An uncle’s memorial, a 21st birthday and a cyst

It’s been an unusual week, with lots of ups and downs. We’ve had a death, a birthday, a painful cyst and tomorrow, we have a big exam (or our son does) – and all of these occasions called for vegan foods that I don’t usually make. I did quite a bit of  Googling and flicking through cookbooks, and here’s what I came up with.

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New Year’s resolutions

I know some people think New Year’s resolutions are dumb, but I love them. They’re a chance to re-evaluate things and make plans (even if I don’t always keep them).

A lot of people around me had a horrible time in 2013, but for me personally, it was rather good.  I’m hoping 2014 can be just as good – but for everyone, this time! Here are my resolutions to keep me on track for another good year.

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The un-birthday dinner

contents of refrigerator crisper - cauliflower, carrots, celery, broccoli and silver beet

Staring into the crisper for inspiration (this morning’s re-enactment of the scene of the staring)

Don’t you hate it when dinner plans are cancelled at the last minute?

My husband (let’s call him B for now) had his birthday last week and we’d planned a family night out at Pizza Meine Liebe. I was really looking forward to it because it’s been our favourite pizza place for a long time, but we hadn’t been there since we went vegan in January.

They make really good pizza, so I was a bit disappointed when I found out that they use milk in their pizza bases—but my daughter and I would be able to eat their dairy-free, gluten-free bases, so all would be fine…or would have been fine if B hadn’t found out that his compulsory after-work function went until 10 pm and not 6 pm, as he’d thought! Continue reading

We survived Hipstergeddon!

Small dog in the dark.

Our little dog hiding under the table during the blackout.

We had a lengthy blackout on Monday night. Some have called it ‘Hipstergeddon’ because we spent around 7 hours without lights, TV, heating, microwave, dishwasher, radio and most importantly… computers! (First world problems :-))

We’ve had blackouts before of course (although I can’t remember one lasting this long since I was a kid), but this is the first time I’ve really been aware of how much more we rely on electricity these days!

When the lights flickered once and then suddenly shut off, I was right in the middle of serving our lasagna for dinner. Only my daughter, H, and I were home at the time, so after (I’m ashamed to say) some girlie shrieking and squealing about zombies and monsters…H earnestly suggested, in her best Scooby Doo character voice, “I think it would be best if we split up.”

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