The One Where I Go On About Food.

I’ve been on a bit of healthy turn recently, not since January the first, as you might expect, but halfway through that miserable mess of a month. I started the year continuing the festive bad habits of drinking and overeating, mainly due to free time and having my cousin down for the first few weeks. Still, no regrets, much fun was had.

But the Christmas debts suddenly caught me up and my lavish lifestyle was no longer an option. I decided that a budget was in order, out with the junk and in with the fruit. It’s being going really well, too. Dusted off the old veggie steamer and I’m cooking up a treat and walking every day.

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My culinary skills are reasonably solid – I can make a mean pasta dish, a tasty stir fry, an impressive meat and two veg (easy,) but I kind of hit the wall when it comes to flavouring besides the natural juices, store bough sauces, and drowning dishes in Bisto. I need a list of practical spices, herbs, and condiments that I can use on many dishes. I also really want  this cheap rice cooker as I love the stuff but I don’t make it much as I’m pretty rubbish at it. What I like about the steamer is I can throw the veg in and use the timer to plan the cooking of the rest of the meal, so the rice cooker should do the same.

I headed over to r/budgetfood to read up on recipes and advice, specifically rice dishes. It’s a great little sub with what seems like a reasonably active community. It was here where I read about rice cookers and where I’m going to ask many a question myself. I can’t wait until Thursday when I can afford some niceties and throw together some tasty meals. Go have a browse yourself or tell me your recipes, and especially check out this little Google Doc of frugal recipes, some good stuff tucked up in here.



I was on a good productive streak today. I put up two posts for lesson6, found something for the Lazy Sunday post, started a review and found my next review, but then I stumbled onto Reddit. What a mistake. And through a comment on a post I found a sub reddit called /redditsotries.

This has links to amazing stories from comment threads, entire threads, or even other websites. Obviously you have to wonder how many of them are real, and checking the further comments will always show someone crying “fake, but I’m an optimist and I like to think that these great acts of kindness and laughter are actually true.

Although there are many that I have read and enjoyed, the one that gripped me the most was an account of someone’s complete lack of justice and his resulting time in the American prison system. And it was’t even from Reddit!

Be prepared when you click this link, as it is very, very long: How I went to prison, escaped, got caught, and rescued a kitten.