Thursday, 25 May 2017

Variations on a Theme

This week the weather here in North Wales has been pretty much consistently lovely, and very, very hot so a breakfast of porridge was not even on the radar.  Just recently I have been over-dosing on toast with peanut butter or homemade orange marmalade, so I decided  with a change in the weather I should have a change of breakfast.

So this week it's been yoghurt on the menu, with a sliced up banana and various seeds ... flax, chia, pumpkin and sunflower ... to which this morning I added a handful of blueberries straight from the freezer.

Yesterdays variation on a theme was lots of grated Brazil nuts instead of the blueberries.

Today, just so I could get out in the marginally cooler air and whilst the majority of the Veggie Patch was still in the shade, I left breakfast until after I had been over on the hillside planting out the pea and bean seedlings into the raised beds, .  Meaning that by the time I got in just after 11.30ish I was pretty hungry ... so I added three of these lovely little biscuits to my bowl.  They were absolutely gorgeous dunked in the yoghurt.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Leftovers Pasties

The other day I had leftover beans and mashed potato in the fridge, I make purposeful leftovers by not always serving up all that I have made for one meal, it keeps the old brain cells working to come up with different ways of using things up and saves money into the bargain  :-)

I gently fried two sliced up onions, four cloves of chopped garlic and two teaspoons of curry powder for about five minutes, then tipped in the beans and mash.

Added a splosh of this ...

... and ended up with a lovely spicy splodge of pasty filling.

Once it was cool I divided it between the rolled out quarters of the pack of ready made pastry, folded the edges over, crimped them well and brushed them all with some almond milk and then popped the pasties into the Aga for about thirty minutes.

My pasties are never uniform in size or shape ... but they are almost always tasty.

Tea for that night was salad and a pasty for two of us ...
... and then tea for the following night pasty and chips.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Pasta Bake, Cheezes and a Cheeze Thief

Last nights tea was a total delicious success. 

I made a pasta bake, using leftover Mediterranean style veggies from the fridge, homemade garlic pesto cubes from the freezer, a jar of homemade pasta sauce from the cupboard and some quinoa pasta that I had bought from a speciality shop to try.  I was going to sprinkle over some vegan parmesan style cheeze, but at the last minute I changed my mind and used a block ...

... of this. 

Just cut into cubes and dotted around the dish before it went into the oven. 

It is totally yummy eaten just as it is straight from the pack, added to salads it tastes like a delicious mild feta cheese just as it is supposed to, but once heated up in the pasta bake and melted nicely it tasted like a cross between feta and mozzarella, gooey and mild.  We were both hooked and ate a pasta bake that should have easily fed three people between the two of us  :-)

And it seems as though my Lovely Hubby is getting hooked on my vegan cheezes, this morning in preference to some 'normal' cheese slices in the fridge he helped himself to the last few slices of my cheeze for his lunchtime sandwiches.  Oh well, luckily there is another pack of feta style cheeze in the fridge if I feel another pasta bake urge coming on  ;-)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Courgettes in the Tunnels

Things are really starting to take shape in the polytunnel now.  This weekend saw me giving both the tunnels lots of love and attention, and it has really paid off.

At the far end of the polytunnel on the left hand side, just in front of the waiting tomato pots I have just planted two Courgette plants, one on either side of a rogue potato plant.

Each one was  planted with an upturned bottomless plastic water bottle angled towards the roots.  Recycling at it's best!!   When the plant gets bigger I will be able to water into the bottle and know the water is getting right down to where it is needed at root level.

These last two photos are actually two more Courgette plants planted in the net tunnel.  I have a total of  five planted 'inside' now and once the chickens have relocated back to Chicken World I will put a couple more out in the raised beds on the hillside ... they wouldn't stand a chance at the moment, if they didn't get eaten they would be covered in scratched up wood chippings from the paths.

I'll be back out there later today to sow some more carrot seeds in the tyres I have just placed in one of the net tunnel beds, so they can have some extra depth to grow in.