My Monday Meals 03.02.14

I was in London this week and knew I wouldn’t get a chance to take photos of my meals today, so I have done a Friday special instead. This means Takeaway Night! Here’s what I had on Friday:

Breakfast

Breakfast

Shreddies with fresh strawberries and semi skimmed milk. I had a Caramelito Nespresso with hot soya milk followed by a Twinings Cranberry and Blood Orange herbal tea.

Lunch

Lunch

I fancied a few carbs at lunch and chose something my daughter could eat too. We had organic wholewheat fusilli pasta with tuna chunks, a bolognese sauce, peas and sweet corn (although you can’t see the peas in this photo). I tend to mix in regular fusilli as Annabelle can be fussy but because we ran out, we just had wholewheat pasta and she didn’t even bat an eyelid.

Dinner

Dinner

I had an Indian takeaway after Annabelle had gone to bed. It was a chicken tikka biryani with some added nuts and dried fruit, a peshwari naan and a lamb sula starter. The biryani comes with a chicken curry and I mixed in a bit of boiled rice to the fried rice, not that it really makes it any less naughty!

Snack

Snack

Activia Intensely Creamy yoghurt with a cup of Clipper’s Organic White Tea. I’m trying to cut down my caffeine intake and not really succeeding but at least I am drinking a variety of hot beverages throughout the week.

Has reading this week’s My Monday Meals given you a taste for more (sorry, that was terrible!?!), then click here for more.

Thai Throwback Thursday: A Thai Wedding

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In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, I though I would share a Thai TBT with you. Over the next few weeks, I will post a series of photos from my childhood, teenage and family albums all with a Thai theme. So here goes…

This week, I’m taking you back to July, 2006. Andy and I were in Thailand for my uncle’s wedding and this picture was taken in the morning before the ceremony. The photo shows us carrying an offering for the bride and groom. We walked around the bride’s home village of Korat and as we passed the homes of local friends and family, they joined us in a procession that led to her house. Each person brought with them a gift of food, money, gold or flowers. When we reached our destination, the ceremony began. Monks prayed for and blessed the couple and the groom’s family gave a dowry to the parents of the bride.

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My dad in the procession. He’s not smiling as I think the weather was a bit too warm for him.

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Guests tie a bracelet to the bride and groom’s wrists for good luck. The bride is wearing two flower wreaths on her head which are connected by string. One is taken from her and placed on the groom’s head to symbolise that they are now ‘tied together’.

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The monk keeps hold of the string attached to the couple during prayers and blesses them by flicking holy water at them. This is why some Thais believe that if it rains on a couple’s wedding day, the heaven’s are blessing them.

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The bride and groom.

Below, Andy and I are pictured at the hotel lobby before the evening reception.

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When our family and friends back at home saw this picture, they thought we had eloped! I think it was partly my dress, although the staged backdrop doesn’t help. But honestly, I wasn’t one of those girls who tried to upstage the bride! I was the Chief Bridesmaid (Maid of Honour) and my dress was no way near as beautiful as the bride’s. Actually, my dress was a lot darker than it appears in the photo.

Please let me know if you enjoyed my Thai Throwback Thursday post and stay tuned for next week’s.