Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Day In My Life: Tuesday

Disclaimer: Read at own rick - this post in incredibly boring!

Woke up at 9.00am to Evie licking my feet (of a night time she snuggles with us in our bed until sleep time, then takes herself to her crate,which is beside our bed, and sleeps with the door ajar until she wakes up and joins us for morning cuddles at around 6am.) I get up, make breakfast, make Evie's breakfast, sit at my laptop and eat whilst checking the usual social networking sites and avoiding Evie trying to grab some of my banana (one of her favourite fruits). Finish breakfast and slowly get ready for university.

At around 10.45am, after getting ready, I water my seedlings, tend to my compost and leave for university at 11.05am, catch the tram to the nearest station, then I catch a train to the North Melbourne station...

When I get to North Melbourne, I wait 15 minutes... it was a long 15 minutes. Then I catch another train for 40 minutes to the station near my university.

I spend the train ride reading, and when I arrive at 12.20pm I walk 15 minutes to campus. I make it on time to my class, we listen to a lecture on Animal Behaviours for the majority of the class and spend the last hour watching a David Attenborough documentary on Carnivores.

I make my way back to the train station, spend the 40 minute journey talking to a friend before I get off at North Melbourne Train Station and miss the next train home. So I catch the bus to my closest tram stop and catch my tram home. Only took an extra 15 minutes. Arrived home in time to help Isaac fold washing, do dishes and take Evie on a walk to the dog park before my Mother arrived for dinner - I hadn't seen her in a month!

We try to go to an Indian place on Sydney Rd (Malabar Hut), but of course they were shut - so we went to Thai on Street in Brunswick East - which was amazing, we got the last item on the vegetarian menu - which was amazingly delicious - but alas no photos.
Evie spills my left over Thai all over the white and freshly washed kitchen tiles, me and her self. I wash the tiles - too angry to take a photo and head for the shower and holding her under the water, against my chest. I play on the internet for a while and we snuggle and watch a movie until bed time.

I didn't realise the majority of my day was spent commuting! Gah!

What annoying but hilarious things have your pets done?

Elo x

Monday, 8 October 2012

Recipe: Vegan Coconut Raita

Isaac and I were wondering what to make, when we had a wave of culinary inspiration and decided to go all out! Vegan Indian Feast for Two!
Which included papadums (which we learnt can only be fried in masses of oil, so we shared a small one), vegan roti bread, Eggplant and Tomato curry from scratch (don't look at me, it was all Isaac) and (my) Mushroom and Potato Madras served with a side of white (blasphemy!) rice and Coconut Raita!

I don't know about many of you vegans out there, but for me, one of the big things I miss about non-veganism is the lack of yogurt raita on the side of my yummy indian feasts that I love so much! After messing around with a few ideas at my parent's house, I finally came up with one that tastes almost yogurty!


Vegan Coconut Raita
Half a can of (solid) coconut cream (One can, but only use the solid half = half a can)
Generous squeeze of lemon or lime juice
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
1/2 a teaspoon of your favourite curry paste (Madras for Me!)
A teaspoon of olive oil (for super-lush-creaminess)
3cm length of continental cucumber (skin on)
1 tablespoon of cornflour (dissolved in just enough water or left over coconut milk to make a thin paste)
Splash of soy milk (optional)
Fresh coriander or ground coriander seeds (optional)
3cm length of carrot (optional)

Firstly, dissolve your cornflour in water, then combine that in a saucepan with the coconut cream - when it is completely combined, then and only then, turn on the heat and constantly stir until it comes to the boil - turn off immediately and combine with the rest of the ingredients!

As I am more into thick raita without too many chunks I put the cornflour coconut mixture and everything else in the blender and blended until the cucumber was almost non-exsistant.
However, you could finely dice, or even grate the cucumber and mix it by hand if you wanted.
Although, the blender does help with the super creamy emulsification part - but not essential for delicious raita.

Put in in the fridge to cool (or even the freezer).

Serve on the side, or make potato raita by mixing with a few boiled potatoes cut into small chunks - which is amazingly delicious and much easier to get everything on to your fork at once!

What is your must have for an Indian Feast?

I am back from two weeks of volunteer work, phew! I spent 7 hours a day for 5 days at The Royal Melbourne Show, in the Animal Nursery, answering questions from the public and playing with my favourite farm animals - I was even faced with the question, whilst holding a brown calf, "that's a deer, right?"... Young adults apparently know what it taste like, but not what it looks like before it is on their plates! The last week of my volunteering spree was spent at the wonder Pet's Haven Animal Shelter, in Woodend, Victoria! There are so many lovely ladies who volunteer there (and the odd man or two) and most importantly, it is where I got my baby Evie from! Now that I am back home, I enjoyed the amazing birthday party of one of my most loveliest friends Lidia, who also has a blog Salad Days.
The birthday party was a vegan potluck, and oh my there was so much food! Including the amazing birthday cake by Toucan Cakes (who happens to live a block behind me!).

And of course, being me, I had 5 plates of food.... I wish I was kidding, it was all just so amazing!
Isaac's parents made vegan pies, Lidia made too much, Lachie made cupcakes, Isaac and I made my Roasted Root Vegetables, Lentils & Quinoa Warm Salad. As well as completely stuffing myself on the night, Isaac and I headed over for brunch the next morning, and for a post-pot-luck stroll with the pups, and of course Lidia sent us home with left overs! We didn't have to cook for what seemed like a week (actually 2 days), until we got to our coriander, parsley and other-green-things marinated tofu.. which brings me to my next post...