Wednesday, 21 June 2017

What We Ate June - Week 3

As promised there are a few less healthy options in here this week!


jacket potato with beans and mini sausages/ lentil and mushroom pie/ pie filling


curry from the freezer/ curried bubble and squeak type thing, it looks disgusting but it was delicious/ hazy falafel sandwich

Then it got hotter, we we ate a variation of the same thing for a few night so I didn't have to cook.

veggie burgers/ roast veg cous cous

The burger mix was sent as part of the packaging for the record player, it was just a case of adding water then cooking them on the griddle for a few minutes. 

toasted seeds and cashews/ assorted salad and things/ a plateful

And to finish of course we had to have some banana nice cream, this was macadamia and cocoa flavour. 


Dan had brought home some chocolate buttons as a surprise, so they came in handy! 



15 comments:

  1. Delicious looking food. Baked potato and beans is one of my all time favourites. X

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    1. Thanks. You can't knock jacket potato and beans, it's good year round!

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  2. I am not a veggie but do eat a few meat free meals every week, your food always looks so good.

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    2. Ooops. Thank you. I think lots of people eat less meat than we a did years ago, I never thought I'd see the day Father would willingly go without meat but it's a common thing now.

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  3. Mmm, your pudding looks yummy! Is it home made? We tend to buy Swedish Glace, which is scrumptious, but I really love the idea of an ice cream maker.

    I'm trying to get past my aversion to cooking from scratch as in my experience, initially, what with the purchase of herbs, spices, nuts et cetera, the price of the shopping bill can soon creep up. I've been perusing my two vegan cookbooks of late and have been cooking from scratch a lot more, but am finding most recipes are that which I call 'bowl food'. Do you find that?

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    1. Swedish Glace is delicious, even my mum has started buying that, sadly it makes me swell up like a big balloon for some reason. No ice cream maker needed for this yummy treat though, just peel, chop and freeze some bananas then blend in the food processor until it's smooth, then stir in any extra bits and pieces you like!

      I know what you mean about building the storecupboard. The way I did it initially was to have a ague plan for a week and buy the ingredients for that plus one or two extra things - a jar of spices or a bag of dried something, it meant it took a wee while to do it but it was always building.

      In terms of bowl food, if you mean what I'm thinking then yes there is a lot about at the moment, I think it's a fashion, kind of the intersection of clean eating and plant based eating. Writers like Katy Beskow (littlemissmeatfree.com) and Aine Carlin (peasoupeats.com) have some great, easy recipes, some bowl stuff but lots of "proper" meals.

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    2. Phooey, we don't have a blender anymore, it broke 😩

      I suppose as time goes on, I'll be stocked up with the store cupboard items. I have done what you suggested in the past, slowly built things up.

      I think my meaning of bowl food is different than everyone else! My version of bowl food is not plated up necessarily, but food made in a wok or pan which is spooned out upon serving! That's likely not making any sense at all, hehe! Put it this way, I call rice and pasta bowl food! I suppose it's a meal which is 'all together' as opposed to separate items on a plate, like you'd see a Sunday dinner for instance.

      And now as I'm rabbiting on, do you have any cookbook suggestions? British would be good, as I've found American ones fall back often on seitan (which I never see here), tempeh (extortionately over priced in our health food shop) and tofu (which upsets my tummy). I'm not opposed to American mind you, I like measuring in cups.

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    3. Oh no, that's a shame.

      I know just what you mean about bowl food. I think now there are so many vegan cookbooks out there but not many that are traditional style meals, like a thing that you'd serve with some steamed veg or potatoes etc.

      I know what you mean about some books relying on tempeh etc, I am far too stingy to buy things like that, I do like the Isa Chandra books but just skip over those recipes and adapt the ones I do like the sound of, using beans etc.

      I don't know if any other readers will know of a book like the one you're after I can't think of one off hand. We do eat bowl food but I do like "x plus veg" meals too, and to be honest I tend to take a couple of recipes and stick them together so I'll stuff peppers with curry instead of serving it with rice and things like that. I think maybe a vegetarian book, maybe Rose Elliot or someone might be a good bet then the recipes could just be adapted. That's actually a great question and I'm going to see if there is something out there.

      Sorry, not much help there really.

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  4. It all looks and sounds delicious, the banana nice cream in particular.

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    1. Thank you. The banana nice cream is just delicious.

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  5. It all looks delicious, the ice cream looks amazing particularly for this time of year.

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    1. Thank you. It was just the ticket for this week.

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  6. I treated myself to the BBC vegetarian magazine today- I was interested in the couscous salads and some of the homemade burger style recipes. Sometimes we get into a bit of a rut and repeat old favourites when we get busy. Your menus are always so varied - I must try harder!

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    1. I know lots of people think magazines are a waste of money but I think they can be great to inject some fresh ideas.

      It is so easy to make the same thing time and again, I fall back on old favourites frequently. I have been making an effort to vary things since I hit the wall back in February and just had to shake things up a bit.

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