What I ate this week – 7 June 2020

I managed 2 nights of earlier dinners this week but then I went back to work after. On the plus side I am so tired when I go to bed that my insomnia has vanished!


For lunch I made a chopped pesto with radish stalks, garlic, oil, nutritional yeast and walnuts. Served with baguette and radishes it was divinely garlicky.

I’ve taken to referring to this as German potato salad. But really it’s potato salad with something pickled mixed into the mayo and some vegan frankfurters chucked on top.


It was Monday so lunch had to either be tempeh, tomato and kale salad. Or pizza salad, right? I was all out of kale so I radically made spinach, tempeh and tomato salad!

And then for dinner I made the tofu I couldn’t be bothered with last week to pair up with more Pak choi.


Tuesday wasn’t a good food day. Once again there was a delivery involved. So lunch was toasties and then dinner kind of got missed.


Back on track (following a bundle of socially distanced house viewings and shenanigans with various parcels) with pizza salad for lunch. I’m definitely getting faster at making this.

How I love chilli. I made a huge pan of this because it’s so tasty. Chilli is about to become a weekly feature on the menu.

And a huge bowl of strawberries and vegan cream for dessert.


Lunch was easy and delicious- a plate of dinner leftovers!

I haven’t made risotto in years and now I remember why! It takes so long while you stand and stir. I added in mushrooms and fennel and served with a rough parsley pesto and sausages.


Friday lunchtime I ate some of the canned soup stash and spent an hour enjoying a talk on kimonos as a virtual attendee of the York festival of ideas. It was a fascinating talk and made a nice change.

For dinner, I made Coconut Samosa potato salad from Salad Samurai again but I added coriander this time. Wow it made it even more awesome!


The freezer has gotten a bit full (and it’s not very big) so we had chicken style burgers for lunch.

And for dinner I veganised a recipe I spotted on Bento Expo. The Ebichiri Bento made in season 3 episode 8 was really easy and really good! Check it out for yourself


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What’s on my digital reading pile?

I seem to be tearing through ebooks. I’m now waiting for the next volume in the St Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor (the shenanigans of time travelling historians).

I’m most of the way 1602 and it is wonderful. I find myself being reluctant to turn the virtual page to make it last longer.

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What I ate – 31 May 2020

I seem to have gotten into a habit of cooking dinner really late. Maybe it’s the heat?


I tried another recipe from Salad Samurai. This is coconut samosa potato salad. I skipped the chickpeas, coriander, mint and cashews and chucked in parsley. It was good enough to make again and I’ll try for all the ingredients next time!


We’re clearly entering the season of potato salad. I added turnips greens, peas, green onion tops, mustard, vinegar and mayo. Then topped it off with a couple of vegan sausages.


Another helping of pizza salad. I cooked the tempeh in the remoska with no oil and it turned out just fine.

The curry sauce was supposed to be put through a sieve but I was tired and chunky is just fine.


Kale, tomato and tempeh salad. I actually made the effort to soak almonds before blitzing them with mustard, vinegar and dates and the dressing was the best yet.

How I love chilli. And This one was super easy. I soaked the soy mince during the afternoon and then sling it in the remoska with other ingredients after a networking call. As a result I got go sit down with a glass of kombucha and a book while it cooked.


Lazy lunch! Toasties with vegan cheese, deli slices and tomato.

I started cooking dinner really late. But this mushroom and pasta dish actually turned out a bit fancy looking.


This was a bitty kind of lunch but the combo of hot green beans, dressing, random vegetables and a handful of poppadoms was most satisfying.

Another end of the week dish. I never got round to making tofu so the Pak choi got added to this dish. It really does have all the random stuff in it.


I shop early on Saturday morning and collect my vegetable bag while I’m out. Hence lunch is never elaborate.

For some reason I thought I’d have more time to cook at the weekend. I don’t know what I was thinking. But the beet balls recipe from Salad Samurai made up loads so I popped them in the freezer for an easy future meal. This was really tasty and worth the effort of shredding beets.

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What’s on my digital reading pile?

I seem to be tearing through digital reading matter. Perhaps I’m just trying to put off reading the print copy of Bleak House next to my bed!

I heard Lori Gottlieb speak on the Tim Ferris podcast and found her very engaging. So I ordered the e-audio from the library so that myself and himself can listen to it together.

