The Week in Recipes: oh hiya

I’m back from Turkey by about a week and, wow, food wise, last week was a shambles. To be fair, we were mostly too tired and immediately too busy to even care about shopping for the week.

Two days back from Turkey, I went for an appointment with an adorable nutritionist. As someone with fibromyalgia that has gotten a lot worse over the last year, I’m desperate to try everything that might help. Adorable Nutritionist has advised me to try cutting out dairy, refined carbohydrates, and refined sugar. The dairy and sugar part are easy to understand, but the carbohydrates I’ve been struggling over. Mostly I know: no more white rice (SOBBING), white flour, or bread. I’ve also been advised to try and eat oily fish three times a week.

I didn’t start straight away, partly because we had dairy products (like yoghurt) and chocolate from duty free. I hate waste and I couldn’t let Aaron eat all that chocolate by himself. ALSO, we had a wedding to go to, whoo! Bit late to say: could you make my dinner very specific, thanks.

But, on a trip to the shops for some semblance of dinner, I found a HELL OF A LOT OF FISH in the reduced section of Tesco. I came home with five pieces of Vietnamese cobbler, six tuna steaks (they are small), and one whole salmon. “Hi, honey, I’m home!” I cried, lugging a small whale over the doorstep and shoal of fish. Luckily, fisherman Grandad came over and helped me skin, de-bone, and chop up the salmon into fillets. There is a lot of frozen fish in our freezer right now.

Without further ado…

Wednesday

salmon dinner

A plate full of STUFF

Baked salmon, crispy seaweed, poached eggs & asparagus

Funnily enough, a perfect Food Lover magazine (issue 47) was delivered to my workplace with loads of perfect vegetarian recipes, so lots of supplements for refined carbs and meat because vegetarians need to find healthy ways of getting their protein, which comes from things like legumes, nuts, wholegrains, quinoa, etc. The meal in the picture above? Yeah, pretty lush. A lot of howevers, however. First of all: I lined my baking tray the Dad Taught Me How Way. Examples A and B:

  • Line your tray with foil and arrange food. Fold the excess foil over to make a mostly air-tight tent over the food – this keeps the moisture in your fish and veg, rather than it evaporating and leaving you with leather for dinner. Try not to wrap it too tight that you’ll struggle to unwrap it when it’s piping hot, mind you.
  • Next however with this recipe is: way too much oil involved. Kinda spoiled it for me – I like to TASTE my luscious fish. Squeeze lemon juice over your fish and asparagus instead, it will keep your ingredients just as moist, especially if you’re doing the magic foil tent.
  • Next however: I never boil eggs, I’ll be honest, but the photo you CAN’T see is that “make a whirlpool and crack your eggs into it” is egg suicide. Mine looked like a fucking hairnet for the school lunch-lady, so my next egg I just gently plopped into the NOT SWIRLING VORTEX OF WATER like a sane person.
  • Final howevers: we replaced millet with bulgarwheat because I couldn’t find millet for the life of me, and the nori seasweed was dry as tissue paper – not sure I enjoyed it as an addition. Overall: yeah, I’d make it again. Bon appetite.

Thursday

Wedding day!

My other cousin got married to his high-school sweetheart on May the 4th (get it?). A lovely day, with lovely food. That I took no pictures of, whoops. Who cares? My cousin got married and that’s awesome *tears up some more*.

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The Week in Recipes: so cheap, much eat

We ate so cheap, and yet we discovered two new favourites. I barely contained myself from eating all the leftovers that usually become next day’s lunch. We also kind of cheated on Monday, since Aaron’s parents have gone away for an extended period of time and told us to take anything perishable in the fridge. Well. If the will leave so much…

I was eating fine again until I sent another email to my agent saying, “hahaha here’s what I want for the ending of my novel thaaaaanks” and have not heard back yet… I mean it’s been two days, I’m fine. Totally.

Tuesday

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Picture by RitaE

Grandad, stop buying so much cheese. Tuesday was another cheese and…assorted bits night at Grandmama and Grandad’s. I finally remembered that posh Babybel is called Port Salut and made sure to contribute. Also, I tasted Wensleydale for the first time and the polls are in favour.

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The Week in Recipes: I need to accept this food theme, don’t I?

You know you’re blog is spiralling beyond control when a customer comes into work and says, “I didn’t know you had a food blog!” Aha. Yup. For now.

