Chinese Pigeons and 2-Way Broccoli: Rice or Pasta

The other day I purchased something on Ebay from the 广东省 Guangdong province and today I received a very thoughtful message from the seller:

“We are excited to inform you that our Mr. Pigeon has started off and covered 25% of its journey. Please be patient and wait for the arrival of your lovely item.”

Wasn’t that thoughtful? I am waiting for the above Pigeon to lauch itself into my door in the next 10 days. Such a sustainable way of travelling!

Do not worry Mr. Pigeon, I will be waiting for you with a very well deserved cup of tea. And biscuits. Are you vegan?

Earlier on my boyfriend N went outside and saw something rather peculiar: he could see someone’s hand, peeping from behind a wall, clutching a spray bottle, moving back and forth and spraying water at the opposite wall, apparently aiming at nothing: Hand out: “Pshhh pshhh pshhh” –Hand behind the wall.– Hand out: “Pshhh pshh pshhhhh”. — Hand behind the wall. This apparently went on for about a minute.

N thought he was having some sort of weird hunger vision but then out came a Chinese man, wearing a suit and thick glasses, who directly looked t N and said “Hullo”. N answered with a surprised wave and a smiley “All right?”. The man then wandered off.

Do you think the Pigeon event and the the water-spraying  man event are related?

What I do think is that all this sounds a bit nuts, and when you feel like you’re losing the plot it’s probably because you need something to eat, something healthy that will bring you to your senses, like broccoli!

I bought some broccoli from the market and make them in 2 simple and tasty ways:

#1 Broccoli with Brown rice

Ingredients:

  • 75g brown rice per person;
  • 1 small carrot per person, chopped;
  • 1 clove of garlic per person, chopped;
  • 1 small broccoli head per person, chopped;
  • 1/2 an onion per person chopped;
  • Olive oil;
  • 80g crumbled tofu / handful of cashew nuts;
  • Sweet chilli sauce.

Start by adding water to a saucepan to cook your rice in and cover with a lid to speed up the heating process and save energy;

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a non-stick pan and add the chopped onion, garlic and carrot, gently fry for 2 minutes;

Add the chopped broccoli and tofu / cashew nuts, add a few tbsp of water and cover with a lid to steam;

Cook the rice according to the packet instructions and stir the vegetable from time to time;

When the rice is cooked, add some sweet chilli sauce to the vegetables, warm through and serve together.

Broccoli and Brown Rice

A quick dish (takes about 20 minutes to make), healthy, filling and vegan.

#2 Broccoli Rainbow Pasta

Here is an alternative recipe to my previous Rainbow Pasta recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 80g-100g Pasta (depending on how mad your hunger visions are);
  • 1 small head of broccoli per person, chopped;
  • 1 clove of garlic per person, chopped;
  • Cherry tomatoes, a handful, chopped;
  • Olive oil;
  • Any herbs you want.

Cook the pasta according to the packed instructions;

In the meantime, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pan, add the garlic and the broccoli, gently fry for a couple of minutes;

Add a few tbsp of water and cover with a lid to help the steam cook the broccoli, add any herbs you want and/or chilli flakes;

When the pasta is nearly ready, add the cherry tomatoes to the pan so they keep a lovely fresh taste and texture;

When the pasta is ready, drain it and mix it to the vegetables, season to taste with freshly cracked pepper and serve!

Broccoli Rainbow Pasta

Enjoy!

Which version would you like to try?

How do you like eating broccoli?

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