Monday, 13 November 2017

Old Stuff

I'm trying to get rid of some old stuff. I'm not great at throwing out usable items so I have been trying a combination of a Facebook Pay-It-Forward page and ebay. It all started recently when someone in a birth related Facebook group was looking to buy books that I happened to have. I sold three books to her. As I put the books in the post satchel I flicked through them and wondered what forgotten gems of wisdom I was sending off but I hadn't picked them up after the first reading five-ish years ago so it's unlikely I would pick them up again, better to get a few dollars for them while somebody still sees them as relevant.

 Next, I moved on to this wee little bag. I put it on the Pay It Forward page and on ebay but nobody was interested in it either for free or for money. I guess it is less stylish than I thought.

Monopoly and Cluedo were picked up by some local people. I hope they get some use from them.

I also managed to find a buyer for some toner cartridges taken from a dumpster. I advertised two on ebay and a guy came and bought four. He came back the next week for another four. I suspect he will be back this week for the last ones. He offered a price lower than I advertised (which was already a mere fraction of the new price) I hate it when people offer even lower than an already low price but I might have waited a long time for another buyer and we both knew it. Well played Mr Tight-wad, well played.

Now I'm having a shot at Piffing (Paying it forward) some vintage sewing patterns. I see that some people are selling old patterns for $5 to $10 a piece so I should be able to give them away, right?

Time will tell, I suppose.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Common as muck

According to Mr John Gray, it's "common" to have a settee outdoors. Maybe it's not so common if you are in Australia rather than Wales? or maybe it's more common when you call the settee a couch or sofa?
Harry doesn't seem to mind being common, he has claimed the couch on the deck as his own. Of course Harry probably has an identity issue given that greyhound racing is the dirtiest, commonest sport around but greys are historically regarded as aristocratic and elegant. In some places they could only be owned by nobility.
I had a look for a list of characteristics that make a person "common" and it would seem that the qualifiers are as many as there are people:
  • large tattoos
  • drinking light beer
  • eating wonder bread
  • having a trampoline that covers more than half the backyard
  • outdoor settees
  • broken down cars on the street
  • swearing
  • teen pregnancy
  • baby bumps on display
  • fake tan
  • regional accents
  • eating in the street
  • arguing in public
I qualify on a few counts. It's a good thing Harry doesn't seem to notice.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Buddha Bowls

I have implemented a new rule (or at least rule of thumb) here and try to make Monday night dinners vegan. It's a variation on the Meatless Monday campaign. 
I am no fan of fake meats and I am extremely suspicious of Quorn, I am also a bit fussy about dishes where something has been used as a meat substitute (lentil bolognaise comes to mind although I found a lentil and eggplant moussaka to be delicious) 
In view of all this fussiness (for once my own and not someone else's) my vegan offerings tend to revolve around vegetable curries or a Buddha bowl style of meal.
Buddha bowls seem to me to be very loosely defined, they might be vegan or vegetarian or contain meat, they might contain a mix of cold and hot foods, some people add a fermented food as a matter of course and some don't.

The way I see it, a buddha bowl should feel abundant and have lots of little treasures of flavour and texture. I don't have bowls large enough so we actually have a buddha plate and I never manage to design a bowl with quite the variety I would like. By the time I organise a few components I start to get overwhelmed with the number of tasks to do but it's a great idea to have a bit of fun with and I think it would work really well for people who do meal prep on the weekends. You could fill the fridge with pre-cooked vegetables, grains, meat, eggs and yummy dressings and then every day it would be easy to choose the components of the day's bowl, add some fresh salad veggies or quickly saute something and have a healthy meal with a minimum of effort.

My creation yesterday was roast pumpkin, fenugreek sprouts, sauteed fennel & asparagus, raw tomatoes with basil mayo and Lebanese inspired cumin and lentil rice. What would you put in a buddha bowl?