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In which I swear all I ever write about is work and food…

28 Mar

Firstly, the good news- it’s now the Easter holidays, my dissertation is handed in and I got an offer for my MA course! Just have to get a 2:1 and over 65% on my dissertation, which is achievable (I hope) if I slog away at my next essay, revision, and Greek. So things are a lot better than when I last blogged! It felt so good to hand in my dissertation, all bound and ready.

I’ve been hanging out with Giles last weekend, and this week I worked three days in the bookshop, so I didn’t manage to get much done. I also cleaned my house from top to bottom (excluding my housemates’ rooms) throughout the week! Now I’m back in London, which is good so far, although I already miss Giles, and I won’t be able to see him for two or three weeks- probably the longest time we’ve ever been apart for. Yesterday, I went out shopping and found some bargains in Gap- I bought an grey trench-coat style jacket, reduced from £69.50 to £34.99 which was quite the bargain, and some half-price pyjama bottoms. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have the new season’s stock in yet, but you can’t argue with half price! I also bought a book that I’ve wanted for a while, Vegan with a Vengeance. Irritating that it’s reduced by a lot on amazon, whereas I paid full price, but never mind, that’s how bookshops manage to stay open. It was recommended to me by a friend at work, and so far I’ve seen quite a lot of recipes I want to try making! Although I’m not vegan (I eat organic dairy and free-range eggs), I don’t eat cheese so most vegetarian cookery books are useless to me! It also means I can share the recipes with my vegan friends, which is a plus. I’ll have to post on here the recipes that I try, and the results. I think I shall make a (non-vegan) cake later in the week from one of my mum’s awesome old-fashioned cookery books so I’ll post photos of that as well. This is such a food blog.

I never realised how much I used my left thumb…

A sad food related story, now. A few weeks ago I bought a new, sharp, knife. My knives before this cost something like £4 in Ikea for four, so were not the sharpest although they served me fairly well. I was dicing (?) some spring onion, pushing it forward with my thumb, when -chop- I realised I had chopped into my thumb! With all the blood (fingers tend to do this), I couldn’t see how injured I was, and because the knife was so sharp I didn’t feel how much it cut me. Luckily, it turned out not to be too bad, and the worse I had done was cut through my nail and into the nail bed a bit, hence the blood. Where I’ve cut into the nail is so irritating though- meaning I have to keep a plaster onto it, or it gets caught on just about everything. Hopefully it will grow enough soon that I can cut the damn thing off without leaving the nail bed exposed. I did read online about putting superglue on it to hold the nail together, but it seems like a very bad idea when I have a cut under it.

I have learnt in this time, that my left thumb is the one I use the most- it is my yoghurt lid opening thumb, my shower-gel opening thumb, my texting thumb (fail iPhone only recognises actual fingers, not ones with plasters on), my bottle-lid undoing thumb, my helping-to-pick-things up thumb. Poor right thumb, I never appreciated how left out you must have felt!

The Past Week

30 Jan

It’s been a busy week! So I’m going to split up the things I’ve done into sections to make it easier. It’s quite a food-heavy entry, I’ve just realised, but maybe that’s because I’m hungry as I’m writing it!

Habibi

I’m a member of the Animal Welfare and Vegetarian Society at my university, and every week we go out for a meal to a vegetarian-friendly restaurant. This week we went to Habibi, an Arabic restaurant in Coventry. I’ve been there once before, also with the Society. It’s a really nice restaurant, and very atmospheric. However, I find that the food is a bit hit and miss. Last time I went, I ordered the ‘Batata Harah’, which a potato and pepper dish with garlic. It was pretty tasty. I also got falafel and rice with vermicelli and vegetables, both of which are so delicious! I ordered them both this time as well. However, I also ordered  ‘Loubia Bizet’  green bean dish, which was horrible! Definitely not a success. The restaurant has a ‘Beoudin tent’ outside, where they serve drinks (no alcohol though) and shisha. Last time I went, we had a rose flavoured shisha, which tasted like rose Turkish delight; this time, however, we just had some hot drinks. Although it’s outside, there is a brazier and heaters, which keep it surprisingly warm! I’d recommend it if you want something different, but the service is quite slow, so not one for a quick meal! Here is a link to their website. I’m really glad I joined the Animal Welfare society. The people I’ve met through it have all been lovely so far, and our socials are always really good fun.

The Animal Welfare society is also planning a ‘Go Vegetarian Month’, starting from the second of February, which is quite exciting! I get to have proteges, or ‘Veggie buddies’, as I should be calling them. I’m a little bit nervous about having lots of people I don’t know assigned to me, but I’m sure it will be fine. Fifty people have expressed interest on facebook, and it’s fantastic that this many people want to give vegetarianism a go. Giles had decided to go vegetarian for the month as well, which is also awesome. Although I don’t mind if my partner chooses to eat meat, I’d obviously prefer people I like to be vegetarian. Giles already doesn’t really cook meat for himself and only eats it when out (or on a pizza), so we’ll have to see how it goes.

Dissertation

Argh! I have so little time left to do it, so I really need to get working on it. However, I went and saw my dissertation tutor on Thursday morning, and he was really enthusiastic about my topic. The title I’ve decided upon is “How did the Grand Tour influence English interior design?”. I now need to finihish off my Art and Architecture essay, and get working on my dissertation, as it has to be in by the end of this term, which is just frieghtening.

Giles

Giles gets a whole section to himself (well, he has to share it with more food, predictably), because I’ve seen him quite a lot this week! He came round mine on Thursday evening, and I made us Thai curry. I usually just buy the ready-made sauce which comes in a jar, but this time I had to combine curry paste with coconut milk! I made enough for a small army, I think- loads of quorn, potatoes and vegetables, not to mention rice and naan. I thought it was pretty tasty though! Giles stayed round mine that night, and we watched Se7en, which we’ve been intending to see for a while. It was good, quite creepy in parts though! On Friday morning, Giles went off to Nottingham, while I went to my lectures and then onto Birmingham to do some shopping. We headed back to his that evening, and stayed up way too late and drank far too much (as I regretted this morning before work…).

Birmingham

Shopping time! I feel s0 shallow writing about what I bought, but here I go. I got Giles an anniversary card, and for myself, I managed to successfully achieve my two worst kinds of shopping- jeans and shoes. I bought some jeans from Gap, which I would post a picture of, but they’re not on Gap’s American website. They’re straight-cut and dark, and were relatively painless to find! The shoes are ballerina type shoes, that I will sort out a photo of when I get home. After I had shopped, I met up with Giles and we went for dinner in Pizza Express, where I had my usual, the Zucchine Funghi with no cheese. Delicious! It was really nice to spend time with Giles as well, although it always is. 🙂