Fruit and Veg menu!

One thing I discovered a few years ago by keeping a food diary was that we didn’t have enough fruit and veg in our diet, fresh or otherwise.
Sure, I had the usual things like sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli in the freezer plus tins of peas and carrots in the cupboard, and we did have a bramley apple tree in the garden with loads of hedgerows locally to gather blackberries and elderberries to go with them, but that was about it.

Digital CameraPhoto: Our apple tree in blossom 2014, the year we left. The shed was 4′ x 6′ to give you an idea as to its true size. Magnificent, as were the apples!

We rectified the veg shortfall by digging over a veg plot and planting carrots (useless), swede (our single pride and joy was eaten by a visiting friend’s dog), and some turnipy type things called kohlrabi, which we didn’t actually like very much.

As you can gather, our original choices therefore weren’t our best, so in subsequent years we switched to tomatoes (felt like thousands), potatoes (still digging them up year after year), onions (99% success rate), runner beans (mountains), and later rhubarb as our windmill friend gave us a root when clearing out his garden.
We also discovered we had two elderberry trees and a plum tree at the bottom of the garden when they suddenly decided to bear fruit. We purchased three strawberry plants at a local school fete and they produced a fair amount, although the biggest and juiciest was lost to a cheeky blackbird who reverse dive bombed it (ie attacked from underneath) after we netted the tub.

These days, I tend to buy prepacked salads for me, raw carrots, mushrooms and onions as a matter of course, and loads of fresh veg for our stews.
I’m not really an apple or orange fan so I go for the more expensive fruit for my desserts. Kiwis, pineapple, raspberries, peaches, strawberries, melon, bananas, grapes and the occasional pear can all find their way into my salad bowl to be accompanied by quark or just a sprinkling of granola cereal for that little bit of crunch, topped with cinnamon. Dried apricots can be my B option, or I can have them at one syn each. I cut them up so that they look more!

Hubby has been having problems with his digestive system which is currently under investigation and so far all possible thoughts have come back negative. So by a process of elimination we have been trying to find the cause, which can only be something I cook, the way I cook it or something we buy. We have already kicked into touch certain fast foods.
We have ascertained that generous spice or herb additives to whatever dish is partly to blame so now I don’t normally use them, unless it’s for a curry in which case I no longer add turmeric. In contrast,  yoghurt, even the plain variety,  seems to be another no-no for him, as is too much fruit, so he may have half a banana on his cereal or perhaps eat a couple of apricots or handful of grapes for nibbles. Porridge is good for both of us it seems.

At the moment, I am really enjoying fruit salads of varying sizes and content depending on whether it’s for breakfast, dessert, or a snack meal.
dessert-2 dessert fruit-breakfast fruit-salad-nov-2 pineapple-and-grapesHowever, Hubby is still having his favourites like spaghetti bolognese (recently using pork mince instead of beef as (a) it’s cheaper at the moment and (b) it’s only 5% fat which is good for me!), McCheese and curry.  None of these appear to affect him, and if he has a jacket spud, beans, cheese or mushrooms are equally OK.

I’ve had one of the JW infusion range with mine and intend to get a few more of the salmon ones whilst they’re still on special offer!
jw-tuna-jacket-spud mccheese-nov pork-bol chicken-salad-nov jw-salmonThis last one is the JW Salmon and teriyaki, just one syn for the tin and it’s really tasty.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to Fruit and Veg menu!

  1. Ritu says:

    Food is looking good!!!!

  2. tildy1 says:

    Those fruit salads are beautiful and look so tasty!!

    • Thank you.
      A friend used to make a glorious fruit salad soaked in a cointreau syrup/juice. That was decidedly moreish and always went down well! Another would soak his in a carton of orange juice which was nice enough, but too tarty with everything else for me. I tend to have mine juice free, with maybe a meringue or gingernut crumbled up in the bottom. I like colour, so try to have yellow, white, green, orange and red fruit. The good news is that the fruit and quark are syn free, and the meringue and gingernut just 2 and a half syns each so well within the SW limits.

  3. I am surprised that turmeric troubles him as that is supposed to be a healthy spice. GI issues are always the worst. I occasionally have them and have never been able to determine what the cause is. There are a few triggers for me like heavy meals or rich (cream sauces) foods or overeating but stress figures into it too. I’ve had more issues since I’ve retired and my life became more stress less so go figure!

    • Our lifestyle now is so laid back we are almost horizontal. The docs are telling us what the problem isn’t, but no-one knows what it is……yet. Still, his appetite is good despite recent weight loss, which is a bit sickening bearing in mind all the chocolate and biscuits he can eat!

      • 🙂 My sis-in-law and brother weigh the same thing. He eats anything he wants (cookies, cakes, etc.) She struggles to stay at the weight she is which is at least 30 lbs. overweight for her height. Knowing what it isn’t is helpful too. Takes away some of the worry because the bad things would be evident.

      • That’s how we see it. We’ll get to the bottom of it in the end.

  4. lbeth1950 says:

    Your fruit bowls look wonderful.

  5. Daughter has recently decided she is a vegetarian and our entire shop has now been thrown into upheaval. Luckily vege’s are plentiful here in Mersin however they are seasonal so I can’t always control what we serve. Im frantically buying all the broccoli I can find right now so I have more than enough to last me until next year.

    Love that she’s trying to be healthy though … although I did put chicken breast in her stir fry last night … I need a treat too 🙂

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