I overran on the supermarket shop this morning which sadly meant my daughter missed out on her swimming lesson. I tried my best to get back in time, but with the shelves in Aldi half empty (on a Saturday morning at 8.15am?), I had to do the majority of the shop afterwards in Tesco, a huge store, which I often find hard to navigate. I should have given up earlier, but sneaked in another aisle before joining a checkout, only to find I had the most inquisitive check out lady. She began by quizzing me on why I had bought 45 apples, 6 bags of organic kale, 4 bags of choi sum, 20 inches of ginger and 6 bags of organic carrots. Stupidly, instead of telling her a little white lie that I was cooking for a large family dinner, I told her the truth. Telling anyone that you are day 55 of a juice fast, is never the quickest way of getting your goods scanned.
In the late afternoon, my family all went to visit Bekonscot Village, the world’s oldest and original model village. I love it there. It is a fascinating little place which you can do comfortably in a couple of hours. There’s a great cafe with loads of outdoor seating for picnics, a good-sized play area for the kids to work off some energy, and a lovely ride-on train which takes you round the site and gives you a better view of the miniature railway which runs around the model village.
Lessons in what to juice
My husband arrived home from Beconsfield carrying a Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Pizza – spicy chicken arrabbiata with ndjua. It certainly smelt delicious as it was cooking. I have to admit that I didn’t know what ndjua was. And for those who don’t either, it’s a smoky, spicy, spreadable Italian sausage. I asked my husband if the pizza tasted as great as it looked and he retorted, ‘Yes, why don’t you juice some?’ I wish!
I don’t alter my dessert juice anymore, I now just make the same one every day as I love it so much: 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 peach, 150g blueberries and 1 sweet potato put through the juicer. I occasionally add some additional ingredients, depending upon what I have left over. Tonight the juice contained three figs. To the juice I then add a sprinkling of cinnamon and a heaped dessert spoon of pea protein powder before blitzing it for a few seconds in a blender. Tonight, I served it with a paper pineapple straw and cocktail umbrella and sipped slowly. Heavenly.