The biggest boy has gone vegan for Lent. I'm finishing off some Greek yoghurt, then I think I'll join him. The middle boy has given up chocolate and the littlest boy isn't quite sure what he's going to give up yet. He did suggest that vegetables might be a goer. I vetoed that one. Truth to tell, he's not really a giver-upper of things he enjoys.
I've been remembering the things I used to make during the twenty-five years that I was a vegan, and tweaking a few favourite recipes as well. These are the cookies I always keep in the fridge, adapted to use a couple of tablespoons of ground linseeds steeped in five tablespoons of hot water instead of eggs.
I also made a jar of sunflower and pumpkin seeds sauteed in sunflower oil and shoyu. Everyone loves these, and they're pretty nutritious as well. Better than crisps.
They're dead easy to make. Just heat a little oil then add the seeds and drizzle over some shoyu (soy sauce, but one made without sugar or other nasties). Keep stirring every minute or so until they're browned. Brilliant as a snack or sprinkled over salad.
Out in the garden there are signs of life and more than a little sunshine.
The pond has frog spawn, and a spider that's walking on the surface, back and forth, back and forth.
Apologies if a close up of frog spawn is a little too much for you. There are buds too. Much prettier.
This is my little peach tree. Unfortunately it is used as a football goal post and it's leaning quite a bit and missing a few branches. I'm not expecting peaches any time soon.
I hear that warm weather is coming. The guinea pigs have been out on the grass already and washing has been drying on the line. Shoots are shooting and small boys and woodlice are once more reunited.
In fact, they all are desperate to keep woodlice as pets. They have an RSPB book called "Wild Things to do with Woodlice" which apparently suggests that it's a fantastic thing to do. I am trying very hard to stand firm on this one, but they have ganged up on me and they have the RSPB on their side and I can feel my fingernail grip starting to slide. But really, woodlice, do I have to?
I'm wishing you all a good weekend, in the warmth and the sun. Sunday in particular looks absolutely stonking. Enjoy!