Thursday, 17 July 2014

Annoying Blogging Failure!

Not, for once, because I haven't been blogging as much as I want to (though that is also true). This is a technical annoyance. I posted a "Super Salad Saturday" post a couple of weeks ago, with a salad recipe and the (optimistic) idea that I would try to post a salad post every Saturday for a while. Last Sunday (almost Saturday!) I posted another - but somehow managed to overwrite the original post, which is just plain annoying as the replacement now has no context! I am not sure I will have the time or energy to recreate the original, but if I don't its absence will irritate me.

I blog on my iPad - in fact, I do almost everything on my iPad, rarely bothering with a "real" computer - and use an app called BlogPress. I find it usually works very well. There are slight limitations in formatting but it does the simple text and pictures blog entries quickly and easily. I find I need to save regularly as it has been known to blip out and lose what I have done, though this seems better recently so maybe they have ironed out a bug. You can save drafts locally or online so they can be edited or finished off elsewhere. One glitch is that it is easier than I realised to overwrite a post that has already been posted on the blog. Oops!

The other thing that makes blogging on the iPad a decent option is having a keyboard. I bought a second Apple keyboard so that I could use it with the iPad; it also makes a handy spare for the iMac. Being able to type at keyboard speed rather than touchscreen speed makes a huge difference and comes pretty close to turning the iPad into a small laptop.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Super Salad Saturday - Easy Mackerel Salad

Posted on a Sunday, but what is a day here or there!

This is super quick and super healthy with a mix of green leafy salad and oily fish. The only ingredients (for one portion) are:

Two handfuls of lettuce or leafy salad greens (any type you like)
Two handfuls of baby spinach
Teaspoon each of olive oil and lemon juice
Tin of mackerel fillets in spicy tomato sauce

Put the lettuce and spinach into a bowl. Mix the olive oil and lemon juice and drizzle over the top of the leaves. Open the can of mackerel. Tip on top of leaves.

Done! Five minutes maximum and with practice could be done in two!
The dressing stops the leaves being too dry and the lemon gives a little kick. The mackerel in spicy tomato sauce gives loads of flavour. The fish is packed with protein and healthy fat and spinach is a superfood! Add some nice wholemeal or seeded bread on the side and the mix of complex carbs and protein in the fish will keep energy levels up for hours.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Abject Failure and July Goals

My June goals list met with almost complete failure. The only thing I managed was exercise - not quite four times a week, but close. Nothing else got done. In my defence it was a busy month, both during the week and at weekends, and during the times when I could have tackled items from the list all I wanted to do was slump and recharge my batteries.

So ... my July goals are just a repeat of my June goals. Surely I can do better this month!