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Kate L Pugh - Cookery Diary

This is highly experimental. Don't be surprised if I get fed up of updating it. It's dual-purpose - first, it'll give new vegans or people thinking about becoming vegan an idea of what a real actual vegan eats day-to-day; and second, it'll encourage me to cook properly instead of living on toast.

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Week Beginning Sunday 18 February 2001


Sunday's a good time to do a bit of cooking ahead. I made extra mash to see how well it reheats tomorrow (I put it into a covered tub as soon as it was done, to stop it drying out). When cooking the onions for tonight's stew, I cooked far more than I needed (browning onions to that degree takes at least 20 minutes - I don't usually have that amount of time to spare just for onions!) and used them in a mushroom and pinto bean stew (chopped carrots, chunked Chinese mushrooms, canned pinto beans, a dash of red wine, some Kikkoman soy sauce, some paprika and some ground cumin). Half of that will be tomorrow's lunch, with the spare mash, and I've frozen the rest as a half-hearted attempt to replenish my frozen home-made ready-meal stocks.

I've not got any nice portable breadstuff to do muffins for breakfast like I did last week, so I decided to go Middle-Eastern. I'd bought some flat bread from a local mini-market in the afternoon, so mixed up some packet falafel mix - I'll have the flat bread spread with tahini/lemon juice mix and filled with falafel for tomorrow's packed breakfast. I'll assemble two of those and freeze one for Tuesday, and hope that I get around to organising a Tesco Direct delivery for Tuesday evening.

I'd bought some dried apricots to try out a lentil and apricot soup that I saw posted on alt.food.vegan, so I made a start on that, and also tried a recipe from The Vegan Cookbook, by Wakeman and Baskerville, which was basically soaking finely-chopped dried apricots in soya milk - the apricots rehydrate by absorbing liquid from the soya milk, which consequently goes all condensed and creamy.


I've still got the mash and stew that was going to be for today's lunch, so I didn't bother cooking tonight. I'd intended to put the rest of my bitter Chinese greens in it, but forgot, so I cut them up and washed them and put them in another tub to steam in the microwave tomorrow. I think that might even be a nicer way to have them.


Got my Tesco Direct order, but too tired to cook. Made up some Marmite and peanut butter muffins for the rest of the week's breakfast, but looks like I'm getting a sandwich for lunch tomorrow. I did bake some rather nice chocolate brownies, but that was just random.


Not much time for cooking tonight, so I made a quick supper as described above, and for tomorrow's lunch took out the mushroom stew that I'd frozen on Sunday, and mixed some dry couscous with onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt and dill to have with it.


I made an extra portion of rice and left it in the rice cooker for later use. [Note added later: It dried out a bit, probably because the bowl of the rice cooker is quite big and there's lots of air inside. Best to pack it into a smaller tub straight away.] I also pre-fried the tofu and did a whole packet, and saved some in a covered bowl in the fridge. It's Friday tomorrow, so I'll be going out for lunch.


Um, no cooking this evening. Got home late and fell into bed.