My Monday Meals: Special Guest Post

Mabel from MabelKwong.com very kindly agreed to star in this week’s special edition of My Monday Meals. Mabel lives in Australia and her blog is full of really interesting articles about, Asian Australian, multiculturalism and diversity. I chose Mabel as my first guest post for several reasons. We like many of the same foods, we share similar views about Asian dishes but also because I am a bit nosy. I love to know what others eat in a day and how it may vary according to where you live. Australia seemed like a good place to start seeing as I have never been.

Here is Mabel’s Monday Meals (I love alliteration!) with an introduction in her own words to give you a bit of background on her dietary needs and preferences. I hope you enjoy this food diary as much as I did.

Mabel’s Monday Meals 24.02.14

I’m picky when it comes to food. Sometimes I blame my taste buds and personality: if I don’t like what I eat, chances are stubborn me won’t finish that dish and eat it again. On a sombre note, I get reflux and stomach ulcers easily. To keep my stomach happy, my doctor advised me to avoid chilli, tomato, caffeine and alcohol. So my diet is limited.

Most days I eat plain, non-strong-spiced foods. That doesn’t mean my meals can’t taste good. Here’s a rundown of what I ate today, all of which I enjoyed and my stomach approved.

Breakfast

Breakfast

A piece of white bread with a slice of cheese and a warm cup of full cream milk. The usual. Normally I have wholemeal bread but this week my brother wanted to make sandwiches and he doesn’t like this type of bread. So my mum ended up buying a white loaf from our supermarket for the household.

A lot of my friends balk at my small breakfasts. But I really only have to swallow a few mouthfuls of food before I feel full in the mornings.

Lunch

Lunch

I picked up one Triple Spring Onion and one Chicken and Potato bun from Breadtop, a bakery selling all things bread and baked, sweet and savoury. The first bun was laden with green onions – no, they didn’t make me cry – and Japanese mayonnaise. I could taste some of this mayonnaise in the second bun, which was also accompanied by generous helpings of potato and a dash of chicken, parsley and cheddar cheese.

Dinner

Dinner

A chicken burrito with mild tomatillo salsa from Mad Mex. I accidentally said yes to tomato when ordering my burrito. Luckily I was able to pry the tomato chunks from the burrito with my hands as I was chowing it down. Brown rice, lettuce, black beans, sour cream and cheddar cheese were squashed into the pita wrap. This burrito was not salty and although I got a small one, it came with a large serving of rice. And the mild salsa was very mild.

Snack

Snack

As I did some writing (and this post!) at night, I grazed on mixed nuts, raisins, sultanas and dried fruit. A pack of very crunchy mini chocolate chip and coconut cookies also (distractedly) kept me company as I crafted words. I also had a 250ml can of Pepsi which I really shouldn’t have had as it contains caffeine but I suppose once in a while its okay.

So there you go. That’s what I ate today. Do you approve? Or share one of your every day meals below ☺

Don’t forget to check out Mabel’s website and more of My Monday Meals.

Sushi in London and Bath

Whenever I have Sushi, I like to choose a restaurant with a large vegetarian and pescatarian selection. Although I eat meat and seafood, I am not overly keen on the fish options. That probably sounds ridiculous given the very nature of sushi but I find there are many Japanese dishes that I prefer.

My darling mother bought me a takeaway from Bath Sushi, as she was in town and picked me up a treat on her way over after a trip to the shops (I’m so spoilt!). I had a simple but delicious selection of, Cucumber, Avocado and Salmon Mini Rolls, and Inari (Fried Beancurd).

Sushi

How cute is their Wasabi flower?

Wasabi Flower

Their sushi was fresh and balanced, unlike some restaurants where I find the rice can dry out quickly or lack flavour. This was the second time my mum has bought me a takeaway from Bath Sushi. On the first occasion, I also had California Rolls. It has Fish Roe on the outside and crab, cucumber and avocado in the centre. In the future, I would like to try their Gyozas and Vegetarian Futomaki.

My favourite place to eat sushi in London, is Okawari in Ealing Broadway. I dine in their restaurant whenever I visit my mum, who lives in West London. My regular choices are, California Rolls (slightly different to the one in Bath Sushi as there are sesame seeds instead of Fish Roe and no cucumber), Agedashi Tofu (deep fried bean curd and spring onion in a sweet soy sauce), Tamago (egg) and Edamame (green soy beans). Their stir-fried udon noodles with prawns is also really nice.

Bath Sushi 3 Victoria Buildings, Lower Bristol Road, Bath. Tel: 01225 330508

Okawari 13 Bond St, Ealing, London. Tel: 020 8566 0466