Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon and the other is YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle by Heather Crosby. Not that I'm either gluten-intolerant or a vegetarian, but I like variety, and my DB would prefer to eat as little meat as possible. Both books are written by successful food bloggers whose recipes I've tried and enjoyed, with lovely appealing photos. Funnily enough, both women came to veganism after years of eating extremely badly resulting in increasingly poor health that popping pills did nothing to cure.
The YU book is a guide really on how to incorporate more plant-based food into the average diet. It has sections on the importance of soaking beans, grains and nuts to remove anti-nutrients, how to sprout, how to cook with new ingredients, how to make it all happen. It's quite a challenge to change habits and it's only by taking it in small steps that you avoid reverting to the old ways after a few months.
She gives recipes for homemade spice mixes (Ethiopian, Chinese, Taco, Chai etc.), different sauces and vinaigrettes (Kale and Walnut Pesto, Cashew Sauce, Sweet Potato Sauce, etc), sandwich ideas (Smoky Lentil and Dill, Crispy Eggplant, Sprouts & Tomato, etc.), snacks, and so on. This weekend I soaked some mung beans and amaranth to start sprouting them, and I've just put some pumpkin seeds in a jar of water as I add them to salads almost every day and didn't realise they should be soaked.
here. It looks really simple, but the flavours blend together beautifully. I also made her black bean burgers which I forgot about in the oven so they came out rather well cooked, but crumbled perfectly over a kale salad that my DB was delighted to eat after driving back from his Zen retreat in Toulouse.
Talking of Zen, my yoga classes are going well, but I don't think I'm ready for one of the full-on weekends they organise. My DB is taking a couple of Zen courses in town and has been on two Zen weekends. One was too religious-based for his liking while the other concentrated more on meditation. I enjoy yoga for the physical element and the peace, but the group yogi is president of the southern France yoga association and she gave me a magazine to read to encourage me to join and go further into yoginess. It was a bit too much for my superficial taste...!
To help us in our pursuit of regular walks, I bought a couple of blue 1/100,000 IGN maps of the region - the ones that show GR routes and other paths. I love maps and spent some of the weekend poring over them. In searching for the link, I came across a site called VisoRando where you can create an itinerary based on these maps! Just what we need!
At the other end of the health spectrum, we spent part of the weekend the other week at Domaine Puech at the Weekend Cave en Fête where we ate charcuterie, cheese, and oysters, drank the Noémie red wine and were très merry. The producers of the cheese, charcuterie, oysters, champagne, and Alsatian wine were there all weekend and available for tastings. We ended up buying... cheese, charcuterie, wine and oysters. The oysters were 7€ the dozen, so I bought two (dozen). We had a feast on Sunday night!
On a sadder note, last week I had to take my cat to the vet after he developed an abscess in his mouth. He was kept in overnight to have it drained, and came home wearing a plastic Elizabethan-style collar to stop him scratching. He's not pleased at all. It comes off on Thursday, and not a day too soon as far as we're all concerned.
When I bought my sofa a few years ago, I didn't expect it to be so badly made that the back would be falling apart after a bit of rough treatment from the boys... I paid about fifteen hundred euro for it so it wasn't exactly cheapo crap. This weekend my youngest and I turned it on its front (where you put your legs) and I cut the material underneath to reveal... bad quality wood held together with STAPLES! Honestly, it looked like an amateur had thrown it together on his first day at a furniture-making class. My son got out the No-Nails glue and, while I held the sofa up, he gunned the glue into place. While he was working away, we had this conversation:
Me: "Oh it's so nice to be doing this with you. It's really cool that you volunteered to help and didn't have to be press-ganged."
Him: "It's only because I didn't have anything better to do..."
Me: "Hey, don't spoil it...!"
That put me in my place! We left the sofa upright with the packet of cat litter, a dictionary and four books weighing it down over twenty-four hours. Today, we put it back in place, and lo, the sofa-back is no longer wobbly! Result!
So that's what's been going on in my life. Living on the edge as ever...
That sofa conversation happens a lot here too :-D It seems logical that putting the right fuel into your body makes it work better than filling it with all the crap we've been programmed to enjoy but is of little use to our bodies. Taking the step is another ball game...ReplyDelete
Alsatian wine in the Languedoc? And I missed it? Pfft. :-( Hope your pussy cat is feeling better despite the cone of shame.
