Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

You know it’s autumn…

October 10, 2009

…When the pumpkins appear in the shops! It’s been a year since I’ve last eaten pumpkin, and I’ve missed it! Usually I just have it the boring (yet still yummy) roasted way. Which is  great, but I wanted to try something new with it. And so I decided on Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. I even made my own pumpkin puree! Actually, you can’t even get canned pumpkin in the UK (I don’t think), so it was make my own or nothing. It came out really well, and so tasty, I could have eaten the puree as is. There are a hundred pumpkin puree recipes on google, so I shan’t bother with the recipe for that.

pureeThe resulting oatmeal was so good! Even better than my carrot cake oatmeal, and just as nice as banana brulee oatmeal. I have enough puree left to have some brunch tomorrow 😀 (I intend on lying in, if I can). I’ve never actually eaten pumpkin pie before, it’s more of an American thing and isn’t common at all in the UK (at least not as a dessert). So for vegan mofo 09 entry #6, I give you:

pumpkin oatsI made it on the hob today, as I always do with ‘special’ oatmeal, it just comes out nicer, though it’d work very well in the microwave, too.

  • 2 1/2 table spoons of pureed pumpkin (homemade or canned),  more or less to taste
  • 3 teaspoons light (soft) brown sugar. Or an alternative sweetner.
  • 40g rolled oats, or another hot cereal
  • 300ml (just over a cup) of ‘milk’ of choice. (I used 2/3 soya milk & 1/3 water)
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon all spice/pumpkin spice
  • small handfull roughly chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Add the oats, all spice and cinnamon to a saucepan and mix together before adding the milk. Bring to the boil and lower the heat to a gentle simmer, stirring always. Cook untill almost at desired consistancy, add the sugar and pumpkin and mix it all in (taste at this point to see if you need any more pumpkin or sugar ect), when it’s cooked to how you like it add 2/3 of the chopped nuts. Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl and add the remaining nuts.

And I found out something cool today; I know someone famous! I didn’t even know that they were famous till someone pointed it out at work today. One of the managers at the cafe I work at is in a band called Brigade. The guy I know is James Plant. When I was told today I was all, ‘Oh wow, I had no idea!’ I knew he was in a band, just not a famous one!

Autumn is here

September 25, 2009

Autumn is really making itself known; crisp, fresh mornings, early darkness, the crunch of dead leaves and of course, conkers. I do love autumn for all these reasons, I find it so beautiful, and especially on days like today where it is still warm enough to not feel a chill at all. I wish I was a young child again so I could crash through massive piles of leaves and have conker fights – those were the good days! I might actually try and get my family to go for a walk in the nearby woods soon while it’s not too cold. Though it also means winter is round the corner, and I really suffer in winter, which does remind me, I need to buy a coat!

I’ve struggled with tofu marinades since forever, they’ve never produced the taste I wanted. I put this down to making the marinades myself, so to counter this I bought a bottle of teriyaki marinade. It made the tofu so yummy! It would have gone great for tofu and veg skewers, or in a stirfry, but today I was boring and had just baked slices of tofu with roast veggies.

SN851223It would have been perfect if I had had time to cook the tofu for longer. I’m glad I’ve finially been successful in marinades though.

I’m also really excited to say I won RandomlyMikey’s giveaway! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Mikey!

One last thing from me today, this song has really captured my heart and amused me, I’m weird enough to admit I have watched it more than once.