The secret tunnel – something green for monday

Sunday evening rolled around. The approaching twilight taking me by surprise after a bright day. I’d popped along to see some friends perform in a burlesque show in a pub. In a back room. Does that sound better or worse than it being in the main bar?

As it happens I was slightly late arriving. My brain had gone into auto pilot and I’d starting driving my usual route to work. Of course, I was several junctions in the wrong direction when I remembered where I was going.

As a result  I squeezed in between the first and second act. Then scrambled around and found a stool in the dim light and sat down to whoop, laugh and wonder at my talented friends.

My first opportunity to visit the bar was the interval. All that whooping laughing and wondering is thirsty work. I took my first opportunity to admire the pub’s decor. One ceiling was covered in vinyl record covers.  Then at the back of the back I spotted what looked like an exit to a secret  hidden world at the back of the bar.


Doorway leading into a secret tunnel of green leaves - something green -

I think it might be the Flitch Way. The image made me recall one that I took myself (although not so good) some years ago. I wanted to try and capture the feeling of being in a secret tunnel made of green. This image does that so well.

Imagine being able to walk into the image. To be able to pop away for a few minutes of calm anytime you wanted to.

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The spring lawn – something green for Monday

It was the lawn that gave it away. Spring wasn’t kidding around. It was here now.

I’d gone out for one of my early morning walks. In recent months this has meant seeing the world in shades of black and grey. There’s the occasional spotting of a fox to liven things ups. If I time it right the sky might be a glorious shade of blue as I arrive back at the Green Rooms. However usually the only bright spots are the street lights. Plus spotting the landmarks in the local neighbourhood. There’s that house that looks like something from Scooby Doo. The drive with an unfeasible number of sports cars (are they collectors?). That property that is endlessly on the market. The garden that makes me think of Victorian novels. The occasional lit window which makes me wonder who else is up early and where they are off to that day.

Then spring arrived…

So it began to get a tiny bit lighter. Around about the same time the birds got noiser. I knew I was out walking on a spring morning when I spotted this site. The lawn slightly over grown but in a way that makes it clear that warmer weather is here. Everything is sprouting and growing again. The promise of afternoon reading in the park. Mornings drinking tea in the garden.

Spring lawn - something green - midorigreen.couk


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Comforting and creamy – what’s in my veg bag?

Hello spring greens. Amongst this week’s inspiring selection of veg was kale, chard, salad leaves, parsnips, onions, carrots and swede.

Veg bag contents - kale, salad leaves, chard, parsnips, swede, onions, carrots -


Rice with chickpeas and chard

three bowls of rice with chickpeas, chards and spices - veg bag meals -

What do you cook when you have a friend coming to dinner, a fridge full or vegetables and no idea? You cook something spicy and filling that you can serve in a bowl. Naturally I’d had a look at Veganomicon for inspiration. Then I wondered why I’d never cooked this dish before.

Lentil Dahl

Lentil dahl with flat bread and cup of tea - veg bag meals -

Mmm dahl is such a forgiving dish. I chucked all kinds of odds and ends into this. The remains of a container of tomato puree. Quite a lot of ginger. Various spices. An onion. It still came out warm and comforting.

Potato and swede with spicy mayo

fried potato and swede hash with spicy vegan mayo - veg bag meals -

This has turned into my default dish to make with swede. I just love the way the swede tastes when cooked with potato. Additionally it’s so easy to make.


Creamy carrot and potato soup

bowl of smooth and creamy carrot and potato soup - veg bag meals -

Another super easy dish – soup made with carrots, potatoes and onions. It was good but would have been amazing with some beans added. Next week, maybe?

Jacket potato with kale, tofu and chickpea gravy

Jacket potato with fried tofu, kale and chickpea gravy - veg bag meals -

What a sensible dinner this. Creamy jacket potato with wilted kale and fried tofu. Then smothered in chickpea gravy (which I handily had in the freezer).

