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“And then the wheels fell off…”

This is kinda gross and I don’t really know why I’m blogging about this, but the other night at around MIDNIGHT I went to see the Doctor in E.D at the hospital who told me I have Shingles. It’s pretty much the “grown-ups” version of Chickenpox, only worse. It’s spread across my chest and down my left arm/armpit. I’ll be popping pills like it’s my job for the next week, I’m on anti-viral antibiotics which I take 5 times a day for 5 days as well as pain relief which I take every 4-5 hours or so as needed.

I’m so annoyed that this had to happen now because I’ve just started being proactive about my health and fitness, and instead of moping around at home complaining about how unfit and unhappy I am I took action to change. I bought a 10 concession card for the local outdoor swimming pool so I can start swimming since everything else hurts and I bought a soccer ball to play soccer with my friends. I also just got Annabel Langbein’s beautiful cookbook which is full to bursting with amazing healthy and delicious recipes, as well as dragging out mum’s old “deliciously natural” cookbook so I could put together a two-week meal plan for mum and I.

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However… It will take anywhere between 2-5 weeks for the Shingles to go away completely, and it’s extremely contagious. I can’t swim because, well… just, EW and I can’t cook because the movement hurts too much. So it’s like Karma just slapped this in my face, sort of reminding me that this is what I get for faffing around with my health for months. It’s as if it’s saying “Hi there! Remember me? Karma? Yeah well I’m back again! Just a friendly reminder that you should’ve maintained your health instead of falling into an emotional and physical rut. I’m just going to give you a hideous virus to deal with for a few weeks while you think about your actions. Bye now!”

Not to mention the fact that we’re in the middle of Mock exams right now 😦 I have my drama and biology exams tomorrow and it really does not look like I’ll be able to sit them. I think the reason I got this in the first place is from all the stress I’ve been dealing with lately… You only need to look at my poor, torn nail beds to see that…
The last thing I feel like doing is sitting in an exam hall for a collective 6 hours, making a noise every few hours by taking my medication and pain relief. Not to mention the contagious aspect…

Yesterday I begrudgingly and very painfully cooked a Pumpkin Pie for my dear ole’ sis. My sister, her partner and my gorgeous little nephew are staying with us for a few days. She arrived before I was diagnosed so I was feeling good (itchy though- the first sign) and promised I’d bake her a pumpkin pie since she’d never tried one. True to my word, I pump my veins full of pain killers and took to the kitchen. The result was a delicious, perfectly cooked pumpkin pie, with a slightly over-worked crust unfortunately, but hey, it still tasted good. I decided not to cook dinner last night and wound up sleeping for 2 and a half hours in the afternoon.

I’ve really lost my appetite these last couple of days and I’ve been really REALLY tired. I have grasped the opportunity of my lack of appetite to sort of correct my eating habits. I’m trying to lessen the amount of sweet foods I have.

Anyway, that’s what up these days… Who knows how I’ll feel in a few days. Since I caught the virus early with anti-biotics it might now get any worse… hopefully.

Ciao!

October 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm 2 comments

Successful Vegetable Broth

Today I finally got around to making the Vege Broth I’ve been meaning to. It took me 35 minutes to chop the truck load of vegetables I had to use, but it was SO worth it.

I have a problem with chopping onions… And today I found a solution 😀

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After being hunched over the chopping board for ages I finally finished chopping everything up. Then I added 4 litres of water, salt, tamari sauce, tomato paste and dried rosemary (because I didn’t have the real thing).

I brought it to the boil and then lowered the heat and let it simmer for an hour and a half. Once it was ready to come out, I drained it in a sieve and then waited for it to cool. Once it had cooled I put a little bit into ice cube trays and the rest into freezer bags to freeze all of it.

It was so easy and fun to make, you can literally use everything but the kitchen sink in terms of vegetables. I did go out and buy some more veges because we didn’t have any carrots and a broth is simply not complete without carrots.

It tastes SO good!! I tried some and I was so amazed. It smelt fantastic as well.

I’m so pleased to have finally made it. I now have 4 litres of delicious vege broth to use in a ton of recipes.

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Nom nom nom 🙂

Goodnight!

October 1, 2010 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Vegan Tofu and Vegetable Stir-fry

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Tonight I made the most delicious Tofu and Vegetable stir-fry, it totally made up for the chocolate cake earlier on today. I used pre-marinated tofu (the flavour which I forget) and I chopped and marinated the veges myself.

Tofu and Vegetable stir-fry

Ingredients: (choose the proportions according to how many servings you want)
Pre-marinated tofu, firm if possible
Carrots
Capsicum
Mushrooms
Spring Onions
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
2 garlic cloves
Tuscan Seasoning (although I’m pretty sure any combination of herbs and seasoning will do the trick)

Method:

Remove the tofu from it’s packaging and drain the marinade off it through a sieve and into a small bowl. Put a pan onto a medium heat and add a little olive oil. Once the marinade has drained off, chop the tofu into slices and then into rectangles, put the pieces into the pan and cook until brown.

While the tofu is cooking, chop the vegetables however way you like and put them all into a medium sized bowl. Once all the veges are chopped, squeeze the juice of two lemons into the bowl along with a drizzle of olive oil, tuscan seasoning and two garlic cloves, crushed. Mix it all together (I used my hands) and let to sit.

Once the tofu is cooked, add the marinade into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the vegetables and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Serve with rice, couscous, quinoa or by itself.

This is SO TASTY it’s my favourite stir-fry to date ^.^

September 25, 2010 at 8:36 am Leave a comment

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