Sunday, 3 May 2015

Westgate Hill Shops

Recently I upgraded the operating system on my rather old Mac to the latest, Yosemite, which forced me to also upgrade the photo software from an old version of iPhoto to the new "Photos". For some reason all the photos on my computer are looking a bit different, and I noticed some taken last year which I hadn't got around to publishing.






Newsagent on Westgate Hill



Westgate Hill Post Office, near the inner city enclave of Summerhill Square.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

What do you see?



This was something spotted in a local wood.
Let us know what you see in it!

Omega 3

Recently I have been reading about the importance of Omega 3 oils in the vegan diet.
Flax seeds aka Linseeds are a very good source.
I copied a flax seed mix I found at Lidl by grinding a mix of linseeds, chia seeds (another good source of omega 3), goji berries, and pumpkin seeds (available at health food stores or larger supermarkets), keeping it in an airtight container to put on top of porridge. The mix shouldn't be heated so cook your porridge separately first before adding it.
The flax seeds, like sesame seeds, are best ground as they will pass through your digestive tract whole, otherwise, and just end up in the sewer.
I am not sure about the chia seeds but I suspect grinding them would also help them be assimilated.

Normal vegetable oil is cheap in most supermarkets and is usually composed of 100% rapeseed oil, also known as canola oil.
This oil is also high in Omega 3 oils and if eaten without heating will be beneficial like the flax seeds. Some people recommend eating it direct off the spoon but if this is a bit gross it can be mixed with peanut butter.

Another way to get the milled Flax seed is from Linwoods, which is available in health food stores and at larger supermarkets. There are lots of types of Linwoods.

I like to eat porridge for breakfast most days, I find the cheap plain scottish porridge oats are good, just put them in a bowl with some raisins and a bit sugar and soya milk then 2 minutes on high in the microwave.
Then put the extra toppings and a bit more soya milk on after its cooked.

Holiday Caravan Food

When on holiday in a caravan only the most keen cook would want to spend much time in the kitchen. Even doing the carrot-chop meditation.
Therefore I devised a menu of simple fare.

Cafe of Galloway Menu




Baked Beans on Toast

Lentil Soup and Toast

Stir Fry with Brown Rice and Marigold Brand Braised Tofu

Aloo Sag with Brown Rice (from ready-meal packs)

Chilli Beans (tinned) with Brown Rice

Baked Beans and Baked Potato



See Chef for Specials or snacks

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Flowering shrub, Leazes Park



I spotted this near the lake in Leazes Park a few days ago.

Bird Cage Walk, Nuns Moor Park



Bird Cage Walk, Nuns Moor Park

Lock on Old Gate





An old lock on an old gate, with lichen on it.