Life || Wonderful Wednesday #5

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Wonderful Wednesday #5

Hey there Wednesday!

Let’s get straight into all the good stuff because it’s Wednesday morning and I need to finish this before my tweet goes out in 5 minutes!

Insert your own thoughts of why celebrating the good parts of the week is a jolly good idea. 

I’m off to try and finish my book so I can sneak one more on to my August reads!

Time with my favourite people

I lucked out this week,an extra day to spend with Kris on the weekend and a good old natter with Danielle on Hangouts. It’s always nice to have a little company when you’re doing the washing up! That and we’ve got a trip to Disneyland to keep planning together.

I’m a lady of not many friends, so it’s nice to spend some quality time with the ones I do have.

Glorious, glorious sunshine!

It might be 30 degrees or so, but clear blue skies, bright sunshine and enough UV for a side of sunburn every time I leave the house, that’s what I like in my summertimes.

It’s the perfect time to walk in the forest under the shade of the trees, which made the heat of Saturday a little bit easier.

A tofu success

Every time I cook tofu it’s terrible. OK, probably not terrible, but it’s never what I expect it to be or what I want, so for all intents and purposes, it sucks. Until this one time last week, I decided to give the ol’ tofu another go. I sliced it and fried it up with a little pepper and some seasoning mix (inappropriately named chicken seasoning) and it turned out alright. A little dry in places, but at least it had taste. Maybe I’ve got myself a bit of tofu-mojo, or I’ve just unlocked a new vegan-life-level, I don’t know, but tofu, you’re alright and I might cook you next week some time.

I’m thinking tofu in my Thai curry next.

Other food related goodness – because, who goes a week without something wonderful and food related? Not me, that’s who  – I made chocolate brownies and reignited my love for these “energy balls” that I haven’t made in so many months!

Oh and mug cakes have officially entered my life. Danielle sent me a great eggless recipe and it was delicious. Even after burning off all my taste buds. Delicious. Highly recommend.

Chopster Chops

Nothing is more wonderful that my Choppy-dude. As I’ve been sick and the weather has been far too hot for Lil’ Man, I’ve not seen too much of him this week, but the snivels have subsided so we’re back to hanging out together in the evening. We even had a little snuggle on Monday morning which only happens every now and then when I’m up extra early.

Chopster Chop, you da best. I also need more photos of my dude, but when someone doesn’t wake up until 9pm, I’m past the stage of wanting to turn all the lights on and get the camera out. We just live in the moment instead.

So that’s it, a couple of happy snaps from the last week. I need to up my game and note them down during the week because it’s too taxing on my brain to think of them all at once. What’s been great about your last week? 

Don’t forget to check out all the other Wonderful Wednesday-ers starting with the inspiration Sally, and then the rest of us raggedy bunch:  Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, Michelle, Emma and Sam!

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Food || Vegan Moroccan-Style Chickpeas & Rice

Life As Unusuals || Lifestyle and travel blog. VEGAN MOROCCAN-STYLE CHICKPEAS. QUICK AND EASY VEGAN MEAL.

It’s been ages since I shared a recipe. Like aaaages, ages. Over a year, that’s for sure. I was a little hesitant to share them since we’d started eating vegan, but after a whole year of being vegan, I feel a lot more comfortable with sharing some of the food we cook. Especially since it’s so similar to what we previously ate, it’s just vegan instead!

I’m really looking forward to sharing more vegan food and maybe even tempting someone to try it too!

I promise: no cardboard. Only simple, tasty, goodness!

So let’s start with a favourite of mine, Moroccan-style chickpeas. This dish is so easy, so cheap and so quick to make. It’s got a little spice in it to make it something special, you get all the tasty carbs from the rice and it’s just so simple. And who doesn’t like simple?

It’s even gluten-free, but let’s not get pretentious now.

Ingredients

1 onion, diced
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1tbsp Moroccan spice mix
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup passata

If you don’t have passata, then you can use half a tin of chopped tomatoes instead. I use this extra liquid to just increase the volume of the sauce, I prefer more sauce to chickpeas, so I add more tomato base. Plus, the more you start with, the more leftovers you have and I love me some leftovers. I just find there is too many chickpeas otherwise. 

