I’m surprised at how quickly I have adapted to, and come to enjoy, the single life. People are telling me I look better than I have in years and I feel that way too. I recently discovered the CDs of Louise Hay and have been listening to them in the car on the way to and from work and find them extremely motivational.

veri peri and shrooms_edited
But I think my newfound feelings of wellbeing stem from more than that; I have discovered the joy of solitude and the freedom to do what I like, when I like. This includes my diet and it’s no great coincidence that so many of my meals lately include All Joy’s Veri Peri sauce. At the end of the day, in these last days of summer, there’s great reward in enjoying a seared sirloin steak on a hot salad of warm shimeji mushrooms and tomatoes.

veri peri and shroom salad
I wrote some time back about a fantastic chicken salad I made to take along for my work lunch, and the people at All Joy Foods stumbled on the post and asked me to share the recipe. It’s so simple that there is no real recipe. Simply cut a deboned, skinned chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and season to taste; panfry in a little olive oil and set aside. In the same pan, fry baby tomatoes until the juices just start to emerge; remove and add to the chicken. Drizzle with All Joy Veri Peri sauce – the amount you use depends on your personal taste, I use about one teaspoonful. Toss this mixture into cooked pasta and refrigerate overnight; the juices of the chicken, tomato and sauce with infuse beautifully with the noodles. Serve hot or cold. A squeeze of lemon juice just before serving adds an extra zing.

hot bastard salad
An equally easy addition to the work lunchbox is to make a dip for crudités, cold meats or fish bites – simply add a teaspoon of Veri Peri sauce to two tablespoons of mayonnaise. And spreading a slice of toast before adding cheese and placing under a hot grill makes for a fine late-night snack, better than any Welsh Rarebit I’ve ever had!

hake bites and hot sauce
I’m taking one day at a time, with the mantra that: Just for today, I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that “most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
So far it’s working, and it’s ALL JOY, ALL THE WAY.
Have a great weekend, my friends, and thanks for your stalwart support.
I love you all.

Disclaimer: I have not been paid by All Joy Foods to write this post.


67 Comments Add yours

  1. *gasps* No fish bites recipe?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, OK, but they are soooo easy …

      1. Thanks, I shall lookout for it 🙂

  2. Fabulous meals Cindy. Its wonderful what a positive attitude and outlook can do for the soul.
    Have a happy weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope your weekend was fabulous, Mandy 🙂

  3. What a fantastic attitude! Good for you! I worry about you, for some reason, more than I should reasonably worry about someone I only know through their blog posts. I am thrilled to hear you sounding so happy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for your concern, it means the world to me, Cindy xxx

  4. Cin – I don’t know if you are religious, but something that has become a very big deal in my life is speaking life into my life, and those of others – as you say, it is a choice to be happy. The bible says, in Deuternomy 30:19 [New International Version (©1984)]
    :This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” As long as we continue to choose life, everything else that comes across our path is temporary. I am so proud of you – you are an inspiration! Love you xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Honey, that passage is exactly what I needed to read this morning xxx

  5. colonialist says:

    Great to stay chirpy and motivated!
    Is that Veri Peri as very piri as the Piri Piri of old of Joaquim Alves in Moz? Two drops were overdoing it. A teaspoonful was just about lethal. I have a low tolerance for burny.

    1. Sparkle says:

      Lol at your description. I also don’t like burny but few drops of Nandos peri I can tolerate.
      Was at a restaurant with my daugher n her cousins(3&10) and I saw that the waiter was bringing tobasco sauces. The green one and red. I was signaling by hand for him to turn back with them. The 3yr old and my daugher(2) would have insisted to put on the two! You can imagine what was going to happen!

      1. colonialist says:

        I think you averted a disaster of major proportions!

      2. theonlycin says:

        LOL, Sparky, it would have been kinda funny to see though 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      This stuff is super-dooper burny, Col. It’ll blow the top of your head off.

      1. colonialist says:

        That is the true tradition of it!

      2. colonialist says:

        In fact, one hopes it is the top of one’s head it blows off – or the joyful noise could be a tad … um … embarrassing? 🙂

  6. adinparadise says:

    Wonderful post, Cin. Your food pics made my mouth water. I have to try out that chicken recipe. Thanks for posting it. I think I’ll probably only need 1 drop of Peri sauce though. 😀 You sound absolutely blissful. Hugs to you.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hugs back at you, AD 🙂

  7. nrhatch says:

    Here’s to sprinkling a little JOY on everything. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Cheers to that, Nancy 😀

  8. Jamie Dedes says:

    Flying solo is so often underrated.

    I remember when you wrote about that sauce some time ago. Found it is available in the U.S. by mail. Hooray!

