“Que Sera Sera”. As a small child these were the first non English words I learnt – thanks to a song my mother sang in her rocking chair to entice me to sleep. The phrase means ‘whatever will be will be’ and it came to mind this week when I was thinking about the new year. Looking at the song’s lyrics they suggest going with the flow of life – ‘the future’s not ours to see’. Something that captures nicely my approach to 2018.
With a 12 month break from work on the horizon 2018 is the perfect year for me to go with the flow. In the absence of any major travel plans for my upcoming ‘career break’ I’m going to enjoy the simple things in life – with no time restrictions attached. I’m talking doing more yoga, reading, walking my dogs, spending time at the beach and of course feasting on lots of home cooked food. Beyond that? Who knows – hence Que Sera Sera as my motto for 2018 – whatever will be will be.
I’ll be extending a little Que Sera Sera into my blog too – posting when writing is flowing and fun rather than adhering to a self-imposed posting frequency. So you may see a little less (or a little more) of me.
Anyway onto a healthy feast to start 2018. Over a month has passed since my last post – and here inspired by Feast Wisely’s 4th birthday is a vegetarian roast. I made this mushroom loaf twice in December, once on Christmas Day and once as a trial run a week prior. I really wanted a vegetarian hero dish for Christmas Day that would stand up against any traditional roast and this recipe is a winner. It comes thanks to BBC Good Food – they call it a Nut Roast. I replaced the nuts with extra mushrooms and so changed the name to a Mushroom Loaf.
Mushrooms are a fantastic ingredient if you’re adopting more of a plant based diet. Not only can the texture mimic meat (hence the craze for mushroom burgers) but they’re packed with health benefits. As well as high doses of B vitamins, potassium and Vitamin E mushrooms contain selenium. In the fruit and vegetable world the mineral selenium is only be found in mushrooms and spinach – it’s an anti-oxidant that gives mushrooms anti-aging properties. The nutritional benefits don’t end there – mushrooms are said to be the only vegan source of vitamin D, a vitamin that’s protective against all kinds of health conditions including cancer.
Apart from switching out the nuts for extra mushrooms I pretty much followed the BBC Good Food recipe to a tee. I say pretty much because I did throw in a little psyllium husk for added fibre and omitted the red pepper. Also because my loaf was part of a Christmas Day roast it was served with gravy rather than with the tomato sauce that features in the recipe.
My two tips for the recipe both help with the binding of the loaf – the first is to use enough breadcrumbs (ideally good quality sourdough) and the second is to allow the loaf time to rest once it’s removed from the oven. Vegan? the recipe can easily be adapted to be vegan by using coconut oil in place of the butter, vegan cheese and by adding an egg substitute like chia seeds.More mushroom goodness
Happy New Year!