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Vegetarian week – how my husband suffers for my art

   We were walking towards a vegetarian restaurant in the city that my husband had stumbled across whilst waiting for DVB’s drama class to end one day. He was actually a bit smug that he had found something new and unusual. That I would love it and think he was so new age and hipster – well as hipster as someone could get in his sneans. To cut a long story short the food I ordered was just horrid but his beetroot burger was really good so the jury is still out on this one. This burger led us into Vegetarian Week with my comment that I didn’t think he and the girls would last a week eating veg dinners. The reply was that they would give it a go as long as it was filling. I’m assuming he means his stomach and not spiritually fulfilling? Part of the reason I’ve stuck around with this guy for 25 years is his flexibility – I’ll just leave that one with you 😛

Mushroom, thyme and walnut penne

One thing is for sure – going vego really helps with the food budget. A block of tofu that was the main ingredient for 4 cost me $3 from Costco. Whole meal would have been in the vicinity of $5.50. Winter would be a challenge to keep potato recipes in moderation to avoid the stodgy factor. We didn’t rule out meat for lunches so ham and the like were still in the fridge. This week I also bought up bulk veggies  to get the free packet of 6 Hot Cross Buns from Tea Tree Plaza – you know me, I love getting free shit 🙂 Noodles, rice and pasta –  I would be so lost if I couldn’t have included these in my meal planning and a friend of mine who is vegetarian (hi Wendy) complains that all she is offered as a vegetarian option in a restaurant or cafe is a pasta dish. Totally get it, it’s such an easy out.

Thai tofu and noodle soup

Annoyance on my part with the vegetarian food scene revolves around when a dish pretends to be a something that it’s not – I’ll explain this with an example. A vegan bakery I’ve been to has a “not butter chicken” pie. Yes, butter chicken has a great flavour but why copy that flavour by using a meat/chicken substitute? I would much rather see a veg/fruit flavour embraced and enhanced by other ingredients as a standalone product not as a copy. A popular Asian restaurant in the city has its whole menu with “not” products which to me is a bit of a cop-out but I admit I am not an expert and I’m willing to be educated more.


Hasselback sweet potatoes – next time use bigger ones 🙂

This week with the dinners I’ve used a combination of cookbooks and original content. Vegetarian cooking is a big gap in my cookbook collection so sing out if you have a good book you can recommend. My very favourite dish was the one below – it would be my favourite because it’s a Jamie dish. Homemade spinach pici pasta made with just spinach and flour, thank God I have a food processor for that one. It was so lovely and sang with fresh flavours, it will make a repeat performance.



Spinach pici pasta with parmesan

In a #chomporchuck challenge update: it was time to go “Asia Express” by Marion Grasby

#chuck 1

Too many dishes where you just wanted some sides to go with it or more veg added to them to make a meal or even give you ideas for a complete meal. Chucked into the Savers box awaiting drop off.

What should be my theme for next week? Should it be Masterchef week given that the ads are on every 15 mins? Should it be Donna week or even Brinner week? What do you suggest for me to try?



  • Lisa Jones

    April 14, 2017 at 09:59 Reply

    These all look delish Michelle! I agree with your confusion on vego meals – if you don’t want meat in it, why would you want fake meat in it? Ian’s a lot more adventurous than Scott; if it doesn’t have meat in it, it can’t be a real meal. Regardless of how full you are afterwards. But had a giggle last night, as he’s discovered the delights of barbecued flat mushrooms, capsicums and corn on the cob. “Don’t tell anyone”, he said, “but I could just eat this meal with no meat!” Might win him over eventually!
    Cheers, Lisa

    • Michelle Boyd

      April 15, 2017 at 13:26 Reply

      Barbecued veg are the best! I love the corn especially. It also helped that I had baked a cake and there were Easter eggs to eat that helped “fill” Ian up

  • Annette

    April 14, 2017 at 10:10 Reply

    It all looks so delicious.

    I am confused by the not-chicken thing too.

    Just be what you are!

    Good advice for tofu, and people.

    I’m hungry now. I blame you.

    • Michelle Boyd

      April 15, 2017 at 13:25 Reply

      Haha – I am hungry whenever you make banana bread 🙂 Tofu is like chicken breast, el blando until you add the flavour.

  • Jo

    April 14, 2017 at 12:32 Reply

    Awesome post!!
    I think I would struggle with vegetarian week in my house too 😳

    • Michelle Boyd

      April 15, 2017 at 13:24 Reply

      I don’t think I could have done Vegetarian month that’s for sure! I was surprised that Charlotte who is the actual vegetarian couldn’t handle chilli so much – I thought vegetarians lived on the stuff.

  • marilynscholz

    April 16, 2017 at 12:21 Reply

    I adore vegetables, but I also enjoy meat, so it wouldn’t suit me! Awesome idea though, your dishes look awesome! XX

    • Michelle Boyd

      April 18, 2017 at 20:04 Reply

      It was nice not to have to worry about cross-contamination with meat in the fridge for a change though!

  • Ian Boyd

    April 18, 2017 at 19:56 Reply

    It was all actually very nice. The only one I was a bit dubious about was the green spinach pasta but who am I to question Jamie? I think the hit for me was the Thai tofu and noodle soup. Yum.

    • Michelle Boyd

      April 18, 2017 at 20:02 Reply

      Yes will have to watch that Jamie video again, pasta was a bit thick & undercooked. I’m surprised though that you thought the tofu was the best 🙂

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