Sunday, February 27, 2011

Stuff I Cooked / Time to Clean

Firstly, here is a collection of some of what I've cooked over the past week or two.

A vegetarian version of Spaghetti Puttanesca
(Wholemeal Spaghetti with a red sauce of capers, green olives & chilli)
M is not a fan, so I have this when he's not home for dinner.
Wholemeal pasta is higher in fibre & more filling than the white stuff, and the sauce has almost no fat in it (a spray of olive oil to fry the garlic a little). Of course the parmesan is there purely for it's very high calcium content.

My version of spaghetti & meatballs, for M. I just ate a big plate of the pasta.

Chocolate patty cakes I made whilst under the charming influence of red wine because I felt like something sweet. I burnt myself rather badly, but they were tasty.

My breakfast this morning.
Sunday always calls for a big brekky.

Chickpea & Sweet Potato Curry.
I have a reputation for this stuff & this is the first time I made it in our new home!
I make my famous curry using Carnation Light & Creamy Coconut flavour. Coconut milk & cream is incredibly high in fat, even if you get your hands on a reduced fat one, and in dishes like curries where the flavours are strong, you won't even notice it's not the real thing.

Lentil soup & home made garlic & herb pizza.
This was tonights dinner. I am a fan of a light dinner on a Sunday night and M is starting to enjoy it, too.
Please forget packaged pizza and garlic bread, if you're going to eat something fatty or bread-y, it's better knowing what's in it by making it yourself.

Egg and butter free, (and consequently vegan), chocolate cake.
This was for a family member's birthday who has to avoid too much fatty foods due to a recent health scare. I spoke to her before and she said it was very nice.

If you want to try it, here is the recipe;

Chocolate Cake (with no eggs or butter / vegan)

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 180c.
Thoroughly mix dry ingredients first (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt).
Mix in wet ingredients (water, vegetable oil, vinegar, and vanilla). Continue mixing until you obtain an even batter (no lumps).
Pour into a cake pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes.

It was super easy & made a super huge cake.

In other news, I have been eating very heavily and am aiming to do my version of a detox this week, especially as due to a bit of a beating to my system last week, I am having a break from exercise. I will try to document what I do when I want an internal clean up, but that pot of lentil soup I brewed for tonight's dinner will get a work out this week!

Happy Sunday Night & here's to a week of amazing food.

Stay well,
Nat x


  1. You're so right about Coconut Milk, you really can't tell if there are lots of spices!

  2. Delicious! That vegan cake looks like heaven.

  3. oooh I would love a bowl of your Spaghetti Puttanesca right now please :)
    Heidi xo