This week started really well. Monday was bank holiday and I got 8 loads of laundry washed, dried and sorted. That makes me one happy person! I hate having laundry hanging round the house drying, so fantastic days like Monday are great. Plus, nothing beats the smell of laundry that has been hung out to dry in the fresh air…bliss! We also went car hunting as one of our cars has died.
In the afternoon we had some fun in the sun at home. More on that another day, but here’s a little photo.
Yesterday (as it’s now after 3am on Wednesday) was a good day too. We were up, breakfasted and washed and dressed by 7:30am. In an hour and 15 minutes, I had vacuumed, mopped and cleaned the bathroom (the joys of my routine to keep me focused as, before, this could have taken all day). Miss E went down for a nap again at 9am. I finished up our Abel & Cole order for the week and did a bit of crocheting in the sunshine. Miss E woke up at near 11am and we got ready to take the dogs for a walk. They enjoyed that immensely and were so well behaved. Usually, we have issues of them pulling quite a bit in excitement. Once home, Miss E had a snack and I prepared the sauce for the homemade pasta we were going to have later in the day. Mr P had made the dough the night before, so I just had to run it through the machine. I then set up an invitation to play outside. We were supposed to do arty things and I was just going to set up some paper and crayons etc inside, but as the weather was so nice, we went outside to do “art”. After she was done with that we read some stories outside too.
invitation to whisk up some soapy bubbles and do some mark making with water
concentrating so hard on her mark making, bless her
After our lovely time in the sunshine, we came in and I made our pasta while Miss E took gerbil food out of its bag to place on the shelf above, which of course ended up all over my nicely vacuumed and mopped kitchen floor. Thank goodness for two dogs who clear up pretty much all food stuff! Miss E then had free play inside til it was her bathtime and bedtime. So it all went pretty well, until about 3pm when I started to get the worst headache. Since Friday I have had a sore chest which developed into the starts of a cough by Sunday and yesterday morning I woke up with a pretty bad chest and a cold as well. That has now developed into the flu. Poor Mr P had to go up into the loft to get the desk fan down as I was sweating away in bed. I have since got up as I can hardly breathe lying down. So I am sat aching and sweating and feeling generally miserable on the couch while blogging at 3:30am….that’s a first! Miss E is also having some very unsettled sleep I can hear, so it looks like Wednesday is set to be a very low key day!
When all you have are oddments of vegetables, and you’re waiting on your next veg box delivery what do you do? make a stir fry, of course!
If you have them on hand, mash up some garlic, ginger and fresh chillis using a mortar and pestle (the more the merrier).
Chop up all your veg (I like to put mine in two bowls: one for veg that will take slightly longer to stir fry and one for veg that just needs a really quick blitz in the pan)
Get your oil nice and hot then chuck in the paste you made and and swirl in around the pan, putting in bowl one of the veg (minus the bowl) quite quickly after.
Keep it all moving in the pan until things are starting to soften then put in the rest of the veg and cook til you’re happy.
Serve with some egg or rice noodles.
A few veg boxes ago now, we got a delivery of Jerusalem Artichokes. it wasn’t something I had ever heard of or seen before. A little bit of Googling and I discovered that they could be used just like potatoes. As we were having roast dinner I decided to roast them. I scrubbed them really well(they can really hold dirt well in all their little knobbly bits) then sliced them in half lengthways. Some were really long, so these I cut in half widthways too. I layed them in a roasting dish with about 6 smashed garlic cloves and I gave the whole lot a good dousing of olive oil and seasoned them with salt and pepper. I then placed them in the oven at 220 celsius* for about 45 minutes. They were so delicious. A nice crispy skin with a sweet, soft, nutty flavoured middle. Yum! A word of warning though, these things have been known to cause extreme flatulence in certain people(I kid you not this warning came with them from Abel & Cole!), so if this is something you struggle with it may not be the vegetable for you to try. Have you ever had a Jersulem Artichoke? Have you got any other cooking suggestions for this veg?
*My oven is not fan assisted and I do need to turn it up anywhere from 10-20 degrees more than a normal oven and sometimes give things longer to cook, so adjust temperature and time for your oven.
Apart from all that I mentioned before, the lovely health benefits of eating organic and the amazing quality of what comes in your box, I have found a few more reasons to love Abel & Cole. Firstly, the amount of fruit and veg you get is amazing. We get the boxes that are meant for 2-3 people ad we have yet to finish all the veg in a week. in fact, this week, I am looking in my fridge and at my veg rack thinking where on earth am I going to put all this yummy goodness?? My parents will be coming down this way at the weekend so I migth share a few bananas, tomatoes and oranges with them as there’s no point in hoarding it all and it going to waste. And my other reason for loving them so much?! Free stuff….
We all love getting something for nothing, don’t we?! Since joining up, bearing in mind this is only our third week, we have had the most AMAZING(like you could drink it from the bottle amazing)organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for joining, 1 litre of organic semi skimmed milk to try, 1 recipe book worth £12.99,and a little box of organic eggs to try; all free. Plus, this week they were running a promotions so our veg box and fruit box were also free saving us like £26!! Simply fabulous! On top of all that, I have had amazing customer service when I had to contact them and they were so kind and patient with all my newbie questions. By the way, I am in no way being financed for writing this post because the lovely people at A & C don’t even know I’m writing it, but I just think they are brilliant and the quality of all the products we have purchased so far is spectacular. Again, if you are in the UK, why not give them a try? You won’t be disappointed with either the quality of the food or the quality of service. Let them know that account: 565098 recommended them to you. Go on, what are you waiting for?!