Despite not having as much time for my beloved blog as I'd like - for reasons I've been banging on about for a long time now - I have still been trying to eat as healthily as I can, despite having little time and energy to do much more than make a sandwich.
For not that much more time than making a sandwich takes, I can make a bowl of miso soup with all sorts of veggies and some rehydrated tofu on top. I love dehydrated tofu, found in my local Japanese supermarket in a box of five for not that much quid. Just pop it in your miso soup for a couple of minutes and voila - flavourful tofu without the need for pressing or even keeping it in the fridge. If I was the parent of a veggie student, I'd be packing them off with loads of boxes of the stuff.
There's also some seaweed salad there - which I mistakenly tried to rehydrate in sake rather than water. Hot tip: don't do it. Bleurgh. A bit of sake in your rehydrating water: nice. No water in your rehydrating water: gruesome.
The other thing keeping me going is these seeds - pumpkin and sunflower seeds, pan roasted with a bit of oil and whichever spice mixture from Afro-Vegan I'm loving at the moment. (These also make a good snack for six-food elimination dieters). Mr Flicking the Vs has perfected the art of making these, and always sets aside a small chunk of them for me!
Recent discoveries in the shops - another Planet Organic find in the shape of this mini vegan bundt cake. (Don't worry, this isn't one of the £6 desserts they sell - this one is more in the way of the pocket money prices.)
It's really dense to eat, and what I thought was the fudgy middle turned out to be just undercooked batter, but I can't say I didn't enjoy it. It's really chocolaty and the sort of thing you'll want to sit down with two cups of tea and scarf down.
When I cook noodles, I tend to use mostly Japanese or Thai types - I associate Chinese ones with egg, so I never think to pick them up. Last time I was in my local Sainburys, I found some egg-free chow mein ones and smuggled them home for some noodley gluttony.
All I managed to do with them was cook with some pumpkin seeds, soy sauce, and cime de rapa. Yep, cime de rapa may not be the obvious match for noodles, but trust me, it definitely works. After all, didn't the Italians pick up pasta from the Chinese's noodles? Hopefully they won't mind me sharing a little something back!