Food Porn Friday – Episode 21: Veggie

I’ve done something bold and wholly not in the spirit of brunch this July. Inspired by the meditation retreat I’ve just returned from, I’m giving up meat and alcohol. I know, I know, that doesn’t sound like me at all. I’ve had a very indulgent June and gone to the gym I think a grand total of 3 times, and I just want a month of putting good things into my body and treating it right. Also I want to investigate the difference it makes to my bank balance, which I suspect will be significant.

Anyway, I eat vegetables now, so this should be EASY, right? What do you mean, “bacon isn’t a vegetable”?

No, but as long as eggs are vegetarian, how bad can brunch really be? As someone who used to be greens-skeptic (in a vegetable but not party political sense, though that too) I find that a bright orange, runny egg yolk is a great way to mask the bitter, iron-y flavour some green vegetables can have. For example, this super simple breakfast is one of my weekend staples:

Spinach and egg toast

Photo and recipe from Travel4Taste.com

I don’t put parmesan on the top and be careful with that as I hear it’s not always a vegetarian-friendly cheese.

Did you know I’m super-into beans recently? Because I am. I used to hate the floury texture of beans but they’re a great source of protein and a cheap way to bulk out a lot of stews and soups, so I taught myself to like them. Same as I did with avocados. See, everyone acts like Amy’s the fussy one but very few people remember the time when I only ate white food. I grew.

Anyway, back to brunch. Avocados, and beans. Veggies. Good for you:

avocado-green-salad-sandwich 4

Photo and recipe from Lunchbox Bunch

You can’t get much more healthy-looking than that. It says “Salad” in the title. That’s exactly what I’m about now, apparently.

This next one’s for Amy, who loves baked eggs.

cauliflower baked eggs

Photo and recipe from Food and Wine

We were recently reminded by our good friend and brunch companion Bethan (who has a great blog you should check out) that we both really like cauliflower, and never eat it. Now a lot of claims are made about cauliflower, and this recipe, which refers to it as a “steak”, is no exception. Cauliflower is not, and never will be, a steak. Nor is it rice or mashed potato. Stop fooling around. But it’s a good vegetable, and this recipe looks superb.

We don’t talk enough about porridge on this blog, which is a fine breakfast food, easily customisable, and will keep you full all morning. I don’t find it particularly summery, but this recipe certainly fits our theme.

skirlie eggs spinach

Photo and recipe from mostlyeating.com

Apparently this is both traditionally Scottish and healthier than usual porridge, and also, more spinach, which is good.

Anyway, that’s your lot. I’ll be back in a fortnight, please let me know what brunches you’d like to see, and eat your vegetables, kids.

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London-based poet. Previously published on the underground, currently can't remember how to actually write.
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One Response to Food Porn Friday – Episode 21: Veggie

  1. ciakate says:

    I gave up meat a few years ago so I didn’t have to eat meals cooked by an acquaintance. They thought their cooking was avant garde. I call it “prone to call food poisoning” as they regularly undercooked sausages and chicken. Was easier to avoid their raw, meat-tastic meals by giving up meat. I basically eat meat on weekends now when they’re not likely to be visiting my flat.
    Anyhow, I can very much recommend Spanish omelettes- those are my brunch favourite if we ever go to North Star. They’re yummy with lots of red peppers in, or my other favourite which is spinach and spring onions. Failing that, French toast with mixed berries. Ooh, or baked eggs with smoked salmon chopped into them, with a wee English muffin. It’s amazing how many of my fave brunches also include eggs, now that I think on it.
    Zozers and I are also big on shoving all the vegetables we can into pitta bread, and I’m currently on a massive “make your own falafel” kick (though I can’t really recommend it for breakfast/brunch).
    Basically this comment is all YAY FRUIT AND VEGETABLES AND EGGS.

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