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November Food Week 3

We don't often shop at Morrisons but made the trip in order to try the cupcakes from their new V Taste range, as we'd heard so much about them. 



We went for the chocolate option, although red velvet were also available. I know this range has had a lot of coverage but the cupcakes were a really nice treat, lots of frosting with a nice soft sponge. While we were there we had a little look around and ended up with some pesto, we don't buy it all that often but I do enjoy it when we do. The brand we buy Zest was half price, £1 a jar so we bought two. It's ideal for a quick and easy pesto pasta.



The weather turned a little chilly this week so we ate a lot of comfort food, I made lentil hash, this bowl is a little liquidy as we were too impatient!



Noodles are back! 



There were a couple of pointy peppers loitering in the fridge, they came from Lidl and were a really good size, ideal for stuffing. These were filled with quinoa, green lentils, broccoli stalks, squash and onion, wit…

Finding My Voice

I stood up for myself twice this week at the shop. The first time things worked out well, the second time the resolution remains to be seen.

The first incident was with a customer, he always hugs me, sometimes it doesn't bother me, sometimes I just can't be bothered with it. I don't know if he noticed I'd been avoiding him or of someone said something but he asked me if I was offended by him and I said no but I wan't a huggy person (which I'm not). All was well and we both went on our merry way.

The second incident was at a staff meeting, we were asked at the end of the meting if we had anything to say, turns out I did. For once I was the person who caused everyone else to roll their eyes as they knew things were going to drag on rather than us all just going home to get on with our lives. I confess I got more than a bit cross (when I thought I was being fobbed off) but I think we have a way forward - I'll find that out this week.

But have you ever been in tha…

Just Add Coffee

I don't tend to work on a Friday, but I did an extra day last week to make a start on the festive displays. I didn't make a start on the tree until 2pm, which didn't give me nearly enough time but I can tweak as the days go on. Thankfully we are not entering the competition for the Victorian weekend, I'm still recovering from the stress of last year (I predict the posh curtain shop will win again). 

So it really was a day where my luck was in, even more so when I was walking through to the workroom and spotted a coffee table, something we currently don't have money for, but is on the wishlist. This table had a price ticket of £9.99 which is much closer to my budget for things at the moment, so I hastily sent a picture to Dan who agreed I should snap it up.

My manager even gave me a lift home to save me faffing with a taxi or trying to carry it home myself. 


Ideal size, fits on the rug, glass top so I can keep an eye on rabbits, oval which is what we wanted, near perfe…

November Food Week 2

We are trying to cook from scratch a bit more so are spending more time in the kitchen, Dan making bread and me just getting into the swing of cold weather cooking. We started off with another cauliflower curry, we're finding lots of inexpensive cauli at the minute which is great. 

Then using a cheap squash from Aldi there was a quinoa and lentil one pot, served with a soy and linseed schnitezel and topped with the toasted squash seeds. I should make my own celeriac version, but on this occasion it was shop bought. It looks a bit bland in this picture, but was very nice indeed.

Soup of the week was cauliflower and carrot.


Dan fancied some sausages, he's very fond of the Shroomdogs from Sainsbury's at the moment, I kept it simple and serve them with peas, mash and some mushroom and onion gravy.



As we were being traditional we decided to make apple crumble too.



I made more soup mid week, but had a slight incident that ended up with soup all over the kitchen so Dan whisked me away…

Carrot and Chickpea Sandwich Filler

As requested here is how I make my sandwich filling. This came about as neither of us want to smell too much of garlic when we're at work, and not wanting to go nip to the shop to buy anything. 

During the summer we visited The Apple Pie Cafe in Ambleside where I had their harissa chickpea and carrot sandwich. So I decided to make a version if it myself.


I roasted the carrots first then put them into a frying pan with the rest of the ingredients, I used around 1 teaspoon each of cumin and coriander, plus around half a teaspoon of paprika and a glob of lemon juice. It might be the juice of half a lemon, but I'm common so use it from a bottle. Heat everything up, I don't think there's a reason for cooking it, I just do, season with salt and pepper and that's it!


Admittedly, it doesn't look great,  I mash some of the mixture, leaving some whole chickpeas, but the taste and texture are good for a nice chunky sandwich, especially with something like beetroot or red cab…

November Food Week 1

This year has been one large expense after another so we are now at a point where building up the savings account is a necessity. As such I'm trying to make the most of the grocery budget to find an extra few quid each month.

Last weekend I saw sweet potato and lentil soup as a special at a cafe, I was on the verge of buying a sweet potato for the dhal I already had planned when I remembered the three carrots in the fridge and decided to use them instead. This small jar of dressing was lingering in the pantry so added that to the pan too along with a tin of chickpeas. 




As mentioned in another post, I made up a packet of falafel mix for lunches


Mid week the fridge was looking pretty bare


But I managed to cobble enough things together for some spicy rice with IKEA veggie balls


We are the last of the dhal with some baked onion bhajis (looks a bit orange due to the dining area light!)


At the weekend I made some squash, carrot and chickpea sandwich filling, based on something I ate at Apple …

Freebie and Bargain of the Week

Quite a few things this week. 

I bought a book from the charity shop for 49p. I think I've borrowed this from the library before, there are some good, basic recipes in there so should be good. If not, I'll pass it on.

Someone offered us a bag of rabbit food, which was gratefully accepted. It's the brand we regularly buy so it won't go to waste. 

The main thing that saved money was to stretch the food we had to make an extra meal. Dan was in London one day and didn't think he's be eating at home, but he was home early enough, so although the only vegetables we had were onions and broccoli I made some spicy rice, based on a recipe for jollof rice, and served it with some life saving IKEA veggie balls. 

The night before we fancied a bit of a treat because a couple of things had gone wrong with the house and we were at a bit of a low ebb. I had already made dhal so I spent 36p on onions and made baked onion bhajis, Dan made flatbread. Saved us money on shop bought item…