Thursday, 6 October 2011

Random MoFo Thursday!

Thursdays were always going to be pretty random on the blog during MoFo, I wanted to leave some unplanned days so that I could choose what to eat based on what I fancied that day & so that I could get through some of the inevitable leftovers. Today I've been inspired by peoples What I Ate Wednesday blog posts, so today is What I Ate Thursday!

I started the day with a plate of fruit & a slice of the Co-Op's fruit loaf, toasted & spread with Marks & Spencer Low Fat Dairy Free Margarine.



I followed with a late morning snack of the last Apricot Glazed Almond Cupcake that I made for the cookbook challenge on Tuedsay.


Lunchtime involved more leftovers, this time the last of yesterday's Leek, Bean & Rice Medley from 500 Vegan Recipes.


It might've looked better yesterday but it still tasted fantastic today.

Next I had a delicious bowl of Tyrells Sweet & Salty Popcorn as a mid afternoon snack whilst I was reading MoFo blog posts.


Whilst I was waiting for Nick to finish work I got hungry & ate one of yesterdays Beer Rolls (again from 500 Vegan Recipes) with some Marks & Spencer Low Fat Dairy Free Margarine.


I also hadn't forgotten that I'd promised to make the last recipe of this weeks cookbook challenge today after the rainy day laziness hit hard yesterday, the generator had picked the Quinoa, Tofu & Kale with Walnut Pesto from Color Me Vegan so that's what was on the menu for dinner.

I started by making the Walnut Pesto.

I'd planned to halve the recipe but it was too little even for my mini chopper to deal with so I made the whole lot & now I have pesto in the freezer for next time I fancy it. I always freeze portion sized amounts of pesto in silicone muffin cases & then pop them out into ziplock bags.

The actual meal was really easy to throw together & faster than the recipe suggested, the tofu & kale were done by the time the quinoa was finished & I had time to reconstitute & chop the sun dried tomatoes & toast my pumpkin seeds whilst all of that was cooking. The only change I made was to cut down the oil a little bit & to salt the kale whilst it was cooking rather than adding salt to the whole dish at the end as the recipe suggested.

I was really quite surprised how much I liked this, I love quinoa & tofu but I don't usually like sun dried tomatoes & I'm not the hugest kale fan but it all came together to make a delicious dish. What was actually the most surprising thing though is that Nick (my vegan but fussier-than-me husband) came home & ate some of it! I swear if he'd seen me doing 'weird' stuff like cooking the kale & rehydrating the tomatoes there's no way he'd have touched it! I'll definitely be making this again & I love the cookbook challenge for alerting me to another great recipe that I'd have otherwise skipped & for making Nick eat kale!

I can't promise I'm done with eating for the day so I'll pop back & update this if I end up snacking on anything new...I might just eat the leftovers from dinner though because they were really yummy!

23 comments:

  1. I'm liking your random Thursdays.....I'm starting to wonder why the heck I chose a theme this year LOL!
    I'm over in Bournemouth for Crimbo and I have a long list of vegan goodies to buy and gorge myself on and that M&S marg is on mah list. Along with travel sausages...I've been hearing so many wonderful things about them. .....

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  2. I love random mofo posts! That popcorn is making me very hungry!

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  3. thevegandivision6 October 2011 20:14

    I said it before, but I really think the beer rolls look good xD The fruit loaf and the quinoa seem delicious as well!

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  4. I want to eat all of this too! :)
    That tofu & kale dish looks so delicious to me, I think I'll try to make something similar.

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  5. That quinoa looks excellent. Also, I really want your owl bowl and puppy plate!

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  6. I should try this recipe, I love quinoa, tofu sun dried tomatoes & kale!

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  7. Oh man. That second photo.... Nom!

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  8. Oh man. That second photo.... Nom!

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  9. your dinner looks delicious! and those cupcakes are so cute :) i want a piece of that fruit bread.

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  10. I made that recipe for the last cookbook challenge and really liked it. I'm starting to realize that I pretty much like all things where pesto is involved.

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  11. That's it - I have been putting off buying Color Me Vegan for too long. I'm off to buy it right now thanks to you! :)

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  12. Great food day! I love the randoms too!

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  13. Looks like a lovely day of food and I'm going to be looking out for that popcorn!

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  14. I want your awesome straw collection!

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  15. ohh quinoa, tofu and kale are all my favorites! looks delicious. now I want this book more than ever:)

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  16. Oh how I love Marks & Spencer! I wish we had it here in the States...

    Also, can you invite me over next Thursday, please? I'd love to eat everything in this delicious post :)

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  17. I love the cupcakes! They look so good. But really: all those things make me hungry! It's time to fix me some breakfast! Can I come over and eat all your cupcakes?

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  18. that fruit loaf looks and sounds delicious, dear bread and chocolate twin.

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  19. It all looks delicious! What is that little cupcake thing? It looks like a container of some sort maybe? So cute!

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  20. SaraJane the cupcake on the windowsill is a jam pot & the one in the picture with the pesto making stuff is the container I keep my salt in.

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  21. I want to eat at your place! You have me craving fruit toast and an apricot cupcake!

    Nick sounds like my bf, when he even dares to try something new I am always in shock especially when he declares he likes it.

    And now I think you've convinced me, I need Color Me Vegan.

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  22. that tofu kale recipe looks great!

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  23. That cupcake platter is adorables! And I love your straws!

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