Posts Tagged ‘vegan’

Out of the blue

Random acts of romantic behaviour that caught me off guard and made me smile.

 

Banksy Love card and a card to indicate our first date

 

 

Vegan Red wine and some sweet smelling flowers

Who would have thought that nice romantic guys still exist?

 

We don’t have meat here, only flesh

A new spin on promoting Veganism.

Presents

Where I work, they like to give edible treats to people who have done things above and beyond the normal call of duty.
In the last two days, I have received 5 presents…

All of it chocolate. All of it dairy chocolate.

You’d think after working here for 4 years, everyone would pay attention and remember that I’m a Vegan and such presents are actually a slap in the face to me.

#rant

My Master Class

How to bake bread from scratch – with pictures (Ooh.. Lucky you!)

Duration: About 3 hours

Step 1
Wash your hands thoroughly, and ensure that you have a nice large clean counter in front of you.

Step 2

Put on an apron .If you’re anything like me, you’re going to get covered in flour
“You’re like a 5 year old baking with how much mess you make – no wait, they are tidier” Brother, March 2010

Step 3

Grab a nice big bowl, mine is purple and select your flour. You can use plain flour. I have decided to use some gourmet Sweet Bun Mix Flour.

Step 4

Measure out 500g of flour

Step 5

Sift flour into the large bowl

Step 6

Measure out 10g of yeast (always store this in a fridge or freezer), and 10g of Sea Salt (I used Lake Salt) and add to flour.

Step 7

Make a well in the dry mixture. Measure out 350ml of water. (I used 225ml’s as I was using a special flour).

Step 8

Mix in well.

Step 9

Spread a light layer of flour on the counter. Take dough and place on counter over flour. If your mixture is too runny, add more flour, if it’s not holding together – add more water.

Step 10.
Knead with knuckles and palms of hands. Flatten and stretch. Turn over and repeat until it is well mixed.

Step 11
Knead with throwing pressure. This is how we get the air into the dough. This step should take between 15 – 40 minutes. I usually take about 25-30 min. It’s an amazing way to work up a sweat, so avoid long sleeves for this stage.

The best thing about having a dog is not having to clean the floor after making bread 🙂 Thanks Benny – despite nearly tripping over you on numerous occassions.

Step 12
Place in a large bowl, or a tray and put in a warm spot (In summer, you can place it anywhere.. in winter, I place it in front of my heater). Cover it, and leave it for an hour to grow.

Guard your dough and protect it from inquisitive young puppies

I'm watching the new TMNT movie to keep me entertained

This makes the experience more enjoyable

Step 13
Remove from container, place on bench, and fold repeatedly to strengthen the bonding of the bread. Place back under cover in a warm spot for another hour.

Here I normally do all the counter cleaning and dishes.

Step 14
Preheat Oven to 250 degrees celcius

Step 15
Remove bread from dish/bowl. Place onto a pizza stone (if you have one, I don’t- sad face), otherwise place on a flat tray.



Bake bread for about 20 minutes, or until bread has a nice brown crust on it. The type of flour you use will affect the depth of the colour.

Step 16
Admire, cut, lavish in Nuttelex and eat still warm. Mmmm..

Winds of Change..

So our regular hockey coach works for one of Australia’s largest alcohol dealers/suppliers and he got sent over to South Africa for the World Cup – all expenses paid.

Meanwhile, we’ve had out bootcamp fitness coach Boxy, taking us as coach, and won a total of 3 out of 4 games with him.
Much better run than with Jooce, but in his defense, we are a better team now, and it’s further into the season.

Jooce has now returned, and Boxy has been promoted to our Official Coach.
He’s great, but makes us run waaaaaaay too much.
We are all a lot fitter though.

We recently had a team bonding session at Rosemount Bowl. We were divided into three teams.
Pink, Blue and Green.

I got green, it brings out the colour in my eyes.
My first game was kinda terrible, Lets just say I’d had a big night and only gotten home after 5 that morning. My first two frames I missed everything but the gutter. Boxy, who was on my team was severely disappointed, as he wanted to… WIN!

I managed a dismal 76 for the whole game. I always make at least 100. Shame on me.
I wasn’t the worst though. Far from it. I think there was a 24 in the Pink team.

Second game was actually close, between Boxy, myseld, Hayley and Georgia, with it all coming to the final frame.
Boxy had 132. I hit an 8, and needed a spare for the extra ball to beat him, I only sunk 1, and getting 128.

Hayley got 125, and G got 122 I think.
Now Boxy, Georgia and I were all team Green. We had a team average along with Kat of 116. Not bad!

We completely owned!

