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Travelling and eating

Two of my favourite things 🙂

This time to a sports event, which will take us out of town for a few days and this time, Zac and I will be foraging for ourselves. I’m also giving my love of cooking free reign as I make things for Andy to eat while we’re not here.

Dishes I won’t make when I’m going to be eating too, or just delicious, aromatic things that satisfy an urge when they’re sizzling, or stewing, or crisping. Getting lost in flavours and textures, smells and the visual pleasures of working with food.

So far there’s a soft, salty, sharply cheesy Bacon and Chicken Pasta, packed into a container for the fridge. Then a thick, rich tomatoe-y Moroccan Lamb, redolent with spices, to be served with a portion of soft buttery couscous.

What else? Oh, next will come a silky peanut-y Thai Chicken Satay, savoury with just a hint of chilli and sweetness, topped with fresh Thai basil and served with rice.

 

Peanut Satay Chicken with Thai basil

Peanut Satay Chicken with Thai basil

Then finally, a simple all in one Roast, ready to pop into the oven, with pre-marinated chicken thighs and pieces of potato, red onion, pumpkin, parsnip and carrot. All sprinkled with fresh rosemary and lovingly daubed with crushed garlic.

Just Mmmmmmm!

Who knows what Zac and I will be eating on our adventure, while Sam billets with his team. I’ll be taking my ubiquitous porridge and we’ll buy fruit for the motel room but beyond that, we’ll be exploring!

(I’ll research before we go of course, and there’ll be plenty of opportunity to walk :-))

 

By the time we’d finished swimming yesterday, I felt hungry. It’s a new feeling, this hunger. Not that I’ve never felt it, just not quite in this way, for quite a long time.

I never let it happen I guess, always filling myself up, tamping down my energy, my feelings, uncomfortable thoughts. So it feels strange, not awful, just strange. A sort of emptiness with claws. I don’t let it last long, I want to be in charge of what I eat, not eat because I feel ravenous and out of control.

So, dinner. I started cooking when we got home. I’d already planned it, so there was very little thinking to be done, a little like being on auto-pilot, which works for me. Therapeutic cooking or something.

Steak, salad, mushrooms. Easy. What made it even easier was that I’ve discovered that I can throw all the mushrooms into a casserole dish, with plenty of garlic, a tsp of butter and seasonings, and just let it do its thing while I make the rest of the food. What results is an almost impossibly rich, fragrant, meaty bowl of yumness!

Our youngest boy proclaimed dinner to be pretty much perfect, hooray 🙂

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This morning, after a rushed, partly shouty getting ready for school time and a drop off to each school, kisses, hugs, coming home for my breakfast, I met the neighbours for the first time….and they gave me tomatoes. Mmmmm…..tomatoes……

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