Last week I discovered that I may have a food intolerance. Unfortunately, identifying exactly what that intolerance is has been a bit like catching a wriggling fish with bare hands. I don't feel too downhearted though as I've been lucky enough to breeze through 30 years without a hint of allergy, asthma, hayfever or eczema, so it only seems fair that the gods of karma have decided that now's my turn. The downside is that I feel completely inept at sussing out what's going on, but it's time to flex my detective muscles and figure out the problem in order to get my health back on track. And so, for starters, I've been trying to cut out wheat.
This little task has been trickier than I anticipated. While pasta is easily substituted with wheat-free alternatives, bread is something I know I'm going to miss. One of my all-time favourite ways to spend a Sunday morning is to veg out in my cosy pyjamas with a mug of steaming hot tea, tucking into dippy poached eggs on hot, buttery toast, with a sprinkling of salt and cracked black pepper. The thought that I may have to sacrifice this delicious tradition for the sake of my rotten stomach did get me down at first. But after having a good mooch around the internet, I found a few suggestions for jazzing up a poached egg in a way that would leave wheat-free eaters feeling delectably satisfied. So instead of bread, I opted for wilted spinach and mushrooms (done either in a pan of olive oil, or grilling the mushrooms and wilting the spinach over the steam of the poached egg for a healthier version). It was absolutely delicious, and I feel suitably relieved in the knowledge that my Sunday routine has been preserved.
My housemate has been away with work for the past 10 days, and while I've enjoyed flitting around the flat at my leisure, I'm looking forward to getting back into the routine of sharing my space. I've really been enjoying having someone to look after, and who also looks after me. There's nothing like a bit of girly nurturing to comfort you after a rubbish day. It'll also take the pressure off looking after this little madam, who, while being an incredibly affectionate little munchkin, also likes to be the sole centre of attention, causing all manner of havoc when she's not being 'loved'.
Lastly, I just wanted to say a big congrats to Rosie who won my Leon Hippy Beans Giveaway! A copy of Leon's latest recipe book is on its way :)
Have you been having a lovely weekend?
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