This Week in Food: 10-16 November 2008

Project 244/365 - Roasted Sweet Potatoes Project 247/365 - Chocolate Truffles Project 243/365 - Las Iguanas

Highlights this week include baked apples, truffles, and dinner out at a latin restaurant.

Monday, November 10, 2008:

  • Breakfast: Fruit/muesli cereal with yogurt and baked apple slices: there was not enough crisp for everyone the previous night especially me the baker. I sprinked rolled oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and a bit of butter over one sliced Jonagold. I microwaved it on high for 5-6 minutes.
  • Lunch: Couscous topped with butter served alongside a “poached” egg. Actually, it was a microwaved egg with bit of water and a smidge of butter.
  • Dinner: Rice cooked with Chinese sausage. I steam-boiled vegetables (my staple). Today, I used some mushroom, celery, and a lot of Chinese leaf/nappa. As usual, the water was mixed with garlic and ginger, but I used chicken stock instead of oil.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008:

  • Brunch: Leftovers: White rice, remaining sausage, and tomato sauce. I usually do not eat this for breakfast, and I like oatmeal, but tuesdays are long days and I had all this leftover food.
  • Snack: Starbucks Caffe Latte and store bought flapjack.
  • Dinner at Las Iguanas: chorizo for starter, paella, and banoffee pie for dessert.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008:

  • Breakast: A lot of fruit & muesli cereal with soy milk because I just wanted the space.
  • Lunch/Snack: Plum tomato, and wedged orange bell pepper. I almost forgot how much I love peppers raw.
  • Dinner/Dessert: Stir fry from a store bought mix (bean sprouts, cabbage, carrots) to which I added ginger, garlic, mushrooms, Chinese leaf, green onion, and an egg (and soy sauce of course). I had it on egg pasta. For dessert, I baked an apple (brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, butter) alongside roasted sweet potatoes (olive oil, salt, pepper and then more to taste with some mixed herbs). The sweet potatoes were really hard to cut, but still really good of course.

Thursday, November 13, 2008:

  • Brunch: Left over stir fry and wholemeal pita bread. Baked apple in microwave (same mix as last night).
  • Dinner: Hard boiled egg and New Covent Garden Choc Full of Beans soup to which I added couscous. I love this company’s soups. One big 600g is a meal in itself for one person (I am a pig). Taste good, no preservatives, and filling. I couldn’t really taste the chocolate in this one, but the beans were hearty.
  • Dessert: I only had one quarter, but I made my flatmates two baked apples.

Friday, November 14, 2008:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon.
  • Morning snacks: Nature Valley Apple Crunch Bar, Chocolate flapjack (was late no time for big breakfast, ate all snacks)
  • Late Lunch: Wholemeal pita (the pitas are small here) with fried egg followed by one small tomato and four plum tomatoes (mmm)
  • Evening Snack: Store bought samosa heated up.
  • Late DInner: My flatmate’s friend came over and cooked us a spicy sweet potato and chicken curry with lots of chilies and shallots. We had it with rose wine, followed by Ben 7 Jerry’s ice cream. We also had tiny mince pies.

Saturday, November 15, 2008:

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Leftover curry with some rice.
  • Late Lunch: Toasted waffle and crumpet and butter
  • Dinner: Store bought spinach & ricotta tortellini to which I added parmesan, pesto, and baby plum tomatoes.
  • Pre-Bed Snack: I made chocolate truffles and then had Danone Activia yogurt.

Sunday, November 16, 2008:

  • Brunch: Buttered crumpet,
  • Snack: Whole wheat pita and crumpet spread with pesto. I love pita and pesto together; I’m finally done that tiny jar I bought a month ago at Borough Market.
  • Sunday Dinner: Oven Baked Chicken and Rice: They don’t have Campbell’s here so I used a can of Heinz Cream of Chicken & Mushroom (did not notice the chicken part til after I bought it) with 1/2 cup of rice, about 1/4 tablespoon of butter, some onions, 1 clove of garlic, some mushrooms, a bit of courgettes/zuchini, nappa/chinese leaf, and spinach. I used three pieces of dark meat chicken, one thigh and two drumsticks. I buttered my glass pan and baked for about 50 minutes at 375’F/190’C. The rice on the top layer didn’t really cook, it just went crisp, and I baked it a tad too long; the sides were burnt. 45 minutes is enough since my pan is small. The chicken tasted juicy though, and I’m definitely doing again, adding more vegetables next time. I followed this with a samosa. I also had a Starbucks fruit salad which my flatmate gave me.

This Week in Drinks: Decaf Earl Grey, Alpro Soy Milk, Starbucks Caffe Latte, Caipirhna, Yakult, Gallo Rose wine, Milk, Green Tea,

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