The weekend away was a (dietary) success! Turns out it wasn’t the nightmare I anticipated, and for the most part, eating was easy. I consumed almost all the food I took with, I didn’t starve, and I even managed to eat my own food at the wedding. I also discovered that I can navigate 2 days away from home with no means to heat my food, no cutlery and a black-tie event to attend. Go me!
Here’s where we spent the weekend:
Morgansvlei Country Estate, Tulbagh – absolutely gorgeous, isn’t it?
And here’s what I packed:
Perfect amount of food for the weekend. Apart from a few boiled eggs, 3 bananas and an avo, I ate it all
Friday night supper
I earmarked the mince ‘bolognaise’ for Friday night, but when we arrived at our guesthouse, we discovered that it indeed had a fridge… but no microwave. K suggested I fill a metal box with boiling water (the box was next to our kettle, holding the teabags and sugar) and then place the tuppaware into it to heat it. That was a disaster, because the metal box leaked and we managed to completely waterlog our room!
Next I attempted filling the bathroom basin with boiling water, putting the tuppaware in, and weighting it down to keep it submerged under the hot water. It didn’t really work and I eventually gave up and ate cold mince.
Thankfully, breakfast on Saturday was much easier: A few boiled eggs washed down with a mug of black coffee from the breakfast room.
Enjoying my morning coffee on the pier outside the breakfast room.
Having a Dawson’s Creek moment…
… and just one more, because it’s so damn pretty!
I kept my lunch quite protein-heavy to avoid bloat (I needed to not be blimpy at the wedding), so I had a few more eggs, a (cold) grilled chicken breast, and several spoons of macadamia nut butter. K’s lunch was a whole lot more exciting: we went to a quirky little outdoor place call the ‘Bush pub’ and she snacked on this droolicious looking chicken basket while the resident chickens clucked away at our feet! (#Awkward)
Dinner at the wedding
I’d struggled to find the caterers for the wedding, so I filled a tuppaware with chicken and veg, stuck this note to it, and left it in the fridge at the venue:
It worked! I chatted to the caterers once the wedding was underway, and when the rest of the table received their main course, I was served my own food. It was cold (WTF?!) but it was mine, it was safe, and I didn’t have to starve. I was also pretty happy that they’d known well enough to seat me right next to the wine 😉 It’s SUCH a treat staying at the actual wedding venue, because we didn’t have to worry about drinking and driving, and simply tottered back to our room after the event.
I mostly avoided bananas yesterday as I didn’t want to risk ballooning in my tight little dress, but I gulped several down when we got back to our room afterwards!
K & I in our wedding rags
More boiled eggs, more coffee, and then home!
I must say, it was easier than I anticipated… but messier. After we drenched our room on Friday night in our failed attempt to heat the mince, everything was soggy and damp for the rest of the time we were there. Also, there was nowhere to clean my used tuppaware, and nothing to clean it with, so I had to make do with the bathroom sink and some handsoap. I wrapped all my semi-clean containers in brown bags and had to wash them when we got home today (eew).
Also, there was no cutlery besides teaspoons in our room, so I had to swindle a knife and fork from the group dinner on Friday night! (I gave them back of course).
My best food tip for a weekend away
All in all, diet-wise, this weekend was very do-able. I attribute this mostly to the fact that I took a lot of food that I could eat on its own, and without heating or preparing, such as boiled eggs, ripe avo, ripe bananas, nut butter. It definitely helped that we had a fridge in our room too. All you need to do, really, is plan ahead and plan for the worst (ie: no fridge, no microwave, etc) and you’ll be fine.
We got home and I had to spend about 4 hours in the kitchen prepping my food for this week, as well as a Thai chicken and coconut soup for K. I made all my usual veg, and also had a brainwave that I could roast my butternut instead of peeling, chopping, de-seeding and boiling, which is such a mission. I roasted it instead and it turned out beautifully! I’ll try it tomorrow.
I also, for some reason, bought some baby gem squash earlier this week. I think it’s because our local supermarket was out of everything, and for some reason it seemed like a good idea. I realised today that you can really peel or de-seed it… and then I thought, what the hell? For more than 2 months I’ve avoided all skins and seeds; let’s see if my body can handle it. So I cooked them up and had a few of them with my dinner – skins, seeds and all! So far I feel okay. They’re very similar in taste and consistency to zucchini actually.
Grown-up gems and baby gems
I also made a fresh batch of yoghurt and I PROMISE I will share the recipe ASAP. It’s been on my mind – I haven’t forgotten, I just haven’t had a chance!
I hope you all had a great weekend, and that your diets are going well. Amazing how such a basic thing can totally consume your life!