I could start this post like I could have started every post this week, by writing some sort of ode to spring :-)
I’m just struck every time I go outside by how beautiful it is – AND it’s nearly 7pm now and still light! But I’ll content myself to just one picture of springlikegorgeousness:
one two of someone who was enjoying it as much as I was…
Where was I?!
I had a great night last night; a group of us met round one couple’s house, then went into town to throw some shapes… happy days :-)
I was glad we didn’t meet in town though, because of this:
We were out for my friend Emma’s birthday – and she’s not a fan of her birthday because she doesn’t like the thought of getting older! So we’d all been invited to an unbirthday night out… and I told her I hadn’t made her a cake… I’d made a muffin instead.
I used Katie’s brilliant single-lady cupcake recipe, with GF self-raising flour and almond oil, and added 1tsp cocoa, then topped it with the filling from my light chocolate cake and took it with me in a little box:
I remembered afterwards why I use it to fill rather than ice cakes; it ain’t the firmest-setting icing ever! But she loved it.
We didn’t have dinner so I made some before I went. I wanted another aubergine bake but had run out of mushrooms. I literally bought almost my own bodyweight in ‘shrooms last Sunday and can’t possibly have eaten them all. I think they must have evaporated – or maybe Mickey has learned how to open the fridge… :-)
(I haven’t seen a whisker, literally, of the Mickster since Tuesday – fingers crossed!)
So instead, I blended some silken tofu with pesto and nutritional yeast, mixed it with spinach, sauted tomato and the lone mushroom (found hiding in the fridge AFTER I’d made the rest – grrr) plus some grated cheese and baked for about 15-ish minutes, covered with foil, while the butternut was cooking.
It was great and really filling but, as I had it at 7pm and didn’t go to bed till seven hours later, I was STARVING this morning!
I wanted something substantial so, inspired by Monday’s stuffed French toast, I took two random bits of GF wholemeal bread I’d found in the freezer and made a sanwich with pb and mashed banana. I dipped it in a mix of 1tbsp egg white, 1tbsp milk and a splash of vanilla and sauted:
It was also the perfect start to a lovely chilled day, which included cycling to the village (to get more mushrooms!) cooking and riding, all in the beautiful spring sunshine.
One last thing about last night though, which I found entertaining, was… I’d driven and so had my friend, and I’d parked nearer the club than she did so I walked to her car. As we went back towards the club, one of the boys said: “Hey El, that car looks like yours”. To which this girl I hadn’t met before said to him: “Don’t be silly – that old VW banger?!”
To which I replied, truthfully: “That’s my car”
I really shouldn’t have. The poor girl, who was so lovely, felt bad, bless her and she had a point – my car’s 11 years old and filthy at the moment! But I couldn’t resist :-)
Would you have been able to resist? I did find it funny! And have you been enjoying the beautiful spring today?