Random eat-y bits and pieces

Back on the air after some internet silliness!  Like… going over your monthly usage quota and being punished by the speed of your connection slowing to snail’s pace.  Whoops.

I haven’t been keeping much of a record of what I’ve been eating.  Lots of smoothies and juices which kinda seem too boring to put on the blog. Here are some of the more less-boring ones.  A beet-berry-banana smoothie.  I don’t like the taste of beetroot in smoothies but this was okay.  The perfect thing to drink on… Prince’s birthday perhaps:

beet berry smoothie

This one had fig, banana, greens, flax and other stuff I don’t remember now:

fig banana smoothie

One of the nicer green juices:

green fruit veg juice

a maple walnut banana smoothie.  I used maple extract:

maple walnut smoothie

I made the Lentil Taco Meat recipe from Isa Does It (using chipotle powder instead) though I added a can of black beans to the mix.  Then I decided to use up the cooked red quinoa I’d discovered in the freezer so I threw that in too, along with some mushrooms.  I served it up in a bowl with baby spinach, lettuce, tomato, avocado all squirted with a little lime juice.  This is one of my favourite bowls:

lentil taco meat bowl

Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe posted a great nut roast recipe that uses buckwheat, one of my favourite ingredients to use.  Johanna’s recipe is also up on Ricki Heller’s awesome site. My attempt could have been a disaster because when I was simmering the buckwheat groats, I forgot about them.  The simmer time was 10-12 minutes.  I remembered them an hour later.  They were pretty mooshy by that time but not very burnt on the bottom of the pot which was a surprise and a relief!  Blurry photos, argh:

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tomato nut roast1

I made this fab chocolate chip cookie wedges recipe by Joann from Woman in Real Life.  In true Veganopoulos style, after I started the recipe I realised I didn’t have the full amount of sugar so I had to use less but it turned out great regardless.  This was a belated Valentine’s Day treat for the family:

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Chocolate chip biscuits:

choc chip biscuits

We had dinner at Loving Hut in Northcote again.  Southern fried ‘chicken’ and the homemade curry equals yumz:

Loving Hut Northcote

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aaaaaand Husband and I went to Loving Hut in Richmond.  I got my usual, which is the veg curry with tofu puffs.  Husband got the spring rolls:

Loving Hut spring rolls

Loving Hut curry

I over roasted some canned chickpeas with nooch for Arthur:

chickypops

Possibly my favourite kale dish is this cheezy chickpeas and kale dish from Fannetastic Food.  I added in some leftover roasted sweet potato:

cheezy chickpeas and kale

Husband and I received these lovely cherry truffles with the added bonus of it appearing quite vegan:

cherry chocs

Now, how many of you know how to fold a fitted sheet nicely?  I’ve been watching YouTube clips on how to do it but nope, mine turn out all horrible and I end up totally frustrated.  None of those pretty smooth corners for me.

Last weekend we went to the Moonee Valley Festival.  I did a quick run past the food stalls and there didn’t appear to be anything vegan.  If there were, I wouldn’t have waited as the queues were too long:

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DeeW made a seed ball and planted it at home:

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I lost $10 on this…

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There were lots of lost balloons in the air:


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I was glad to be home again.  I like visiting these community festivals but after a while I need to get out of there:
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I found this sight quite amusing:

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Excellent news is that tomorrow is the last day of summer!  Summer is my least favourite season so I’m not exactly sorry to see it go.  I have some plans for autumn and this year I hope I’ll stick to them!

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8 thoughts on “Random eat-y bits and pieces

  1. Aren’t you a busy-body! (meant in the nicest way, with a hint of how-can’t-I-do-that?!) The one thing I can add that may help.. One of the three jobs I do is make beds.. And fold sheets. Honestly, forget fitted sheets and learn to fold hospital corners. Soooo much easier

  2. That is so annoying when the internet goes onto go slow. At least you sound to have been eating well with all the smoothies and that nut roast – glad you liked it – impressed you used your buckwheat – I overcooked some and it was so yucky I had to bin it. Moonee ponds festival sounds good but queues are no fun. (You should come along to Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House music day on 23 March – hopefully will be a nice local festival – I will be there so let me know if you are going). I really want to make that taco bowl – did a nice taco salad last night

  3. The smoothies look delicious to me! And I’m so excited you used and enjoyed the cookie wedge recipe. Your heart cookie wedge is so sweet. And no, I can’t fold a fitted sheet. My mom has tried to show me because she was a nurse and used to have to fold a lot of sheets, but I’m hopeless! The festival looks like fun. I have to say I love summer, I think because our winters are so painfully long! Happy autumn to you!! 🙂

    • Thanks, your recipe is great as always! I”m so glad summer is behind us though it does seem to be changing. I remember long hot summers as a kid and Christmas day being hot but in recent times we’re having much cooler days mixed in. A few years ago we had a bizarre freakish change of weather on Christmas from very hot to golf ball sized hail in the space of two hours.

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