Sunday, August 30, 2015

Loving this week {August 2015}

It has been way too long since I've done one of these posts. I can't remember why they dropped out my posting routine, but I am bringing them back this week.

Half way through a bank holiday weekend (the second in August!), there seems a lot to love. Here are some highlights on this late summer Sunday.

1. Grilled tahini, rocket and pepper on toast (with nutritional yeast for good measure).

This is as simple as the title suggests. I paired the toast with peaches and I'm loving them this week as well.

2. New walking and running routes, and new views.

I feel so privileged to live in our new neighbourhood. Within 15 minutes, I can walk through woods...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blackberry and paprika buckwheat risotto

This dish is my first foray into cooked buckwheat. It wasn't going to be, but my original plan of a barley risotto was thwarted by discovering no barley in my cupboards. A quick spot of Googling led me to see buckwheat as a viable alternative. Now that I've cooked the grain (or more accurately, pseudo-grain) once, I am sure I'll be doing it again.

This dish evolved from a few sources. In a recent weekend Guardian, there was a feature on blackberry recipes that included a blackberry barbecue sauce and a blackberry rice salad. I drew inspiration from both for this: the barbecue sauce allowed me to consider pairing blackberries and paprika, and the rice salad allowed me to think about cooking berries up with grains. The vegetables were chosen based on what I had to hand, and I topped the photographed bowl with falafel because I had some of those about too.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Vegan Life Magazine, issue 8 (September 2015)


I receive complimentary digital copies of Vegan Life, which allows me to post reviews with screenshots included. My reflections on the magazine are entirely my own.

It's been a few months since I shared a Vegan Life post. This is remiss of me, because each edition is packed full of things I intend to share. Sometimes life just gets in the way, and intended posts don't get written or published. I'll try to make up for it this month!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lucuma and blackberry vegan French toast

Thank you for your moving well wishes. I am pleased to say we are successfully moved, although we still have some way to go before I can say we are successfully unpacked (!). It is a big relief to be at the unpacking stage though.


One of the nice features of our new house is outdoor space. I have hung washing outside for the first time in over a year and my bike can live in a shed instead of chained to outdoor railings. We don't yet have garden furniture, but I'm looking forward to eating outside in time too.

I may not have eaten breakfast outside this morning, but I did relish the novelty of taking photos in the garden. It will take me a while to figure out my new lighting options, but I'm rather looking forward to that.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Moving eats

If I am less present online this week, it's because I am immersed in packing boxes, updating addresses, and doing all the other things you do when you move. Yes,14 months after our move to London we are moving again! This time the move is domestic rather than international, but there still seems to be a lot to do.

We have made the decision to settle in commuter territory just outside the greater London area. We will still be working in London itself, but our immediate neighbourhood will now be a small town with surrounding countryside instead of London streets. One of the key benefits of this change is more space, and we will be living in a (semi-detached) house with garden instead of a 1-bedroom flat. It is a huge change and very exciting. For now, though, the excitement is fighting with mild panic over things yet unpacked.

Our soon-to-be dining room

Holding that in mind, this is a brief post to showcase some of the simple meals I've been throwing together to use up produce. Whilst we can transport our kitchen ingredients down the road, the less to move the better!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Spicy Mexican quinoa bowl

When the craze for bowl-based meals began, I didn't really understand it. Traditionally, I have liked to see my food neatly arranged on a plate. I preferred ingredients to stand on their own, rather than be immersed hidden at the bottom of a bowl.

As this post may suggest, I'm a convert to bowl meals now. I still think certain things are better on a plate, but quinoa and rice dishes do lend themselves to bowl-based eating. Now, I savour finding ingredients as I go. Each forkful is an opportunity for new flavours to come through.