Monday, 20 March 2017

Tofu in Breadcrumbs

Yesterday we made the tofu in breadcrumbs, which was served with chips, mushy peas, vinegar and tomato sauce. Very delicious and will hopefully make again soon.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Paintings by John Stark

I added a link on the right to paintings by John Stark, which I learned about recently...

Lovely Folk Songs

Aldi, Sainsbury and HI YOU! Frugal Lent continues

A weeks shopping at Aldi. The fruit and veg made some curries and traditional dinners.

Aldi doesn't sell Tofu, so I called in to HI YOU which is near Debenhams on Newgate Street. I like that they have a big choice of Tofu, even organic tofu, as well as selling Tempeh.

You will notice on the list some Zheng Feng Dried Ning Xia, which we know as Goji Berries, these are nice in porridge.
Put a tablespoon oatmeal aka Porridge Oats in a bowl, add some dried raisins, any dried fruit like Goji berries, dates and soya or almond milk, leave it overnight and in the morning microwave it for 2 minutes, then add some more milk and some sunflower seeds or nuts of your choice.

I am planning on making some Tofu Breaded (in breadcrumbs) Fingers or Steaks tomorrow for Sunday Dinner.

The last receipt was from Sainsbury, which was convenient for last week's shopping for having to be in High Heaton for a large part of the day last Thursday. There are a couple of vegan cheeses here. I have already tried the soft cheese with a hot curry, I made a vegetable curry with a jar of Patak's Sag Masala sauce

It is very easy to make curries with the jars of sauce. I chopped 4 large carrots, some broccoli and potatoes, and steamed them for 9 minutes in the microwave.
Whilst they were steaming I added the sauce and a carton of chick peas to a large pot, then drained and added the potatoes and vegetables, and simmered for about an hour.
There will be some leftovers of that for dinner tonight.

Buddhist Altar At Home

This is how the altar works at the moment.
There is a small Thai Buddha which was a gift from a family member. The actual cabinet itself is an Ercol Sideboard inherited from a deceased ancestor.
In front of the Buddha is a small vase of water, which symbolises the refreshment of training and offering help to Buddha.
The red triangle fabric in front of Buddha was a gift from the meditation group and originally from China. The leaf pattern textile covers a cardboard shoe box, the textile was also a gift from a Time Exchange member.
The small green bowl, which was given by a friend, in front of the Buddha, is used for burning incense, which we do before meditation. On the left is a saucer with a tea light, on the right is a wooden bowl, which came with the Ercol, and has some artificial fruit in.

Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary

Redevelopment of Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary is continuing, at the moment the old buildings near Peacock Hall are being guttted, whether for retrofitting or demolition

Looking across the lake from Leazes Park, towards Richardson Road, you can see the buildings which are currently being worked on.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Frugal Lent at Aldi

As part of the Vegetarian and Vegan Frugal Lent, this weeks main shop was at Aldi, a choice mainly due to the low cost and good quality of the fruit and veg, there is an offer called Super 6, which is ridiculously low priced fruit and veg...

I have had a hard time recently getting decent fruit and in particular citrus fruit. Vegetarians and vegans need a lot of Vitamin C in order to absorb iron from food, a point which is not well known, so the aim is to have citrus fruit every day.

The bag of carrots was essential for the carrot coconut and lentil curry on the meal plan, which was very tasty, served yesterday with potatoes and Pataks Lime pickle, also the soya milk is very good at 59 p. The oranges were very good, sweet and juicy, also the easy peelers are good, better than some of the dry and tasteless stuff I have had in recent weeks from other shops.

Diesel Vehicles, Convert, Keep, or Scrap?

Recently a government minister here in the UK suggested people who were buying a new car consider a low emission vehicle rather than a Diesel.

In "the great car economy" buying new things is encouraged. Cars and roads top the list, although now its new buildings....

There is also a push to introduce a scrappage scheme for Diesel vehicles.

Unfortunately there are a lot of vehicles on the roads pumping out very bad exhaust, anyone living in a city has had the experience of chocking on fumes from buses.
However the cost of making new cars is very bad for the environment... so where possible, converting engines or upgrading them is better.
For example converting to natural gas

Diesel vehicles can also be converted to run on LPG.

The best solution for out of warranty Diesel vehicles is running Diesel vehicles on used biodiesel aka chip fat.

I know someone who has been running a Peugeot Diesel saloon on this for many years, as long as you have a source of used chip fat it and your car is out of warranty.

More on that here

It also solves the problem of disposal of the used cooking oil. There are serious problems when cooking oil gets into drains, as it solidifies once in the drains and blocks them. causing another set of environmental problems.

We are getting into the age of the disposable everything, disposable clothes, disposable cars,
disposable technology, disposable cups, disposable planet... so lets think about where our polluting Diesel vehicle goes when we scrap it. Does it go "away"? And where is "away"? Please visit there for latest news from Herbwormwood