Pastries, broccoli, tartan skirt, and carrot lox

Foodstory Café in Aberdeen have started making sourdough pastry. Their sourdough bread is already well-known in Aberdeen for its deliciousness so we decided to sample the sourdough pastry, strictly for academic purposes.

Foodstory is still only open for takeaways but not long now – they’ll be allowed to open fully at the end of this month.

The pain au chocolate was crispy with definite sourdough undertones. You can’t get a much better combination than sourdough pastry and chocolate.

I cycled to the allotment today to make sure nothing had blown away in the wild weather we’ve had over the past week or so. I was delighted to find lots of broccoli.

I picked some of it and we’ll have it for dinner tonight.

The tartan skirt I’m wearing I bought on eBay for £18. Isn’t it lovely? It’s 100% wool, handmade, and fully lined. It’s a bit tight so I have to make sure I don’t eat too much when I’m wearing it. I love tartan, especially Royal Stewart tartan.

Victoria likes it too.

I haven’t watched the Seaspiracy documentary which is currently topical and I probably won’t just because I find things like that so depressing and since I don’t eat any seafood anyway it would be preaching to the converted. But it did make me wonder about alternatives to salmon because hopefully it will convert lots of other people and so I decided to give the carrot lox from Bonobo Tribe Café a go.

There are lots of recipes for carrot lox on the internet but it’s basically shaved carrot in a tangy marinade. It’s very nice and lovely on bread or in sandwiches, as you would normally eat salmon.

7 thoughts on “Pastries, broccoli, tartan skirt, and carrot lox”

  1. The broccoli looks purple – is that a variant? I’m not going to watch Seaspiracy either, because I know it will be gut-wrenching. I’ve been a vegan for around 18 years, and done plenty of homework on the atrocities of harvesting animals for human consumption, including aquatic life, so don’t need to put myself through that any more. What humans do is a horror story, and there have been times when I could hardly sleep at night after seeing some things. Plus, it makes me feel really bitter towards meat-eaters for the role they play in it, and although I don’t excuse them, I don’t want to feel that for my own sake.

    1. I echo all the same feelings and have also had sleepness nights because of the things I’ve seen that humans do. I also wonder how people can willingly support such atrocities simply to satisfy their taste buds. It does make me despair.

  2. There’s sometimes a queue 9 deep in the freezing cold for our sourdough bakery, which I find really funny as there are plenty of other places you can get a decent sourdough, but I think Lewes people can be a bit sheep-y about having to go to the place with the biggest buzz. I will go and ask if their pastries are sourdough (when I next see it empty).
    The broccoli looks great. Your allotment is an amazing success.

  3. I watched Seaspiracy tonight and although some stuff is sad, the documentary is well structured and methodically gathers evidence of the large scale problems attacking our ocean. It will help people like me who don’t know so much about the issues yet make arguments to others about how much difference eating less fish would make. The documentary maker aimed really big when chasing the people/industries responsible and it’s an impressive film that I hope will make a difference – he makes a very logical case. It’s great to see campaigners who have been tirelessly working away for such a long time have a platform.
    I do think the depressing thing is if even after this evidence, people still ignore it. The other day when I said I try not to buy fruit and veg that come wrapped in plastic, my mum said surely plastic wrapped is even better because it’s more hygienic, which had no logic to it at all – if non plastic-wrapped food were unhygienic we’d be ill all the time.

    1. Plastic packaging has some benefits – it keeps food fresher for longer so I understand why supermarkets use it. We just need to make it biodegradable instead. When I get fresh food without plastic especially leafy greens they wilt very quickly unless I pop them in a plastic container of some sort.

      1. Yes that is true for carrots as well. I keep plastic packaging off other things (mainly bread, since the start of COVID all bread has been sold wrapped) and use it for vegetables. We do tend to eat a lot of broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and other things that come without plastic.

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