A magic sauce ingredient

Breakfast

Cinnamon and raisin bagel with jam, apple

The New York Bakery bagels are a great option for an animal-free breakfast. I’ve just had a look on their Facebook page and can now confirm that all their bagels (not just the ones I’ve tried) are suitable for vegans. I find that the cinnamon & raisin, oat & fruit and blueberry variety are especially great for breakfast.

Lunch

Peanut butter and tomato sandwich, crisps, apple, Alpro soya dessert

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My toaster was a little over enthusiastic (as you can see) but the toasted sandwich was still pretty nice. Peanut butter and tomatoes may not seem like the most natural combination, but the juiciness of the tomatoes actually goes really nicely with the peanut butter. I felt the need  for a choclatey boost and an Alpro soya dessert is always a great way to get this.

Dinner

Leek and sweetcorn pasta, salad

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This is a seriously simple pasta dish and really delicious too. I do find that veggie stock cubes are a bit of a magic ingredient as they add a lovely flavour to any sauce. I go for the Kallo veggie stock cubes, which you can buy in Holland and Barrett or Sainsbury’s.

The quantities I’ve given aren’t that precise but, like most vegan dishes, it would be quite hard for this to go seriously wrong. My kitchen scales were a thrifty but perhaps not overly wise purchase from the pound shop and I’m not 100% convinced about their accuracy.

Ingredients for leek and sweetcorn pasta (serves 2):

– 2 smallish leeks

– A good handful of lemon thyme

– 150g pasta

– Olive oil

– A handful of cherry tomatoes

– 2 small cartons of Alpro soya cream

– A tin of sweetcorn, rinsed and drained

– One veggie stock cube

Method:

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Meanwhile, cut the top and end off the leeks, then slice them lengthways and chop into smaller pieces (I find they cook best like this). Strip the leaves off a good few stalks of lemon thyme.

2. Add the pasta to the boiling water along with a splash of olive oil. Simmer for about 10 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.

3. Meanwhile, heat a good splash of oil in a saucepan and add the leeks and thyme. Simmer for about 5 mins until very tender, stirring constantly.

4. Add the tomatoes, soya cream and sweetcorn, crumble the stock cube over the top and continue to simmer for another 5 mins, stirring frequently.

5. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Heat through for a few minutes, then serve.

I thought that taking my pasta to the park might make for a relaxing dinner. This didn’t quite live up to my expectations though, as the box of pasta proved extremely popular with the local ants who seemed to appear within seconds of me sitting down, bringing all their friends with them and trying to climb into the box. I encouraged them back onto the grass, gathered my dinner up and headed over to a bench but it wasn’t the most relaxing meal ever recorded.

Dessert

Sesame snaps and grapes

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Sesame snaps are difficult to beat, and maybe they’re at least slightly good for you as there are some sesame seeds underneath all the sugar.

Snacks

Dried fruit

I find that the ‘exotic fruit’ type mixes are really great for an energy boost.

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