Ten things I know for sure:
1) In spite of all my good intentions, I never have ten posts scheduled and ready to post in the draft folder. This time I had just the one which if I think about it, is a 100% improvement on none.
2) I know for sure I have at least five posts in my head at any given time, but filing them away up there doesn’t really help me with this here blogging malarky does it?
3) It seems to takes me around a week to get back into the kitchen groove. I’ll kickstart Lucy Lui into action and I’ll normally make a jar of sauerkraut up straight away, but we’ll mainly be grazing and having what I call ‘picnic food’ for the first week – bread, cheese, crackers, pickles, salad.
4) I know for sure it never gets any easier saying goodbye to friends and family. There will always be tears and bear hugs when I say goodbye to my folks. Every.single.time.without.fail.
5) When the apartment management sends me an email the day before I return to say the power to the fridge freezer has been off for some indeterminate amount of time, but not to worry because they turned the power back on, I know for sure that nothing pleasant will await me in the kitchen.
6) I know for sure the minute I walk out of the lift that nothing pleasant awaits me in the kitchen.
7) I know for sure I will always come back from a trip with a new cooking book. This time it was A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones who I have to admit, I have never heard of before but as soon as I picked up the book I was taken with her recipes and style. ‘Over 200 satisfying, everyday vegetarian recipes….’ says the blurb on the front… ‘that will make you feel amazing’…
8) As long as there’s proscuitto or haloumi somewhere on a vegetarian plate, I know for sure Rich will be happy so I’m pretty sure I’ll be making a lot of the recipes in the book.
9) In light of Lucy’s demise, and whilst I’m waiting on Lucy Too to bounce into life, I made this carrot & poppyseed spelt soda bread. I know for sure you’re going to love it – it’s moist, dense and nutty. And very moreish.
10) I know what I’m having for dinner tonight. It’s the same as I had last night. I’ll probably be eating it for lunch tomorrow too.
Carrot & poppyseed spelt soda bread
- 175 g unbleached bread flour
- 175 g spelt flour
- 50 g pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp bicarb of soda
- a few generous grinds of coarse black pepper
- 200 ml plain yoghurt
- 200 ml cold water
- 2 carrots peeled & grated
Preheat oven to 200C and put baking paper onto a baking tray.
Put the flours, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, salt, bicarb and pepper into a large bowl and mix well together.
In a jug, stir the yoghurt into 200ml of cold water.
Add the carrots to the dry mixture and slowly stir in the yoghurt & water.
Bring everything together with a fork until combined and then use your hands to bring it all together into a ball.
Dust with a little flour and cut a cross or make a few slashes into the top of the bread.
Bake in the hot oven for 40 minutes, until golden and risen.
Remove from the oven and tap the bottom of the loaf - it should sound hollow. If not, pop back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Pop on a wire rack to cool.
Spread with goats cheese, butter or any spread that takes your fancy - hummus and Marmite/Vegemite all work.
It’s good to be back. Have you had a FridgeGate too? What do you know for sure?
Thanks for reading!