I am quite into tomatoes. I love that there are so many varieties, colours, and tastes. Tomatoes are versatile and can be consumed raw or cooked, hot or cold. In my book, that's pretty amazing. Yesterday, I got a bunch of vine tomatoes which I used to make a chunky chorizo and spinach soup.
2018 is the year where I’m aiming to eat less meat for health and environmental reasons. There is a wealth of literature about the benefits of eating less meat to your body and the world (one of my favourites being Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer), so I won’t get into that here.
I'm really no good at keeping blogs up-to-date. I've just checked and my last post was in May (!), how terribly disappointing. Since then, I've submitted my PhD thesis, and started a new job. I am hoping that I will have a little bit more time for living now that I don't have a PhD to write. However, according to my Instagram...
It's May, and it's still pretty cold in the UK. As if I needed an excuse to have comfort food for dinner... Anyway we had these beautiful sausages in the fridge and I thought it would be nice to make a little Catherine wheel sausage out of it. I took inspiration from Jamie Oliver's 30-minute meals. Not all meals take 30 minutes, but this is probably one that does! I love this book and I think all amateur cooks should have it in their (cook)bookshelf! I think he's got a slightly different apple salad to go with the sausages, and possibly mash instead of new potatoes. However, as I love texture and spice I felt like I had to make crispy potatoes (ultimate comfort if you ask me), and toss the crisp, sweet apple with peppery wild rocket.
Now before you get stroppy with me, I've been off the site forever as the PhD has taken over my life. Sorry about that, let's move on.
Thankfully, my lovely pal Tamara (instagram: @tamarapiranha - seriously nip over there now, her poetry and art are brilliant) asked me to send her my go-to meatball recipe that I've developed since my undergrad years. It's one of the first dishes I got creative with and I think it's pretty easy (and easy to eat hahaha). OK so I actually don't have photos of this dish, oops, but what I do have is a short clip of the finished product (thanks Boomerang) which you will see, if you keep reading... promise it's worth it!