Saturday night random bowl

Vegan sausage roll with fried kale, fried potatoes, and pasta salad with parsnip and apples - veg bag meals -

So this was an end of the week bowl with whatever was in the fridge. It includes a vegan sausage roll, fried kale and potatoes. Plus a pasta salad made with wholemeal penne, parsnips, apples, sunflower seeds and chilli mayo.

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Triple greens – what’s in my veg bag?

I was very happy to get a triple dose of greens in my veg bag; cabbage, kale and spinach. Plus the usual suspects in the form of carrots and parsnips.

Veg bag contents: spinach, cabbbage, kale, carrots, parsnips, leeks and potatoes - veg bag -

Homemade pasta with beanballs

Home made pasta with tomato sauce and beanballs -
I’ve been working on my homemade pasta recipe. My noodles tend to come out a bit soft. This time I rolled them thicker and dried them for longer. They provided suitable chewiness with homemade bean balls (something else that could do with firming up) and a tomato sauce. And – yes – I must confess this dish contained nothing from my veg bag .

Leek and potato soup

leek and potato soup with fresh mint - veg bag meals -

Ah the creaminess of potato and carrot against the sweet sharpness of leek and the tanginess of fresh mint.


Tofu Florentine

Tofu florentine - veg bag meals -

I hardly ever make this. The 4 individual parts are simple enough to make but put together they take a lot of effort and washing up. However I was really keen to use the fresh spinach and had some homemade tofu. Plus I was making my first attempts at homemade english muffins.  As it turned out these were so easy to do that I’ll be making them more often. Which might tempt me into making tofu florentine more too.


Rice with carrots and peanut sauce

Rice cooked with carrots in a creamy peanut sauce

What do you cook when all you have is carrots, parsnips and a handful of greens? Why you pull out some rice from the freezer, cook up with the carrots and then stir in  a peanut sauce with a bit of spice.


End of the week, post yoga dinner

Parsnip and apple salad with lemon olive oil served with fried potatoes and tahini sauce - veg bag meals -

I was down to 4 parsnips, some cooked potatoes and an apple. So I made this for a dinner. Raw Parsnip and apple drizzled with lemon olive oil and fried potatoes with tahini sauce. The perfect friday night dish.

What do you have left in your veg bag at the end of the week?

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Leaves or birds – something green for Monday –


painting green leaves on a wall | something green |
When I first spotted the mural I thought I was looking at green birds. They looked like swallows darting between vines. However a closer look showed that they weren’t birds. The vine had leaves in different shades of green.


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Photo fail – what’s in my veg bag?

I love to document what I cook from my veg bag contents. It’s handy for when I can’t decide what to cook or recall a recipe.  However I’m still building the habit of actually remembering to make the dish look nice and to then take a photograph. Not a terrible thing to fail at but frustrating when I recall eating something tasty but have no photographic evidence.

This week’s veg bag contents

veg bag contents - spinach, salad leaves, onions, swede, potatoes, beetroot, carrots -
Huge carrot and beetroot - veg bag -

Potato and swede hash with spicy mayo

I was delighted to see more swede in this week’s selection. So I used it to make more hash. I topped it off with some of this week’s batch of vegan mayo. In order to spice things up a bit I added a glug of chilli sauce to create a creamy spicy sauce.

Baked Camembear

I didn’t make this. In fact, my only efforts  involved wrapping it in foil and baked it. I bought it from Lettices Foods at the Colchester Vegan Festival. It was delightful served with crusty bread and cranberry sauce.

More hash and filled flatbread

Actually I only made half of this meal. The filled flatbreads were bought at Colchester Vegan Festival.  I purchased 3 of these. Then I put them in the freezer without labelling. Consequently it’s been a bit of lucky dip every time I eat one. I’m calling the dish on the rest of the plate ‘underground vegetable hash’.

Battered fishless pie

More evidence that I’ve been failing on the cooking front! This fishless pie, served by Battered on a pub grub night,  was just as good as their fishless and chips.

