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Day 5: Fake it till you make G&T

Today has been a bit of a leftovers day – for breakfast I heaped some of the leftover onion gravy, which had turned overnight into a beautiful jellylike thick sauce, onto toast and sliced a raw mushroom thinly over the top. It felt so decadent!

Lunch was also yesterday’s cooking – the last of the curry, and the remaining two bits of naan bread. Nommers that we are, though, we hadn’t left very much for me to eat, and by late afternoon I was hungry again, so I made myself a little bowl of miso soup as a snack.

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Use-up rice with allllll the seaweed flakes…

The real excitement came when Si got home, though. For dinner he whipped up a bowl of stir fried rice, using up lots of our odds and ends of veg (aubergine, courgette, mushroom, sweetcorn, leek, and onion) and mixing them through with a miso and tahini sauce. Some chilli flakes, seaweed flakes, and toasted sesame seeds and we were good to go… but that’s not the excitement I meant!

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Juniper syrup… fake gin!

I’ve been missing my G&Ts… tonic water is lovely and refreshing and perfectly good, but it’s lacking a slightly bitter-sweet tang. Practical Simon had a solution! To the homebrew cupboard he went, and fetched some of the juniper berries that we use for infusing gin. He added these to a fair whack of sugar in a small saucepan, and heated it on the hob to create a kind of juniper syrup. This is currently cooling in a glass jar on top of the fridge, but should be ready to add to tonic tomorrow. It certainly smells like gin… I can’t wait!

Today I ate/drank:

  • Tea with almond milk
  • Mushrooms on toast with onion gravy and garlic sriracha
  • Leftover curry, two bits of naan bread
  • Two squares of dark chocolate
  • Cup of miso soup with spring onions
  • Lots of fizzy squash
  • Stir fried rice with aubergine, courgette, mushroom, sweetcorn, leek, onion, tahini and miso, seaweed flakes, chilli flakes, and sesame seeds
  • Tonic water, with dinner and at the theatre after seeing a friend’s show

Today’s cravings:

  • Cheese – cheddar, and feta
  • Gin

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