Okay, I’m not sure where to start this week because I’m in a bit of mess blog-wise. Yesterday, you see, I lost the last 2 weeks worth of posts and I can’t remember what those were – I write my posts directly into the blog and generally publish the first draft.
I think I’ve probably lost a couple of these wrap-ups, my June wrap-up and maybe a recipe or two. Oh, and a Melbourne foodie wrap-up.
It all started because about three weeks ago I changed my WordPress plan to a business one. In theory, it came with lots more functionality, but in practice, it was a pain in the proverbial. I had regular readers telling me they were unable to post comments, my site was running more slowly, I had to sign in and out all the time and the pictures were more cumbersome.
So yesterday, after faffing about for too long trying to fix it all I got onto the help chat and asked them to revert the plan to what it previously was. I did take a back-up of the site before they did that, so could replicate it all if I really want to, but to be honest I can’t really be faffed so am taking a “whatever” approach to it all.
I’ve also lost some of the bits and pieces on the theme I was on so took the opportunity to change that – and I actually think this one is an improvement.
Okay, the week. Let’s go with the photos first.
In a week with (again) a reasonable amount of rain, this sunrise on Monday morning was glorious.
This hallelujah cloud moment
It’s a tad almost biblical don’t you think?
This dark shelf cloud moment
Yes, it bucketed down very soon after I took this on Friday morning.
I’d gotten into the habit of working through lunch, so I’m trying to get out of that habit – as well as some other bad habits that I’ve managed to accumulate… In any case @adventurespaniel has no quarrel with the idea.
If you’re a foodie and you’re not using this app yet, you’re seriously missing out. It’s like Instagram for foodies and the inbuilt camera app is set to blur the edges and make the most of low level light and food photography.
The app is free and it’s pretty much social media for food lovers.
I’m trying to do some more with this and have set myself up a business hub. Now, of course, I’m tying myself up in a few knots, but thanks to Canva I’m creating some pretty good Pinterest graphics – if I do say so myself. (As an aside, if you haven’t yet tried Canva, why not?). The pic below is the one I created for my Melbourne post, so now, I guess, it points exactly nowhere. Sigh.
Just how gorgeous is this? As an aside, cauliflower starred quite a bit on our table last week.
On Monday I made a cauliflower soup that I then ate for lunch every day. It was super simple – some onion and a clove of garlic sweated down a tad in a little oil, the cauliflower and water. Cook it, blend it, healthy lunch done.
More Cauliflower and some Labneh
The cuisine theme for last week’s Saturday dinner was Middle Eastern.
Because I’d been healthy all week I was tad reluctant to undo all the good, but still wanted to make something delicious. A mezze plate was on the menu to start, but how to make that healthier than it otherwise would be? Make your own labneh.
This yoghurt cheese is super easy – I used about 500g Greek yoghurt and “hung” it in a piece of cloth over a bowl overnight. All the whey dripped out and you’re left with labneh. To this I added a little sea salt, a minced garlic clove, some lemon rind and a little lemon juice and topped it with a drizzle of olive oil.
Also on the mezze plate was a cauliflower and tahini sauce. This was an Ottolenghi recipe (you can find it here) but instead of frying the cauliflower I roasted it in some spices and then tossed through the yoghurt/tahini sauce.
I also made a lamb tagine – if you want the recipe I loosely followed this one. Ignore the state of my kitchen that you can see in the reflection off the window splashback.
I’ve always wanted to have a go at making flatbread and these were super easy.
I’m getting back in the habit of posting my baking recipes to my dedicated recipe site, although some I’ll be doubling up here from time to time. I’ve even created a cool new graphic for it (again, thanks, Canva). In any case, the link to the recipe for these is here.
These are super cheap at the moment so I whipped up a batch of Sammie’s mandarin mini muffins to stash in the freezer. Although Grant and Sarah declared that they don’t like mandies, the muffins disappeared before they could get to the freezer! You can find the recipe here.
Okay, that was my week…how was yours?