Greetings! I’m AnnastasiaI'm bit keen on the colour green and like to ramble on about food, cooking, veganism, refashioning, sewing, clothes, list making, music, reading and anything else that pops up in my overcrowded existence! I'm also one half of Ink drops boxes, stationery by the boxful, dropped through your letterbox.
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This kind of lunch is surely what inspired manufacturers to produce those packages with crackers and circles of meat and cheese. Personally I prefer my version. Clockwise from top left: Radishes and green pepper Home grown rocket Pistachios … Continue reading
Don’t wear high heels for playing bass Not even if they are the loveliest shoes ever, and the green matches your outfit perfectly. By the middle of the set your feet will hurt in a most distracting manner, even if you do sound fantastic. People like… Continue reading
Here are the first 8 photos I’ve taken for the June photo challenge on the theme of green. You can see my dail updates on Instagram @midorigreenuk or on my photoblog on midorigreen.co.uk I tend to only put photographs of green things on… Continue reading
I really do love leftovers. They induce in me a state of creativity. So I present here my first attempt at risotto balls. I used leftover Vegan with a vegance mushroom and sundried tomato risotto. I filled them with pieces of Field Roast chorizo st… Continue reading
Warm weather – rediscovering my summer clothes – lots of lovely new blogs to read – water with lemons and mint – taking the bus so I can read and enjoy the scenery – lunch in the park – Adding handfuls of home grown rocket and spinach to my meals – Getting grips with G+ and enjoying some interesting discussions on honey – ridiculous new green shoes (see photo) – eBay (perfect place for purchasing shoes) – completing job list items – tending my allotment – playing bass and getting excited about how good my band sounds
I knew that I would be pushed for time in this week. The band I am in is playing our first gig on Saturday night. As a result we feel the need to practice every evening. It’s usually a bit of rush trying to eat before practice two nights a week. I usually try to prepare double amounts on other nights to ensure that I’m not playing on a dinner of toast.
Bearing this in mind I decided that it was time to try this batch cooking thing I’d read about. My only attempt at this kind of thing previously has been freezing cooked beans and pulses, or tucking large amounts of leftovers away for another day.
This time round still wasn’t quite on the grand scale that some people manage (preparing a month of food in one go) but seemed to be a starting point.
So on Sunday afternoon I spent 90 minutes preparing the following:
· Mushroom and sun dried tomato risotto (from Vegan with a vengeance)
· Potato and asparagus soup (from Vegan with a vengeance)
· Chilli (made it up as I went along)
It was certainly less work, preparation and washing up to prepare everything at the same time. I chopped the onions, leeks and garlic for all recipes in one go. I could see how much of everything I had and assign it accordingly (rather than having to find time to go out and buy extra onions mid- week). The endless stirring that risotto requires took place in-between working on the other dishes.
I’ve found it rather nice this week not to have to think about dinner. I simply arrive home and heat up a bowl of whichever one I fancy. All three lend themselves well to ‘pimping’ so I’ve been adding toppings in the form of rocket, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and fresh herbs.
|There is risotto in there somewhere|
However I think it has made me realise how much I enjoy cooking and appreciate the opportunity to get creative on a daily basis. I fell asleep last night wondering how the risotto would shape up as risotto balls. Very well I’m sure (although I’ll have to wait until Thursday night to give this a go). But it does miss the point of saving me time. Yes, it’s quicker than cooking risotto from scratch. However it’s not as speedy as toast and Marmite.
So while I’ve can appreciate batch cooking as something in the freezer to draw on I think most nights will still see me slaving over a hot stove, or toaster.
It is a truth universally accepted that if you offer refreshments at an event then that’s all people will comment on. Presumably if there are no refreshments they will comment on the temperature of the venue or the toilets.
Having got the food bits of Cybher out of my system yesterday, it’s time to address the rest of the conference. So what was it like?
The best bits – smiley face
The session on portrait photography run by Mario was absolutely brilliant. His delivery was fantastic; informal, enthusiastic, and practical. I now understand what the grid on photo editing software is all about, know how to tackle large things in the background, and am Lord of the Light. Do have a look at Mario’s blog Someone once told me – it’s brilliant.
The session on Podcasting run by Sparrow and Rice of the High Tea Cast was totally worth it. I’d only vaguely thought about podcasting prior to going to this session but left filled with thoughts about what I could podcast about. They made it sound easy, did a demo which showed that it was indeed easy and gave convincing arguments as to why it’s worth doing (and no, it won’t make you rich). Clear instructions to take away were a nice touch.
Meeting other bloggers had to be one of the most brilliant things about Cybher. It’s always nice to be able to put a face (and sometimes a real name) to a Twitter handle. It’s great to find out what other people blog about and what concerns they have. It’s good to be able to encourage those just starting to blog (publish and be damned!). Finally I love discovering new blogs (My Feedly is going to be packed).
Learning to Crochet with Lara and Nina at the Mollie Makes. I’ve never done crochet but do like to try new things. I had a bit of a shaky start and then I was away (it was kind of like unpicking a jumper in reverse). Tea, craft and a good natter meant the time passed much too quickly.
Tea was available all day (see you just can’t get away from the refreshments). And it was it brewed, rather than of the tea-bag-in-a-mug variety.
Show sponsors weren’t pushy (although I did get the impression some think bloggers are obsessed with cupcakes). It was nice to be able to go and chat to them if you were interested in what they had to offer. Naturally I found myself drawn to the green of the Collective Bias stand, and encouraged them all to learn to crochet.
The toilets were ample. Just thought I’d mention it as I was concerned that at a conference for women I might spend all day queuing.
Sad face bits
Leather conference bag – I know vegans are a minority but a leather bag making up part of the ticket price makes me uncomfortable about booking again. Maybe Fat Gay Vegan will organise a vegan bloggers conference?
The storytelling session – I thought this lacked the focus of some of the other talks but the previous session had overrun so maybe that impacted?
Session names were sometimes a bit misleading and so the full programme needed careful studying to ensure that you were getting what you thought you were. Time for a more what-it-says-on-the-tin approach?
It’s time to go through my notes and collection of business cards and put them to use.
Wishing you green ink and good food,