Sprouting Out All Over
Thank you for your comments yesterday about my PB at the Abbey Dash on Sunday – I really appreciate every comment I get I’m really amazed that I’m not sore at all, although my hamstrings were really tight at yoga last night and some of the postures stretched some slightly tender muscles in my bum! My arms are actually more sore than my legs and yoga punished them last night with some tough sun salutes to “warm-up” (that’s the toughest part of the class, so I’m not sure why the teacher calls it that) and lots and lots of vinyassas. I think I use my arms a lot and perhaps tense the muscles more than I should when I’m putting a lot of effort into running – I should work on relaxing a bit more perhaps.
When I got home from yoga I made some winter comfort food – mashed swede and carrots with baked beans and two Cauldron Lincolnshire veggie sausages, plus some nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.
I’d count myself as a veggie-lover and have been from a young age, but I’ve also always been highly suspicious of root vegetables. I have horrible memories of spitting out swede and parsnips that I’d been given to eat as a child. Last winter I tried really hard to like parsnips, but mostly failed, except if they’re drowned in honey and roasted to within an inch of their lives … then they are tolerable. When a swede arrived in my veggie box last week I decided to give it another chance because maybe my taste buds have matured over the past 20 years. I’d had a little bit of mashed swede a few weeks ago when someone else cooked for me and didn’t mind it, so I decided that was the way to go.
I just boiled up cubed swede and carrots until tender and mashed them with some black pepper. I’m sure some butter or cream would be nice as well if I’m feeling more indulgent in the future. This was a big pile of mash … and I ate it all … and liked it! I felt like someone should have given me a gold star for eating all my vegetables, or I at least deserved a sweet treat for being a good girl.
Sadly, I was home alone, so I had to make do with something less sweet, but still exciting – alfalfa sprouts!
I bought a sprouter on impulse at the health food shop months and months ago (before the Big Budget Challenge!), but it’s sat in it’s box on a chair since then. I was tidying up on Friday night and came across it, so decided that it was time to put it into action. The sprouter came with a small packet of alfalfa seeds that I spread over the bottom tier of the sprouter and wet with a glass of water. I then rinsed the seeds twice a day for a couple of days et voila.
These sprouts have a lovely delicate flavour compared to the more peppery ones I’ve tried from the health food shop before and they were delicious on my lunchtime salad. I can’t wait to experiment with more seeds and beans soon. I particularly love the fact that sprouts are so nutritious, providing quality proteins, fats and vitamins, including B vitamins. It’s so easy to do that I can’t believe that I let my spouter sit all lonely on that chair for so long.
My sprouter was pretty cheap at around £6, but you don’t even need to buy one – you can use a jar instead. This website tells you how, but I haven’t personally tried it, so let me know if you have a tried and trusted method.
Do you like root vegetables? Are there any vegetables that you don’t like?
Have you ever tried to grow your own sprouts?