The Alsation wine people come every year to the Puech event as they are buddies, so if you sign up for email updates on their website, you'll know about it next year. It's really good stuff too. We bought a box. :)Delete
Poor little Ulysse is definitely on the mend. I might liberate him a bit before the deadline if his scar has healed sufficiently. I had to clear up pee and poo that he'd done outside his litter tray this morning. How he could miss it is a mystery, but he normally goes outside so I suppose he's lost the knack of using a tray.
My eldest came up with the following (with apologies to Laffer): "Trop de bio tue le bio", so he blames me for wanting to stuff his face with rubbish. I told him he's just addicted to crap. :)
We don't eat a lot of meat and try to eat plenty of fresh fruit, veg and salads every day, but I'm not sure I could ever make the step to vegetarian, let alone vegan (I LOVE cheese and bread too!) However a friend has been eating vegan (and raw!) for the past 3 or 4 months, has lost 3 stone and looks wonderful - much fitter and brighter after a long period of ill-health.ReplyDelete
There are definite advantages to eating lots of veggies. I like variety and have no health problems (that I know about) so see no reason why I should go the whole hog, since, like you, I like meat, cheese and bread. But I do limit the quantities I eat, and have also lost weight as a result. :)Delete
We French don't put any tomatoes in our sandwiches Sarah: just baguette, ham and butter (and sometimes a bit of gruyere...). I think that I learned how to make sandwiches in London (Il faut rendre a Cesar ce qui est a Cesar...). So sorry for the sofa. What can I say, these things happen! (Oh, and you will have to tell me how you find the time to do yoga...)ReplyDelete
Hi Muriel, you can get tomatoes in sandwiches these days - fromage/salade has them - but maybe they are modern interlopers.Delete
I do one hour of yoga in the village from 6-7pm on a Tuesday. Takes 5 mins to get there so it's no trouble at all, and I can cook dinner when I get back as we eat at 8pm. :)
Selon mon opinion, jambon avec fromage est un américanisme.Delete
Had to smile at the vegan cooky books followed by the charcuterie. :)ReplyDelete
As to the UK having to import Hungarians to make sandwiches, that really does seem to sum up the whole mad state of the country (UK, not Hungary).
Hope the chat is on the mend.
Variety is the spice of life, as they say, so vegan recipes and charcuterie are both welcome! :)Delete
The collar comes off today, thank goodness!
I do like a good odds and sods post. Taking note of the soup recipe.ReplyDelete
Shocking to hear how badly made your sofa was - and that lovely mother/son moment was heartwarming! ;-)
I had another such exchange with my son yesterday but can't remember what it was now. Unfortunately, the repair job didn't last, and we'll have to resort to bits of wood and nails, so that means calling in the heavy mob. My DB will have to come over with his drill. :)Delete
I miss a crusty baguette with some good butter and jambon on it, even if the ham is from Hyper U :) xReplyDelete
It's funny what you miss when you no longer have it to hand, isn't it? I hardly ever eat baguette, but if I couldn't get it, I'd miss it like mad. :)Delete
Your "sofa conversation" reminds me of a similar talk I had with my son last night, on the way home from grocery shopping. During our return journey, I casually mentioned several upcoming assignments, all of them due next week. None of these projects were written down in his homework book, nor has he mentioned any of this during our daily speak sessions about school. Imagine my surprise!ReplyDelete
That sounds typical. :)Delete
Sounds like he's got a busy weekend ahead.
I do like these chatty posts - things that we take for granted in our normal every day lives that are SO interesting to those of us not living it - honestly :) Those books look great and I am madly into Kale atm. Keep 'em coming :)ReplyDelete
I'm glad they are interesting, these posts. Thanks! :)Delete
Congrats on spelling "poring over" correctly. I see "pouring over" so often now that I swear it's just going to become accepted by default. I was talking to a librarian (!) about this recently and she didn't even know "pouring" was a grammatical sin.ReplyDelete
er.. thanks. :)Delete
I'm surprised at the librarian. You'd think she'd read (and therefore pick up on spelling).
Thing is Sarah, it gets into mainstream published books now. So much editing is done by computer, homophones are everywhere.Delete