#WIAW – I’ll Bring the Sweet and Sour Stir Fry (and recipe!)

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far.

What’s the weather like where you are?  Here in Bath, we’re finally getting to see the odd glimmer of sunshine.  I find blue skies so uplifting 🙂

Bathampton Meadows February 2013

Now the snow and ice has finally gone, I’m back into my 30 minute morning jogs after I’ve dropped Lil’ L off at school.

River Avon

I never been ‘a morning person’ but I find these runs are really helping to energise me.  I still find it much harder to run in the morning than at night but I guess that’s just the way my body works.  At night it seems effortless, while in the morning I feel like my trainers are glued to the ground.  Hopefully, one day, my body will get used to running in the morning and it won’t feel like such an effort.  Until then, I’ll keep plodding along 😉

For this week’s WIAW party, I though I’d share my eats from yesterday, including a recipe for one of our all-time favourite stir fries… ‘Sweet n Sour’.


– Warm water & lemon

– After my run, I made myself a large bowl of cinnamon porridge, made with Mornflake Superfast Oats, Alpro Almond Milk and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.  When it had cooled down slightly, I’ll sprinkled in some hempseed, ground linseed, chopped walnuts, flaked almonds, goji berries and candied citrus peel, and a light drizzle of Sweet Freedom natural sweetener.

Porridge with nuts, gojis and candied citrus peel
This was followed by a black coffee

– Lil’ L had three apple & cinnamon pancakes (left over from the weekend), sprinkled with ground linseed, chopped pecans and walnuts and a drizzle of Clarks original maples syrup


For lunch, I had some creamy Red Lentil Dhal, which was left over from Saturday night.  This is still one of my all-time favourite dishes and it’s so easy and cheap to make!

Red Lentil Dhal with Butternut Squash

For our main meal on Saturday, I’d added butternut squash, red pepper and chopped chestnut mushrooms to the dhal.  We loved this combo so much that I think I’m going to have to change my original recipe.

Lil’ L took some Sweet Kale Soup for his lunch today (one of his latest favourite soups 😉 )


– 1 organic apple
nettle & peppermint teas

When Lil’ L got in from school we both fancied a ‘Raw’ Hot Chocolate.  This time we used 1 tbsp each of the Elements for Life Original Chocolate Blend and Spiced (Cinnamon) Blend, 2 tbsp ground almonds, 2 tbsp chia seeds and 2 cups Alpro Almond Milk.  We first blended the ingredients smooth in the blender, then gently heated it through.  Delicious!

Raw Hot Chocolate - Original 1

We drank the chocolates whilst playing Lil’ L’s current favourite board game called Dungeon.   M visited his parents last week and returned home with a whole array of board games, books and toys from his childhood.  You would not believe how excited Lil’ L was.  It felt like Christmas had come again!

I have no interest whatsoever in computer games, but old board games, now they’re something else 😉  I’d never heard of ‘Dungeon’, but I can imagine it’s classified as a ‘Boy’s Game’ as you have to combat monsters for treasure.  While our game is from the 80s, you can still buy it in the shops.  Obviously our version looks way different to the modern one.

Dungeon Game 1

And check out the family on the back of our box.  Now that does make me feel old!!!

Dungeon Game 2


For dinner, we had Sweet ‘n’ Sour Stir Fry.  This is a quick and simple wok-based dish.  You don’t have to include the tofu if you’re not a fan of it, but we love the additional texture that it brings to the dish.

Sweet n Sour Stir Fry

Here’s how I made it…

[This recipe has been submitted to Ricki Heller’s #Wellness Weekend]


For dessert, we ‘taste tested’ one of these chocolate black bean brownie hearts.  They were oh so good!

Valentines Chocolate Black Bean Brownie with Almonds & Gojis - 500

Thank you so much to our lovely WIAW host, Jenn over at Peas and Crayons.  I’m off to hook up with all the other enthusiastic foodies and check out their yummy eats.  Hope to see you there 😉

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11 thoughts on “#WIAW – I’ll Bring the Sweet and Sour Stir Fry (and recipe!)

  1. I love your dinner (and would completely have with the tofu…just makes it so much more filling).
    Oh and another raw brownie. I can’t wait to see the recipe with the black beans. You really have such the knack for the raw chocolate desserts (which taste better than conventional chocolate).

  2. Gosh, what a gorgeous place Bath is. I love working out in the morning for the same reason. It’s tough a first, but it really gives me lots of energy for the day! And your pictures are gorgeous, too! Can’t wait for that raspberry chocolate heart recipe. 🙂

  3. Hearts look amazing 🙂
    I agree that its so much harder to run in morning compared to evening. I hope you find it gets easier for you the more you keep it up!
    Beautiful scenery.
    We are in the middle of summer still here – I wish it was warmer though. We’ve had a few really hot days but not too many 🙁

    1. I find it interesting how people vary when it comes to the time of day they prefer to exercise. I know people that are the opposite of me and find it far easier to run in the mornings. I wish I found it easier… I fancy doing another 10k race but they all start early in the morning which doesn’t suit me at all. I’ll have to seek out a night race then I’ll be flying 😉

  4. I love seeing vegan recipes for sweet and sour – it’s a dish I really like, but I’ve never made it properly (i.e., I have randomly combined sriracha, pineapple and soy sauce in a stir fry and found it sweet and sour like, but that’s not quite the same thing!). Your version looks great, and I love your landscape shots too. It has been sunny pretty much daily in London since we arrived! Everyone seems so happy as a result 🙂

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