Today I was so stressed about my agent’s fluctuating feedback on the ending of my novel, I ate nothing but chocolate and pancakes as I awaited his phone call, knowing that all I could tell him was: I have found no answers since you called me last week. Luckily, I started my day with Grace & Frankie, which is quickly becoming my new Netflix addiction.

I think we unintentionally ate vegetarian almost every day last week. We just love our veggies.

Tuesday

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I was tired almost every moment this week. Soz for the shaky picture.

Pasta with Tomato & “Hidden Veg” Sauce

This took a lot longer to make than I was anticipating, for some reason. Stewing the vegetables took a long time. Not normally my style, because that means paying attention to some degree. Somehow this tasted creamy, despite being 100% so vegetable I’m surprised it didn’t grow roots in the bowl. Tasty. But I won’t be doing this again soon because it took soooo loooong.

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The Week in Recipes: I swear this isn’t a food blog

I am in fact working on a blog along the lines of: ‘what would a matriarchal society actually look like’ based on my frustration with the game franchise Mass Effect and their lazy alien race the asari. But Life has been busy, full of late night trips on the motorway with ballet tickets won in a raffle, loooooong chats with my agent about my novel, internal crying over my bank account, and trying to do things that are Fun so cracks don’t appear. (The ballet was fun, driving the motorway for the first time ever in the dark on a very windy night was not.)

And basically the easiest thing to talk about is food, because sadly I have to eat to survive and so do you. This week, we themed it with mostly Japanese cuisine, as we have a lot of sauces in the cupboard, making the shop relatively cheap. Here’s some lush dinners:

Tuesday

tuna

Every mouthful had us saying ‘mmmmmmm!’

Soy Tuna and Wasabi Mash

This was a luxury dinner for us, as two tuna steaks cost £13 ($16). But, sweet stars above, it was worth it. I even made the mashed potato from scratch, which I never do, I buy Aunt Bessie’s frozen mash because, sue me, it tastes great. But actually, it was easier than I thought and I added a bit of butter to the mash and maaaybe just a little bit more milk. Nothing is worst than lumpy, dry mashed potato. *shiver* When I cooked the edame pods, I also added salt and mild chilly, which really boosted their flavor. Not a spicy meal, despite the involvement of typically burning ingredients.

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The Week in Recipes: gosh I eat out of bowls a lot

Welcome back to cooking with two lazy cheapskates, where cooking can be easy as sneezing, tasty as gourmet, and within budget of a sinking economy. We still haven’t quite grasped a “theme” week, where we taste culinary delights from mostly one part of the world, but we used up everything in the fridge again and had no waste, which is our aim. Not only does waste suck for the environment but also your wallet, both things I want to protect.

SO, let’s get on with it!

Tuesday

Nana’s “Magic” Soup

My soup did not turn out as smooth and creamy as the picture promised, but I think I know why. I make all my soup in a soup maker – the best kitchen appliance I have ever bought – and for the first time I didn’t boil my stock cube before setting it off, which I think definitely makes the vegetables mushy (easy to blend into smoothness) and makes the soup properly piping hot at the end. I also think I’ll use normal coconut milk next time and not ‘light’ coconut milk as instructed, because there will be a next time! Despite not turning out as expected, I still really enjoyed this. A mouthful of tasty flavours that really compliment each other.

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The Week in Recipes 

Cooking has always been a marathon to me. That hurdle run in sports class where I hit the barrier over and could honestly be doing something more productive with my time. But then I discovered Japanese cuisine in my own kitchen, and suddenly, cooking didn’t seem so painful anymore… In fact, it was fast, hilariously easy, and not just tasty but different tasty.

Now, I don’t mind cooking. But only because I share the cooking with my partner and I’m not cooking for myself, otherwise I’d just make a bowl of rice and mix in basil pesto/eat beans on toast forever.

We’re trying to plan our weekly meals, we literally make a basic menu every Tuesday now and shop for the whole week. Whilst I know this isn’t revolutionary, it’s a big leap for me. Cooking is becoming way more adult than I would have believed a couple of years ago. So, I’d like to share those recipes with you.

Welcome to cooking with a student and a poor writer, neither of whom can be arsed with recipes that have more than four steps. Maybe we can help those of you who resonate with that feel. So, here’s what we tried last week:

TUESDAY

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Super Smoky Bacon & Tomato Spaghetti

I didn’t take my own picture of this one, but this is one of Aaron’s favourites. Easy, quick, cheap, and full of flavour. We also make the full quantity as suggested in the recipe – for every recipe, actually – so we can eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.

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