Alternatively, you could use only half the tin of chickpeas, but I never do because that just means I end up with a half empty tin in the fridge that inevitably goes rank. 

Moroccan Spice Mix

I found a recipe online for the Moroccan spice mix and just followed the instructions for that. Minus any ingredients that we didn’t have, because I don’t go to the shop for one spice jar. Our mix ended us being this, just in a larger quantity so we could store some:

1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp ground allspice

Additional things to add, that we chose not to, or didn’t have at the time:

1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Moroccan-style chickpeas, a quick easy and vegan recipe

Instructions

Prepare the chickpeas, onions, and spice mix.

Add 1-2tbsp water to a frying pan and heat on high. Add the onion and cook until soft. Constant stirring might be necessary if your pan isn’t one of those fancy non-stick ones.

Once soft, add the tinned tomatoes and chickpeas, and stir. Add the passata/extra tinned tomatoes if you would prefer more sauce/leftovers.

Add the spice mix and sugar, stir to dissolve and cook on a low/medium hear until the chickpeas are hot.

Serve with rice or pasta or potatoes, it’s all a good choice. Oh, and some greens so you can fill the lettuce leaves with rice and sauce. It’s delicious.

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Moroccan-style chickpeas, a quick easy and vegan recipe

It feels nice to be sharing some of the recipes we cook again! Even better to be sharing tasty vegan food! I hope you like the sound of it and let me know if you give it a try! 

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Life || Photo A Day #34

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 34 of my project 365 for 2016

Yup, I’m totally putting this together at the last minute. I was far too engrossed in my book (and a sneaky little bit of GBBO) to do it before now.

Let’s not pretend otherwise, this week was a total write off with the exception of the weekend, then again, all the best stuff happens on the weekend so I guess it doesn’t really matter. Damn you Belgian Lurgies.

But, I’m feeling better, my nostrils are under control and I haven’t sneezed or coughed in the last 4 hours. With any luck, I’ll manage to sleep the entire night and not be woken by the fear of drowning in my own phlegm. Fingers crossed.

19th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 34 of my project 365 for 2016

Bright yellow sunflowers down by the abbey.

You know, there’s been a shortage of sunflowers around here this summer. I’m pretty sure I remember seeing more of them last year, maybe it’s been too wet for them to grow, I don’t know. But, I did find this patch down by the abbey and a few when we’ve been out cycling so at least there’s some.

20th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 34 of my project 365 for 2016

Before the dreaded Belgian Lurgies set in, we did get out for a little hike on Saturday. Nothing too far or strenuous since Kris’ knee was still feeling the effects of falling off his bike, but it was nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine. And tick off another letter on our A to Z quest. Hashtag winning.

21st August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 34 of my project 365 for 2016

A little snap of that free food I was banging on about in Wednesday’s post.

Update as of Thursday: one and a half of said cucumbers have been consumed. Was very tasty. 

22nd August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 34 of my project 365 for 2016

A day in bed of reading and napping. Hashtag sick.

23rd August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 34 of my project 365 for 2016

In my attempt to make myself feel better with some fresh air, I met Kris from work for a little duck-feeding and rat-spotting, since Kris is yet to meet Mr Rat from last week. There were no rats and the ducks weren’t all that hungry, but still, it was nice to get a little fresh air and have a walk together before going home.

24th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 34 of my project 365 for 2016

Working on my aversion to taking photos of other people’s gardens and stopped to take a photo of this passion fruit flower with these bees on.

25th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos week 34 of my project 365 for 2016

Finally, I have enough energy to cycle in the morning! We’re enjoying some gorgeous sunshine at the moment, so it was nice to make the most of it before the midday heat set in. I don’t know how these cows do it, sitting out in the 30 degree heat without any shade, I managed an hour and then retreated back to my somewhat cool apartment. Hashtag hot.

Another week gone in a blur of used tissues and blue skies. Not too shabby at all. Any plans for the weekend folks? 

Linking up with Jen for Photo Friday.

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