I think with the cold setting in quite strongly here I have been craving warm and comforting food. But for some reason instead of my tastebuds yearning for soups and stews, pasta bakes and pie, I have been hankering after a good curry.
So in the last week I have cooked three. One: Cauliflower and Spinach, Two: Chicken Reendang , Three: Chicken, Aubergine and Mango
You might remember that back in November when I went to the states I wrote about an incredible Tuna Burger I had. I have been itching to have a go at it ever since I got back and this week was the week.
I can’t get enough soup in my life at the moment. It is uncategorically freezing outside, and whislt in my last post I talked about how January is a good month etc. etc. yadda,yadda, yadda. Boy is it cold!
People keep on talking about how rubbish January is and, to be quite honest, I don’t really get it. Yes the ‘Holidays’ are over and we are all weighing heavy under the prospect of this year’s resolutions, and the weather does make everything look a bit grey. But despite that, if you look at it the other way we have a whole year ahead of us filled with wonderful seasons and plenty of opportunities to have a go at making things happen. We all just need to seek out the sunshine from other places. With this in mind I decided to try and get some sunshine in my cooking just to add a bit of colour to the monotonous malaise that is currently hanging over my house. For me this means an array of bright vegetables, warming spices and a simple quick recipe.
So here it is – my January Sunshine Chicken!
Food can make you feel great. You know when you have a really good meal filled with loads of yummy and nutritional goodies you get a wave of energy and a feeling that you could do anything. It’s brilliant isn’t it? Especially when you are flagging and have no energy sometimes food can be that pick me up you need. Yesterday that was what I needed, something really good for me to give me an extra boost. Just like Popeye with his spinach or Bananaman with his bananas sometimes food can even turn you into a super hero.
If I had to pick my superhero food … well then … I would undoubtedly be Broccoli Girl!
Today I fancied both something fresh, warming and above all healthy. Not always an easy combination, warming and healthy yes – you make soup, fresh and healthy – you make some sort of light veg dish. However the three combined always seems to throw me into somewhat of a muddle.
Nevertheless today I think I might have cracked it. Warm salad!
I am not sure when it officially becomes autumn, but for me it’s the change from craving light refreshing suppers to yearning for warming stews and rich flavoured delights. That has certainly been the case this week.
The rain has been falling, it has been freezing outside and all I really fancy doing is cuddling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and warm toast. Unfortunately that is not a sustainable diet, so other options must be found to help sooth our souls as the wind picks up and the evenings grow dark.
This week I decided to turn a classic summer dish, risotto, into a warming autumn treat.
I just wanted to write a quick post about why you would eat From Scratch.
The other day I went out for dinner ( I know, not From Scratch – but there is a point so bare with me)
I ordered a fairly simple noodle dish which I received and did taste very nice, but it didn’t really have flavour it was just nice (I think perhaps It might have been the msg) anyway the point the food tasted nice but it was beige. No other colour just beige. It supposedly had about 10 ingredients in it – all of them apparently were beige. Now essentially there is nothing wrong with it, as I said it tasted nice but that was it.
Now I have lied a bit in the subject line because I didnt actually have it for supper. This was todays lunch. But it was a lovely warm and filling lunch so as far as I am concerned it counts as supper, obviously I will still be eating supper, but you get the picture.
Peperonata has been on my list of dishes to try for a while now. SO when I came back from the gym starving, I did what any sensible person would do and had a banana.
Recently I have been getting more and more fed up with those half used packets of different foods shoved at the back of my cupboard. I know the whole point of non perishable food is that it can become part of loads of meals. But I just seem to be collecting half empty packets of loads and loads of things, I mean I have 4 different kinds of rice packets all half used. How annoying!
After reaching my limit of shoving more and more in the cupboard I have decided to start using it. In my mind this is a great challenge. You spend less money as you are using up rather than buying more, you get to be a bit inventive and play around with flavours and ideas. Oh yes and you get more cupboard space.