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Ryan Gander: READY ONLY @ ACCA. Image André Morin.

https://www.accaonline.org.au/exhibition/ryan-gander-read-only

I visited this exhibition with DD at ACCA. I had never heard of Ryan Gander before but I enjoy seeing contemporary Art and DD was interested in going to see this artist in particular.

We were warned by a woman at the entry to the exhibit that it wasn’t an “easily accessible” show by which we took to mean ‘you are going to have a hard time making sense of it’.

It seemed like a random collection of all kinds of different works by him – painting, sculpture, video and a framed choose your own adventure for example. It’s unusual that you see so much variety produced by the same artist.

I’d actually never heard of ACCA either – the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. It’s a great space in Southbank and the exhibitions are always free, so we’ll really have to get down there more.

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It’s been pretty cold lately so I had been looking forward to cooking something hearty, warming and healthy. I’ve been keeping my eye out for recipes that don’t involve a lot of prep the night before, and even less the next morning and this minestrone soup is the perfect answer!

I used this recipe from Family Fresh Meals but started tweaking it a little when it became apparent there was no way that all these ingredients were going to fit in my slow cooker.

I skipped the pasta as I thought it would be filling enough with potatoes and beans. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo – but you’ll have to trust me, it was yummy!

The Devil is a Part – Timer!

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I really enjoyed this anime, only 13 episodes.

It was very funny with distinctive, likeable characters and an unusual story.

From Wikipedia – “The Demon Lord Satan and one of his generals, Alciel, escape the world of Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan after being confronted by the Hero Emilia and her companions. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern contemporary world, both Satan and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald while Alciel serves as his houseman. One day, Satan, who now goes by Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is actually the Hero Emilia, who now goes by Emi Yusa. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. More characters show up from Ente Isla and they too face the new world dilemmas, often comically.”

Go watch it! 🙂

Long time no post! But I haven’t forgotten about my list.

I was vegetarian from 4th May until 4th June.

I thought this would be a relatively straightforward task, but never having been vegetarian before I had never considered there may be different definitions for what is considered “vegetarian”. I initially assumed that vegetarian meant “no animal flesh” and vegan was “no animal products”.

However the first time I went out for a meal I ordered Vegetable Pho – it wasn’t vegetarian, she told me, as it is made with stock. That is how I learned generally vegetarians don’t eat meat stock/broth. I asked my sister about this and she said usually vegetarian means “the animal was not killed to produce ____”.

Of course it depends on the vegetarian. As someone who is attempting this challenge from an ethical standpoint, as a way to increase my knowledge of vegetarian cooking and therefore be less dependent on the factory farming industry, I just found this a strange place to draw the line between “vegetarian” and “vegan”.

I am very reluctant to criticise anyone who makes an effort to decrease their animal product consumption, however being okay with eating milk and eggs but not okay with stock just seems so strange to me.

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Well anyway, I did not find eating vegetarian too difficult this month. My parents and boyfriend went out of their way to provide me with vegetarian options when we were eating together, not to mention my sister who eats vegetarian most of the time (and organic meat the rest of the time).

The most difficult times were probably eating out at restaurants because I am used to ordering meat. There were also a few times at restaurants where I didn’t realise I was ordering non-vegetarian food and the waiters helped me out – I truly had never thought it would be more complicated than “no meat”! Particularly things like stock and fish sauce.

I am not going to stay vegetarian because I don’t believe there is anything wrong with eating meat. I believe factory farming is inhumane and our current demand for meat is too high, so I think it is very important to support the organic farming industry and reduce our consumption of meat. It is very important to be educated about supermarket labelling such as “free range” and “organic” and what it actually it means. Vegetarian cooking can be incredibly delicious and hearty and we do not need meat with every meal – I think once or twice a week would be more than sufficient.

Being a Mindful Meat Eater
http://sustainabletable.org.au/Hungryforinfo/What-you-can-do/tabid/111/Default.aspx

FAQs on Factory Farming in Australia
http://www.makeitpossible.com/facts/frequently-asked-questions.php#faq43

Free Range Labelling in Australia
https://www.choice.com.au/food-and-drink/meat-fish-and-eggs/meat/articles/free-range-meat-labels

Stop Eating Overfished Seafood
http://www.sustainableseafood.org.au/index.php

Tonight I cooked Bean and Sausage Stew.

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This is from the Marie Claire “comfort food” cook book. It contains some of my favourite ingredients – leeks and beans! This was a really satisfying and hearty dish – would definitely make it again.

I picked this challenge because I have a couple of cook books that haven’t really been used to their full potential. I love buying cook books … but I think if I’m going to keep buying them I need to start justifying owning them!

I originally put this on my list in order to expand the number of “easy week night dinners” that I knew. I love the idea of a slow cooker – of putting your ingredients in it the morning before work and then coming home to a ready made (& home cooked!) dinner. The truth is I don’t cook that often though so I didn’t really know where to begin with slow cooker recipes.

When I began researching slow cooker recipes I was surprised by how many different things you can cook with a slow cooker. I immediately decided that I would have to show a little more variety with my slow cooker recipes – and that would begin with the first one, home made slow cooker yoghurt!

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I used this recipe from That Mama Gretchen. In my picture I have it over porridge with stewed rhubarb.

The yoghurt is runny but tastes fantastic – it is plain, natural yoghurt so you can use it with sweets or savoury. If you strain it for a longer period of time you can thicken it up but I was impatient so only strained it for maybe an hour or two. I used no fat milk but if you use whole milk you may get a creamier consistency. All in all I am very happy with how it turned out!

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DD suprised me by taking me out to Gold Class last weekend (2/3)!

We went to see “Fifty Shades of Grey”. It wasn’t that good 😛

But Gold Class is really indulgent and fun, especially seeing as I don’t even go to the regular movies that often. We ordered drinks and food to be brought in during the movie. I really love how you get to wait in a lounge beforehand, your orders taken and then shown to your seat.

It feels a bit posh!