Burgers and sweet potato fries

This is the final evidence proving that I’ve eaten out too much this week! At any rate it was great to finally make it  to Mooshie’s on Brick Lane. These burgers were most satisfying to chow on before heading off to watch some burlesque.
Photographic fails this week included various lunches with salad, carrots and fried tofu. Plus a huge pan of borscht. Oh well –  must try harder next week.


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Green haired gal – something green for Monday


Green haired character from The Clone Wars -

Recently I was watching The Clone Wars animated series. It’s fun to watch but I didn’t expect any greenspiration to show up. Then this green haired gal came along looking pretty cool. Naturally she represents the light side of the force. It’s her brother is the one who is strong in the dark side.

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Something green for Monday – scratched to enhance


Panel of scratched green paint

Look at the scratches on the paintwork. However  the colour look even more awesome as a result of the damage.

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What’s in my veg bag this week? hello spring


Veg bag contents -
The veg bag this week had leeks and cauliflower as well as the usual suspects. Immediately my brain began buzzing over the contents of my veg bag as I though about what meals I could create…

Chickpea cutlets with chunky coleslaw, poodles and mustard sauce

chickpea cutlets with chunky coleslaw, potatoes and mustard sauce - veg bag meals -
I love this recipe for chickpea cutlets from Veganomicon. The mustard sauce which I haven’t bothered to make before is awesomely good. Usually I bake them but the oven was a bit full of other things for a pot luck. They are definitely chewier when baked. And I over cooked the the poodles (potato noodles). But my dinner guests seemed quite happy to chow down anyway.

Sausage and mash with mustard sauce

Vegan sausage, mash and kale with mustard sauce - veg bag meals -
Turns out the mustard sauce also goes great with sausage, mash and kale.

Pancakes filled with leeks in a creamy cheesy sauce

pancakes with leeks in a creamy cashew sauce - veg bag -
It was Shrove Tuesday. I had leek and some leftover cashew cheese so I combined the 2 and used the result to fill pancakes. I did manage a few sweet pancakes after band practice while we traded riddles.

Creamy cauliflower bake and cripsy coated carrots

creamy cauliflower bake, crispy coated carrots and fishless fingers - veg bag meals -
This cauliflower recipe is so easy. You mix cauliflower with mayo and then bake. Great for leftovers. The carrots are also a good leftovers dish. Next time I will coat in gram flour but they still came out pretty tasty.

Udon noodles with cauliflower in a satay sauce

Udon noodles with cauliflower in a satay sauce - veg box meals -

I took the last of the cauliflower and the end of a jar of peanut butter to create this satay noodle dish. Perfect for a post yoga dinner.

The increase in variety of veg makes me think the spring is one the way. What do you think?

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What’s in my veg bag? The cook once, eat twice week

At the start of the winter I’m really keen to savour the flavour of each vegetable and tend to cook dishes that reflect this. However as the colder weather drags on and you realise how few fresh vegetables are available over the winter in the uk then the mix up starts. Happily this results in bigger dishes. I love to cook but its great to have a few nights when reheat is an option.

Potato and swede hash with vegan mayo
This was so easy to make. I used a recipe from the Abel and Cole coookbook and I’m now really hoping for more swede. Served with a spoonful of vegan mayo and a Sunday night box set binge.
The working lunch
You can’t see the layers in the photo (but hey the green leaves look so lovely next to the journal) but this has potatoes and mayo, then carrots with lemon olive oil and topped with salad leaves and fried tofu.
Sheepless pie
I ate this over 2 nights. The carrots and beefless chunks were soaked in marmite and then topped with parsnip and potato mash in the Remoska.
Cauliflower and parsnip curry
This masses and I also took dome for my lunch. I had it one night with flat breads and then…
served the leftovers with jacket potatoes, salad leaves and the last of the salad.
Here’s hoping for more swede next week!




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