Sunday, 14 September 2014

Annual MOFO Fail, and a daytrip to Leeds

Hello my blogging chums! So, I formally handed in my MOFO resignation within a few days of it beginning. I guess my signing up for the 2014 'run' was some kind of Pavlovian response, because there was no way in all holy HECK that I would've ever been able to commit to it properly.

I'm in box city at the moment as I'm packing up to move house in less than 2 weeks. I also work in a University and anyone who's worked in Higher Education knows that September is busy.

On top of that, I've been gearing up to begin my beloved MA in Anthrozoology, which will kick off very soon indeed.

I've actually been cheating on this blog with a couple of my others too. My genealogy project has had some thrilling General Record Office developments, and I've started an Anthrozoology blog as a reflective tool for my MA studies.

Anyhoo, I do have something food-related to report, and that is my visit to the absolutely ruddy AMAZING Bundobust in Leeds.

I took a trip there yesterday to meet with some of my new MA course-mates, who kindly agreed to gather at a vegan-friendly place. I had a quick google and Bundobust popped up as an eaterie near the station serving plenty of vegan options.

Good GRIEF it was good..... Even if you don't click on the link, let me just say this: Indian street food and craft beers.


So, I was a bit too shy to take food shots but the website does a good job of that. We had a selection of various vegan options and only politeness amongst my new academic brethren stopped me from hoovering up the whole lot in seconds.

I also had a tremendous vegan-friendly banana beer (thanks Vegaholic) which was so joyous I had two.

Folks : GO HERE AND EAT! (and drink)

Before I head off I want to draw your attention to possibly the best Vegan MOFO theme ever over at my pal Sophie's blog, Hasta la Vegan....

Sophie is taking one (or thirty) for the vegan team and cooking old/weird recipes from old/weird cookbooks and she is being BRAVE eating some of that stuff. The posts are giving me daily joy and chuckles and I urge you to check them out.

Meanwhile, I am cooking nothing of interest whatsoever as I sit amongst boxes and try to get plenty of academic reading done. Vulpe knows exactly how I feel lately.....

Enjoy MOFO my blogging pals! Who knows, maybe next year I'll manage it :)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Pasta Alfredo with Polenta Fried Courgette


I recall that around this time last year I was suffering from a minor mac & cheeze addiction. I haven't made a creamy pasta sauce in ages and I had a hankerin' somethin' bad last night. I looked at my 'ol faithful' recipe which is the Vegan Yum Yum Hurry Up Alfredo and then with great sadness realised I was cashew-less.... I wasn't about to let something like that stop me though, and put together this weird but ultimately very successful alternative.


  • 1 cup soya milk
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 1 level tbsp polenta
  • 2 tbsp margarine (I used Vitalite)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • salt & pepper to taste
Just go ahead and blend all the ingredients together in your blender, and don't be concerned by the weird looking foam on top of the liquid once it's done. Pour it into a saucepan and heat it gently, stirring with a whisk.

At the same time, using your amazing multi-tasking skillz, slice a courgette into large thin slices. Heat up your best non stick frying pan but add no oil or fat. Coat each side of the courgette slices in olive oil, then in polenta. Fry in the pan until nice and crispy on the outside.

When your pasta's cooked, drain it and stir in the alfredo sauce. Top with the courgette slices and you're good to go!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

On Fried Rice and New Beginnings

Well, Vegan MOFO must have some cosmic significance in my life because once again, Vulpe and I will be moving house during Vegan MOFO month.

The arrangements are slightly different this time as we'll be moving at the very end of the month, and therefore I should be able to get some good MOFOing in before the madness gradually descends...

SO unfortunately relations between me and my letting agency/landlord soured pretty badly in recent weeks and I decided it would be best to find a landlord I can trust and a property I can settle in for the next couple of years at least, which is the duration of the MA I am beginning in September. There's a tremendous free ad listing service where I work and I'd posted a plea seeking a private landlord letting a property within my budget happy to accommodate pets. Within 24 hours, a colleague from elsewhere within the organisation had emailed me about a 2 bed house she and her family were soon due to vacate. I went to see the house the following day and it is PERFECT for Vulpe and Miaowski and me. Check out this humungous garden, perfect for a doggy to romp in, and for me to grow some vegetables (DREAM):

(I feel there's a gap in the market for gardeners to provide a 2 hour-ish session to owners of big gardens who have little gardening experience on how to not fluff it all up completely.....)

There's also a spare bedroom that'll make a perfect study room. The lovely owners are leaving a large desk behind and I scored a perfect office chair off eBay for £3.60. WINNER!

So we'll be uprooting again in about 6 weeks, but I have hope that it'll be a good move, and we'll all be very happy there for a couple of years at least.


So I've self-imposed a Chinese takeaway ban in order to save money, and therefore headed to the Chinese supermarket to stock up on tofu and some other goodies. Tonight I cooked up a teriyaki tofu stir fry and attempted to make some 'egg' fried rice. Hey, I didn't do too bad!

I lightly fried some pre-cooked silken tofu in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. I added a pinch of turmeric and black salt and some frozen garden peas. After a few minutes I threw in some cooked rice, and mixed well.

I've not eaten egg fried rice in at least 6 years and I'm sure using the Vegg would probably feel a little more authentic, but this certainly did the trick for tonight.

If I manage to get through Vegan MOFO successfully while preparing to move house and beginning a Masters degree it'll be some kind of MIRACLE.