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!


Butter beans with mixed vegetables and pineapple, with spelt flour flat bread.


I liked this, but unlike the pineapple in my hot and sour stir fry, the pineapple seemed like a rogue ingredient instead of a star feature. However, the dish helped use up a tin of beans (I often use dried so tins can sit in the cupboard for a while), a tin of tomatoes, quite a few vegetables, and a good chunk of flour.

Frozen banana soft serve with cocoa nibs and Choc Shot chocolate sauce.


The cocoa nibs and chocolate sauce don't really need using up, but frozen bananas are not ideal for transporting and this took 2 large ones and produced a delicious dessert.

Kale, sweet corn and sweet potato on toast with almond butter.


This dish is self explanatory really. I loved the bright colours and flavours.

Random mixes.

After enjoying cocoa nibs and chocolate sauce in frozen banana ice cream, I've also added them to yoghurt and on top of strawberries. On other occasions I've had raisins in weetabix and all manner of vegetables in jacket potatoes. And, I suspect there will be more strange combinations before the week is out...

Please tell me - how do you get through moves? Any last minute tips?!

18 comments:

  1. Oooh Kari how exciting! A garden! More space! The sneak pic of your new dining room is lovely. All the best for the move! :)

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  2. Lots of black plastic bags to throw everything in at the last minute! Which county are you heading for? Much better to live outside London, best of both worlds xxx

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    1. That was a very handy tip and we definitely used some last minute bags! We're in Kent now :-)

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  3. Sounds exciting! Good luck with the move :)

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  4. Goodness it is so long since I moved house it is getting embarrasing but I think your random meals sound great - I think I also cope by having some tins of beans and a tin opener on hand (that is my answer to most culinary emergencies). Good luck with the move - hope having moved country not so long ago that this feels easier

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    1. Thanks Johanna - I was hoping it would feel easier moving within the country but I think I have moving fatigue as it wasn't so long ago we finished unpacking in London! It is worth it now we're here though (although there are still many boxes to unpack...).

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  5. I hope the move goes well. How exciting that you are going to have some outside space :)

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    1. Thanks Dannii, it is very exciting!

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  6. Good luck with the move! I feel like I ate the most random things while we were moving..but it does look like you're eating pretty well!

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    1. Some of the very random things perhaps escaped photography :P

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  7. That's very exciting news about your move; it will be so good to have more space. The photo of your future dining room is gorgeous. I can totally understand wanting to eat up everything in your pantry instead of packing it into boxes. I'm about to clean out my pantry because it's on the verge of exploding and once it's all sorted, we'll be eating up all the bits and pieces xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie and I relate to exploding pantries too. They just don't build pantries big enough in my experience (and if they do, I confess I expand to fill) ;)

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  8. That is exciting! I hope the move goes well. It will be nice to have more space and be in a more residential area.

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  9. Ahh - what a great idea! My boyfriend just moved to a new city for his studies and wish I had come across your site earlier! I'll keep this as a reference when my friends move ;)

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