Today’s post is not really a post, but a quick mish mash of declarations. We were rushing up and down yesterday to buy Man-thing some goodies for his office, visit the in-laws (and poor recovering FIL!), do some food shopping, then back home for what felt like a split second before jazzing off again to volunteer with the cat shelter. Today was just as insane as we spent over 5 hours gardening and washing floors (Man-thing), and making weekly soup and other treats (moi). Weekends are exhausting, which is why for lunch I whipped up odds and ends to give us fuel, because there’s nothing better than a full plate of veggies.
Today’s noms consisted of a lentil tomato sauce, polenta, homemade sprouts, roasted cherry tomatoes, random stir fry, roasted mustard and tomato brussel sprouts, and best of all – cauliflower nuggets! 😀 I’ve been meaning to make the nuggets for an embarrassing amount of time now, and I always have cauliflower in the house, but the two have never co-operated until now. SO delicious and such a fun treat! Man-thing ate some brussel sprouts and declared them edible (to the point where he piled a whole bunch willingly on his plate!), which is big progress for someone so veggie-fussy as him, but he flat out refused the cauliflower nuggets, because cauliflower is one of his mortal enemies. Fair enough, more for me!
So, that’s declaration the first – I finally can tick something off of my to-do list, even if all evidence of this magnificence is gone (portion control doesn’t exist when it comes to vegetables). I didn’t follow Miss Polkadot’s fantastic recipe to the letter, simply because I didn’t have amaranth to pop, but the whole concoction didn’t suffer because it was still ridiculously fun and tasty.
Portion control on a vegan diet makes me sad, because unless you’re dealing with soya cream or vegan butter, there’s no reason to restrict oneself. The best part of a vegan diet (and I’m talking here as different from the general living as a vegan thing) is the bountiful plates of food, all colourful and delicious. Most things require moderation, such as starchy food or bread or fruit (at least, for people like me who exhibit symptoms of diabetes very easily if I overindulgence in natural sugars even, such as the perpetual dry mouth/throat). Veggies? Never! ❤ I got super sad in the supermarket yesterday because we’re trying to budget and I couldn’t buy everything I normally do out of “want” (rather, what do we need?), such as gherkins or sun-dried tomatoes, but it was so utterly depressing to my core because it felt like I was minimizing what would go onto my plate – restricting the wonderful nomness of veggies in all their forms. I guess one could be more monotone in choice of what to eat at a set time, but if this budgeting business is going to continue I’m going to have to learn not to equate less splurging with having my soul crushed. This is, of course, the end result of having spoilt myself senseless since we got married, because sharing responsibilities and costs with someone else does mean you tend to feel more liberated with your money – until someone works out the budget, of course!
Whilst we’re considering becoming home-owners and what not, one of the many tasks that has arisen is that of sorting through stuff. I figured the less gruesome place to start would be with the tons of recipes I’ve printed out and keep on the counter. Most of it is nonsense – random experimental recipes scribbled on the back of scrap paper – but other recipes are little treasures. Case in point, I finally found the recipe for the amazing Balsamic fig jam & almond cake! I noticed the other day that the author of this wondrous cake has essentially disappeared off the internet, or else my computer just won’t open her website. I’ve typed out the recipe that I printed years ago so that I don’t lose it, and just wanted to point the way to that decadent but oh.so.worth.it. cake, because it is seriously still the most ridiculously tasty cake I’ve ever made. I don’t know that I’d be able to use as much sugar or butter these days, but it’s still something that one needs to make yearly on a special occasion. 🙂 Anyway, my second declaration for the day is that the recipe is up and I encourage one and all to mission over there and glory in this cake (excusing the super old photos, please!).
I’m also seriously excited at the prospect of possibly moving, because my space for taking photos is less than 1x1m, which is why I tend to revert to the same 3 or so angles in my photography, and it’s getting a bit much now :p When one starts considering these things it’s very freeing in certain respects – to imagine new habits, new possibilities…all of which helps to counter the seriousness of the realities of becoming a home-owner. More room for cats, more space for food vs more bills and more doom! :p Still, I’m glad I’ve got Man-thing as my partner in all this – I may drive him crazy, but that’s why I try and keep shiny in the house. We just went out for more ingredients and I got some chocolate to melt – more vegan homemade Tim Tams as reward for putting up with my sad-faceness in the supermarket or foul language when my reflector board tumbles five times in a row. ❤ Anyway, I’m off to play some Skyrim and shoot things expertly with my bow and arrow, because escaping into another world completely is sometimes the only way to shut down the part of my brain that has a waiting list of mindless chores or demands recipe development that involves hours of research.
What do you do to relax over the weekend?