Day 21: Curse of the blandwich

For me, one of the best things about Veganuary has been experimenting with flavours, and working to get really bold tastes via spices and seasoning rather than relying on meat and cheese. Today was not one of those days.

On Monday nights we have choir, and as I’d been working from home and Si didn’t have time to come home in between, I said I’d make us a flask of soup to have before rehearsal. It was a quick job, using up some of our wilting Abel and Cole┬áveg – cavolo nero, green cabbage, and broccoli, plus onion and a small potato. Into my trusty Thunderbirds flask went the soup, and off I went to choir.


Once there, we decanted the soup into two mugs. It was thick, it was green, it was definitely healthy – but flavoursome it was not. Too little salt, or pepper, or garlic – probably too little of all three, in fact – so it wasn’t the most exciting meal I’ve ever made for us, but I did comfort myself with the though that it’s super-nutritious.

Si had brought a vegan sandwich from M&S for us to share on the side – it was packed with roasted vegetables and avocado, tucked between slices of red-flecked bread. I’d expected these speckles to be chilli, so it was a touch disappointing to find they were bits of red pepper – alas, once again we were faced with somewhat bland fare – and, weirdly, fare that also contained pumpkin seeds. We dubbed it the ‘blandwich’ – though, together with the soup, it was at least a filling meal (though it didn’t keep me going all evening – I had to make some toast when I got in!).

Hey ho – onwards and upwards – we did this week’s meal plan on the tube home, and tomorrow is curry night! If we can’t make that flavourful, I’ll eat my hat.

Today I ate/drank:

  • Tea with soya milk
  • Leftover taco filling, toast
  • fizzy squash
  • Broccoli and cabbage soup, with half a vegan sandwich
  • Coke Zero
  • Toast with raw mushrooms

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