What I Ate Wednesday #2: A Lazy Saturday

Recovering from an eight hour shift (3pm to 11pm) and a student flat party. This is how you do it:

Hazelnut Porridge with Banana and Mixed Nuts

Simply soak your oats and nuts in hazelnut milk for ten minutes or so, then cook on low heat. Don’t boil it; you just want to warm up your porridge. Add more or less milk depending on how thin you like your porridge. I like it quite thin, but not watery. Just smooth and creamy 🙂

Jamie’s Cauliflower Under a Brick, Mushrooms and a Mountain of Peas

Peas and me, we’re best buds. And mushrooms–oh, darling mushrooms. I love them. I must have been a hobbit in a past life. I’m overly fond of mushrooms, I have a deep love for all things that grow, and I like going round barefoot (inside the house–I live in London, after all). I think the reason I moved to the UK is because it reminds me so much of Middle Earth. After all, Tolkien based the Shire on Shropshire (though I’ve never been there–Shropshire, that is). 

When I saw this recipe for roasted cauliflower in Jamie Magazine I thought it would be perfect with some brown rice, peas and mushrooms. A frugal meal–cheap as chips–but hearty, satisfying, and oh-so-healthy. Perfect for a pre-snow lunch (yes, it’s going to snow! at last!).

The recipe is not (yet) available on the Jamie Magazine website. Pick up a copy if you can, but if not, here is how I prepared my mushrooms and cauliflower (not exactly like in the magazine): 
I chopped the cauliflower sideways into big flat chunks, then brushed each side with some peanut oil (or any oil of your choice). Sprinkle some thyme and oregano. Place the chunks on a baking try lined with baking parchment. Place another sheet on top of the cauliflower and flatten the whole lot with a pan. Pop these in the oven for 45 minutes at 200ºC. Halfway through the roasting process, add some sliced mushrooms, also brushed with oil and tossed with some chopped garlic and herbs of your choice, on the baking try and roast for the remaining 20 minutes or so. Serve with some brown rice and peas. 

Coffee with more hazelnut milk. Did I mention how much I love hazelnut milk? I think it’s safe to say I’m an addict. Hardcore addict. I had to restrain myself or else I would have drunk the whole one litre I had stored in the fridge in one go. As it turns out, I did finish the carton by the end of the day. So. Damn. Good.
For my afternoon snack (with more coffee) I roasted some walnuts and almonds with a wee bit of stevia and maple syrup. You want to soak nuts before you eat them, as this kills the enzymes that make it hard for our bodies to digest nuts. Always soak nuts! Roast in the oven at 170ºC for about 5 minutes until golden brown. (Haha, had to be done. I may be a child of the nineties but my mum made sure that I got premium musical education.) Throw in some raisins to counterbalance the fats in the nuts. 
This a super healthy snack but nonetheless high in (good) fats and sugars, so don’t eat more than a handful. But do enjoy every bite 🙂
Apologies, I forgot to take a picture.

Canned Soup–Spiced Butternut Squash and Edamame Beans

Well I said it was lazy Saturday, didn’t I?
Baxters, as I have mentioned in a previous post, has come out with a new line of soups, a few of which are accidentally vegan and quite a few are vegetarian. The Butternut Squash one I tried is completely vegan, has less than 300 calories and looked pretty yummy to me, so I resolved to try it. Because even crazy enthusiastic vegan cooks need a break sometimes. I’m happy to say it tasted as good as I thought it would, and I’d definitely buy it again for future lazy days. 

Click on the picture to enlarge.

And lazy wouldn’t be complete without yoga. 

I like listening to zen music when I’m meditating as this blocks out most of the street noise. Even though my street is one of the quieter ones of London, there is a church across the street where they like to sing loudly (and out of tune), people are always walking by talking loudly (or borderline shouting), cars drive by, etc. I focus on the music and let it transport me. 

I’m currently looking for a pretty quilt that I can use to make my yoga/meditation area a bit cosier and prettier. Suggestions? 🙂

How was your Saturday?

— Clem

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