Midnight in the international supermarket, Ste’s getting cider, I’m getting 49p spicy tofu jerky. Just about to pay and see bags of sunflower seeds 2 for £1. Score, I can make that PPK mac!
Next day realise that they’re unhulled! First I tried a method off eHow, but ended up with a right mess so instead shelled them by hand for 3 hours while watching films. Tedious, but an excuse to stay out of the rain and watch films! The 3 hours only gave me half a cup, so I halved the recipe.
Onto the actual mac – it was lovely. The sauce is light and velvety, very tasty. I only have a stick blender, so don’t always super smooth results, but this recipe worked great. I haven’t tried the Mac and Shews recipe, but can say I prefer this to the AFR cheesy sauce, and the cashew cheesy sauce from Vegan Diner. Good old sunflower seeds!
I’ve wanted to try Pho for ages, but usually the thought of paying for all the herbs puts me off (tight I know, growing my own would be a good solution but mine never survive longer than a week). I was looking at the reduced aisle, 5p mint, 5p basil, coriander at home. PHO!
I went with a pretty easy and probably untraditional recipe from vegnews. I used tofu instead of seitan, and also some oyster mushroom and red pepper. Result was very nice, and great fun slurping.
While Ste was glued to the Xbox I made myself do some drawing, and since this was on the brain…
(they’re supposed to be steam ghosts, not sperm!)
Its been a while, was sick of it after MOFO and the winter light, or lack of it rather, has seen my camera sat with dead batteries for ages. But it’s a new year so lets get back on. The past couple of months I’ve developed some bad food habits, mainly pot noodle sandwiches. And eating other junk. So I’d like to start eating better again this year. Being bothered to whip up easy veg filled meals rather than 100% no good for you supermarket snacks.
Here’s one example of that. A quick chickpea and spinach curry. Probably about 20 minutes start to finish. This was a late post night shift lunch, but I’d be happy with it as a simple main meal for busy days.
Next up is tomato soup from Vegan Diner. This recipe uses cashews for creaminess, unfortunately my stick blender isn’t best at getting em smooth but it’ll do. I was dubious at first when blending all the ingredients, but once warmed up it was lovely. And so quick!
I actually made something from a paper! I’m always tearing ones out, but never follow through to cooking it. Somehow this Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall recipe managed to break the trend.
The stew itself is vegan (if you use the veg rather than chicken stock), and for the meatballs I copied Ste and used asda burger mix with plenty of mint. Verdict – delicious! I added a bit more spice than the recipe, which tasted perfect, but was overpowered once the meatballs were added in. So next time I’d use even more. Also I used frozen spinach rather than fresh, I’m trying to make room in our shoebox size freezer compartment.
HFW has done a meat-free book and series, I’ve only seen one episode and probably won’t buy the book, but I wouldn’t mind trying some of the recipes here.
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Some people on nights don’t eat, but to me having things to nibble on every hour or so can hold off the sickness and aches. If I leave it too late then my body feels it doesn’t want to eat, which then leaves me feeling like I’m dying. I usually don’t finish everything I bring but nice to have a choice -
One day of MoFo left, has been great reading so many awesome blogs!
Nothing great to post today, bad night shift, sleep, and now I gotta go do it again. So, here’s some snacks we bought last week.
Ste got this seaweed, check out Cartman-esque character dying from the spice! I hate seaweed, I want to like it, but its just so gross. Tastes like stinking beaches to me, ugh! I gave it a go, hoping that the hot & spicy flavour might make it edible. Nope, still disgusting! I even had to hide the packet because I kept thinking I could smell it everywhere. Sorry seaweed fans! Ste liked it though.
I went for this noodle snack that comes in an awesome medicine pot style container.
Yum! Like noodle crack. Broken up salty, sugary, MSG-y noodles. Somehow I’ve managed to make them last til now, although I probably could’ve downed the pot in one (its the right size to pour direct into your mouth!), and then lost my tastebuds for a week due to the salt.