Wednesday, 13 August 2014

On Fried Rice and New Beginnings

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Well, Vegan MOFO must have some cosmic significance in my life because once again, Vulpe and I will be moving house during Vegan MOFO month.

The arrangements are slightly different this time as we'll be moving at the very end of the month, and therefore I should be able to get some good MOFOing in before the madness gradually descends...

SO unfortunately relations between me and my letting agency/landlord soured pretty badly in recent weeks and I decided it would be best to find a landlord I can trust and a property I can settle in for the next couple of years at least, which is the duration of the MA I am beginning in September. There's a tremendous free ad listing service where I work and I'd posted a plea seeking a private landlord letting a property within my budget happy to accommodate pets. Within 24 hours, a colleague from elsewhere within the organisation had emailed me about a 2 bed house she and her family were soon due to vacate. I went to see the house the following day and it is PERFECT for Vulpe and Miaowski and me. Check out this humungous garden, perfect for a doggy to romp in, and for me to grow some vegetables (DREAM):


(I feel there's a gap in the market for gardeners to provide a 2 hour-ish session to owners of big gardens who have little gardening experience on how to not fluff it all up completely.....)

There's also a spare bedroom that'll make a perfect study room. The lovely owners are leaving a large desk behind and I scored a perfect office chair off eBay for £3.60. WINNER!

So we'll be uprooting again in about 6 weeks, but I have hope that it'll be a good move, and we'll all be very happy there for a couple of years at least.

ALSO THERE IS A DISHWASHER HOLY CHUFFING HECK FINALLY A DISHWASHER IN MY LIFE.

So I've self-imposed a Chinese takeaway ban in order to save money, and therefore headed to the Chinese supermarket to stock up on tofu and some other goodies. Tonight I cooked up a teriyaki tofu stir fry and attempted to make some 'egg' fried rice. Hey, I didn't do too bad!


I lightly fried some pre-cooked silken tofu in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. I added a pinch of turmeric and black salt and some frozen garden peas. After a few minutes I threw in some cooked rice, and mixed well.

I've not eaten egg fried rice in at least 6 years and I'm sure using the Vegg would probably feel a little more authentic, but this certainly did the trick for tonight.

If I manage to get through Vegan MOFO successfully while preparing to move house and beginning a Masters degree it'll be some kind of MIRACLE.

3 comments:

  1. How exciting! Best of luck with the moving process and starting your Masters degree! :)

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  2. Sorry you've got to go through the upheaval of a move but really pleased to see you've found such a great house. The garden looks fab! I've just moved to somewhere with a back yard after living in a flat for years. I'm starting off slowly with growing things with a few herbs and tomatoes but can see it getting addictive!

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  3. Yay! You've found the dream home! Fantastic garden it looks massive! Way bigger than my little back yard but I've managed to grow a whole heap of veg this year. Good luck with the move and I look forward to reading your vegan mofo posts :o)

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