Archive for August, 2009

Maybe bank holidays aren’t so bad…

August 31, 2009

I was surprised to find myself in Lowestoft today. Not quite Great Yarmouth, but my mother point blank refuses to go there on a bank holiday. I had no idea where we were heading when I was loaded into the car, though after half the journy I had an idea. I wish I’d been told, so that I could have brought the camera, and some spare clothes so I could go in the sea! I only got to paddle today because of that.

When we got there, it was cloudy, dull, chilly and rather windy, but by lunch there were blue skies and it was quite warm. I had better luck in the archades, I actually won something this time! Two things, actually. The dance machine didn’t like me though :/. I hit (most of) the steps yet it didn’t register half of them, thus I failed after one song. Big fat waste of £1 coins!

Lunch was (one of) my favourites – chips! We went into an eat in chip shop, my idea. Bad idea though, they charge so much extra for that pleasure. Then again, it was windy outside… Big waste of money this time though, the chips were the worst we’ve ever eaten. They were not proper chip shop chips at all… More like frozen pre bought chips deep fried. There were hard bits on the ends of all the chips too. So dissapointed :(. I rarely eat junk (well, try not to!), so when I do, I would like it to be tasty and worth it. The onion rings I had with the chips though were nice…

We also ventured into the town, I found out that the book I’ve been waiting for has come out – Ghost Hunter, by Michelle Paver. I’ve read all the other books in that series by her, starting with Wolf Brother, and have been eagerly awaiting this book since Oath Breaker. Amazon here I come…

We’ve also found somehting to do some sundays. At one of the piers, there is a rollorblading  hall, I can go rollorblade and my mum and brother can go to the archades or  onto the beach – win-win! I love rollorblading.

I’m also excited about the butternut squash fries I made last saturday night. They tasted as good as real chips/fries (but in a different way), but are healthy. Mmmmm, I loved them. Will definatly make again. I wonder if you can make swede fries…

SN851142Simply sprayed some olive oil fry light into a foil lined tin, added the ‘fries’, sprayed them with the fry light, then roasted for 35 minutes at 180 C. Though maybe they should be done at 145C for 45 minutes or so. I had to have them at 180 C though, since my mother needed the oven on that temperature.

I hate sundays

August 30, 2009

I’ve never been dead keen on sundays, but now I really, really hate them. Sundays in my house = boredom, arguments, and a whole array of negative emotions. Not to mention, monday follows sunday.

But I did try a new food today: Mock Duck. I was quitre curious to try it, as some people have said it’s shapped and tastes just like duck meat. I opened the can and tipped into a bowl out…Uhm, what did I pour out? I’m not sure, there were a couple of shreds of ‘duck’, and a couple of lumps. It even had dimples on it, like a plucked duck. It pulled about into shreds like meat would, it’s scarily realistic. Although, I’ve never eaten duck so I wouldn’t know taste wise or texture wise. I put it into a tikka masala sauce and had it for lunch. It has a ‘meaty’ texture, but I don’t think it tasted of meat. The mock duck I had was fried wheat gluten based, I think. It was yum though, but a tad on the pricey side for what it was. (£1.99 for 3 servings). Below: Tikka masala with mock duck and a white fluffy barely pilaf instead of fluffy white rice.

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Titanic’s on at the moment on TV, too. I love the film soo much, but I can’t watch it because the end always makes me cry :o. It’s also way too long, by the time adverts are taken into account, it’s on for about 4 hours.

August 28, 2009

I hate bank holiday weekends, they seem so pointless! All it means is not being able to get anywhere because the roads are so jam packed. Although that said, I am trying to get my mum to take us to Great Yarmouth again on monday, since it’ll be the last chance this year we get and monday’s supposed be good weather (Though I probably speak too soon, bank holidays are never nice!)

We went to town today to buy the last of the stuff I need for school next year. I only needed a pair of P.E shoes, but we ended up buying a lot more than that, typically! Though my mum did get me a couple of presents for my birthday, which I obviously have to wait for (just under 2 months away!). The last week of holidays is the worst week for going shopping though, as it’s sooo busy full from all the other last minute school shoppers.

I especially enjoyed my walk this morning, because the weather was so autumnal. A nice crisp wind and clear blue skies really elated my mood. (And boy, does it need elating!)

The kimchi I ate yesterday is stinking out the fridge :o. I only ate about 1/3 of the packet, and put the rest in a covered bowl. though the smell is coming out and making the fridge smell funky. (But I like the smell, it smells like a really spicy curry!). My mother says it’s making the milk taste off. That’s where my soy milk has one up on her cow’s milk – mine comes in a carton with a top, but ’cause she gets her milk form the milkman it comes in a glass bottle with no cap.

