Spontaneous Advance Cooking Bonanza

Until next month, I have Fridays off from uni as a study day. Wednesdays are a study day as well, and I have been going into the university library on Wednesdays but because I am now working some Saturday mornings in the local shop and getting up either for church or running on Sundays, I’ve given myself Fridays as a home study day. Or a home cooking day…

Today, I was expecting my regular delivery of fruit and veg but it doesn’t seem to have arrived. I suspect that my request to increase my order to weekly might have slipped through the net, which may be a good thing – I’d used almost none of the vegetables from last week and not a great deal of the fruit. Mostly, this is because I’ve been staying in the library too late and then rushing home and cooking pasta and some kind of quick topping for dinner. Continue reading


Delicious Vegan Cinnamon Pancakes

For the last week or so I have been eating the oddest things for breakfast: left-over risotto, salad, apricots, whatever I happened to have. I have been intending to make granola and I still am, but I haven’t got round to it. Some days the idea of “whatever I can find” has been so unappealling that I’ve written off breakfast entirely and just eaten lunch – for some reason that is psychologically more comfortable.


The last pancake, with agave syrup

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Not Going on the Vegan Venture Course

I received a slightly disappointing email today. I had not heard anything from the Vegetarian Society about my application to attend Cordon Vert’s Vegan Venture course, which is open to people aged 16-25 and funded by the charity, so I emailed the Grants Secretary to find out when I would hear. Apparently she had attempted to email me before, and unfortunately although I’ve been approved for the grant, there are no spaces left on this year’s course.

It’s not all bad news though, because I will be top of the list for next year’s course, and it’s still possible that someone might drop out this year. I’m sad because I had hoped that this summer would be my Summer of Veganism, but I will nonetheless be trying out new recipes, cooking up a storm and making some changes to my regular diet. I’ve already begun selecting recipes I want to try out, mostly from Poppy’s Patisserie and A Girl Called Jack, which will be a lot of fun.

At the moment I’m doing no cooking at all. Breakfast and dinner are not only provided but compulsory parts of my job (as they are a good way for students to find me each day if they have queries or problems), and on the whole they’re pretty good. For lunch we’re left to our own devices, so I have bought a large mug and several different just-add-hot-water instant meals (pasta Mug Shots, flavoured cous cous, soup sachets) since the only “cooking equipment” I have access to is a kettle. It’s not the most exciting cuisine but I spent under £20 on four weeks’ lunches as opposed to £6 a day if I went to the nearby cafe. It is making me even more keen to get back into my kitchen and cook for myself though.

Meal Planning Monday – Again?! May 6th 2013

Meal Planning Monday

I’m not sure quite how it’s managed to be Monday again. Time seems to be zipping past! I almost wrote April 6th in the post title, despite the fact that I’ve spent the day aware that it’s the May Day Bank Holiday (the college gardens were unusually full of shrieking children).

Anyway, not a great deal is happening this week, so I have a full six days’ worth of meals to plan. I’m planning lunches as well as dinners this week because I’ve been increasingly bad at eating them lately. A couple of things are repeated because I froze them in two-portion tubs.


Lunch: bread rolls with cheese and fig jam
Dinner: chilli with rice, natural yogurt with strawberry jam


Lunch: toasted bagels with garlic and herb cream cheese
Dinner: spaghetti bolognese


Lunch: cheese and mushroom omelette
Dinner: baked potato with beans


Lunch: macaroni cheese
Dinner: sausage casserole


Lunch: toasted bagel with peanut butter
Dinner: Quorn, leek and mushroom pie


Lunch: English muffins and tomato soup
Dinner: spaghetti bolognese

Meal Planning Monday – 29th April 2013

Meal Planning Monday

I don’t have to deal with many meals this week: I have three dinners planned. One is with the other law students at my college and our supervisors, one is for a pair of choir birthdays, and the final one is the regular Sunday night chapel supper. I think the choir are also going for curry one day, but as I’m no longer on Facebook I often get left out of these plans. I could email someone and ask, but honestly I think this week is expensive enough already!

For the other four days, the plan is:

Macaroni and cheese
Spaghetti bolognese
Baked potato with cheese, beans and salad
Sausage casserole

Lunches will be a combination of salad, cous cous, soup in a cup, and various things on toast (ravioli, peanut butter, honey…). At the weekend I’m going on a National Trust adventure with a friend and Sunday morning is the University Confirmation Service, so I will hopefully be joining the post-service trip for curry – I might be too late to eat though, as I have to work until 2pm.