Sunday, 30 November 2008

The mail, the Japanese, the Irish

It's gotten very cold and wintery here since last week. We had a crazy storm and even snow Friday last week (where I live, if we get snow at all, it's usually only a day or two in early January). So you can tell I felt like some stick-to-your-ribs goodness. A certain Irish girl that's sorta my flatmate at the moment requested stew, so we ended up making Dublin Coddle after Cherry's recipe but with homemade seitan sausages.

Seriously, I don't like European cuisine much usually, and especially not potato-based dishes, but this was the best thing I've eaten in a very long time. I was sceptical at first because the recipe seemed very simple. But all the spice and flavour from the sausages were coddled (=slowly simmered) into the stew... soooo good (and omni Dublin girl approved, what more can you ask for?).

This should probably be served with soda bread, but I didn't have any time for baking so we had it with whole wheat sandwich bread (yes, I was that busy!).

Some lovely things arrived in the mail the last two weeks or so (yay to Christmas bonus!):
This is what I received from the "Savoury Snack Swap"

a) a couple of rice cracker mixes and Mushroom Crisps! My co-workettes went crazy about the rice crackers but I haven't dared to try the shroom chips. Though, it's mushrooms and chips, so how can those possibly be bad?

b) Tapioca sticks and banana chips and from Saudi-Arabia! Haven't tried them yet... I'm scared of getting addicted to banana chips again, like I did when I was 12 or 13.

Even without celebrating Thanksgiving, these are days of friends and family feasts.
Yesterday was my grandmother's 60th birthday and I made the most awesome banana hazelnut muffins... and forgot my camera! They looked and tasted ace, I promise!

But I've got some pictures from last Saturday, when we had a small girly weekend cooking session + wine + British comedy (far too short though!).

Rachel and mystery girl sitting in my kitchen, ready to dig in! We had Japanese curry, teriyaki tempeh and stir-fried bok choy and bean sprouts with garlic (not pictured).

Another fab Japanese thing is my new Monokuro Boo bento! I love San-x, and Monokuro especially because it's not all pink and girly, but still ridiculously cute. I already have a four container-black/white piggy bento set, and a bag, so this completes the collection:

(bento holds millet risotto with peas, a plum, mixed salad with cucumber, olives and sprouts)


VeggieGirl said...

Great food!!

Rachel said...

that was soooo good and sooo much fun!

Sal said...

that is some tasty looking food.

the bento is so cute too!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Nice Irish stew! I certainly wouldn't mind having it for lunch today, with this chilly weather!
And the Japanese curry and the tempeh... mmmmm

Jeni Treehugger said...

Mmmm that Coddle looks yum!
I adore European food like this and could quite happily live off Stews and Casseroles.

(Any chance of adding an email subscription to your blog??)

Aimee said...

Those green olives are seriously making my mouth water.

pavotrouge said...

I heart green olives, too! I feel something's missing if I don't have any in the house.

@jeni: I added a widget :)