Also, I’ve found a new youtube obsession. The opening song is super catchy and the mini cartoon is really funny, trust me. I’m also a cat fanatic, so of course it sppeals to me  😀

Pretty Damn Pleased

August 27, 2009

Anyone living in the UK must know, GCSE results were released today. (how could you not know, it’s been plastered all over the news). I was undecided whether to go and collect them today or just wait untill I go back to school in a week. But curiousity got the better of me, and I went in and got them. Mainly because I knew it’s all people will be talking about on MSN and Facebook. Since I took these ones in year 10, it’s obviously not all my GCSE’s, just the ones we do early. So I got:

Science – 3 A*s (It’s broken into 3 sections)

Maths (module 1) an A

Statistics – an A

Made me feel good, especially in stats. Stats is so damn hard, and I only answred just over half the paper. Then again, to get an A I think you only need 50%. What bugs me though is the news reporting of it all. Everytime there are exams, for GCSE or A level, there is mass coverage of it. They get kids to open their results live on air (But only after the school has told the broadcastor who to choose, I bet), then go on to report about how the exams are getting more and more easy and the results improve each year. Bollocks, I say. The schools cannot win, if the kids are all getting Ds and Cs, they are said to be failing, but if everyone is getting Bs and As, the exams are said to be too easy. Also, it is rather boring when the main jist of the days news is all about the exams and their results.

I’m also very pleased with the stuffed aubergine (eggplant) I made today. I had two in the fridge, and one was getting a bit soft, so I just had to make something with it! It tasted soooo good! There’s also some Kimchi and sprouts on the plate.

SN851140I present to you today a recipe for: Millet stuffed aubergine.

You’ll need

  • one aubergine (A plump round one rather than a long flatter one works best)
  • 30g millet
  • one small-medium red onion
  • 3 chestnut or button mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon worcester sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Garlic, to taste
  • stock cube (I used half a kallo low salt one, but as long as you end up with about 250ml stock, it doesn’t matter what you use)

Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees C (I think that’s 375 F???) Cut the top off the aubergine then cut lengthways, then scoop out the innards to leave aboout 1/3 of an inch thickness. Set the aubergines aside and chop up the innards, adding to a frying pan. Finely chop the onion, mushrooms and garlic and add to the pan, then fry it till done. While that’s cooking make up the stock and add that and the millet to the pan, bring to the boil, then let simmer gently with the lid on untill almost done. Take off the heat when it’s about 5 minutes away from being cooked and let sit untill the veg are done. When the vegetables are nearly cooked, add the worcester sauce and the vinegar and stir in, to allow them to absorb the flavours. At this point, also add a pinch of salt, some pepper, and spices to taste (I added paprika). When the vegetables are finished cooking, add to the millet pan and mix together well. Then put the aubergine skins on a baking tray, and add the filling. Cook at 180 C for about 25 minutes, then lower the temperature to about 145 C and cook for another 10-15 mintes.

Ta-Dah!

Surpised…

August 25, 2009

I thought I would hate today, I really did. Why? Because once again, I found myself having to go for a meal at the Sheperd and Dog for lunch. It ia my grandparent’s golden (50th) aniversary on saturday, but because they are away then, they wanted to take us for a meal today. Last time, my dish barely scratched the surface of my stomach, and I thought that was all I could have from the menu. However, it seems I misread the sandwich section. So I went for a sandwich, to see if it was an improvement. It wasn’t a boring sandwich, either. It was hummus, pepper, tomato and rocket on malted bloomer bread. It was very large, and very yummy! I seldom eat sandwiches at home (I prefer more filling dishes). It also came with a side of chips – great! I liked this more than the pepper thing I had before, mostly because it was more filling. I asked for it without butter, but I forgot to ask what was in the hummus, so I think I may have unknowingly consumed some kinda dairy *facepalm*. Oh well, what’s done is done. It was tasty either way. (Not that I would knowingly consume dairy, just so you know). Overall, I had a much better time this time round, because I actually enjoyed what I was eating. So full was I that I didn’t even have any dinner.

And just because I think this picture of my cat is funny/cute:

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Tofuuuuu

August 23, 2009

Today’s been so nice! Really warm with a nice breeze. We went to Melton to feed the ducks and go for a walk (makes me feel like a kid again saying that!). Usually there aren’t any ducks, or if there are they aren’t hungry. But today there were over a dozen, and we didn’t have enough bread for them all 😦

Remember the last time I tried to marinate tofu? Well, after the last catastrophe I had, I was wary of trying again. However, today I tried and succeded and was able to enjoy a scrummy lunch.

