Had a text from a friend last night saying “we’ve got Pomegranates”. Yippee! Needless to say they had a visit from me today. Pomegranates are an all time favourite fruit for me. So much so that another friend wrapped one up and gave it to me for Christmas last year – I was delighted – such a clever present which made me very happy. Actually I have lots of favourite fruits (bit like favourite beaches – my favourite beach, my favourite beach to swim on, Spikey’s favourite beach etc. Poppy rabbit doesn’t have a favourite beach as she prefers the garden with yummy grass to eat – anyway I digress) and my favourite fruits vary from season to season but Autumn/Winter my top favourite is the Pomegranate with it’s delicious jewel like seeds.
As a child I can remember my brother and I both picking out Pomegranate seeds out with a cocktail stick, eating them one at a time and getting very sticky in the process. These days I break all the seeds out and put in a bowl to eat. As I enjoy eating Pomegranates so much it is rare for them to get into an actual recipe although they regularly go into my Energy Breakfast.
One of the highlights of Spikey’s day is eating Broccoli…….yes eating Broccoli is something he gets incredibly excited and happy about. He will scamper off into the garden with his prized piece of Broccoli in his mouth thrilled to bits. He will then spend a few happy minutes tossing the broccoli around before rolling over it and then finally eating it clearly savouring every last mouthful. It is fair to say a good amount of broccoli does get consumed here as Poppy rabbit automatically expects Broccoli stalks to form part of her breakfast. I adore broccoli be it raw, cooked or sprouted and a favourite treat is having freshly picked purple sprouting broccoli from Dad’s garden. I don’t have a veggie patch in my garden so have to buy broccoli because strangely enough I feel deprived if I don’t have my daily broccoli helping(s!). I don’t have a broccoli recipe for the blog today because broccoli is probably integral to most savoury courses I have.
However, a google search on broccoli has revealed how healthy it is as it is “a good source of Protein, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Selenium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese.” (http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2356/2#ixzz3EvFINxU7). Wikipedia revealed that China produces over 9 million tonnes of broccoli a year (43% of world production) so I be alright if I decide to visit China. Google didn’t reveal though that the little people in my family have called it “greentrees”. It might have been after they saw this picture from http://boingboing.net/2011/06/26/broccoli-treehouse.html
Anyway being a broccoli fan worked to my advantage this summer. If you eat raw broccoli at lunchtime at work it is a bit of a give away that you like healthy eating/are a vegetarian/are a vegan. So, a colleague told me about this great new restaurant she had been to which was…. wait for it……… VEGAN. (Thank you Ann!) Wow a vegan restaurant in Cornwall how wonderful. As all Vegans know eating out can be – well lets just say an interesting experience.
So a couple weeks later when I was on leave I had a day out with Mum and we went to the Wildebeest Cafe in Falmouth. http://www.wildebeestcafe.com/. Just couldn’t decide what to have as not used to having a choice. In the end I decided to have an enchilada with butternut squash, salsa, refried beans, sticky onions and cashew cheese followed by a slice of raw “cheese”cake. It was such a treat to have nice vegan food out and I savoured every mouthful. Everything is freshly prepared there and whilst waiting customers can entertain themselves by drawing on the blackboard which I thought was a fun idea. I’m glad we got there for an early lunch as it is the kind of place that gets busy. I can’t wait to go to go back there again as they constantly change the menu – even more choice how lovely and perhaps next time I’ll choose something from the menu which has broccoli in it…….
Carrots are a favourite food with humans and animals alike in my house. I’ve only got to peel a carrot and Spikey will run in from the garden to have a slice and of course Poppy rabbit considers carrots to be part of her staple diet.
Thought I’d make a Raw Carrot Cake for my flute group today. The recipe can be found here – http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/recipe-raw-carrot-cake-with-cashew-cream-cheese-frosting-2/
IIn actual fact the flute group should be called the food group as we eat and talk far more than we play our flutes. It makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon as I can’t hold my flute up for long and the company and food is always wonderful.
Today was no exception we did a little fluting and then sat outside in the garden eating. Tom and Sam came with “Chocolate Blobs”. They had popped some corn and then added lots of dark chocolate to it – really effective and very yummy.