Tuesday, 8 May 2012

What's in my lunchbox this week? Experimentation

Stack of food containers
I seem to have all minds of odd things in my lunch this week. Most are experimental variations on things I've enjoyed but don't actually have the ingredients in hand to make. The spread I made to go on Ryvita with slices of radish is a kind of take on guacamole. The avocado was rock hard but decaying. The vitamix had the dregs of lemon purée. So I mixed the two with some soya milk, oil and linseed. It tastes ok actually although makes me crave cucumber for some reason.

Anyway here's the rest of the food.
Lunchbox with food
Clockwise from top right:
  • Buckwheat
  • Almond and Lemon cake with Kiwi fruit. This was my attempt to veganise a cake made from blended lemons, sugar, almond and eggs. It came out a bit more pudding like than I intended plus it took ages to cook. Tastes good though.
  • Steamed Jersey Royal potatoes with home made vegan mayo.
  • Chopped home grown Spinach and Rocket - I really love my greens - and home made setian sausage - flavoured with rather a lot of celery seasoning.


Monday, 7 May 2012

My weekend - time off

Jar of pasta
I was so looking forward to the long weekend and so determined to relax and recharge. By Friday evening I was, as usual, tired and about to start planning what I could catch up on. Instead I decided I would do as little as possible except for a Burlesque class on Sunday. I certainly wasn't going to write a long list of tasks.

So I cancelled my usual Saturday morning walk, reminded myself that there was no rush and that I could sit and read or take a nap anytime I wanted. The result was a lot of cooking, 2 afternoon naps and a feeling that I need a week off! I enjoy my bass and burlesque practice so much more when I'm not rushing onto the next task.

Weekend antics:
Friday - giant vegan burger (burger, mayo, onion, faux turkey, faux cheese, ketchup) and curly fries followed by viewing the original Fright Night.

Saturday - made Fresh pasta (enough to feed 2 and fill my storage jar), took a 3 hour nap, picked up loads of new books from the library, cleaned teapot (it now pours beautifully again). Re-organised shoe storage (they are now in vintage trunks rather than on racks)

Sunday - an hour at the allotment making a new lid for my composter from an old air bed. Burlesque class with fridge cake and a flask of tea. Very late lunch of bagels, faux cream cheese and Buck's Fizz (left over from NYE and only 3 units of alcohol in a bottle). Looked at fabric storage on Pinterest (my fabric stash needs to go somewhere now shoes are in vintage trunks).

Monday - lots of tiny and satisfying tasks completed. A return to codecademy after a break. Afternoon nap. Experimentation with mashed potato and a George Foreman grill (results: inconclusive).

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

What's in my lunchbox this week? Cold and wet v hot and spicy

The cold, rainy weather and a visit to The Farm Shop (slightly more convenient for work than the market but less selection) inspired my lunch this week. Based on a recipe from La Dolce Vegan it's a mix of onions, cauliflower, lentils, garlic, chilli and ginger. Awesomely warming and perfect with a chunk of bread and a magazine full of bright, sunny locations.