Life Goes On

Hey guys, sorry it’s been such a long time since I’ve posted on here, but as you know, I’m at uni, and what that means is that I have a bucket-load of assignments I have to do, and over the last few weeks I have had a lot of them, and, let’s be honest, I didn’t need another reason to procrastinate!

I actually have another assignment to do this weekend, but my guilt, combined with confidence that I will finish this assignment has allowed me to do a quick catch up post, so you guys can see what I’ve been up to.

If you follow me on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter or are a personal Facebook friend of mine, you are likely to have seen most of these photos already, but no matter.

I am a big fan of Instagram. I love being able to take photos on my phone and make them look fancy – cause I can’t really afford/understand how to use an expensive camera – and I love seeing what my friends and the other people that I follow are posting. It makes my day a little brighter and more interesting when I’m cooped up at home doing assignments that are making my head explode. So here they are folks – enjoy!

Matt made these super dooper Tuna burgers one weekend, and we sat out in the sun to eat them (below). He’s good like that – making me food while I study – gotta love him!

I’ve really gotten into porridge again lately with the colder weather, and while the berries were still cheap, I was putting them on there for antioxidants and flavour. Berries are no longer in season, but I managed to get two big and beautiful pomegranates that I will empty out and use – I think I might get a whole bunch and freeze them like Nigella does – genius! And let’s not forget, you can’t have porridge without…

HONEY! Beechworth Honey is a great company in country Victoria that are so passionate about the honey that they make. Matt did a bit of an environmental internship for them a few years ago, so we know how passionate they are, which is why we continue to support them. And their honey is DELICIOUS!

Speaking of honey, my Bumble-Bee (aka. Belinda) painted this amazing nail art on my nails last week. I’m actually not one for getting my nails done usually, but lately I’m into it, and it’s hard not to like it when somebody else does it for you! I got SO many compliments while I had them, and saw someone actually do their own version, which I thought was pretty cool. Go Belinda!

Sadly, last weekend I got all pretty to go and meet Matt at a party around 11pm, but something told me to check my licence – and I am so lucky that I did, because it had expired 3 days previous. So basically, I got all dolled up for a party, that I couldn’t go to because I couldn’t get there (no, I will not take the train by myself that late at night, sorry). It was very annoying!

On Sunday last weekend, I did get some social time, because Emma and Sam invited Matt and I over so that the boys could brew beer and talk about beards (grr – manly!). It was such a lovely day, because we just got to hang out with lovely mates and they fed us this beautiful pumpkin soup with croutons that Sam made from chickpea flour, because he wasn’t sure if I ate wheat – how sweet is that?!

The thing about Sam, is that he always surprises and inspires me with his cooking. He’s very adventurous, and cooks really beautiful and holistically minded food, even though it’s not really how you would think someone doing a PHD is biochemistry would cook.

So the point I’m trying to make is that, I was in a bit of a slump with my cooking, and that day inspired my adventurousness back into my cooking, and a great example of that is this simple breakfast that I made for myself, with the dukkah that Emma and Sam made for us for Christmas. It was so full of flavour and really made my day.

I’m not quite sure why, but lately, I am LOVING satay! This may not sound strange, but usually, I’m not a big fan of satay. And now, all of a sudden – I am! So, a few weeks ago, as a birthday present, Sharee and Joel offered to take me out to dinner wherever I liked, and I had never been to Vegie Bar, Fitzroy before (which most people find very hard to believe, and after dining there now I am not surprised at this reaction), so that is where we went. I ordered this amazing tempeh stirfry thing, full of greens and satay sauce – and it blew my freaking MIND HOLE!!!! I don’t know why I don’t eat at Vegie Bar all the time – the best way to describe it is, ME – ON A PLATE! Fucking amazing.

This week I was just cooking for myself because Matt was away again, so inspired by Vegie Bar, I cooked this Sticky Satay Lentil Stirfry with 100% buckwheat noodles and nearly died of deliciousness! It is vegetarian/vegan, and I used lentils that I had soaked and rinsed for a day or two, and natural peanut butter with ginger and sweet chilli sauce and tamari. SO GOOD! And wheat-free incidentally.

This is Matt’s record player that I bought for him and probably use more than he does. I was in the mood to listen to some Split Enz, so I did.

Unfortunately, this is the biggest that I can get this photo, but as you can see, it is a GIANT PORTABELLO MUSHROOM! Bought it for shits’n’gigs really, and spent a long time laughing at Anthony’s ideas for wearing it to the Melbourne Cup as a fascinator for Fashions on the Field – BA-DUM-CHSHHH! Bahahahahahahahaha! That guy just cracks me up!

Yesterdays lunch – Steak and Stirfry. We happened to have one frozen steak in the freezer, and after thinking I would have to go back to the supy, I found it and came up with this. It was quite spicy, but oh so delicious, and I am very please with myself.

Last but not least, these are the brussels sprout seeds we planted two weeks ago and they have sprouted. We have others too, but I love the look of these ones.

Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for your patience, I will try to post at least twice next week.



My Desk

This past weekend, Matt and I finally had a weekend at home. For the past 2 1/2 months, we’ve been driving all over the state for a whole bunch of social commitments (which is great), but our poor house was being neglected. And having a messy house, overgrown lawn and all the rest of it, was seriously affecting my mood. I had to study in the kitchen because my desk was a mess; we had to eat in the lounge because our table was covered in all of my assignment crap. And worst of all, we felt terrible for our poor housemate Anthony, because, while we were doing the dishes and cleaning the table up before we left each weekend, nobody wants to live in a dusty house.

So on Saturday we cleaned the entire house, reorganised everything, mowed the lawn, organised a compost pile and got some washing done, and now, we feel fantastic – especially because it only took one day!

As I said, my desk was a mess. Not only did it have crap all over it, it had crap under it and beside it and  my seat was covered in washing. This is why you wont see any before photos; I’m way too embarrassed to show you! lol. Ah well, it’s not like a messy room is that interesting anyway.

As you can see, I have a LOT of textbooks! So much in fact, that my poor bookshelf can’t fit them all in. We were going to buy another bookshelf, but we can’t afford it at the moment, so I came up with this as a solution. This is the chest of drawers that came with the house and sits in our bedroom. Before this weekend, I wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I’m really happy I thought to put my textbooks here, it’s just across from my desk, so it’s really handy, and I put my clinical examination tools up there to make it look nicer.

And this is my desk. It’s actually Matt’s old desk, but I get to use it cause he loves me. I put one of my vintage table cloths on it  for extra prettiness, and Matt reckons it really warms up the room. Isn’t he sweet?

Something else that I’m proud of is this frame I put together. My gorgeous mate Tom took these photos as a birthday present to me 4 years ago, and I wanted to do something with them, because they are so special to me. It was very easy. The frame is from Ikea, and the background is some wrapping paper left over from a present I was given.

And this is what it looks like all together. How beautiful is the window above my desk?

What do you think?