Seems like it’s been a rough week for many bloggers and my week seems to have followed suit – however, when you’re down in the bottom of a ditch the only place to look is up
Upon picking up Miss Lucy from the kennel on Monday, I noticed that she wasn’t behaving like her usual self. By Tuesday evening she was off her food and looking rather miserable and by Wednesday she was vomiting and shaking and straight into the vet hospital – diagnosis – some form of gastroenteritis that she picked up from the kennel. When I phoned the kennel, they told me that she’d been vomiting but failed to do anything about it. To say that I’m a tad angry about this could be the understatement of the year and I’m just about to email them the $1000 vet bill for Lucy’s stay in hospital, fluid transfusions, drugs etc. I think that they should contribute to some of it – she wouldn’t have had to have the IV fluids if they had sent her to the vet in the first place..grrrrrr.
Anyway, Miss Lucy has changed from being an outside only dog to an inside dog, and she’s loving the attention. She’s really responsive to being trained so we have had a few sessions of learning how to go to her big new dog bed and lie down in it – she’s been my constant companion, setting up camp outside my bedroom and being a good Labrador in general.
These events have put a spanner in any plans I made for the week, including trying to fit in yoga prac teaching hours and running kids around to their various activities. However, I did manage to sandwich in a yoga class between teaching two RPM classes today. Beautiful Canadian Karen asked what emotions were felt with the hip opening sequences and I wanted to put up my hand and say, “frustration”, because for reasons unbeknown, my poor old TFL and ITBs are really cranky this week. Then I had to tell myself to loosen my attachment towards the feelings of frustration and as we all lay in savasana, I felt a sense of deep fatigue and as Lucy would say, a sense of “ruff”.
Apart from that, there was purchasing a book voucher that got lost and being chased off the squat rack by this Neanderthal type meathead at the gym which did little to improve my mood.
This week I also committed to linking up with Kyrstie from A Fresh Legacy who had the great idea of posting about quick, yet healthy meals that could be prepared in 30 minutes or less. I squeaked this one in with 35 minutes – it’s very basic, but also very delicious.
Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
1 packet (250g) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (press water out)
1 egg yolk
squidge garlic paste (I used my leftover Gourmet Garden)
squidge basil paste
500g light ricotta cheese
40g parmesan cheese, grated
15 g pine nuts.
375ml Tomato Passata or Pasta Sauce
Latina cannelloni sheets (fresh pasta)
Method: Preheat oven to 180C (fan forced). Combine ricotta, spinach, pine nuts, nutmeg, 10g parmesan, egg yolk and garlic and mix thoroughly. Divide mixture into 12 serves and place a serve on a cannelloni sheet, roll up and place in a baking dish (spray with a little cooking oil). Mix basil and passata/pasta sauce and cover cannelloni with it. Then layer on remaining parmesan. Cover baking dish with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake a further five minutes. Serve with steamed vegetables or a salad.
Nutrition Panel: 414kcal 13.3 g fat, 30.2g protein, 43g carb.
As well as tasting delicious, this is an excellent amount of protein in a meal that is vegetarian in nature.
How’s your week been? Here’s to brighter skies next week!