Right, so I am a day behind the other Vegan MoFo’ers. In my excitement to join in on the daily vegan blogging challenge I missed that this year there is a theme to follow! So today we will have two posts in one so I can catch up. :)
I am not a huge breakfast fan. I keep trying to start the day with a variety of healthy breakfast options (green smoothies, muesli etc… actually I love green smoothies) but I am such a fan of Real Food that more often than not I eat leftovers for dinner or skip breakfast all together in favour of a lunch served around 11 am. A few days ago for example, I woke up and whipped up a quick bowl of minestrone for breakfast. I justified it by telling myself that now I am (nearly) 42 I can eat what I want.
Today however I very unusually had a cereal craving. So breakfast was weetabix, soy milk, cheerios, bran flakes, walnuts and sunflower seeds. Baby-Gusto is also not much of a breakfast eater…… and recently has been a vegetable refuser…… so I made him beans on toast. In time-honored ‘Sneaky Mummy’ mode I spread his toast with a thin layer of mashed avocado and sprinkled in a few crushed sunflower seeds before covering the lots with baked beans. Yum.
For Day 2 of Vegan MoFo we were tasked with recreating a meal from our childhood. I have not been as creative as many other bloggers, so went with a simple pumpkin soup with ‘cheesy’ croutons. I used vegan sliced cheese.
The pumpkin soup was a simple blitz of onion, 2 sticks of celery, 1 clove garlic, 2 carrots, 1 sweet potato and a whole butternut pumpkin. Topped with a sour dough and ‘cheese’ crouton. Gorgeous lunch.
I’ll post a link to other Vegan MoFoers daily. Today, check out JoJo.
JoJo is Vegan In Brighton. Except that she is currently touring Europe, lucky thing. :)
It’s VeganMoFo! This is the Month of Vegan Food.
Today,Vegan Chilli. Made with onions, celery, diced carrots,sweet corn, red lentils, teaspoon of cumin, tablespoon of chilli and passata. Simmered for an hour on low and served with rice.
It is the summer holidays. And it is raining. Ergo, we have been experiencing ‘soft play hell’ for the past week. Soft play, for those who are blissfully unaware, are indoor play centres. They have bouncy castles, slides, climbing thingies and ball pits. If you are lucky, the more accommodating, friendly, soft play centres allow you to bring in your own water and snacks. I LOVE those ones. The others…. more mercenary enterprises….. charge you for entry; and then specify NO DRINKS OR SNACKS (on pain of exclusion) and so you are left paying 3 blooming quid for a bottle of water…. never mind what they might be charging for a cheese sandwich. There is even one soft play I have frequented that charge not only for the child, but entry for the parents. An ill-judged visit by the Gusto family cost £15 before we even entered the bloody door…. Baby-Gusto had a ball while Husband-Gusto and I sat nursing a cup of instant joe.
In short, I have had my fill of soft play. Today we were meeting good friends at a soft play, and after paying the entry fee, when B-G just laid himself down on the floor and wailed that he WANTED TO GO HOME I very seriously lost my sense of humour. I picked him up and pushed him towards the slides hissing ‘GO. HAVE. FUN.’
Half an hour later Baby-Gusto had wailed 7 times. I had hissed 46 times. I had apologised to everyone around us 90 times. I had cleaned up thrown ice cream and tipped-over coffee. Just when I judged that we had all suffered enough and all our friends had gone home, B-G found his equiibrium (and the bouncy castle) and was going wild giggling like crazy. I amused myself by working through my phone message inbox and deleting old messages while periodically suggesting it was time to leave.
Eventually B-G was bodily removed from the bouncy castle and carried to the car. Home for lunch was on the cards. Frozen pizza had persuaded him, and as for me, I needed something more substantial…… what is a bit of a guilty pleasure in fact. Scrambled eggs with tofu.
Ingredients ( for one person).
2 eggs (beaten)
2 spring onions, chopped fine – including green bits
1 tablespoon dried or fresh chilli flakes
150 gm silken tofu diced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon canola oil (rapeseed)
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce.
1 cup cooked white rice
Put the two oils into a pan and heat gently. Add the silken tofu and chilli flakes. Heat over a gentle heat, then add eggs and spring onions. Cook, while stirring gently. Top boiled rice with the cooked eggs, add the soy sauce and eat greedily in front of Food Network TV.
Two hours later, when Husband-Gusto comes home, leave child with him and go to the pub.
What to do when the so-called summer turns cold wet and windy? Make cake of course!
2large or 4small apples, peeled and sliced
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
250 g sugar
250 g butter, melted
250 g self raising flour
Thankfully for me, this cake is easy-peasy. I really am not much of a baker, but this cake is so simple that even I can make it.
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Combine eggs and sugar into a bowl and beat until very well combined. Add the melted butter and combine well. Put in flour a bit at a time, mix well and add apple slices and cinnamon.
Pour into a greased and lined (with baking paper) cake tin. Bake for approx 50 minutes. Check with a skewer in the centre…it should come out clean and dry.
Allow to cool and serve!
Good friends of ours have just moved from The Mainland to The Island full time. They have found a gorgeous house with land, and my ultimate dream…… a small orchard filled with gorgeous fruit trees. They were kind enough to invite us for lunch and we spent a delightful time harvesting greengages and apples and took bags of each home with us.
Greengages – a type of plum.
Mmmmmmm….. apples, freshly picked.
We ate about 20 greengages fresh for dinner last night, and today Baby-Gusto and I made really simple and easy tartlets. First I roughly chopped the greengages and removed the stone.
I put a tablespoon of butter and sugar into a small saucepan and added the greengages. I cooked over a low heat stirring for 10 minutes or so until the fruit had a jam-like consistency. I then rolled out some ready-made puff pastry and cut out circles. I dolloped a spoonful of the greengage jam in the middle. These went into an oven on 180 degrees celsius for about 15-17 minutes.
Perfect with a cup of coffee, and a lovely snack on a cold day!
Baby courgette, red currant and home made ricotta salad
yellow split pea, potato and spinach curry.
Sauteed fresh beans and tomatos
beetroot tarte tartin
The end of the day…… me feeling I would never be able to eat another meal again.
Gorgeous food. Gorgeous experience. Thanks to everyone at River Cottage!
Making vegetable stock- half a star anise and a few fennel seeds gave depth.
Making a delicious curd cheese……
Participants on the beekeeping course.