    It appears to be wheat, gluten, dairy, soy and vegan, though made in a plant that does process those ingredients. So, will take a chance on it. Thanks, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, Jamie, enjoy 🙂

  9. slpmartin says:

    Ah…good old Amazon now has that sauce available online….have a great weekend my friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I had a very relaxing weekend, Charlie, hope yours was good too 🙂

  10. Blondie says:

    It’s a ‘milestone moment’ in this journey when you start to recognise that you have so many things to be grateful for in this new (often overwhelmingly-scary) single life. I still love the fact that I know exactly what’s in my fridge/pantry (except when my bottomless-pit teenage sons are home) so my afternoon imaginings of what I’d like for supper are never ruined by someone’s else’s need for a mid-afternoon fridge raid! And being able to eat whatever and whenever I like is a pleasure I’m not going to forfeit in a hurry. I’m not even going to start on the whole-bed-to-myself and no-dirty-underwear-on-the-floor advantages, or I might be accused of hijacking your blog! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL Blondie, the perks can be endless, can’t they?

  11. souldipper says:

    I just read Neale Walsch’s claim that only 30% of the people who are in relationships claim that they are happy more than half of the time. I love spending time with my friends and family, but there’s no greater way to top off the visit than to come home to my solitude and sanctuary.

    Are you doing the tapping with Louise Hay? My mom used to say to us as kids, “You go and look at yourself in the mirror until you can tell me you like yourself.” Louise practices that one!

    I may make your chicken salad for a birthday potluck dinner. Many thanks!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve just started the mirror-thing, I feel quite silly, but I will carry on until it starts working 🙂 Enjoy the salad.

  12. Hotly Spiced says:

    It’s lovely to hear you sounding more upbeat. How wonderful that in your radically changed circumstances you are able to find some positives. I do love the look of your steak on those beautiful mushrooms and I would love to take your salad recipe with me to the office – what a great ‘work meal’ that would be xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love that salad and make it very often, never get tired of it 🙂

  13. bluebee says:

    Peri Peri of all sorts is a staple in my home – – Enjoy your peace, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks bluebee 🙂

  14. Those little mushrooms are so pretty before they are cooked, very sculptural. And that chicken salad looks divine! I love any kind of noodle salad. I need to make some to take to my parents. I am so glad to hear that you are happy and content. I know it has been rough.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is getting a little easier with time, thank you xxx

  15. dearrosie says:

    I think we should all remember that one step at a time mantra.
    Good to hear that peri-peri is available at Amazon.
    I must complement you on your food photography which I know from experience is not easy yet everything looks so delicious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Rosie, it’s my favourite hobby and people (some) think I’m nuts to take photos of my food all the time 😉

  16. Tammy says:

    mmm i am intrigued by your veri peri!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well, go online and get yourself some. I’d better check the expiry date on my bottle, because I use such small amounts at a time.

  17. Tandy says:

    payment would have been nice! Stay happy and content dear twinnie xox

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, love you xxx

  18. adeeyoyo says:

    I’m so glad you’re doing well, Cin. Good for you. One day at a time is the answer I think. I’ve added All Joy Veri Peri to my list thanks.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, adee, enjoy 🙂

  19. Sparkle says:

    OMG! I read your posts and comment from my BB . I now realise the typos and unintended abbreviations, my goodness! And I cannot edit. 😦 oh well…

  20. I am a great believe in the silver lining and I’m glad you have found yours.

    The food looks delicious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, no worries, Sparky 😉

      1. theonlycin says:

        Silver has become my fave colour, Tilly 😀

  21. Gorgeous food: and I’m so glad single life is turning out to have its rewards, Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I try hard to not dwell on the downside, Kate.

  22. Dee says:

    Your salad looks wonderful, will have to try it. Thanks, stay healthy and happy.

  23. Jamie Dedes says:

    Kudos to you. Grat wisdom in that. Love Luise Hay. Have you seen how beautiful she is and in her late eighties?

  24. theonlycin says:

    Yes, Jamie, she looks very good and is a true inspiration 🙂

  25. sonsothunder says:

    I’m so happy to see you smile so. Even your meals are smiling.
    Bless You

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bless you right back 🙂

  26. Sparkle says:

    Hope all is well, Madame Cin. Awefully quiet.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I was quiet, Sparky, hopefully I am back in the saddle again xxx

  27. I like your philosophy “One day at a time…” and that you are nurturing yourself with nutritious foods and embracing solitude rather than desperately running away from it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Running away is tempting, BATR, but it serves no purpose, does it?

  28. Miss you, love you, look forward to getting back myself. . .hope to find you here when I get back full time. E-mail me if you feel like it! Food looks so yummy! Send me a care package, will you? I can’t cook without my hands! (Right one, as you know doesn’t work, left one in cast, had surgery to fuse two of my thumb joints, Few more weeks to go in cast. . .so, as I said, I’m hungry!

    Take care! You are thought of, cared about, prayed for, and loved.


    1. theonlycin says:

      I pray for you constantly, Paula, you are always in my thoughts xxx

  29. adair says:

    Missing your posts!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hopefully they’ll be posted more frequently from now on, Adair xxx

  30. hotlyspiced says:

    Hi Cin, haven’t heard from you for a while so just popping over to say I hope all is going well for you xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks HS, trying to catch up with everyone’s blogs 🙂

  31. Mal says:

    Wow! Love the attitude and love those mushrooms!! 😀 Hugs, Cindy.. xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mal, lots of love to you xxx

  32. such a comfort meals with different texture and bust of flavour!

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