Batch Cooking my Work Breakfasts: Vegetable Muffins

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We have very little remaining of the food budget, and to be fair we only have to last till Friday, but that was after the boy and I had a disagreement about whether we needed to replace the rice krispies in this month, or the next food month. We compromised, the boy and I donated half the cost each and bought a pack (he can’t live without them), but I will add it to next month’s food budget spreadsheet.

I normally take 2 cheap cereal bars and a banana in my bag to eat on the train for my breakfast, but the budget didn’t allow me to replace these stocks after they ran out on Saturday. So I had to come up with a batch cook idea to last me for the week.

These muffins are from a combination of the original recipe, and a swap recipe in this book I absolutely love called My Zero-Waste Kitchen which is a Dorling Kindersley book, I believe the author is Kate Turner, and I have found out she has a blog called homegrownkate.com.

So for that reason I won’t repeat the recipe, as it is not mine, but the muffins contained 2 grated sweet potatoes and 1 grated carrot and I managed to finally use up all my chickpea flour. They are yummy.

I really can’t recommend that book enough.

 

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Chickpea Crust Pizza (Thank You Eat Well For Less)

In the UK there have been three sporadic series of a show called Eat Well For Less on the BBC which I am a little obsessed with.

The premise of the show is you have a family who are brand loyal, or waste a lot of food, or eat really unhealthily, or argue about what to eat and in all cases they spend more than the national average on food for their family size.

Chef Greg Wallace and Green Grocer Chris Bavin are the faces of the show.

The show isn’t on air at the moment, and there are no videos of it to be easily found ¬†but I absolutely love the show and when it was on TV last year I watched the episodes over and over again.

I spend in a whole month close to what the families typically spend in one week, so I don’t really have a problem with the food budget (though it has got a little out of control recently) but I have still found so many good tips from the show.

Predictably they released a cook book which I received for Christmas 2016 and I was happy to see a recipe from the show had made it in, which is the Chickpea Crust Pizza.

As per usual, because this is not my recipe I won’t repeat it, but it is essentially a chickpea pancake batter (set aside for 1 hour) fried on both sides, topped with tomato puree and cheese and veggies (I used a long neglected jar of green olives, frozen sweetcorn and onion and a whole ball of mozzarella, ooops) and placed in the oven till it has reached your desired level of cooking.

Chickpea flour is very cheap and makes a nice change.

I know my food photography is a bit rubbish and it looks like it’s been dropped on the floor but it was yummers.

The boy is at painting class, and all I have bought today was milk, though I did look around the entire store trying to find something shiny to buy.

I am watching The Resurrection of Jake the Snake as a way of trying to understand what my mum is going through.

I spoke to my Mum’s twin today and we talked about my Mum and I think unfortunately I left her a little upset. My Aunt has been through a lot in the last two years. She lost her husband, my beloved Uncle, two years ago and early in life to dementia that cruelly came along quickly and violently. She is the closest child to where my Granddad lives and does so much for him, especially now.

To be blunt, my Aunt does not need any more S*** in her life.

Neither do my brothers or I.

I am angry with my mum. I am devastated about my mum. And I can handle having both those feelings because at least it means I still feel something towards her.

But I can’t do anything. But at least I have Pizza and a Wrestling documentary.