Then to Grill’d for some yummy burger goodness.
Kirsten was still suffering from the hectic night we had had before.

Oh good times.

Samn’s Bruschetta Mix

To feed 127 hungry hungry hockey boys..

Ingredients

* 8 French baguette, cut into 1/2 inch thick circles
* 65 plum/roma tomatoes, diced
* 335 g chopped fresh basil – place basil leaves on top of one another, roll into a log, then slice thinly..
* 4 red onion, minced
* freshly ground black pepper and sea salt
* 24 cloves garlic
* Olive Oil to drizzle (probably about 2 1/4 cups)

Note: Mince some of the garlic to add to bruschetta mixture, and save some for rubbing the bread before adding the topping

Directions

* Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
* Combine tomato, basil, and red onion in a small mixing bowl; stir well. Season with freshly ground black pepper and sea salt. Set aside. Drizzle with olive oil so mixture is nice and moist.
* Brush a bit of olive oil on each slice. Arrange bread on a baking sheet. Place in oven, and bake until well toasted, approximately 5 minutes.
* Remove bread from oven, and transfer to a large serving platter. Let bread cool 3 to 5 minutes. Rub garlic into the top of each slice of toast; the toast should glisten with the garlic. Spoon the tomato mixture generously onto each slice, and serve.

Ta Daaa..

Day of Rest?

Sunday was FAR from it.

From an early morning breakfast with a friend (who had forgotten about it, and turned up an hour late), to shopping for rare ingredients in tiny asian shops, to finalising mountains of results, to baking enough coconut and lime cupcakes to feed two hockey teams, to meeting the crew for last minute hen’s weekend down south details to playing a late night hockey game.

WHEW!

I somehow managed the day and got to where I needed to be and with who.. now all I had to do was look forward to our big match that night. Here’s the official match report below.

Women’s Premier Alliance: Wasps 3 defeated Fremantle 1

It was a second cold and late night game, in as many weeks for the lovely ladies of the Premier Alliance Team. With the fitness fanatic Boxy, once again on the sidelines filling the coaches shoes, one could hear his now famous mutterings of “You didn’t come out in this weather, this late at night to lose” With the opponents being Fremantle who were sitting right underneath us on the table, we knew it would be a tight game. Most of the team were still all running on the exhilaration of beating UWA in the previous week (yes, EVEN a week later), and added to that we were hyped up for Kirsten who was celebrating her birthday (Note to Men – Never ask a girl about her age – the Men’s 4’s can vouch for that!)

With only two subs on the bench, and a different starting lineup to usual, we took the field. Some good quick passes through the team saw Barbie slotting in a very neat goal within the first 3 minutes of play. We couldn’t believe it, and celebrated it like we’ve never really ever scored before.. I swear it’s all those draws that we’ve had this season! With an extra bounce in our step we took the field again, knowing that we truly do have what it takes to beat this Fremantle team. For the next five minutes we played a very attacking game, doing our best to secure a short corner, as we had been practicing at training with the boys that week. It paid off, and we were awarded a short. A good push out, saw our local strong arm Sue, take one of her infamous strikes at the goals. Success. It was a GOAAAAAALLLL! So maybe I’ve been watching too much world cup action this week?

Fremantle began to see red, and there was a definite increase in the amount of pushing and getting knocked off of the ball, that we suddenly all felt. If only the umpires had seen that, and presented a red instead…ok, well… at least a green card here and there… or even a free hit for us? Just one? Not too far away from the half time mark, and error in our defense saw us have a penalty flick awarded against us. Brookey had been practicing her goal defense for moments such as this, but even she couldn’t keep out the sneaky goal in the bottom right corner.

Half time siren came, with the score being 2 – 1 in Wasps’ favour. Whilst there was no agreement between coach and captain on whether we should play the second half, as if the score was still 0-0, or play it like it actually was, one thing they did agree on, was focusing on playing to the whistle (it turns out the Socceroos weren’t the only ones in green and gold to get some poor decisions their way this week) We held possession for most of the game even when our Captain Lis got sent off with a green. We held our breath on more than one occasion as Goldfish went to try and convert some of her efforts into goals but it just wasn’t her night.

True to the nature of the Perth Hockey Stadium’s new pitch aka the Ice Rink, there were dozens of people falling, stumbling and slipping all over the field throughout the game much to the entertainment of the spectators. With ten minutes to go before we could finally feast on some vegan cupcakes and birthday celebrations, Nikita managed to slot one in, and promptly got fined for wiping a celebratory kiss from her big sis, before it even had time to dry. That’s our second win in as many weeks, and I’m sure you’re not all surprised that we think it ‘s because our regular coach Jooce is currently being merry at the World Cup.