Prematurely dressing for spring

Hello! Thank you for your kind comments about Sunday’s 10k race. I tell you what, Ben and I are experiencing some serious race fever now. We are raring to go with our 5k Parkrun this Saturday (potentially doing another 10k on the Sunday that we can sign up for on the day – but we’re going to see how we’re feeling). And we’ve got the following dates for our diaries:

  • 10 mile New Forest Run – Sunday 14th July
  • 5 mile National Lottery Run – Sunday 21st July
  • 10 mile Great South Run – Sunday 27th October
  • Gosport half marathon – Sunday 17th November

Whew! And I am SO excited. I am hugely excited that Ben is back into running and keen to do these races as well. It was so lovely chatting to him about Sunday’s race afterwards and comparing notes.

Though I have a slight confession…I am a terrible wife. The National Lottery Run is running around the Olympic stadium and ends on the track inside (very cool in my opinion). So it’s quite an experience and had limited entry numbers and only a small window of opportunity to grab tickets. As soon as I found out about it I knew I wanted to do it. I checked with Ben and he was keen too. Brilliant. Unfortunately in my haste to grab tickets I only bought one ticket. It was such a lengthy process to buy one that I just forgot to do the whole thing again to get another ticket.

And I didn’t realise until the next day. When all the tickets were gone.

Ben is obviously miles better in the marriage department and being a better person than me as he has said that I can do the run and he will merely spectate. I do love him. But obviously feel a) extremely bad and b) extremely stupid.

Anyway, on to the food side of things. It’s What I Ate Wednesday (thanks Jenn).

This is from yesterday (Tuesday):

Breakfast has been the same old same. After the quinoa breakfast fail the other day I quickly went back to what I knew.


Whew, all better. Oatmeal and almond milk in my lovely new bowl from Waitrose. The bowl is tiny so the porridge really piles up in it and also takes ages to eat because it’s like an oatie inferno in the middle (the correct technical phrase I assure you).

Lunch has been my monster tuna salads, popcorn and (frozen) fruit salad with Greek yogurt.Lunch collage

The house smells deliciously of popcorn in the mornings now I’ve been whipping up batches to take to work with me. I love munching on popcorn at work but I tend to forget I’m in public and when I’m reading something I have been known to miss my mouth or drop copious of crumbs on myself. Not attractive or elegant. And apparently sitting next to me while I have lunch is like being at the movies.

Dinner has been more salads recently and we’ve been getting into the spring vibe (ha – though the weather invariably hasn’t).


We’ve been into our steaks with salad and goat’s cheese recently. This is steak marinated with lime, cumin and garlic. Then fried in olive oil with sliced onion, and thrown on top of lots of salad with a good amount of goat’s cheese. Really simple and fresh meal.

Last night’s dinner was a bit of a wing-it meal. I had failed on the meal planning side of things. But I knew I had some frozen coconut milk in the freezer and tinned pumpkin. So I went with an aromatic coconut chicken curry (with pumpkin).


Coconut chicken curry (serves 2)

  • 1 tbs. oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp. chilli powder
  • Clove of garlic
  • 1/2 inch grated ginger
  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • Small onion, diced
  • Half a zuhcchini, diced
  • 3 mushrooms, diced
  • Half a can of pumpkin puree
  • Half a can of coconut milk (I used light)

– Heat the oil in the pan, then fry the spices to release their aroma. Add in the onion and cook for about 5 mins until golden, then add the ginger and garlic.

– Add the zucchini and mushrooms and fry until soft.

– Add the chicken and coat with all the lovely spices. Then add the pumpkin puree and cook for about 2mins.

– Add the coconut milk and heat through


I sprinkled dried coriander over the top and served.

So what’s with this weather, people of Britain? Seriously depressing. Yesterday I optimistically wore this outfit to work:


Sneaky photo bomber in the back

This is a new dress from Dorothy Perkins, with an old necklace my mum gave me, shoes from Tesco (small heeled wedges) and belt and cardigan from New Look.

However, it started raining pretty much as soon as I got to work and throughout the day. So when I got back home to walk Alfie in the evening this is what I wore:


This is post walk. I was freezing and soaked. So then this is what I wore for the rest of the evening:


Can’t beat pyjamas and a nice loungy jumper. Cozy and warm.

But seriously, what happened to our blue skies??

And lastly before I leave it there…this is the latest chocolate that I have been LOVING.


