It. Is. So. Cold. Brrrrrrrrr……. I am NOT a winter person! Yes, I can appreciate the beauty of a frosty morning and I do like Christmas. But snow, darkness, icy rain and general freezingness – you can keep ’em. When I got into my car, at about 4.45pm today, the windscreen had already begun to freeze… and there’s snow forecast for this weekend. Hooray.
So, moving on from my moan… (although I read in the paper the other day that the average adult spends nearly nine minutes a day moaning so I’m still in credit!) the reason I was earlier back than usual today is that I had to go to London which meant, among other things, another trip to Whole Foods! This time, it was the Soho/Covent Garden one, which is much smaller than the Kensington branch but I still came away with a few goodies…
Only in honour of the American holiday, of course!
Looking forward to trying the pumpkin seed butter, naturally-sweetened mango and pineapple jam and pomegranate syrup…!
And this, which Iwas most pleased to find:
I’ve seen it advertised and apparently, it does exactly what it says on the packet 🙂 so I’ll be trying it very soon… updates to follow.
I’ll definitely try to make something with pumpkin in it for tomorrow but for tonight, I had a lovely dinner left from one I made yesterday: this cauliflower/broccoli cheese bake. As far as I’m concerned, broccoli is one of the foods of the gods! And for some reason, I really fancied cauliflower cheese last week… so I chopped some of both vegetables, mixed up a ricotta base and sprinkled it with a bit more cheese…
Baked it at 180C for 10-15 minutes and….
Wow. So good and you don’t have to faff about with white sauce! I just cut up about 100g cauliflower and some broccoli into small florets, put them in a pan of boiling water for about a minute (I didn’t do this the first time I made it but it really reduces cooking time) and put them in a lined roasting pan. I also added some chopped mushrooms and would have added spinach if I’d had some.
Meanwhile, put 100g ricotta in a non-stick pan over a gentle heat and splash in some milk. whisk gently till combined, pour over the veg, sprinkle over more cheese and stick in the oven….
I had mine with, surprise surprise, garlic-roasted butternut cubes and a pile of steamed vegetables (which may or may not have included more broccoli!) Delicious. Definitely a new favourite.
I’m off to think of how best to use my pumpkin but hope everyone in America has a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow 🙂