The cathedral-like entrance hall to Leipzig station

The cathedral-like entrance hall to Leipzig station

Breakfasting and bidding goodbye to my good friend in Leipzig I managed to squeeze in sending a postcard before jumping on the first train of the day from Leipzig to (ironically) Frankfurt Airport. When I booked the ticket online the upgrade from standard to first class was 10 Euros for the entire trip (Leipzig – London). Now, I’ve never travelled first class before. Anywhere. So, I thought it was probably worth it, just to see how the other half live, especially at 1 Euro/ hour on the train and with the potential for included food and drink probably offsetting the cost of me having to buy lunch/ dinner. So, first class it was and it was quite pleasant too. Unlike UK trains (thinking East Coast) which apparently include tea and coffee, there was nothing extra included in the service but the seats were more roomy and, importantly for work, I got a plug socket to myself which meant I got a large chunk of work done on both this and the subsequent leg (Frankfurt-Brussels) of the journey. I don’t know whether I’d pay the upgrade on DB again, perhaps unless I knew I needed a plug socket in order to work, but it was a new experience nonetheless. Oh, and they do give out free Haribo…

However, it was on the Eurostar where the upgrade paid dividends as it did include an evening meal and even a glass of (veggie-friendly) wine. Add to that the fact that the wonderful crew went searching to find me a vegan meal which resulted in a tasty fruit salad for dessert and a catch up on English-language media and I arrived back into St Pancras thinking it probably was 10EUR well spent.

Thank you wonderful Eurostar train staff!

Thank you wonderful Eurostar train staff!

Tube and then train back home to Chelmsford followed by a slow trudge home with a backpack heavy with German beer samples. Still, I was happily rewarded by a newly baked loaf of bread to which I joyfully toasted and slopped some marmite on (try putting the marmite on toast before margarine, it’s so much better). It’s funny the things you miss.

And that about concludes this episode. More travels and interesting work is planned later in the year, so check back or sign up to the email if you want to hear more ramblings, but until then…tschuss!

Home. And I think I was expected...that's a lotta fruit!

Home. And I think I was expected…that’s a lotta fruit!

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Following yesterday’s pretty damn awesome Indian meal out you may think I’d have steered clear of more of the same. Instead it just seemed to whet my appetite more and lunch – today’s highlight – was a madras-style mixed lentil curry soup…

Madras lentil soup

Madras lentil soup

But, by the time dinner came around I realised I needed some greens and also to empty my fridge shelf as heading away for the Easter break. So another green salad with an avocado on the side played second fiddle to my vegetable-sausage baguette:

Sausage roll with green salad with satay sauce dressing and an avocado

Sausage roll with green salad with satay sauce dressing and an avocado

Highlight of the day was without doubt a curry out in Bradford at the oldest curry house in the city. Here’s my spinach daal with tandoori roti which were superb (be back there soon no doubt!)

spinach daal with a spoonful of someone elses masala (well it would have been rude not to try)

spinach daal with a spoonful of someone elses masala (well it would have been rude not to try)

Making use of some leftover jasmine rice from the thai curry the night before and some spare lemongrass and galangal in the fridge I plumped for another stir fry. And it was pretty damn tasty having been finished with a dash of coconut milk!

Tofu, green bean, red cabbage, carrot, lemongrass stir fry

Tofu, green bean, red cabbage, carrot, lemongrass stir fry

It’s Sunday so after a long walk I deserved a snack to keep me going:

pigging out - bagel with marmite and cucumber and a slice of homemade bakewell tart

pigging out – bagel with marmite and cucumber and a slice of homemade bakewell tart

and then onto dinner which was a shared affair with me failing to make gado gado (sorry!) and plumping for quesadillas instead while my housemates made thai green curry and our visitors brought black bean sauce with dipping vegetables.

Bring-and-share dinner (thai green curry, quesadilla and vegetable slices with spicy black bean dip

Bring-and-share dinner (thai green curry, quesadilla and vegetable slices with spicy black bean dip

Eeek, sorry this post is waiting for photos which I think are on my SLR but needed to post it now to get the order right for WP.

Watch this space (after Easter) and I’ll get the pictures up here (pineapple and apricot energy bars so it’s worth the wait!)

Noodles for lunch and then a quick snack

tea break - onion bagel with marmite, engevita and cucumber

tea break – onion bagel with marmite, engevita and cucumber

then for dinner a desire for more spice led me back to something mexican-esque:

pre-…

flash fried vegetables, avocado, rocket and shallot guacamole thing

flash fried vegetables, avocado, rocket and shallot guacamole thing

and post-assembly

adding a little bit of engevita and we're done

adding a little bit of engevita and we’re done

Leftovers for lunch with a bit of salad to spice things up

Sweet potato, butternut squash and pea risotto with green salad

Sweet potato, butternut squash and pea risotto with green salad

Then for dinner as many colours of vegetables (i.e. what I had left in the fridge) that could fit into one stir fry…with some pretty cool black noodles

Pepper, tofu, peanut, mushroom onion, beansprouts, french bean and onion stir fry with black udon noodles

Pepper, tofu, peanut, mushroom onion, beansprouts, french bean and onion stir fry with black udon noodles

 

Leftover pizza for lunch (mild office jealousy successfully induced)

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mixed vegetable wholewheat pizza

then for dinner, a butternut squash, sweet potato and pea risotto

pea, sweet potato and butternut squash risotto

pea, sweet potato and butternut squash risotto

and since I was already cooking I thought I’d use up some basil and tomatoes in a sauce and freeze it

arrabiata sauce

arrabiata sauce

 

 

Mmm dinner can’t come soon enough. Had a real craving for pizza today so decided I’d make one: wholemeal pizza dough with herby-tomato sauce and butternut squash, onion, mushroom, tomato and yellow pepper:

Homemade vegan pizza - from thought to eat in an hour too :)

Homemade vegan pizza – from thought to eat in an hour too 🙂

and a pretty awesome rocket salad on the side

 

rocket, celery, mixed toasted seeds, tomatoes and pepper

rocket, celery, mixed toasted seeds, tomatoes and pepper

and together half of them fills a plate, which means the rest is lunch tomorrow – hooray!

plating up pizza and salad

plating up pizza and salad