10 days. 8 splits. 2 lates. 111 hours. My life has been in the Conservatory kitchen for the past 10 days. 46% of my life has been spent at work. 30% of my life has been spent getting whatever sleep I can get hold of, and the last 14% has been filled in with driving to and from work, speaking to the family (complaining about how tired I am) and maybe squeezing in a bit of exercise to balance out the crap I put into my mouth while at work (mmmm….bread and dip!). So. Crazy 10 days which are finally over!
I woke up at about 10.30 on saturday morning, quite surprised actually as I expected to sleep until the late hours of the day. As I had woken up so early though, I decided to go to the City Bowl market to get some fresh groceries seeing as it is much cheaper than good old woolies or checkers.
50 rand later, this is what I had bought:
I then did a little tour of the market and got my hands on some macaroons (apologies for the photography. they got squished in my bag and then someone took a bite out of one…..I got hungry on my 10 minute drive home form the market!)
I also found a little bakery stall selling croissants. The girl said they were 10 rand which I thought was fairly reasonable – especially when I saw the size. I asked for one and after her listing “chocolate, cinnamon, cheese, almond etc etc etc.” I just said “don’t you have a plain one??” She put it into a bag for me while I was already planning the goodies I was going to stuff it with for my lunch!
I got home and started raiding the fridge to prepare my croissant sandwich for lunch. I also found an avo in my fruit basket which Darren and Kirsten gave me from their avo tree. It was finally ripe (2 weeks later)! Look how cute!
The croissant ended up having Bacon, Lettuce, Avo, Cheddar and a Fried Egg. Yum.
Check out this beast:
So after a post lunch nap (which I definitely needed after polishing off this monster), I went for a long 10km run/walk in the glorious sunshine along the promenade.
Then it came to dinner – and I had set myself the challenge of only using the stuff I had bought (plus my store cupboard goods). This results in
Roasted Aubergine, Chickpea and Feta stuffed Mushroom with Sweet Potato Chips
half an aubergine
half a tin of chickpeas
squeeze of lemon
1) Roast the garlic and aubergine with oil, salt, pepper and cumin in a hot oven.
2) Add the chickpeas when the aubergine is soft.
3) Sear the mushroom in a hot pan on both sides. Finish cooking through in the oven.
4) Top mushroom with chickpea and aubergine mix. Top with feta.
5) Bake until nice and soft.
6) Finish with a squeeze of lemon.
The mushroom is so thick and meaty its practically like a steak! And my my it was delicious!
Until next time x