Officially work starts at 8.30am, but in some kind of group telepathic reaction to the grey skies and perma-twilight most people rolled in late today, looking like the fight between Being a Responsible Working Adult and Waaarrrmmm Duvet had been a very close-run thing. Got home with a serious craving for vegetable stew with dumplings. Ten minutes on google search pulled up this economical, flexible and rib-sticking little gem. Now you must excuse me whilst I go back to the pot and ladle out a second helping…. *belches*
Took a hint from the biryani rice recipe of the other day, and gave up on risottos where you stand and stir, add more stock, stand and stir, add more stock….not when there’s an Angry Birds Halloween tournament to attend to, no sirree! Sling it all in a roasting tin, pour over the stock and seal with foil. Bung in the oven, and Bob’s your uncle (or at least the singer from the Cure). Adapted the below pumpkin and bacon risotto for this sweet potato and Quorn bacon-type fing. Served with a sprinkling of parmesan and the sweet, sweet taste of victory over those pesky Angry Birds zombie pigs……
Six days to payday, several late nights due to overtime at work to factor in, and I’m considering the contents of my pantry with a “well I could make a vegetable bake but that would leave no bread for breakfast and I could re-make that swede risotto from the other day but that would mean most of my protein comes only from nuts and cheese for the rest of the week as I’m using that cheap Tesco’s nut-roast as a basis for my Tupperware lunches for the next three days but I’ve opened that pack of feta cheese so I should find a way to use that up before it starts tapping on the inside of the fridge and singing Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” in tinny-yet-crumbly voice also I have that stew pack of winter root veg that I need to do something with as well……..”
Welcome to First World Problems! And The Inside of My Head. Aren’t you glad you’re just visiting?
Google, and a dusty can of Strongbow cider from the back of the drinks cabinet, To The Rescue. For those not keen on cider, the original recipe just uses chopped apple.
Yesterday was 3 hours on the train and 3 back to an old university friend’s 40th birthday. He now has a large family so it was an afternoon sandwich buffet and catch-up rather than a raucous drunken affair, but it was lovely to meet up with people I hadn’t seen for quite some time, look over photos from the 1990s *cringe*, and generally see where life has taken us in the intervening 20 years.
Came home knackered and with that over-stuffed with cheese sandwiches, pizza and crisps feeling. So slept in late, and brunch was a bowl of salad and chicken quorn pieces drizzled lightly with olive oil. Feeling that my fat and salt levels had been restored to normal, I decided to clear the fridge of some odds and ends of vegetables with this tasty and fragrant biryani…
For the final course of tonight’s extravaganza, I present a subtle yet satisfying leek fritter with sauce….
‘Tis the Easter Bank Holiday in the UK, which in true UK fashion means it’s raining, hard. Went to the gym and then wandered back through the shopping mall past darkened, shuttered shops, listening to the rain drum on the roof. Bought a latte from Costas – the only things open are the chain coffee boutiques, which to be fair would probably open even during the Apocalypse, if there was the chance to flog just one last chocolate enormo-muffin before Death swept through on his white steed, gleaming scythe in hand, and decapitated the baristas.
But I digress.
I’m heavy on tinned goods at the moment, but the fridge is a Spartan waste of odds and ends of veggies. So knocked together an impromptu lunch of chickpea-and-mushroom burgers in the last wholemeal tortilla wrap, with a dash of tomato chutney…