The food pic album on my phone started to fill up again, so here I am again… sharing them with you. Enjoy (or not…).
In the second week of March we celebrate ‘The Week Without Meat’. I say celebrate because all the vegetarian and vegan stuff in the supermarket goes on massive discount (also restaurants often have a special menu for it, but they aren’t open this time round). So we stocked up and tried stuff that we usually find too expansive.
They also released a Lot of new vegan products, so even more things we wanted to try out. Yes, I gained quite a bit of weight this lockdown…
Bertolli came out with a vegan amatriciana sauce, which I got really excited about because it was made with seitan (which over here is rarely used and hard to find). Sadly, they made such tiny pieces of it that we barely noticed them in it. It was a tasty enough sauce, but not worth the normal price. Something that I do know I really like but is rather pricy and not sold at our local supermarket is the Willicroft ‘ This is not cheese sauce‘. But when on discount, I will definitely pour it over our nachos for movie night!!! Not expansive but new (over here at least) is the Mister Kitchen garlic and whiskey cocktail sauces. I have missed garlic sauce a Lot. So we had shoarma, a Lot… They also came out with a ceasar and a mustard dressing, so we had a simplified ceasar salad with ‘boneless wings’. I also attempted to make a chicken Kiev with some fake filets we got for half price. They were rather tricky to fill so all the butter ran out when cutting it. But otherwise they turned out great. We had them with some rhubarb and potato ‘kroketjes’. We also tried these with the new vegan ‘ribs’… which were fine but not really worth what they would usually ask for them price wise…
We also ended up trying stuff we usually never really get. First off, desserty yoghurt. Hear me out, I do eat yoghurt every morning… but it is plain, unsweetened (which I then throw fruit and muesli in). But we picked up the Danone stracciatella, and I quite liked it. It does have a coconutty aftertaste (it is for almost 60% coconutmilk), which I wasn’t a massive fan off, but got used to after a few bites (I have been served coconut yoghurt on a plane journey before and it almost made me puke… I only like coconut in my curries). On bread we usually have a cheap version of Nutella, which is accidentaly vegan. But now we tried out a sausage and a roasted mince (?), which was fragile but tasted good. We also had filet american, which I didn’t take a pic off but really enjoyed. And I did some baking. Among the new vegan products were these ‘only add water (and butter)’ cake mixes. We had a stawberry kwarktaart (like cheesecake but with yoghurt), which I think I may not have mixed airy enough but it was okay. And brownies! Those were very good, considering they came out of a box.
And here are some of the things we more ususally eat, before I go on to the ‘I made a proper effort’ meals. Nuggets with coleslaw, gardeners pie (before I put the mash on…), cauliflower-potato mash with balls in curry gravy, some broccoli pasta bake, banana pancakes (before we drowned them in syrup), couscous with balls and spinach, noodles with leftover veggies in hoisin sauce, seasticks with ravigote sauce, and pasta with creamy mushroom-bacon sauce and oven roasted broccoli.
I forgot the take-away meals… I told you, I had a lot of shoarma lately. And I am totally fine with that. I also had a vegan poke bowl with that (or however you call it when there is no fish in it). For our wedding anniversary we went on a 1-night holiday and I had my first roomservice (like I said above, all restaurants are still closed over here. So the hotel restaurant also has to serve take-away). I had a lentil pie, and it was absolutely amazing. The chef did some magic with the spices but it blew my socks off. It was really yummy. And last night we ordered ourselves some flips (loaded fries). Where it used to be very difficult to find some vegetarian dinner options in our town, let alone vegan, this new restaurant has 7 (!!!) vegan options. This time I went for beetroot tapenade with grilled avocado and lemon-mayo. It sounds way too healthy, but was actually really scrumptious.
And lastly, the ‘I made an effort’ meals. I have the wonderful Fresh India cookbook by Meera Sodha, and I don’t use it nearly enough. And seeing as I didn’t have anything better to do during lockdown I decided to pick out 6 recipes and just make a feast out of it. I did spent about 3 hours in the kitchen, but we did eat almost 4 days from it (I preportioned it before I put it on the table). It is such a shame that it is difficult to take decent pictures once the sun is down… but it did taste absolutely wonderful.
On V-day The Husband and I decided to try and make sushi. And for a first attempt, I think we did Great. We made some with sriracha-mayo/cucumber/king oyster mushrooms, some with hoisin-mushrooms/cucumber, and some with chili-cream cheese/avo/cucumber…. and then some where we threw all the left-overs in…
So, those were some of the things we ate in the last 2-ish months. I have started a new job this month in which I regularly have to do evening shifts, so there will a decent amount of meal-prepable meals coming up next time. Whenever that is.
Hoping you are well,