Waffle when alone

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Lunch
Quick broccoli salad (chilli pepper, olive, broccoli)
Waffles
Tofu Chantilly
-Cherries

Sunshine. The dresses are popping out. Streets are full with bare legs. Female or male (picture the males with shorts not skirts, mean no offence to Scotland though). I’m resting in the garden under the shade of a fig tree. I’m treating myself with a salad that Bear would hate: crunchy broccolis (he likes them all soggy) with pepper bells (I still can’t get him to eat that). As a dessert, I guess he wouldn’t say no to my waffles but I know he would sulk at the cherries. But, this is the perfect meal for me. Like an enormous Christmas present, I cherished each bite.
I’m used to making a full batch of waffles and freeze the leftovers. They are perfect when my bread monster has eaten up all the bread with none left for breakfast. I just reach for them in the freezer and toss them in the toaster. I even prefer them this way as they come out with a crispy coat.
But I have to check on Bear, though he usually isn’t so keen in dessert, he can eat them all up on a movie night with some sweet chestnut purée.

Chile, a kitchen and a summer lunch

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Lunch

-Little summer salad (pealed tomato, cucumber and lemon)
-Melon (half)
Tomato, courgette, olive and tofu pie.

Chile, end of the stay, a little flat shared with a friend. An oven, some great flour (I’d love to bring back tones of this flour). An evening baking where we ended as wet phantoms as one started to throw a pinch of flour to the other, then the other grabbed the near by glass half full of water…a great baking night.
The pie leftovers were completed for lunch with a little cucumber tomato salad and a melon. What more can you ask for?
Maybe that Bear could share these moments with me…

I miss you, end of summer bowl in Chile

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Dinner
-Lettuce with parsley
-Sesame seeds
-Radishes
-Pickles
-Tomato with chive
-Toasted cereal bread with a spread of chunky peanut butter and mustard sprouts

Burning my lips with Mary’s herbal tea in the far end of Chile. Loneliness and sunshine rays through my curtains. A lot of work to do and some tiredness. A little cardigan to go out in the sun and brave the brisk wind to get to a pastry shop. Licking my finger with sugar crumbs to avoid staining my book.
A little salad for dinner prepared in a hotel room.
Bear I miss you.

Earth day and a quick bento

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Bento
Risotto topped with flax seeds and wakame
-Canned pepper bell, mum’s home-grown carrots, flat green beans, chive, parsley

Most of the time I feel like the hummingbird trying to fight an enormous forest fire with the tiny drop of water he can store in his beak, not listening to the others laughing about the nonsense of the situation, trying not to hear their “it’s useless” argumentation.
But today is different. Today is Earth day. Today, I feel that I’m not the only hummingbird in the world. That trying to consume less and differently is not just like another stone in the pond. That going for respectful environment-friendly and not-tested-on-animals products is not just another fancy of mine. That taking the time to make my own cleaning products is worth it (at least I know our sceptic tank thanks us for it), and so is my weird ideas of buying mainly seasonal, local, fair-trade and/or organic goods. That trying to avoid plastic products and having a garden is not just useless. That the money we put into having a greener and waste-free home is meaningful. That preferring to walk or use the bicycle, or accepting the annoyance of public transport to the car is worth (at least I’ll do my daily sport).
Thanks to all the hummingbirds. Have a nice Earth day.
P.S.: I naturally went for a vegan bento. It lacks of proteins but this morning I ate a lemon tofu soufflé as breakfast.

Italian raviolis : mushrooms or butternut squash stuffing?

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Bento
-Window shelf homegrown parsley, chive and mint
-Lettuce
-Ravioli stuffed with butternut squash or mushrooms (I’ll know when I’ll eat them)
-Carrot sticks
-Mushroom sliced
-Red fruit salad (frozen) with a tsp of cane sugar

I did two full batch of raviolis with Italian stuffing (mushroom and another with butternut squash). It’s not only the form it’s also the dough which changed. Then, I froze them all and take some out from time to time on busy nights. The leftover’s of yesterday’s evening went in my bento. I was inspired by Were Rabbits bentos and added some parley, chive and lettuce to cheer it up. Some raw veggies and a little red fruit salad.

As I can’t store my bentos in a fridge at work, and as it’s getting hotter I try to put a frozen item inside in the morning to keep it cool. And as the fruits give water I’ll wrap them in some film so that it won’t leek on the other items.

So healthy junk food

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Dinner
Vegetarian hamburger (vegetarian steak, ogorki, lamb’s lettuce, mustard, sweet tomato sauce, Our sauce BBQ)
Potatoes and mushrooms sauté

Back from the swimming pool. Tired and smelling bleached. But with a big appetite! So, I ran in the kitchen to make us something fulfilling which would be a little special as we had the chance to be together this evening.
Bear was the one who introduced me to junk food when we started to date. I know he misses it from time to time, so I wanted to treat him with a healthy vegetarian version. He’s totally charmed, and this hamburger is his favourite.
I gave two shots to this recipe before finding what I was really looking for. And for the bread, the recipe is just the one of milk bread loaf that you mould into a hamburger bread form, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake in a pot.

Rice and peas krokiet

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Dinner
Rice, lens and peas krokiet
-Lettuce
-Steamed broccoli

I loved to eat in this healthy vegetarian fast-food in Warsaw. I miss such a brand here. So this evening I wanted to eat again one of their ‘krokiet” made of rice, peas and lens. I found on the net a recipe and did my own version (as usual). It is vegetarian and was breaded with okara rather than breadcrumbs. I do not know yet how to do some vegan “cheese” to replace it. You’ll have to wait that I get the “Ultimate Uncheese cookbook” book for the vegan version. Anyway, Bear was realy happy with the meal.

For those of you who read polish, jump to Edysqua’s wonderful blog which is where I found the inspiration.