SN851116Stir fry, with the tofu on top. I Used about 3/5 of a pack of stir fry veg from the Co-op (It had water chestnuts and bamboo shoots in – yum!), a handful of sprouted mung beans/lentils/other beans. I also threw in some shredded cabbage and sugar snap peas to add some bulk, as well as throwing in the left over marinade to use as a sauce.

For the marinade I used:

  • 3 tablespoons vegan worcester sauce
  • 1.5 table spoons red wine vinegar
  • 1.5 dessert spoons tomato puree
  • 1 dessert spoon barbeque sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • paprika
  • 2 tablespoons water to dilute
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

I let it marinate for a few hours, turning and mixing frequently, then baked it. I reserved the marinade to use later as a sauce.

My sister’s cat also left me a nasty surprise today. She must have known it was the day to change my bed, and wanted to make sure I didn’t get lazy and leave it ’till tomorrow. She threw up the liquid of her stomach onto my bed. There wasn’t really any solids there, it was all liquid, meaning it went right through my duvet cover and into my duvet. It’s not the first time she’s been sick on my bed, either. It’s disgusting. She’s sick very often though, my mum is clearing up after her forst thing almost every morning. Sometimes, I do winder why I am such a self proclaimed cat lover.

I also forgot to mention in my last post that my nan took me to see Orphan! It was more gory than I expected it to be, but it had a clever plot line and some great acting. There were a couple of moments when the gore was a little much, and I had to look away (but I’m not good with gore). It did kinda put me off horror films! I love the clever horror films which aren’t based on gore, which basically is what Orphan is, I’m just a wimpy person, so most people would probably be like, ‘what’s the deal?’ Still, it’s a great film, I reccomend it!

It’s been a few days

August 22, 2009

I haven’t posted for a few days, but I haven’t been here, so I have an excuse! Wednesday I was busy – me and a couple of friends went into town. We nearly got stranded, but thanks to my mother, managed to get home. Then Thursday to today I’ve been at my grandparents house again. I choose a bit of a bad time to go, since they were quite busy emptying their pond then refilling it – it’s a big job! But if I dodn’t go then I wouldn’t get another chance, as they go on holiday next saturday and they have things to be getting on with.

Thursday me an my nan went to Felixstowe for a while. It was really quiet, considering it’s the middle of august and peak holiday season. But it just meant there was more room on the sea front to walk along :). We went through the town, walked by the sea, and finally went into the arcades for a while. Lunch was the best part – Chips! We had a large portion of chips and a sprong roll each. The spring rolls were massive! And so many chips…But sooo yummy. Chips are my new favourite food. (Sorry, mushrooms)

Todays been mainly uneventful, had my haircut, but that’s about it. I love my new cut, it’s a more tame, shorter, more stylish version of my hair before I went in.

I can’t believe the holidays are nearly over. They drag and drag, but looking back, they go so quickly!

Sea and Sun

August 18, 2009

Finally, my part of England is experiencing some summer weather. It could get up to 28 C tomorrow, which is nothing to some people, but to us it’s getting up there with too hot. So where else do you go on a warm day than the beach? Today’s adventure took me to Southwold. We may have gone somewhere a little closer to home, but we like sandy beaches over stoney ones, so Southwold was the nearest. We decided to go before lunch and take a picnic. It’s been years since we’ve taken a picnic to the beach. When I was younger we used to go up to Sizewell a lot and have a picnic on the grassy area away from the beach. We’d take some bats and balls up and play games. (Although, they’re building on that bit now :()

I have memories of sandwiches, quite literally. I hated that, each bite would entail a mouth of sand if we ate on the beach itself. But thankfully, I didn’t suffer that today, because I didn’t have sandwiches, and I had the sense to eat before getting wet and sandy. Instead a made up a bean salad to take with me, and some seeds and an apple.

I went all the way into the water today (my mother gave me the usual lecture not to go in too far, hah. When we used to go to the beach often, I always wanted a boogie board, but was never, and still am not, aloud one.). Still, I managed to get in to about upper chest/lower neck depth – didn’t dare go in any further – Hell have no fury like a mother scorned. I loved it. It was a little chilly, but some of the waves were massive and I’d just lie in the sea and let them float me back to shore. The only bad part is when a wave crashes into your face and into your mouth. It’s disgustingly salty. And, people pee in the sea! Ew!

Now, tell me, have you ever seen a vegetable quite like this?

