I’ve had an on off cold since last Thursday and yesterday I woke up feeling rotten. Whilst I’m relieved that Winter is finally upon us (the mild weather has been freaking me out), the flat was freezing this morning and I was not in the mood to get out of bed. The only thing that managed to pull me out of the comfort of my duvet was determination to get our living space in order. I’ve been on a bit of a downer the last few months…one peek at my flat and it shows. Life has generally gone like this
- Wake up. Struggle to leave the bed. Get up late
- Go to work
- Come home. Go back to bed.
- Leave bed for toast/crumpets/crisps.
- Return to bed. Sleep.
On days off work I’d generally skip steps 2 & 3 and maybe repeat step 4 a few times.
I have had a few ‘busy’ days, I went to a great Trans Advocacy training day run by Action for Trans Health on Saturday followed by a hilarious shin dig over at my friend Jenny’s place. Plus I’ve spent a few afternoons over at Teatime Collective to try the new menu with friends. But generally, I’ve been super unproductive…unless speeding through Buffy counts for something…does it?
Now looking at that list you might wonder how our flat could become messy, considering most of my time is spent at work or in bed. I honestly don’t know. My partner is a whirlwind of mess so that’s a contributor but apparently doing very little can create a lot of mess. Plus, the bed is more crumb than it is duvet. I’m gross, I know.
So, when I woke up to the realisation that
1. I’ve finished all of Buffy again
2. bed crumbs
I knew I had to get my shit in order.
I did pretty good. I did all the washing up, cleaned down the kitchen (including wiping down the cutlery drawer. Get. Me.), cleaned the bathroom, put cloths and bath mats in the wash, threw rubbish into bin bags and then I hung up some clean clothes.
It was around 11.30am by the time I finished all of this and whilst the flat wasn’t sparkling, I was done with the chores. I didn’t want to stop there though, so I decided to get the slow cooker going. I love my slow cooker, it basically makes me feel productive for no real reason. So when I put some polenta, veg stock and a little rapeseed oil in there, I was feeling on top of the world.
“I’m so productive” I thought to myself “What TV show should I get into now?” and so while my polenta cooked for a whopping 5 hours, I took the opportunity to get acquainted with The 100 over on Netflix. Yeah, yeah, I probably could have gone on a walk or whatever, but it was a miracle I managed to get out of bed at all.
Now, I’m not going to post a recipe for the Slow Cooker polenta (2 cups polenta to 8 cups boiling water and a splash of olive oil if you must know. High heat for 1 hour, low heat for 4, stir a bit) because it’s not really a proper recipe, but I did whip up something pretty simple and tasty to go with.
Almond & Celeriac Patties
- 1/2 a large celeriac, cut into chunks
- 1 medium potato, cut into chunks
- 100g ground almonds
- 50g oats
- 1/2 an onion, finely chopped
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- Put the celeriac and potato into a pan of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes and then drain.
- While the vegetables are cooking, fry up the onion until golden.
- Mash the celeriac and potato, stir in the cooked onion, the almonds and pats. Season with salt and pepper and pop into the fridge for an episode of The 100 (approximately 40 minutes)
- Heat the oil in a frying pan, form patties out of the mixture and fry for 4 or so minutes on each side until golden.
I made a quick tomato sauce with onion, garlic, mushrooms, pepper, olives and some tinned tomatoes to top these patties with, but something simple like a sweet chilli sauce, hummus or good old hot sauce would work well on these. I liked the combination of these with polenta and the tomato olive sauce though, it was a really tasty dinner and my body was grateful for vegetables. It’s also given me something new to do with celeriac, so yay!
The only thing I’d change is maybe adding a little wholegrain mustard to the mixture as it would compliment the celeriac nicely. They are quite simple without anything added but I guess if you’re jazzing them up with a homemade sauce, simple works.
Also, can I just say that Slow Cooker Polenta is the creamiest polenta I’ve ever had? This so beats stirring the stuff in a pan for forever, I will never make it in a pan again.
Although if you use the quantities I suggested above, it makes a helluva lot of polenta.
Just to warn you.
…I better start getting creative…