I realised last week that, while eating well in spite of the 'often home late' routine I've been eating boring, so this week's "Midweek Madness" mission was all about finding some quick, meat-free recipes that would add a bit of interest to what's been hitting the dining table of late. First came these baked lentil "meatballs", which had a nice crunchy exterior and lovely, falafel-like flavours thanks to a good dose of crushed fennel seed and garlic within.
I opted to serve them with a watercress pesto and, as anticipated, the creaminess of the lentils paired wonderfully with that characteristic nasturtium bitterness and sharp, peppery tang.
Next, some simple quinoa cauliflower patties that were made to feel beautiful and light by the brightness of lemon zest and sharp salty bite of the chunks of sheep's milk feta that were scattered throughout.
And as for this week's baking fix, a quick and delicious banana bread with cinnamon crumble topping to help liven up some fruit that had, for once, lasted long enough to suffer from a bit of neglect.
Beside a good strong pot of tea it's the ideal late afternoon pick-me-up, should ever you need...