SN851086It’s a squash. Can’t remember it’s name, but I bought it from a Polish stall. It’s not much different from any other squash in taste, although I thought it was more bland. However, it is much softer than a butternut squash, and I actually forgot to peel it when  had some the first time, but the skin cooked up well too and was edible. Though it may have only been softer because I’ve had it in the veg rach for 3 weeks…

SN851089And on a crap note, the SD card in my comera went weird, yesterday. I stuck it in my card reader in my computer and it told me I needed to format the card, but doing so would make me lose all my images. My camera said the same when I put it in there. So I had to do it. I lost all my pictures which I hadn’t put on my computer, and worst of all, they include some pictures of Skinny. 😦

R.I.P, Skinny

August 17, 2009

I dedicate this post to my guinea pig, Skinny. she was put down today at 11:45 am. The vet said she had swollen kidneys, growths in her stomach, and a blocked digestive system. The vet also said she was in a lot of pain. This is on top of her bad legs and old age. I didn’t even get to say good bye. :(My nan was taking me and my sister to Norwich by bus for the day, and it was all planned. I knew my mum was taking her to the vets, but I honestly didn’t think she’d be put down today. I was hoping at the least, it would have happened tomorrow, so I could have said good bye. My mum rung my mobile, and I had to make the decision there and then. It was either have it done this morning, this evening, or tomorrow. Although the vet had given her a pain killing injection, it would only last two hours, and the vet reckoned Skinny would be in a lot of pain. It was kindest to have her put down sooner rather than later. I started crying on the bus. 😦 I am still very upset. When I got home I painted a shoe box to use as her coffin. I then had to wrap her body in a tea towel and place her inside. I gave her some straw, meadow hay, guinea pig food and some grass to take with her wherever she’s gone. That was the worst part, as her body was stiff and seemed so unlike her living self.  But it gave me half a chance to say goodbye before I buried her.

R.I.P, Skinny my dearest.

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Although it added a sombre feel to the day, I manage to cheer up enough to at least enjoy my day in Norwich. I got to eat in my new favourite place, Vegeland, and even ate some Booja Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate ice cream. Like last time, Vegeland proved delicious, I filled my tub even more than the time before. I would eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there if I could!

I’ve been interested in trying Booja Booja ice cream for a while, as last time I went to norwich, they had a free Truffle tasting session, and they were sooooo yummy! However, as part of Booja Booja’s ethics, they don’t sell in super markets, and the only place I know selling their ice cream is Norwich. It would melt before we got home. But, they have mini single size pots of the Hunky Punky Chocolate  in Rainbow’s, so me my nan and my sister got some ice cream. (actually, my sister got a dairy Green and Blacks one)

YUM! It was very smooth, very chocolatly, very nice indeed. The texture is slightly different than that of dairy ice cream, but it really doesn’t matter at all. It’s still like ice cream in so many ways. The ice cream is very expensive, but as a treat it’s very worth it, especially after reading the ingredients. All that is in Huny Punky chocolate is: Water, Cashews, Agave, and cocoa. It’s all natural stuff, made with agave and not sugar, so is also low GI. I love how it’s made with cashews instead of soya or dairy. It makes it so unique! Some of the flavours are 100% raw too, so even raw foodists can enjoy it.

Ps, what you you guys think of the new baner? Quite proud of it, if I do say so myself 😀

Lazy Sundays

August 16, 2009

I hate lazy sundays, they bore me. I mean, what’s so great about staying at home all day doing absolutly nothing?

I do lie, I haven’t not done nothing, I just haven’t done much. I spent some of this morning though nursing my guinea pig. She’s very old, and I don’t think she will be around for many days longer. At one point today I thought she’d be gone within the hour. Thankfully (Or maybe, not so thankfully), she lives. I say not so thankfully because she’s lost the ability to walk far. She’s had a slightly bad back leg for a while, but it’s gone completely now. When I put her in the run yesterday she almost rolled right over it was so bad. She’s not eating much either, or drinking. She’ll eat a little grass or lettuce if we give it to her, but not with any enthusiasm. We kept her indoors today in a pet carrier with some hay in it. She’s not right at all, her old age is getting to her very badly. Her companian guinea pig died of old age about 3 months ago. My mum is taking her to the vets tomorrow, but had told me already that if/when it comes to it, I need to decide if I want her put down on monday or tuesday. I’m not in on monday, as my nan is taking me and my sister to Norwich. But I don’t think I could bare to be in the room when she’s put down 😦 It’s a hard decision to make, but she doesn’t have much quality of life now, and it may be kinder.

As part of Chocolate Covered Katie’s Spiralizer give away, I made myself a Lazy-Girl Quiche for my lunch from Katies recipe page. I only made enough for one person so I adapted the recipe accordingly. Even though, I’m not quite sure why mine came out orange/red and Katie’s more brown. Hmmm… It was certainly yummy! Reminded me more of an omlette, but would be great in a quiche crust. Though mine came out too thin. My fault though, I used too big a dish as I didn’t have one the right size.

SN851091I’m definatly making this again, might even experiment with the ingredients next time (Pea quiche, anyone?) 😀