Hi and welcome back.
I hope you enjoyed last week blog post where I shared a Life Update with you on how my summer 2019 has been. I thought this week would be a good time to share another in my What I Eat in a Day: mini series; this time what I eat when I work a weekend. I work full time as a veterinary nurse which often means long busy days where I don’t always get a break. When I work a weekend, it is for a Saturday morning but I often end up staying let caring for emergency patients. Food isn’t often too high a priority at the time but trust me, I get hangry pretty quickly so need to have food pre-prepared for the day so I don’t worry about here. Here is what I eat when I am working the weekend. I hope you enjoy the recipes. C. -x-
Working on a Saturday morning means starting early. I have to be out the house by 7am to get to work on time. At that time in the morning, I am not in the mood for food. I can’t stomach anything until at least an hour after I wake up and have settled into my day a bit. As I have to leave early already, I am not getting up even earlier for food. This means, I often take food to go with me and eat it at work before I start. There is something about sitting in my car and enjoying my coffee (gingerbread coffee) in my travel flask and enjoying a treat before I start that I cannot seem to shift. This morning, I treated myself to the Warburtons gluten free crumpet with butter and strawberry jam. It is the perfect sweet treat and gives me the much needed energy boost I need to face work. They taste just as I remember crumpets used to and easy to grab and go in the morning after they are toasted.
Lunch when I am working is often either skipped or needs to be taken with me. I never know if I will finish on time (feels like a total win there!) or if I will end up staying 3 hours later with an emergency stitch up on a dog or caring for a sick cat. At my previous work, we would get a take out lunch from a nearby restaurant. However, over time I found it to be too costly and I was always on edge and couldn’t fully enjoy the food just in case it made me ill. Also, I was often eating lunch on the go and would suffer from serious indigestion if I ate a large meal. My alternative has been to treat myself to a on the go gluten free sandwich. There are always a luxury to me and I look forward to them when I work. This time, it was the Waitrose gluten free Egg and Cress sandwich; perfect for the quick snack.
As I have already mentioned, I like to pre-prepare tea when I am working a weekend. It means I can get home and rest and not have to worry about the hassle of trying to cook a meal. Also, I am starving which definitely doesn’t help! This time, I had my gluten free vegetarian pasta bake which is quick and simple to make but can also be frozen and cooked when needed. I made a batch the weekend before so only had to reheat the meal when I got home. I love this recipe and will be sharing next week so stay tuned!
When I work a weekend, I like to make it a special treat in terms of food. I can’t decide if it will be busy or quiet but I can bring in a tasty treat with me for us all to share. My work colleagues love my baking recipes and now start to request what they want me to make when I work a weekend! One of my lovely colleagues Hannah is obsessed with my gluten free banana chocolate chip loaf with peanut butter icing so we all enjoyed this treat last weekend. The cakes never last long! I find the weekend shift goes much faster when we have cake to look forward to and it makes us all feel slightly better for being at work.
There you go! Another addition to my What I Eat in a Day: mini series. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you re-create any recipe, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram using #livingcoeliac or sharing your creations directly to my Facebook page.
Stay tuned for my roasted vegetable pasta bake recipe coming next Sunday! Have a lovely week until then.