Sunday, 10 July 2016

sweet potato and chickpea budda bowl.

always looking for new meals to cook in bulk that i can eat at home then take the leftovers in to werk the next day, i found this recipe and it's my new favourite thing since discovering how to make chick pea curry industrial-size style.

here are some photos which documented said process.

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this is my new official favourite way to cook chick peas

 

various spices to flavour the chickpeas - cumin, chili, garlic powder, s&p, and garam masala




final outcome (sweet potato is in there somewhere)  


ready to take to work with me tomorrow including the tahini sauce 


to finish up - killer sunset in amsterdam tonight. 



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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

I'M (NO LONGER) IN JAPAN! PT 3: BACK TO TOKYO!

After four days in Kyoto, we jumped back on the Shinkansen back to Tokyo to stay in the Chiyoda district of the city for our remaining time in Japan.

Having a full week left, we felt like we "lived" the city - we lived Tokyo day to day, strolled round, no stress, no mad panic to have a busy schedule, it was super chilled and really exciting.


View from the hotel bar at sunset

Shibuya District - crazy busy shopping area


Something that I noticed was that they have artwork dotted around the city in random places and it looks super pretty. 


Ginza at night - another busy shopping area in the city


 A restaurant we found in Yurakucho - basically a mini city filled with all kinds of restaurants underneath a train station. Amazing and a must-see.


View over Ometesando - a great shopping street and beautiful area.  


A carp display in a park next to Tokyo Midtown



Maman/Spider Sculpture in Roppongi Hills


Shibuya Crossing - the busiest crossing in the world! 



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Sunday, 8 May 2016

I'M IN JAPAN! PT 2: KYOTO

Next up on our travel agenda was taking the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto. The Shinkansen is also known as the bullet train, referring to how fast it travels and boy oh boy does it travel fast.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

I'M IN JAPAN! PT 1: TOKYO

KONICHIWA! I'm in Japan! How cool?!

I've come away on holiday for two weeks to visit Tokyo and Kyoto. We arrived last Saturday and spent the first part of the trip in Tokyo and now we're in Kyoto, then back again to spend some more time in the capital.

This place is insanely amazing. Walking round Shinjuku on the first night was exactly what you've seen on the movies, crazy flashing lights in all kinds of rainbow colours, people everywhere - but not too rowdy, and tonnes and tonnes of tiny hidden away bars and restaurants.

We soon discovered that what it's like in Shinjuku is not how it is all over town and began to explore.

Here are some piccies of our travels so far.


 Downtown Shinjuku at night


Yoyogi Park



Awesome Vegan Cafe in Shibuya



Cute lil cat booty outside a restaurant


Amazing view of the Tokyo Tower from the finance district


Golden Gai in Shinjuku 


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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sunday Thoughts

I always had this idea in my mind that I cared about the environment.

When I was about 10, I wrote a letter to Tony Blair about deforestation, and how worried I was about it. I even got a reply from Downing Street - I can prove it, my Mum has the letter somewhere.

I love animals, I can't bare the thought of an animal getting harmed, I make myself aware of what is going on in the world, I watch documentaries, force myself to watch cruelty propaganda clips and have opinions on serious issues.

But I've realised that I'm not actually doing anything about it. (Up until a couple of months ago,) I ate meat and fish, didn't recycle, drank milk, ate cheese and even wore fur (it's a vintage stole that belonged to my Granny; I'd guess it's around 100 years old so I keep it for sentimental values.)

Something recently has shifted in my mind and I'm starting to change how I live. I'm starting with "small" changes - significantly reducing my intake of animal products - no meat, very little dairy, but I'm starting to look into bigger lifestyle changes; watching what I buy and how much trash I'm making.

I'd never thought about how much trash I produced, before I watched a video on Lauren Singer, who produces basically zero waste per year. It's seriously impressive and very aspirational.

Overall, I'm still in my research phase but feel like I need to tackle these lifestyle changes in small steps.

First step: no meat, no fish.
Check, check - all good. Easy to cut out. I will miss steak though. I love steak.

Second step: no dairy.
Dairy turned out to be a lot easier to cut out than I thought. I haven't drunk milk in three weeks maybe? I'm not sure exactly. Shoulda written the date down.

Third Step: Waste reduction
I think it begins soon. I don't think I can immerse myself into the lifestyle straight away, but I think there are small changes that I've already started making - no coffee in the mornings in paper cups. No more plastic bags from Albert Heijn, no more plastic bottles. I also need to assess where I'm buying my food from and the packaging it comes in.

Next up; recycling. Let's see how it goes.

Here are some pretty cool videos that have started to make me think more about this:





Netflix Documentaries: Cowspiracy and Food Matters.



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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Thursday, 18 February 2016

pink and grey, ay.

am i just crazy or is this colour combo not the best.

brb just running to pick up some grey cortez.
pink and grey, ay.

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