This job is great in terms of me writing for my blog. Another thing it’s great is sticking to my diet. There are no vending machines in the building and no eating at your desk. So set times for meals, mid-morning snack at 11 and lunch at 13:30 – which is a half of the battle. And pack lunches from home. My daughter is at the phase when she wants to be vegetarian. So vegetarian pack lunches they are. Like todays jewelled giant cuscus for multiple lunches.
It is just so much easier if I prepare the same stuff for both of us. We even have similar lunch boxes, and the husband gets his lunch on the plate in the fridge. So today’s lunch is a young leaf salad with jewelled giant cuscus topped with ajvar (or ljutenica, or whatever you want to call it). The jewelled giant cuscus is a revelation. Seriously, you need to try it.
Jewelled giant cuscus for lunches
or any other meal you might like, I make it in bulk and use over 2-3 days. It’s good when kept in the fridge. This quantity will make approx 9-12 portions. So 3-4 meals for a family of three.
300 g of giant cuscus (that’s a whole pack if you buy it at Aldi)
1 tsp of hot paprika
1 tsp of sweet paprika
2 tsp of sea salt
1 to 1.5 l of water
Put all in a big pan and bring to boil, then simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and cuscus translucent. I start with just 1 l of water and add some if needed.
When cuscus is ready to switch off the heat, mix in two – three big handfuls of raisins or sultanas. Add 3 tbsp of olive oil (I use one left over from sun-dried tomatoes, it has more flavour), let it cool.
When cooled add a big bunch of chopped parsley. Can add some mint too. Add 100g of chopped almonds (or other nuts of your choice), and pomegranate seeds. Et Voilà. Ready to eat.
For pack lunch put some salad leaves in the bottom of the container, put 3-4 big table spoons of cuscus and top it up with ajvar. It’s divine and will keep you going for all afternoon.
On the note of my daughter going vegetarian
- she presented a really good argument for 12 years old. She told us, she doesn’t want to eat meat as the production of it contributes too much to climate change. Production of meat uses too much water and animal welfare is not always at the level it should be. And I can’t argue with this. So I won’t. We are already semi-vegetarian. We eat meat maybe once a week. Actually, her asking for vegetarian only school lunches makes it easier for me. I don’t have to worry about preparing meat in the way it won’t make her ill after few hours out of the fridge. At school, they have no facilities available to reheat meals for pupils, which makes the veggie safer option.
Another aspect is the fact, that I went through this phase at a similar age, and my parents did not support me. In fact, all I could do was to cut out meat, but I couldn’t substitute it. I ended up with anaemia. And a bit of resentment [I have a lot of resentment, but based on many other issues 😉 ]. It was not sustainable. So for my daughter, I will enable her to make her choices and support her in any way I can. If she wants to be a veggie – she has my blessing.