I am often asked about eating out after surgery…is it never the same again? Well I have had an extraordinary week because I have dined out on 5 occasions. I went to a friends for lunch, celebrated my best friends birthday at a barbecue, went out with my son and husband to celebrate his birthday (on the day), had a bigger family celebration of the birthday at the weekend, and had a working lunch mid-week. It has been unusual and I probably would have gained half a stone this time last year, so, to find myself weighing the same is brilliant.
The lunch with friends was fine because we had deli meats, salads, cheeses and fruits. Barbecue was also ok because I chose some lean grilled meats with salad. Going out with my husband and son on Thursday could have been more tricky since it was at one of my favourite gastro pubs. I do what comes easily now in these situations. I choose 2 starters to cover starter and main course – no-one bats an eye lid! So I had a small portion of smoked haddock and prawn risotto and a very small fish cake with a side accompaniment of dressed leaves. Perfect!
The working lunch involved sandwiches and no-one was surprised to see me dissemble these and eat the protein in the middle. I did have a little bread, but not much.
The celebratory meal with extended family and a real treat was at the Oxo Tower Brasserie in London. Even though the weather wasn’t brilliant we still had a good view of the river and some tourist attractions. Again I had two courses from the starter menu – a fabulous beef carpaccio (cut by laser because it was so thin) with a few salad leaves and a smidgen of quince paste. very good! For main course I had a starter portion of Grilled Saudi prawns on a couscous base with hummous and other bits and pieces. Truly delicious!
Can’t remember what everyone else had (just shows no-one is checking your plate only their own) but they pulled out all the stops with my husband’s pudding. He had a brownie platter with chocolate ice cream and dulche de leche popcorn – decorated in melted chocolate with Happy Birthday.
Now back to reality…the treadmill, some thrifty purse-stretching recipes and the realisation that it is all over for another year!