I can't believe that we're coming up to the halfway point of 2017 already. That can't possibly be right.
Lesley (hello, Lesley!) has recently started 5:2ing and asked me how it was going - so now, six months in, seems like a good point to assess progress so far and make some general comments on the diet (which will probably be exactly the same comments that I make every time that I do a progress report but they are good comments and bear repeating). I will post that shortly.
Also, I have a couple of fantastic little things-to-do-with-broad-beans that I must share with you. If you have an allotment (or, indeed, a garden) you may well be overrun with them at the moment and searching for new ideas. Another, somewhat annoying, watch this space.
In the meantime, I just wanted to bookmark a couple of recipes for posterity and commend them to your attention.
These breakfast bars, a Nigella recipe via a lovely blog, are a cinch to make and a fantastic way of using up all those odd bags of dried fruit and nuts and seeds of which I seem to have a cupboard full. They're healthy-ish: lots of good stuff in there but certainly not a low calorie or sugar option. They last exceptionally well (over a week in an airtight container and still fine) and are perfect for breakfast on the go. Which, in our house means breakfast at your desk when you've reluctantly hauled yourself out of bed in time to get to the office for seven.
And this garlic butter prawn linguine dish, we made on a Saturday night after a bottle of wine and an emotional rollercoaster of a Dr Who episode. It is extraordinarily simple and low effort but delivers on indulgence and flavour. Just the kind of thing that you want to cook and eat on a Saturday night after a bottle of wine and an emotional rollercoaster of a Dr Who episode. One that I will be retaining up my sleeve for future use.