After the trip round Unicorn on Sunday we didn't really go shopping this week, just nipped in for broccoli, mushrooms and bleach. Despite this I still need to recoup some cash as we had to replace our carbon monoxide alarm (£20), we ate out for my birthday and it was our wedding anniversary yesterday.
We weren't planning to do anything for our anniversary, we make more of a thing of the day that we met, but due to some bad planning we didn't have anything to take with us to the football for lunch. As luck would have it on Friday night Dan was pointed in the direction of a newish cafe with some vegan options, right in the centre of Burnley - Little Barista.
I have to say I was impressed. A good choice of teas and coffee, almond, coconut and soya milk are all available, although at extra cost. There was not one, but five sweet treats - apricot croissant, carrot cake, a fruit crumble bar, chocolate and walnut brownie, and a coffee and orange cake. There was even a sandwich! We shared the sandwich, which they called a taco, it was a soft flatbread with roast vegetables, served toasted, it was really very nice. On this occasion neither of the soups were suitable for vegans but they do have sfv soups regularly.
We went halves on the cakes (coffee orange on the left, chocolate walnut on the right, the chcocolate one was served warm). They weren't cheap but they were amazing! Also on sale were 10 Acre crisps - yes including When The Cheese Met The Onion, Karma Cola and Whole Earth soft drinks. Oh, and the staff are some of the most pleasant you will come across and were more than happy to help.
As a result of all this spending the menu plan is being stretched as much as possible. On Thursday I made a big pan of spicy rice with lots of veg and black eyed beans, there was a bit too much for one meal, so before I stirred in the rice I kept some of the veg mix aside to have the same again the next night. I don't always want to eat rice, but when I'm in the mood it's all I want to eat! I added an extra couple of pepper slices from a jar of roast peppers, a few more mushrooms and some pumpkin and sunflower seeds. We also had some cauliflower fritters.
A small cauliflower, or half a large, some fresh coriander, water and the above spices and gram flour, blitzed up and cooked in the frying pan. The original recipe can be seen here.
We ate some with our spicy rice, but had enough mixture left to have some when we got home from the match (Up The Clarets). Served with a little bit of salad, some houmous, mango chutney and hot sauce. Lovely!
Today Dan is making bread and I will be making a mushroom, chestnut and sage bulghur bowl, another pantry meal, another budget stretcher.