Not quite what Simba said in the The Lion King but close enough!
They were running “Buy One Get One Half Price” at my local Holland & Barrett, so I ended up buying more than intended…
- Organic Fairtrade Quinoa
Pronounced “Keen-wah” and not my favouritest word (I’m used to saying “quin-no-ah” in my head and there are just words in the English language I’d rather not say because they sound a little poncy; ie. pilates, goujons, etc.) But why purchase quinoa now of all times? Well, I was reading quinoa recipes on handmadebytracie, and having tried it never, asked Tracie “What does quinoa taste like?” and she gave me some great information on what quinoa is and where I could possibly find it.
Apparently quinoa is a seed, not a grain, and a wonderful source of protein if you’re strictly vegetarian. When cooked, it looks like a cross between rice and couscous, and goes well with anything where you might have eaten rice and/or potatoes. Also, what a lot of websites don’t seem to observe is the fact that quinoa looks a bit ‘creepy’. Obviously they don’t want to tell you this when they’re trying to promote an expensive yet healthier alternative to meat, but those were my thoughts when I first saw those shoots popping out of the seed (baby snails… ha!)
And the boyfriend actually liked quinoa as well! It’s amazing what the Irish haven’t eaten (bwuh-hahaha!) Unfortunately, despite my appreciation for this unusual superfood, I won’t be eating some for a while since I accidentally ate some quinoa past the storage date, resulting in a mild case of food poisoning. (Argh!) So learn from my mistake: quinoa should be refridgerated once cooled and stored up to 2 days in the fridge!
- Profusion’s “Himalayan Rose Pink Crystal Salt (Fine)”
Pink salt, everyone! I’ve never seen such a thing before and had to test it out! The store assistant said it would taste the same as ordinary salt (and it does), but I like my food adventures all the same! Very nice ingredient.
- Simon Rimmer’s “Onion Bhaji Mix”
Bought this to cut down on the onions I overstocked on at the weekend (should really check what I do and do not have in the kitchen!) An easy recipe for homemade bhaji and best made after cooling the mixture in the fridge (2 hours) as the bhaji ends up firmer and crisper. If you like bhaji with more spice, tweak the ingredients as the mixture is made for the British palate so tastes a little bland compared to your restaurant or takeaway bhaji.
- Bragg’s Originals “Charcoal Biscuits”
Yes, biscuits made from charcoal! Good for your digestion, it says, and not at all weird. Tried some with mature Irish cheddar and they taste really nice! The biscuits are slightly sweet, crumble nicely when bitten, and make your mouth look like a dentist’s dream (depending on the dentist).
Not part of my food adventures but worth a mention all the same are these unique little shoes by Peter Jensen. Came across them late on ASOS.com – what a shame! I hope they release them again someday.
And hoping to join the gym this week, my dears, so I can finally do some swimming as being ill for the past few days has made me reassess my life and how important it is to be physically fit when working the Night Shift. Swimming might even help me get past knitter’s and writer’s block, which happen a lot, and often, leaving me little to do with the time I have not watching football or sleeping. Cross your fingers for me: I’ll get through this! I like to knit and write!!