Posts tagged ‘vegetables’

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 🙂


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
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)


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

Yay for successful cooking!

The other day, I attempted the impossible… I tried to cook myself dinner. Bet most of you don’t know that I can’t cook, huh? Kind of ironic, given my lifestyle, career choice and blog niche lol.

However, I added on an extra New Years Resolution, which is to learn to cook! Starting the other day. Now it was a risk because I was “freestyle” cooking, meaning I was throwing something together without a recipe, but I find dinner recipes really complicated and we didn’t have a lot of ingredients anyway so I had to make do.

I chose to create my own Vegetable and Noodle Soup. I dragged out whatever veges I could find, which ended up being Onions, Carrots, Courgettes, canned Chickpeas and Red cabbage. I also found a can of Watties Indian Tomatoes with seasoning, I used that as the base for the soup.

I chopped the onions and added them into the pot with the already added can of tomatoes, I let the onions soften. Then I added 1 cup of water.

Then I chopped up all the other veges and threw them in the pot, then I drained the chickpeas and added half the amount of chickpeas to the soup. I left the pot to simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes. After about 17 minutes I added some noodles (which were already softened so they didn’t take long) and left it for the remaining three minutes.

Once that time was up I switched off the element and made a side of toast 😀

The outcome was actually really great!

The result had me very satisfied. It was tasty (I also added Moroccan Seasoning and a pinch of Salt for flavour), filling and kept me full for a very long time. For a vegetarian meal I was very happy with my efforts 🙂

Anyway, stay tuned for some more cooking attempts!

Have a great day 🙂


January 24, 2010 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment

I hate diets. Diets suck.

I’m sure 98% of you will know who Holly Madison is. She’s beautiful, she’s smart, famous and lives a luxury celebrity lifestyle. She’s famous for her role in the show Girls Of The Playboy Mansion.

Perhaps this will refresh your memory?

Yup, that outta do it.

Well anyway, as you can very clearly see from these two pictures, she’s a beautiful woman and I actually looked up to her quite a lot for managing to be a girl next door, have attended university, finished high school and become very successful without having gone off the rails. Also I liked how she handled the publicity of her split with Hugh Hefner (puke), she kept her cool and never lost her temper with the paparazzi.

HOWEVER, I guess, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end… and my admiration for her DID after reading one of her tweets ( the other day: – My “last supper” b4 massive diet starting 2morrow! I want my dancing w/the stars body back!”
8:27 PM Dec 31st, 2009 from TwitPic

I was really shocked and disappointed after reading this. But my disappointment continued to grow after reading following tweets:

“entering day 2 of my fruit diet . . . yesterday was successful . . one day down, two to go!”
9:48 AM Jan 2nd from web

“help me with my diet: who makes the best salad in Vegas?”
about 21 hours ago from mobile web

I know most of you probably don’t understand why this bothers me, but it bothers me particularly for three reasons.

Firstly: Holly Madison does most definitely NOT need to be dieting so drastically. She doesn’t need to be dieting at ALL! Especially not on an all-fruit diet, that is unhealthy and she will not be receiving all the nutrients and minerals she needs.

Secondly: If she wants her “dancing with the stars body” back, then maybe instead of fasting/dieting, she should… oh, i dunno…. DANCE?!?!

and Thirdly: There are so many girls and teenagers who admire and look up to her. She is a beautiful woman and by saying that she needs to diet so drastically when really the public can see no problem with her, she’s putting pressure on her fans. Some girls may look at themselves in the mirror and compare themselves to her, and by her saying that she has weight to lose when she is TINY, her fans may follow her example and start fad dieting as well.

As the title clearly states, I am not a fan of dieting. This is because I’ve tried out a billion and one diets myself (stupidly, before I took up running and learnt how to eat properly), including fasting and it never worked long term or made me happy. I ended up hungry, miserable and feeling no better about myself than I was 3 kg’s heavier.

Dieting is not rewarding in the long run, and the thing that people seem to disregard, is the fact that with diets, you’re eating differently to normal, so once you go off the diet and resume regular day to day eating habits, YOU WILL PUT THE WEIGHT BACK ON!

I know you’ve probably all heard this a million and one times, but truly the best way to ensure a healthy body with a healthy weight is to eat healthy food with a balanced diet and regular exercise.

It sounds like a cliche, but that’s because it’s true!

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is so much easier than dieting aswell, and you feel so happy and satisfied from it.

It’s not a quick fix, it’s a long-term life decision.

I’m sorry Holly, but you’ve let me down here. I thought you were smarter than that.

I hope this gives all you readers something to think about. Have an excellent day!


January 4, 2010 at 2:31 am 1 comment


Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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