Self-Love Stew (V)


I cooked for myself last night.

This is pretty good news, considering how blue I have been the last few days… Black dog came home, and cooking is the self-love I need but often the first thing it takes in its jaws. So I hereby christen this Self-Love Stew. I’ll reformat it into a proper recipe later on, with costings, but I just wanted to get it up and out there in case someone else needs it today as much as I needed it yesterday.
Take 2 cloves of garlic and an onion. Chop them and fry in a little oil on a low heat to soften. Stir, stir, slow and cathartic.
Add a finely chopped or grated carrot (or parsnip, or spud, or sweet potato – any root will do) and stir some more.
Add a tsp of paprika, and stir in. The stirring is key. It is soothing. It is mindless, not mindful. Sod mindful. My mind is full enough. It is a minefield. Tonight I want to stir some stuff and stare at my hands or into nothing.
Add chunks of tofu if you’re veggie/vegan, fish if you aren’t.
Add a can of beans. Baked or kidney or butter or chickpeas or cannelini or whatever. Add some beans. For goodness. For laziness. For filling comfort. For making it stretch an extra meal you won’t have to cook.
Pour over a tin of tomatoes. The cheaper the better, Basics ones are brilliantly sloppy and liquid and excellent for soups and stews.
Shred some kale in your hands. Rip it the heck up with all the stress and physicality you can muster. Go on. Tear it to shreds.
Drop it in. Stir it through, breathe, stir, breathe.
Bring to the boil, like your fury, heat it up and watch it roar… …reduce it to a simmer. Douse in lemon juice to brighten, salt and pepper to amplify.
Spoon it into a bowl.
Add chopped nuts or seeds of your choice.
Sit in your favourite spot.
Hug that bowl to yourself.
Enjoy every mouthful.
Shoulders down.
You did this.
You made this for yourself out of love.
You are nourishing yourself.
You are smart.
You are kind.
You are important.
You can wash up tomorrow.
#selflove #vegan #veganonabootstrap

#cookingonabootstrap #loveyourself #happymonday #15minutemeals #vegandinner #blackdog #selfcare #lowspoons #spoonie #spoons

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21 Comments »

  1. What a lovely recipe! While I’m not a veggie/vegan, I do like meat-free dishes from time to time and I’m certainly going to do this one, perhaps with some (sustainable) coley pieces. I hope it did you some good and the soothing worked.

  2. Thanks for the upload Jack =D I’ve made something similar before, its so yummy!! A great comfort meal. Before now, I’ve also experimented adding 1 tsp turmeric and 1tsp ground ginger, kind of turns it into a curry stew.

  3. Since kale isn’t available where I live (we don’t even have a word for it) any suggestions for possible replacements? As in, would fresh/frozen spinach work? Rapini?

    PS Take your time with the answer, it will be at least a couple of weeks before day temperatures start going below 30C and almost two months before the need for socks and warm soup arises again.

    • Fresh baby spinach worked a treat for me last night, as did adding a tsp of cumin. Also used some dried up aubergine from the bottom of the fridge rather than tofu.

  4. I needed to read this just now. I’m about to continue with cbt for my anxiety, depression and OCD. What I really want to do is drink all the wine and eat all the chocolate. But I won’t. Instead I’ll about all the s**t that fills my head with some stranger. Love what you do and who you are. One day I’d love to share a hug (does that sound weird? Ah well).

  5. hi jack,hope youre ok,are you?youve touched my heart,i think youre wonderful,i know you have troubles,god bless xxx

    On Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 3:03 PM, COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP wrote:

    > Jack Monroe posted: ” I cooked for myself last night. This is pretty > good news, considering how blue I have been the last few days… Black dog > came home, and cooking is the self-love I need but often the first thing it > takes in its jaws. So I hereby christen thi” >

  6. Hi Jack,
    I hope you’re feeling better. I just wanted you to know how invaluable your blog has been for me. Until recently I worked in a women’s refuge. We held regular cooking sessions but had a very, very limited budget (think Β£5 to feed around ten people). Knowing nothing about cooking, I couldn’t have run those sessions without this website and the generous food donations we received from the community. And without some combination of these, the women and children I worked with wouldn’t have eaten. So thank you.

    H x

  7. Sitting in my living room in Rome, trying to work out how to keep my increasingly disastrous finances afloat without giving up hope entirely on my dream of making a life for myself here, when suddenly your name popped into my head. I loved your first book and haven’t really kept up since, so I googled you.
    Reading this is filling me with so much hope that there might yet be a way to battle through. Self love is the best.
    Thank you ❀

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