Lindt, you will obviously always be in my heart as good quality chocolate that I always go back to…But I can’t indulge in a little chocolate affair with these crazy concoctions.


Errr, a piece of heaven anyone??

Have a great Wednesday!

What’s your preference: good quality chocolate, or crazy but extremely sweet chocolate?

Have you brought out the summer wear prematurely like I have?

Are you enjoying summery salads or warming suppers?

32 Replies to “Prematurely dressing for spring”

  1. I cannot beleive the weather either. It was so cold on my walk to work this morning. However, I love your maxi dress and you just can’t beat lounging around in pjs.

  2. It’s so cold here that I had to relent and put the central heating back on last night! I definitely prefer the good quality chocolate, unless it’s an Easter egg!

  3. Can’t ever go wrong w/ cute pjs. I mean who you trying to impress when your lounging around your home anyways? lol

  4. That curry recipe looks yummy!

    It is Autumn here in Australia and the weather is a mix of warm and freezing cold and there have been multiple days lately where I’ve got it so wrong. Usually I’ve dressed too warm but now as the weather has gotten colder it is definitely changed to not dressing warm enough too 🙂

  5. Your coconut curry turned out great for just throwing things together!

    Haha. That photo bomb is too funny.

    I didn’t think that I had brought out the summer wear prematurely…. but it was super cold this weekend and I had to go back to long sleeves and pants like you 🙁 I think the cold spell’s over for us though thank goodness.

    Whoa. That popcorn-stuffed chocolate looks delicious.

  6. The weather is rubbish in Britain at the moment. I’m wearing a scarf as I write this comment. A scarf in May!

    I love your maxi dress.

  7. I’m totally going to make that curry… I’ve literally made your chicken paprika like four times already hahaha. Sorry about your ticket mix up!

  8. That same thing happened to me and Andy with the run! I signed up, and was going to sign him up but then dinner was nearly ready, so he said to me to email him the link and he would do it later- much later when I remembered, he checked and it had sold out 🙁 But he is going to be my spectator! Maybe we could meet up? To be honest he is excited about going to Pinkberry and getting some fro-yo while I am running haha!

    1. Ahh it’s such a pain it sold out.

      Yeah we should definitely meet up! Be great to actually meet you 🙂 We can be nervous for the race together then at the start hehe.

  9. Shut the door! Caramel popcorn chocolate?!?! Gimme! Can I pay you to send me some of this packaged amazingness? Or maybe I can entice you with a blogger swap? 😉 Let me know! I’ll send you anything you want from the States!

    Wow, you and Ben have become quite the running duo! Love it! I know I already mentioned this, but I think it’s so great when couples can enjoy fitness together. Err, most of the time. ;Sometimes the husband gets to play cheerleader, and that’s perfectly okay, too! 😉 How cool that you’ll be finishing the National Lottery Run in Olympic Stadium!

    Your meals always look so good! The steak and goat cheese salads sound wonderful, and the pumpkin curry has induced a major craving for Indian food. Yum! Like you, I’ve been on a major popcorn kick lately (maybe that explains my enthusiasm for the Cadbury chocolate?), and have found myself eating it at least once, if not two or three times a day. It’s so addicting!

    I’m so sorry to hear about the dreadful weather! Hopefully spring will pop back in soon! Oh, and I LOVE your striped dress!

    Happy Wednesday, Anna! <3

  10. I am in love with that new Dairy Milk chocolate, the toffee popcorn is unreal and the new marvellous creations..the cookie nut crunch um wow! So delicious!
    All of your other eats look so good as well; oatmeal for breakfast is always my go to meal – its so satisfying.

    1. I haven’t tried the cookie nut crunch as I couldn’t quite justify buying three huge bars of chocolate at once haha. But I will be buying it soon I think!

  11. BAHAHA I love the photo bomb. So silly 🙂

    And I pretty much get the worst wife award every week.
    Im always face palming myself for something dumb I did or forgot to do for my hubby. Poor guy works his butt off and comes home to a dirty house and me laying on the couch passed out lol

  12. Loving the race fever! You’re such an inspiration with your running, I don’t know how you do it! And congrats on the 10k! Although I had no doubt in my mind that you would absolutely kill it 🙂

  13. Woooah so many races!! That’s awesome!! I’m itching to do more myself 🙂 Also, oatie inferno made me giggle a little haha! I also love the photobomb from Ben 😉 Hope your week is going well!

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