Weeks (or months?) ago, I briefly mentioned that I was probably going to post about food again some time soon - maybe making a welcome change for my readers from the seemingly endless sunsets and sunrises and other sky pictures I have been posting this year.
Well, here it is. I do not have much time, as I want to start work early today, and there is really so much I could say or write about food. But for now, this will have to do, with a few pictures for garnish.
Since I have retreated to working almost exclusively from home again, most weeks I have managed to fit in one lunch break per week at my parents'. It is always good to see them, but we have to be cautious; my Dad especially is in the high risk group, and I have not hugged or kissed either of them since March. Usually, my parents have only coffee and a snack at lunch time, but for me, they often adapt their schedule so that we can have a full meal together. At other times, they keep me company (at a distance) while I am the only one to eat a cooked lunch, and they join in for the coffee afterwards, before I walk back to my place and resume work.
My own cooking habits have not changed - I still very, very rarely cook for myself. I often have a bowl of salad in the evenings, making it a full meal by adding all sorts of things such as diced feta or other cheese, a handful of almonds and cranberries, a chopped apple and so on - whatever takes my fancy and is at hand.
But when O.K. and I spend the weekend at my place, I enjoy thinking about what I could make for us, buying the ingredients and then cooking - I know the food will be shared with me and appreciated. When I have leftovers, either of the cooked meal or of the fresh groceries I bought, I use them up during the week; those are the only occasions when I cook for myself, and I so hate wasting food.
Here is a very small selection of meals I had lately. There were many, many more, of course, but I do not take pictures all the time, even though it may seem otherwise.
Sweet potatoes - so versatile! I halved them and roasted them in the oven. With a mix of sour cream and goats cheese with fresh herbs for topping, they made a nice meal for O.K. and myself one weekend earlier this year.
|Caprese with yellow tomatoes, at my parents'.
|Savoury pancakes with creamy mushrooms and salad, again at my parents'.
|Fish & Chips at "my" Irish pub, with a refreshing glass of cider. It was a beautiful warm day at the end of August, perfect for sitting outside on the market square.
|A small aubergine and two zucchini were left over after one weekend and needed using up. (I also made something with the Hokkaido pumpkin you can see in the background, see further down.)
|I sliced the vegetables, sprinkled them with a bit of olive oil and salt and roasted them in the oven.
|They made for very tasty roasted veggie burgers on crusty rolls from the bakery down the road, with leaves from the potted parsley on my window sill.
|The Hokkaido pumpkin was chopped and boiled until soft, along with a few carrots. I mashed it all up and added coconut fat, salt, pepper and plenty of ground ginger.
|Served with a dollop of cream, fresh parsley and a crusty roll, it made a nice lunch for O.K. and myself two Saturdays ago.
This weekend, O.K. will be here; I have a few ideas for our meals and hope my cooking will turn out how I want it (it doesn't always!).