Just time for some wholemeal toast and a cup of coffee for breakfast before the carpet installers arrive. 08:30 and the van manoeuvres into the driveway and, following a mere 2 hours under my expert supervision (maybe close supervison speeds up the process!), the carpet is adorning the bedroom floor. No more builders until March when the driveway is being re-done – I can hardly wait!
All this excitement has helped build a nice appetite and luckily for me Petula has been busy. Today’s creation is a nice succulent veggie burger served on a wholemeal bun with lightly fried onions and dill pickles – I added the tomato sauce myself.
Succulent Veggie Burger
Lunch over and it’s going to be an easier than normal afternoon. I pottered around putting some finishing touches to the walls following the window installation – a little bit of filling and painting. We had to forego our usual walk as the weather wasn’t too good. Still, Petula had a treat in mind for dinner – a really tasty jacket potato with leeks and smoked mackerel. I definitely recommend trying this, especially as it’s a thrifty and healthy diet option. Mackerel is an oily fish that provides lots of omega-3, which is really good for you as, apparently, these fatty acids are brain and heart healthy. Mackerel and Leek Jacket Potato – Recipe Here.
Huzzah, a final push by the builders and they have now left the building. An event of this magnitude was clearly cause for celebration, so the two former hostages to the window installers dashed off to their favourite café for a spot of lunch. We had a delicious celeriac and stilton soup with an hunk of crusty wholemeal bread. This classic lunch provided me with the required amount of energy to crack on and complete the preparations for the carpet installation first thing (why is it always first thing – I keep dreaming of a lie in) tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile, Petula has her eye on creating a thrifty dinner and has decided on a really nice bubble and squeak with a poached egg sitting on top. The bubble and squeak was made from left over potatoes and cabbage, in this case mashed with some lightly sautéed spring onions to give it extra flavour and fried in a little rapeseed oil until crispy and hot.
Using rapeseed oil for frying or roasting is one of Petula’s top tips. It’s the healthiest oil, better for you even than olive oil as it has less saturated fat and is also high in omega-3 and omega-6. Unlike olive oil rapeseed doesn’t go toxic at high heat.