I’ve had some really great food this week and can’t wait to share it all with you!
On Monday my Husband met me from the station and we decided to have dinner out. We first went to Toby Carvery as I’ve been hearing lots about their vegan options but we were waiting for ages with no one acknowledging our presence so we gave up! We then had a lovely meal in a local Turkish restaurant. I went for the stuffed peppers which were really tasty, we also had salad, olives and Turkish bread which is one of my absolute favourites.
Tuesday was my birthday. In the morning I went to a mass being said for my Dad with some of my family. It was a bit difficult celebrating my first birthday without my Dad but it was nice to be able to remember him with my family around me on the day. My Grandparents then took me out of lunch at Ask where I had a rosemary and sea salt focaccia for my starter which I really enjoyed. We had to wait a long time for our mains and when I inquired, they had “lost” our order. They were very apologetic and ended up giving us our mains for free (after some great encouragement from my Grandma!) When it finally came I thoroughly enjoyed my fettucine with aubergines.
I received some lovely presents including these beautiful flowers from my Mum and my Aunt,
and I loved this card entitled “Heroines and Villainesses” from my brother.
I took in some sausage rolls and cakes for my colleagues on Wednesday to celebrate my birthday. I made my veganised Delia’s Jamaica Ginger Cake and the Lemon Drizzle cake from this article in the Independent. I’ve never made the Lemon Drizzle before and I was really impressed (as were my colleagues!) with the results. It’s definitely one I’ll try again.
I forgot to take my lunch to work on Wednesday (too preoccupied with the cakes!) so I headed to Wasabi as I had seen they had a vegan sushi box online. There was a good selection of different sushi rolls and I loved the inari (rice wrapped in tofu skin), this lunch really filled me up.
On Wednesday I went swimming with my Mum and her partner, Chris had made this lovely tofu and vegetable stir fry served with couscous.
After all that swimming I was still a bit peckish when I got home some had some of the smoked vegan cheese I had bought in Brighton on some french stick. This is one of my favourite vegan cheeses and I love anything smoked, but I don’t see it for sale that often.
On Thursday we went out for a team lunch to Bangalore Express near our office. I went for the South Indian thali made up of lots of different dishes including a dosa (a chickpea/lentil flour pancake) filled with masala mash. I can’t handle my spice and a couple of the dishes were a bit too spicy for me but overall it was great tasting meal.
Here’s my collegaues Simon and Eamonn who also enjoyed their meals!
On Thursday evening I tried out a new recipe for breakfast burritos which I intended to have on Tuesday morning for my birthday breakfast but I didn’t have time. It involves blending a whole can of chickpeas (water included) to make a filling similar in texture to scrambled eggs. You can find the recipe here.
On Friday we headed to my in-laws for the weekend. On Friday we had a roast and I had a veggie quarterpounder from Waitrose with it.
For breakfast on Saturday I mashed up an avocado with salt and pepper and had it on toast. This is one of my fave breakfasts and really feels like a treat.
For lunch I had some red pepper houmous with pepper, carrot and bread.
On Saturday night I had Linda McCartney sausages with roasted veg and crinkle cut chips. I have been avoiding chips since the beginning of Lent due to not having ketchup because of the sugar content but I managed to resist the ketchup bottle and enjoyed these on their own.
We stopped off at Yo! Sushi in Victoria Station on the way home today as I’ve been seeing lots of people post photos online of their tasty vegan dishes. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Yo! Sushi and I will be definitely be visiting again soon! They have a vegan menu available on request and there are two pages worth of option. I went for kaiso gunkan sushi (seaweed topped rice, top left), gyoza (vegetable dumplings, top right), kaiso salad (seaweed salad with carrots and edamame beans, bottom right), miso marinated aubergine (bottom right) and tofu katsu curry (centre). I enjoyed it all but would perhaps chose one less dish (not sure which one) next time as I was very full afterwards.
This afternoon I went to a family party as my Great-Aunt and second cousin were visiting from Ireland, I didn’t eat anything as I was still so full from the sushi but had a lovely time catching up with everyone.
Hope you had a good week too!