Six-day work weeks. Gotta love ’em…pphhzzarrghhhh *collapses*. However the days are getting longer and sunnier, and it’s nice to sense the faint “Beep!…..whirrrrrrrrrr…” that is Nature rebooting itself for another Spring.
Managed to get a full weekend off, and spent most of it cooking furiously in the manner of a devoted foodie who has been living off quick and easy noodle stirfries for the past month. The Grauniad newspaper rose to the challenge with several delicious vegetable/nut roasts, and first up is my version of a chickpea and vegetable roast….
(Hopefully photo later, camera being re-charged…)
(Update; no photo, obviously too busy eating to tend to the pictorial needs of this blog…)
A good, cheap 3-days-until-payday bake, using store cupboard staples (particularly relevant for January, the Official Month of 3-Days Till Payday). Nothing too sophisticated but moreish and goes down well with a spot of ketchup!
Turns out that, with Mum gone, I’m the only person in the family who actually eats roast chestnuts with Xmas dinner. So the post-dinner clear-out of leftovers gave me a good 2/3rds of a tin of lovingly pre-roasted chestnuts to play with. Mixed with finely chopped mushrooms and a few other ingredients, these made a cracking nut roast, as I’m sure Scrat would agree…
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*
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…
1) RIP Rik Mayall
2) Spent Monday off work sick, and the rest of the week playing catch-up. Tired, narked, tired-narked and thoroughly tarked-noff. Fortunately found this recipe, which, even if you’re not hungover, ticks the boxes of quick, convenient, tasty and pleasingly messy to eat. F**k All This For a Laugh Noodles, if you will….