“That’s a nice piece of arse; No really, it is a lovely piece of arse”
Sexism is still live and kicking in my neck of the woods! Ben’s been away this weekend, so I thought I would take myself to the cinema to see the new Will Smith film on Saturday. As I left I walked through an alleyway to see two men and a lady stood chatting. It was still light, and although there weren’t a lot of people around, I was in the centre of town, so I just put my head down and didn’t think anything of it. The quote above is what followed me. Just in case I didn’t realise they were talking about me they then proceeded to describe the “lovely colours” I was wearing. I just carried on walking – towards the main street – and tried not to let it bother me. I didn’t feel threatened, and I’m sure anyone passing would have received an abusive/offensive comment, but it did niggle that I should be able to walk alone through my hometown at 7.45 without being bothered by strangers. Should I have been more offended – or is it just par for the course? What would you have done in that situation?
Anyway on to lighter things. Another thing I’ve noticed being on my own for a weekend: I can’t believe how much less I have eaten. I’m very much a ‘taste and tweak’ cook, so with only one person to please – and no desserts, I’m not really a dessert person – it’s so much easier. I really don’t miss the desserts at all, but I do miss my-partner-in-crime. Don’t tell him though! We tend to go for a Sunday afternoon walk so I walked to the local nature reserve, I’ve not been this way before and it was nice to go somewhere different.
While I’ve been on my own I thought I would try a recipe I’ve been intrigued by. I’ve seen a couple of old posts about mock tuna recently. I was sceptical that chickpeas/nuts/sunflower seeds could be used to recreate the taste and texture of tuna. For my version I didn’t want to use nuts or sunflower seeds, looking for a lower fat option that I could pair with whatever I wanted. I particularly like seafood with avocado, for example.
I read that, according to the Archives of Internal Medicine eating 190g of beans four times a week cuts your risk of heart disease, so I took the lead from Healthy. Happy. Life. which used chickpeas, I had some cannellini beans in the cupboard so I used them.
I had some nori in the cupboard and thought this would add a nice fishy flavour. Nori is actually really good for you. It is high in iron (whoop whoop)
Being a plant which is high in iron also makes it an appropriate replacement for seafood and red meat in your healthy diet.
Nori is high in a number of vitamins:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C (more than oranges)
Noriis a good source iodine, said to stimulate the thyroid to boost metabolism and supports the health of fingernails, pores, skin and hair.
- 1 tin cannellini beans
- 2 large green olives
- 1 tbsp made up of the brine from the olives and apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 nori sheet
- 1/2 tsp Herbamare
- Cucumber or celery, chopped
- Reserve half of the cannellini beans and put the rest, along with all the other ingredients (except the celery/cucumber) in a food processor, pulse until broken up, but still with some texture. You want to give the nori chance to get spread through the mixture
- Add in the rest of the beans and give another couple of pulses
- Stir in the cucumber/celery
I turned my mock tuna into quinoa sushi rolls with the other half of the nori sheet from the recipe above.
I used quinoa, just as a break from rice, for a change. I outlined the nutritional benefits of quinoa in my quinoa granola post. I put the quinoa on first, but I think it would have been better done the other way, thus my recommendations, not my method:
- Lay the nori sheet, shiny side down. Spread with mock tuna.
- Press cooked quinoa into the mock tuna. Sprinkle with tamari sauce.
- Roll up, keeping it tight. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge. Chop into pieces to serve.
Back to my earlier questions: Should I have been more offended by the comment in the alleyway – or is it to be expected? What would you have done in that situation?