Tuesday, 12 January 2016


• I don’t normally try (and then fail) to rearrange my food to look artistic… but seeing as it was going on social media… I attempted to do so! Right, I made a lot of food to last daaaays because I’m pretty lazy and I don’t cook daily. I made taco rice because I felt like it.
I made a mixture of brown rice and quinoa (just because I had some quinoa and quinoa is pretty nutritious. Add it if you have it), I made 3 cups all together, I think. I’m not sure (I put some aside for lunches so it was probably 4 but about 3 is enough for this). About that amount anyway.
Separately, I cooked red kidney beans (which were soaked overnight and then rinsed, I prefer them and they’re cheaper than canned beans too) with a tin of canned tomatoes, a punnet of mushrooms and some other mushrooms I had lying around. Once the beans were soft-ish, I added the rice and put in two packets of taco mix powder into the recipe. Alternatively, this recipe looks legit too http://allrecipes.com/recipe/46653/taco-seasoning-i/ . Just double it. Add as much powder as you want, taste test, whatever. Add chilli if you like. I didn’t know what else to do so I just left it as is.
You can put whatever else. I put avocados because they’re amazing with the rice or basically in everything. Lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, grated carrots. Choice xD … after the photo was taken, I mixed it all up.
• I love smoothies. I’ve been going for more berries lately (a banana, a handful or more of frozen berries, half an avocado, and some unsweetened almond milk. Been eye-balling my smoothies lately. You can add chia seeds to up the nutrients).
• I love junk food. Because it was the new year, I had some strawberries with tempered dairy-free chocolate which I got off iherb.
• Lay’s classic potato chips. Not healthy, possibly not entirely ethical either. I’m not really meant to buy them as a result. But they’re accidentally vegan, vegans have junk food too. So I pigged out on that with hummus.
• >.> I love junk food, all right? Popcorn. Even has the ‘suitable for vegans’ logo : D

It’s pretty difficult in Japan to be cruelty free. Pretty much everything is tested on animals, and people just don’t think about it. I tell my students about animal testing and they have no idea. Anyhow, so I do use stuff that was tested on animals. Half my stuff has been -___- I think it’ll be easier when I go back to New Zealand. Veganism isn’t about purity, it’s about mitigating the suffering you cause and I think going on a plant-based diet is the best anyone can do for that. ‘Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything.’
The surface and floor cleaner is a recipe I got off a friend (fill a bottle of water, add half a teaspoon of tea tree oil, optional: a few drops of eucalyptus oil and/or peppermint oil).
I went to ‘Lush’ which we have in Japan. It’s bloody expensive though. So in the future, I might make my own shampoo and conditioner, at least while I’m in Japan. I have some shampoo (violet scented) and I use a bit of coconut oil in my hair (just comb it through) when it’s damp. And there’s some Snow Fairy scented body wash just because it was Christmas when I got it and it smells like candy floss xD  

So, I moved to Yokohama at the end of last year… well, over the last few days anyway. I managed to get my own place. It’s so good. I mean, I love Mayumyum and Bina. But it’s also nice to take over the fridge (and space) without feeling guilty about it xD (and also not to see animal flesh) the only thing I share with others is the washing machines. There’s a common room where you can mingle but I never go to because I’m anti-social and shy. It’s about a 20 minute walk from the station and costs 67000 yen a month but includes expenses. It’s a pretty good deal in my opinion.  
As for the Star Wars merchandise… I have no idea how it happened. I re-watched all the films at the start of last year and it made me obsessed. To be fair, a couple of things were given to me (you probably can't see the Star Wars chopsticks and bowls...) 

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