i've been getting really geeky and working out that i want to get a new backpack and a new lunchbox... it's like being a kid again, and going back to school. perhaps i will invest in a new pen an pencil case too?! anyways, i've decided on a bag - a classic fjallraven kanken in ox red - but i'm a little stuck for a lunchbox. i was looking at a lunchbots or an easylunchbox - any thoughts or suggestions?
anyways, onto foodie things:
♥ i finally perfected my sweet red bean paste recipe! it is of course sugar free, and uses cheap dried adzuki beans. the red bean paste pancakes were delicious back last autumn, and i learnt quickly that the paste is also pretty good on toast, or with a dash of almond milk for breakfast, or even as a cold snack from the fridge.
♥ it also tastes absolutely delicious in and on porridge...
sweet red bean paste
1 1/2 cups cooked adzuki beans (or other red beans)
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup cooking broth or water
a generous pinch of salt
1. place all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor, and mix until smooth.
2. store in the fridge in a sealed container.
3. enjoy in porridge, pancakes, on toast, or with a dash of almond milk and fresh berries.
cook's notes: to use dried beans, soak 1/2 cup of dried adzuki beans overnight in fresh water. rinse in the morning, and cook in unsalted water for 40 minutes, or until tender.
let me know how it goes - and enjoy this incredibly thrifty recipe!
♥ lunch recently has been an egg and vegetable hash of some variety. mushroom is a particular favourite, with a little cheese, dill, fried egg and half a soda bagel. a cup of rooibos tea is also a very important accompaniment to this meal...
♥ i love a good runny yolk... mmm hmm.
♥ mum has been knitting loads - and these cute turqouise wrist warmers were her latest invention. she's learnt to cable knit... and though i keep asking her, she absolutely will not knit be a cable cardigan. i love having a creative mum!
♥ sweet potato hash - spectacular and very quick. grated sweet potato, chopped celery, spinach and diced fresh tomato, along with a little seasoning and a side of beans and cucumber. a very satisfying dinner indeed.
i'm so loving the veggies at the moment - and attempting to convince everyone i know to eat more and more of them! they are so good for you after all :) thanks to jenn at peas and crayons for another wonderful wiaw...