I feel like such a baby today….2/3rds of what I’ve eaten has been pureed/liquid! Easier to absorb on the old stomach I suppose?!
I was still buzzing last night from the half mary, so I couldn’t sleep at all – I think I finally entered Nod-land at about 2am, but I woke up at hourly intervals throughout the night (with regular wakings thanks to Obama – she was literally standing on my shoulders and purring right in my face :p); I was quite relieved when the alarm went off at 6.55am. I’d decided to drive to uni this morning so I could do some gentle weights/stretches at home, so I ate an apple, a tiny little cracker thing and a tbsp of wheatgerm before I left. Then I drove…got very bored…got stuck behind some very slow people…detested the lovely hail/snow/rain/slush/wind that England is experiencing…then arrived!
GAH though, MAJOR gah – a whole 500ml water bottle leaked ALL INSIDE my bag! EVERYWHERE! On everyTHING! Suffice to say I now need some more lined paper…ha, I had wondered why my leg and side seemed to be getting soaked as I was holding it! I tell ya, sometimes the Gods just aren’t on your side in the morning
After that mad fiasco, I finally got round to breakfast! It was a protein smoothie this morning. I figured the more protein the merrier (protein = muscle recovery), and I’d seen this sachet:
on special offer/as a one off thing in a health food store, so I nabbed it 🙂 I blended it up [last night] with 1/3 cup oats, a banana and 1 cup of milk:
(note how I was smart and invested in another beaker – no more pesto jars for mich!)
It tasted just like a reaaally thick milkshake! Surprisingly tasty Imust say. Although I did actually need a spoon to ‘drink’ it cos it was so thick, so didn’t pour/slide very well…but either way it was good!
Then had a duuuull stats lecture, before risking life and limb by walking back from uni up/down the giant muddy hill. It must have been hard work cos I was hungry when I got in! So I snacked on some left over pineapple and a 1/2 cup of puffed wheat:
The pineapple juice made the cereal go soggy, but it was so tasteh! I’ll be munching that snack again, oh yes.
Since the weather is SO foul today (my face almost froze off walking back), I wanted comforting, warming food – SOUP! I’d been craving squash and butterbean soup (seeing as I have a 1/2can of leftoever butterbeans), but I wanted to save my squash for tonight. Sooo I though carrot – did I have any carrots? No. So I RUSHED to the Campus Shop to get some – did they have any? No. I subbed the carrots for the only veggies they had – an aubergine and a red pepper….(quality shop isn’t it?) So, enter:
Red pepper, aubergine, spinach and butterbean soup!
I started by softening some garlic (I wanted onion – again, did I have onion? No.), before adding a small red pepper (just under a cup’s worth, chopped):
And a bit under 2 cups’ worth of chopped aubergine:
In total, about 250g of veggies. I let them soften in the pan for an age or so:
Along with a good 3 or so pinches of this spice blend:
and a heck of a lot of black pepper. When it had softened and reduced and looked generally a lot smaller, I added in 3/4cup of stock, made up using half a cube of one of these:
Added to the veggies:
That simmered away for a while, til the veggies were soft. I then added 2 handfuls of spinach (one at a time mind, unless you want a spinach explosion all over the counter), let it wilt, then added in a 1/2tin of butter beans:
Simmer simmer simmer (while I got out the blender and replied to an email) – blend, season – I added in a bit more pepper, a squeeze of agave nectar and a splash of milk (what an amazing adjective vocab I just demonstrated!). The result:
I felt it was missing something (and all I could think was WHERE ARE MY GOOD FATS!!??), so I topped it with a 1/4cup soya and linseed cereal, and some soya nuts that’d been hanging out in my cupboard for a few weeks:
I know it looks skank delicious, and it was! I could really taste the pepper, and I thought it was going to be really thick and heavy, but it was actually pretty fluffy and light tasting! I’d give myself a 6 … my squash soup is still the Ultimate, but I didn’t want to waste that beautiful kabocha in my fridge on being BLENDED – I’d rather bake it 🙂
Ah well. At least I got my soup and wasn’t sick with disgustion (is that a word?) afterwards 😀
*DISGUST! That’s the word.
My afternoon errands consist of data entering, going to Tesco/Waitrose and reading! Good times ahead 🙂