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Vegan pate

February 2, 2019

Made a vegan pate and it was delicious. What inspires my cooking is whatever’s in the kitchen at the time. I always loved this approach by Nigel Slater and find it works best for me too. A few years ago I got into the habit of making Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall’s beetroot hummus and I was thinking of that when I made this. Peel, de-seed & chop a butternut squash into chunks. I’ve had this squash in the cupboard for weeks and…

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Spiced cauliflower experiments

January 23, 2019

Foodie day today. Makes me feel good. Spiced cauliflower with flavoured rice, pumpkin & pomegranate seeds, & tahini dressing. To make – cook Basmati rice with cardamom pods, dried chilli & salt. Once cooked, stir in juice of half a lemon and leave to sit with lid on. Thinly slice a small red onion and fry until caramelised with sugar and some cumin seeds for the last minute. I’m loving spiced cauliflower at the moment and experiment with all sorts…

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flat breads & olives

January 21, 2019

I have a love/hate relationship with bread. I love it but overdoing it makes me feel tired and bloated and other issues arise. So the trick is to not overdo it. But I am an imperfect person. And I love bread. When the kids were younger we’d make homemade pizzas at the weekend, and today is a bit of reminiscing on those times. This meal is also inspired by the huge bag of dried olives bought at the Míres farmers…

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Beneath the Matala Moon

January 19, 2019

The island of Crete is home to so many layers of culture throughout time. From Bronze Age Minoan ruins to the place where Icarus and Daedalus took flight to escape King Minos in Greek mythology, it’s a fascinating place. This time of year the coastlines are littered with empty holiday homes, hotels and apartments that give a stark reminder of how the fashion of buying a place to escape the ratrace for the holidays has created a different layer of…

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Less food waste

January 18, 2019

Went a bit mad at the farmers market last Saturday in Míres which means we still have produce to eat, but then we found an amazing parkup so haven’t moved in a week. To make sure there’s no food waste I’ve just been cooking tapas style dishes all week, adding new ones to the table as others are finished. To the leftovers from yesterday’s food (see previous post) I added a bowl of herby pan roasted potatoes, broccoli stems in…

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Slow food

January 17, 2019

Taking time to eat slowly is a goal for 2019. I’m a gannet. Always eating my food as if it were about to be stolen 🙈. I can literally inhale an entire meal when some people are still chewing their first mouthful. It makes for embarrassing situations in restaurants. Part of slow living for me is about taking time to make and appreciate food, so I’m finding that making a small ceremony of it helps: setting out a table, appreciating…

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Winter weather

January 16, 2019

Ah the winter Cretian weather is more changeable than a Cymraeg summer! Last night I sat and watched huge waves crashing under the silvery moonlight while over on the far horizon lightening flashed like a warzone or alien invasion (I’ve been watching some great horror films lately 😬). The past few days the wind has rocked the van so hard that at times it felt as though elephants were pushing from either side. Waves are tumbling so fast I haven’t…

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Food with friends

January 13, 2019

Yesterday we trawled the farmer’s market in Míres and came back with a haul of veggies, herbs and teas. It’s too easy to slip into the old ways of eating as a vegetarian, which tends to consist of a wheat-based-carb (bread/pasta) with cheese and tomatoes. Working towards increasing the plant-based content of meals again this year. We do pretty well but to prevent lapses I need to be inspired. Last night we parked up with our new friends and shared…

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laundry day

January 8, 2019

Everything takes infinitely longer in vantime. The laundry means finding a launderette, finding out what their system is and making sure we have the correct detergent and change. Often it’s on a busy street so we can’t park the van outside. On the plus side you can fit a shedload of washing in one machine and the dryers are often amazing. Laundry costs us between €20-€40 depending on the county we’re in. We do it once a month and wash…

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Living your best life

January 1, 2019

  We’ve been in the van for over a year now. It’s New Year’s Day & we’re in Crete. Definitely working at living our best lives is paying off, which has me thinking about what ‘living your best life’ means. Ten years ago we started out as freelancers, the kids were younger, and we lived in a small town in north Wales – Mold. Living our best lives then meant being stitched into our local community and I volunteered or…

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