Susan Isaacs is an amazing writer. She always draws me in from the first sentence. However, for some reason I’ve never worked my way through everything she’s written. I will now remedy this!

This has not been an issue with Jodi Taylor! I am tearing through her books. Conveniently, the library appears to have all of them in e-format.

I’ve added 3 new graphic novels. I was delighted to find 1602 having read about it somewhere else at some point in the past.

I also noted that the e-magazines I had loaded were pretty ancient so I removed them and selected some new ones to brow. I like the idea of being the kind of person who reads .net! And a friend recommended The Simple Things to indulge in.

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What I’m reading – 26 May 2020

My book pile didn’t change for 2 weeks (although my virtual pile of e-books did). But during that time I finished 2 books and nearly finished a third.

I was drawn back into the Welcome to Night Vale novel and I’m hopi g that the same will happen with Dickens.

Just one more chapter of An Everlasting Meal to savour.

Chapters in The Screwtape Letters are short so I’ve been reading one before bed (part of a master plan to stay away from screens at that point in the day and work on my insomnia).

Asterisk (borrowed from my Mum) is there for jollies!

New to the pile


In progress

Bleak House

An Everlasting Meal

The Screwtape Letters


Finding Your Own North Star

Welcome to Night Vale – A Novel

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What I ate – 24 May 2020

I’m definitely starting to see a pattern in our meals. But I’m also noting that some weeks I have a lack of inspiration when it comes to menu planning. I like to browse and see what looks good or good value and then make a meal from that. Right now I’m doing the opposite with maybe the exception of a Friday. Then I’m trying to clear the fridge for the next week.


I was so excited to find Beyond burgers in the local Tesco. The taste took me back to A&W in Canada last summer. I just need a frosty root beer to go with it.

It’s a while since I used soy mince and I’d forgotten how good it can be. I left it to soak with various seasonings and then added in kidney beans, tomato purée and a drop of super hot chilli sauce . It has a good tang to it.


Monday was a bit of lost day. A lost of time was taken with finding some missing deliveries. Maybe it caused so many emotions because Lockdown doesn’t much in the way of variations. Or things to vent about. Anyway it was all resolved by dinner time which was comforting vegan sausage, mash, spring greens and gravy.


I finally got my hands on some olives to go in the pizza salad. This is always delicious and the olives only enhanced this.

I had loads of the seasoned and hydrated soy mince left over from making chilli. So I added some gram flour and made meatless balls.

Then I kept with the Italian theme that was developing for the day and made pasta.


Another weekly favourite! And to think that when I first made it about 6 weeks ago I thought it had a lot of ingredients. Now I think of it as simple!

The tofu for this nearly didn’t get made. I heated up the soy milk, stirred in the lemon juice and then left it while I ate lunch. But I was a way into my afternoon work when I recalled that I hadn’t drained and pressed it. Happily it separated beautifully and pressed in time to make black pepper tofu.


Potato salad! With gerkins and German sausages! On a bed of rocket!


I saw this recipe on a Japanese TV channel. You basically take a load of vegetables, stir in gram flour and then add sparkling water to make a batter before frying. They were really good. Not healthy but very good.


I got a load of green onion tops so they’re going to be in pretty much everything for the next week. And I’ll probably make some stock too. This was chicken style strips with green onion, rice and a sesame sauce. Served it with Chinese lettuce for a make your own green wraps experience.

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What I ate last week – 17 May 2020

I have no idea what we ate prior to Monday. We must have eaten on Saturday and Sunday. I hope it was good!


More pizza style salad. I think this one is going to be part of my regular rotation forever.

I had some kind of idea about doing a salad with pieces of these vegan southern style fillets from Tesco. I liked the idea of hot and cold.Then wraps seemed appealing and so I made flatbreads and ended up with these. They were surprisingly filling.

But not so filling that I couldn’t squeeze in a bit of frozen cheese cake. this is oat based and the bulk of the recipe came from Vegan Yack Attack. As usual, I had to make a few twists.


And another one for the weekly rotation is Kale, tampeh and tomato salad.

I couldn’t be be bothered to make proper pancakes for dinner so I made gram flour ones. they came out like a vegan omelette which worked great with the filling (mushrooms and greens on a sunflower seed sauce).


