in my basket regardless. It was only when I got home that I saw a sticker saying they were £4!!! Needless to say I will be paying a bit more attention next time I'm at the health food shop, and making my own kale hips!
I also bought a Ginger and Orange Raw Choc Pie . The last time I had one of these was way back when I started this blog. Of course I shared it with Iestyn alongside some black coffee: very rich, but a great treat.
When I was in Newport for an interview a few weeks ago I popped into Starbucks for lunch and I was pleasantly surprised as they had a new range of salads. I had a Mexican salad which contained guacamole of obviously I loved it. I also had a small iced latte.
That same weekend Iestyn made me a lovely salad for lunch: so colourful!
Now onto the pictures of what I've been eating while working away in Llangollen. On the first evening I ordered a lovely steak, but asked for extra vegetables rather than chips: let me just polish my halo!
The second night was also quite saintly as I had a lovely hot smoked Salmon salad. Nice, but nothing special.
After such a light dinner I did cave and have sorbet for dessert: my favourite was the raspberry flavour, very tangy!
The wether, as you all know, was super hot so I had bare upper arms and bare legs. Not going to lie, I felt pretty exposed, I'm not used to showing so much flesh. A week later I am starting to get used to it though.
I went for a meat platter one evening which was great and perfect in this warm weather.
The above was a lamb and date tagine with tabbouleh and flat bread. This was my favourite meal of the week, the tagine was full of flavour, and the dates added a lovely sweetness. I hope to try and recreate this!
I quickly realised that the food at the eisteddfod wasn't my usual food, and I didn't really fancy fish and chips or pie and mash for lunch, so I made sure to pick a salad up at the Co-Op. I twice had the above mackerel salad which was lovely, I especially loved the pomegranate!
I did opt to eat on the field once, and I went for tandoori chicken with salad and cucumber dip in a naan bread, which I really enjoyed. However the best bit was the mango lassi, I wish I'd discovered these earlier on in the week, they would of kept me going in the heat!
My favourite sandwich was the cheese with a tomato relish, not something I would normally go for but it tasted lovely. We both felt very posh when eating the cucumber sandwiches too!
The scones where actually a bit of a disappointment as I found them to be quite dry, so we cut off most of the crusts and slathered them with jam and clotted cream.
When we reached the top of the tier we had to admit defeat as we were far too full, so we got a takeaway box for our cupcakes. I'd chosen the salted caramel cupcake- naturally- which I ate later on and it was absolutely gorgeous, I loved the salted caramel centre!
I think pictures of cupcakes are a great way to end the post, don't you think?! In my next food dump post there will definitely be no cakes or bread, just a lot of fresh fruit and veg and lean meats: I'm on day three already and feeling great!
How do you handle staying on track when away from your usual routine? I have to say that I didn't really follow any of my own advice this time, I usually try and take a few snacks with me, although I did buy fruit, nuts and dried apricots once I got there. Drinking wine is not usually part of my routine, but it was a social thing and I didn't over do it, so I just went to it. Of course I went with the best intentions, I took my running kit with me, but when I coupled the hot weather with a few glasses of wine in the evening, I decided that a week off would be the best plan of action!
Have a great weekend everyone!