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Monday 27 April 2015

Monday ... Monday !

" I was happy this morning, as I woke up in bed, 

Then realized it was Monday and I faced the day with dread, 
For somehow, whatever comes my way, my temper is displayed, 
Just mentioning 'it's Monday', my nerves, they become frayed.

The day will be just a ' write off', it's no good me trying to do
Any sort of reasonable job, things won't go right. It's true! 
It's like a 'cloud' which hangs around and never let's you be, 
Whatever I attempt to do, disaster follows me.

If I could sleep through Mondays, then that would be just bliss! 
Then Mondays wouldn't have happened, I'd have given them a miss! "

I was reading the above poem by Ernestine Northover and it prompted these thoughts ...

Is Monday your least favourite day of the week? Many people do not seem too keen on Mondays, They go to bed Sunday night with a sinking feeling ... they have to get up for work, for school ... Oh Yuck! 

When I was growing up Monday was traditionally the big wash day, and it would seem my dear mum spent most of the day washing sheets, towels - you name it and it was washed. The washing lines in the garden were full and if it wasn't sunny, or at least dry weather, the washing went on lines and 'clothes horses' around the house. Growing up we did have routine in our house and Monday was always wash day. Shopping was done almost every day, for the fresh foods that were used in my mums good home cooking and baking. I don't think she ever complained about the Monday wash, Of course life is different now with the many electrical devices available to assist with the weekly chores.  
I can remember we very often had a cottage or shepherds pie on Mondays, the left over meat from the Sunday Roast would be minced up, onions and carrots, some gravy added plus mashed potato on top. My mum always used to add milk and butter to her mashed potato and it did taste good. Nowadays, whenever I make a Cottage or Shepherds Pie instead of potato I use mashed swede always with butter added ... if she were here I think mum would have loved it.

Here below is what my LCHF recipe idea for Shepherds Pie looks like. You just use the standard recipe but substitute the mashed potato with mashed swede, or grated cauliflower. You can also see Pauls's reduced carb Shepherd's Pie here and more Low Carb recipe ideas here

Hope your Monday is a good one - thanks for reading.

All the best Jan 


Anonymous said...

Life was well ordered in yester-year, but few mothers went to work, their role was that of looking after the family, children and chores.

I remember cold meat with pickle on Mondays following left over meat from the family Sunday Roast.

Kath ( retired HCP )

Cheryl said...

We had a similar upbringing Jan.
Our Monday meal was leftover meat and salad ..........always salad.
Then the bones were boiled on Tuesday to make soup.

Love Mondays......just good to be alive :)

Love that shepherds pie with swede topping.....will give it a go....tku

Frances Pickard said...

Will make a cottage pie tonight with a mashed cauliflower topping! Thanks for an enjoyable blog post - Frances from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, USA

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Kath - many thanks for your comment. We must be of similar 'young' age, well young at heart LOL! Yes, we too sometimes had cold meat with various pickles .. a lot of which were home made.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Cheryl - many thanks for your comment. Monday meal of meat and salad sounds good to me ... and yes I can remember bones being boiled for soups and stews.

Hope you enjoy your shepherds pie with the swede topping - I'm sure you will.

Take Care

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Frances, many thanks for your kind comment. Great to see you here all the way from 'the Blue Ridge Mountains'

I love cottage pie with a mashed cauliflower topping too ... Enjoy

All the best Jan

Jo said...

I did used to get that Sunday night feeling, knowing it was Monday 'tomorrow' but I don't now that I don't work. Monday for me is a cleaning and tidying day, getting everything in the house organised again after the weekend. Once the jobs are done I can relax knowing that I'm organised for the rest of the week. I always put milk and butter in mashed potatoes and I add cheese to the top if I'm making shepherd's pie, not very healthy but it is very yummy.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Jo, and thanks for your comment. I do think Monday, for many, is a tidy up day, and I agree it clears the mind - and house for the rest of the week ... especially if there is gardening to do to!

Your shepherds pie sounds like the one my mum used to make. Enjoy it with some delicious vegetables.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Gail - I always enjoy a visit to your blog, many thanks for the acknowledgement.

All the best Jan

Unknown said...

Hi I always enjoy reading this site - I have my own in Asia which tries to achieve broadly the same thing I'm advocating a low carb approach but if anything it's even more of an uphill struggle in Asia! Anyhow keep up the good work, cheers

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Matt, and many thanks for your comment. It is my humble opinion that it is important to keep spreading the word about the benefits a LCHF lifestyle can and does bring to diabetics and non diabetics alike.

Wherever in this world we live lets keep spreading the word in order that all diabetics can at least have the opportunity to make their own and informed choices.

Hope to hear from you again ...

All the best Jan