What to do with the random beetroot? I recalled a tasty recipes for a beetroot and satsuma salad from last year. That recipe used cucumber and herbs but this version was ok. I chucked in some chickpeas for a bit of protein and added a tahini sauce.

This dish get made every time I get pak choi in my veg bag. So here it is again. The tofu I made didn’t turn out great but held together long enough to fry in cubes with black pepper.


I had sushi rice but had run out of nori sheets. So this was a bowl of seasoned sushi rice topped with green beans, peppers and radish. The tofu feel apart when I tried to fry it so it became tofu scramble. Topped it off with some miso and wasabi sauce.

I’ve done a few weeks now of leek and potato soup. To shake things up a bit I added chickpeas and noodles and ended up with with this. More pasta dish then soup but still tasty. Sling it all in, right?


Friday night is becoming one pan past night. I’ve run out of cooking inspiration and it’s a good way to use up anything lurking in the fridge. Plus I was able to bake cupcakes while it cooked.


I plan the menu on Saturday afternoon so lunch was a roll with with vegan cheese and deli slices and a handful of greens.

This started out a barley/mushroom/Brussels Sprouts harvest bowl. Then I replaced barley with bread and subbed spring greens for Brussels Sprouts. So essentially I turned it into mushrooms on toast. I will make the original at a later point.

And here are the cupcakes with icing!

Eat well folks!

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My reading pile – 14 May 2020

I seemed to have stalled a bit on Bleak House and An Everlasting Meal. I’m doing small chunks of the Night Vale title because it is naturally strange and so is the world right now.

I’ve been reading a few more e-books than usual but I would like to clear my stack of physical books.

Plus a I’ve snuck in a few graphical novels in electronic form.

It’s far to say that there’s no shortage of reading material for me even with libraries closed.

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What I ate – start of May 2020

Food seems to be falling into a rhythm. The same dishes on the same days of the week. I’m not sure if this is because this is the way life is. When Pak choi turns up in my veg bag I make black pepper tofu. If I have it 3 weeks in a row then I made the dish 3 weeks in a row.

Or am I buying the same things over and over at Tesco? Hence I’m experiencing none of the variety that buying from markets and hunting yellow stickers offers.


Gram flour pancakes for brunch topped with bananas and golden syrup.

The millet bowls for dinner with hummus, salsa, spinach, radishes and pepper. I topped the millet with course radish stalk pesto.


It was Star Wars day! It of course we wear Star Wars T-shirt’s all the time anyway. I made pizza salad bowls from Salad Samurai again. They do taste better every time and I actually had mode of the ingredients this time note the vegan Parmesan topping!

And for dinner port style TVP with mushrooms, mange tout and home made sweet and sour sauce. I was super happy with how this turned out.


Tempeh , kale and tomato salad again. The dressing turned out really well. It was so tangy.

So I made up another batch to go on the side salad at dinner. The mustardy flavour went great with the chickpea cutlets and potatoes.


I was honestly going to make borscht for lunch. But it somehow turned into a kind of stew and a spoonful of tahini made it super creamy and luscious.

Black pepper tofu and vegetables for dinner. I got the amount of sauce right so it was flavoursome but not heading in the direction of a soup!


I’m a bit out of practice with sushi making. Hence I rather ivestuffec this bunch I knocked up for lunch. They were still tasty though and have got me thinking about using sushi rice as a base for a salad.

Loaded leek and potato soup. The mass of parsley hides the spring greens and vegan sausage slices I chucked in.


We ate the last of the soup for lunch on Friday. In the evening I put all the odds and ends from the fridge into one pan pasta. I did intend to add some garlic bread but the remaining chunk of bread was covered in fuzzy mould 😕

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My reading pile – 7 May 2020

This week’s pile is a random mix of the ongoing, the half completed and the one I put off (because then the series would be over).

One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor – gifted by my mother this is an awesome story of historians and time travel.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joesph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor – I read about half of this when I got it and then put it down for some reason. It’s my favourite podcast in book form. Delightfully strange.

An Everlasting meal by Tamar Adler – I was going great guns on this and then had to take another break. When I read this all I want to do is cook.

Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck – I’m taking my time working through this because each chapter has plenty of interesting points to consider.

Locke and Key: Alpha and Omega by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez – the very last volume. I’ve been saving these so I can savour each page but it’s so easy to get caught up in the storyline!

I’ve also downloaded a few ebooks to read at night if I can’t sleep.

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