Thursday, 20 November 2014
Snacks! Possibly one of the most difficult areas of my diet. I’m a picker. I pick at food, I’d rather graze on little bits of food constantly rather than have one massive meal.
It’s an area I’m trying to fix. Trying to make healthy choices. As we all know this is a million times easier said than done. Especially this month as I am trying to do so many things at once.
My problem is, that I don’t strive well under stressful conditions. I know some people need a little stress to motivate them. I, on the other hand, break down under stress. I stop doing things all together. This is not necessarily a good thing! If I know what I am supposed to be doing; I have a plan; I have an itinerary, I work fine. When things start piling up, I stop functioning.
My fiancé and I, have recently started house hunting. Stressful enough as it is, mortgages, loans, savings . . . it adds up. I don’t even want to think about it anymore, but it’s something that we need to do. I hate the thought of us just throwing money away to a land lord. Especially with our electric and gas providers. (for the rented houses, they are on a fixed tariff, the higher tariff!) On top of the expenses, we have no room whatsoever. We basically live in a two room apartment. (with a tiny showerless bathroom and a kitchen you can’t even swing a cat in!) Speaking of cats, my little kitty child Dexter Morgan roams these rooms, and it’s getting a tad claustrophobic. Sometimes, you want to sit in the office on your own. Only our office is the corner of our living room. So trying to do work to the sound of FIFA or NBA is difficult and rather off-putting!
Rants aside. Ive been loving these roasted chick peas. Really simple to prepare, and really tasty. I can think of a ton of different spice mixes I’d love to give a go. Simple, is good.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
OK so I admit it.
I am 100% obsessed with the television programme Dexter.
I am 100% in love with the character of Dexter.
I am also a cat lady (how is that relevant? keep reading!!)
I love cats. My mother, grandmother, rest of family hates cats. I was brought up in a cat-hating environment. The house I lived in wouldn't allow pets. So I've never really had the oppurtunity to have a cat. Until now.
I've decided to name my ginger cat. Dexter. Because I am just that cool!
Anyway. What does Dexter and Cats have to do with Key lime pie you ask? well. There is an episode of Dexter (read :best show ever) where the character of Dexter hunts for the best key lime pie before his friend dies.
I had a yearning for damn key lime pie after that.
but. . . .
Traditional key lime pie, which was created for the sailors, used condensed milk (Uber sugary. . .eek) and other such ingredients you could get hold of. . . on a boat!
But my scurvey preventing dessert called to be made healthier, and sans dairy products!
Plus, we have a glut of coconut ice cream hanging around now from my ice-cream projects!
And what goes well with ice cream?! yea, you know, pie.
Traditional pies have pastry (which I really hate) so, I'm really quite OK with key lime pie, no pastry and all that.
If I had a little more patience I would totally have made some thick soy cream and piped something round the edge, 1980's dinner party style (which I think is the best era for dinner parties, this was totally not a dig!)
We are currently decorating our bathroom and hallway, trust me when I say you really do not want to see it before. It has never (in 5 years) been decorated, and the woman who lived there before, really had zilch decorating taste.
As I was sanding off the bright red (!!) paint from every visible surface in the hallway (splatted on woodwork, doorframe, ceiling) I found a pencil drawing of a cat (it also said "F*** off underneath, what a lovely person right?!) and I am taking that as destiny for me to have my cat! Pete has agreed, and shook on it, so there's no going back now! There is just something comforting about having another life force around, especially since I work from home, and Pete works CRAZY (and I mean crazy) shifts.
Anyway, here's my recipe for Key lime pie, #AccidentalVegan style!