coconut curry

Butternut Squash Coconut Curry


Serves 4 Meals
1 Whole Butternut Squash (BNS)
2 Cans of Coconut Curry
2 Onions
3 Carrots
Curry Powder
Garlic Puree
*Optional Salt

Peel the Butternut Squash and roast it in the oven, gut the seeds and cut into small chunks about 2cm by 2cm, this by far is the longest bit of the meal as it takes an hour before you can even cut it to roast it.*
I actually learned later on that it is far faster if you microwave it and then peel it after its cooled down, I've been vegan for 6/7 months no and I learnt this tip about 4 months in, I'm still learning.
Grate the carrots, this if for the texture.
Chop the onions into fine strips

After the the BNS has been peeled roasted and cut, place that to the side and add the chopped onions to a none stick frying pan. Make sure you keep stirring until they are golden brown, if they get dry they will burn and stick. Add the grated carrot and mix until the carrots and the onions are really incorporated together and sort of soft and caramelised.
Add the Garlic Puree and then the chunks of BNS, stir until incorporated and then add the coconut milk. Add the curry powder and stir until the coconut changes colour to a curried yellow, add salt and pepper to taste.

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Vegan: What I eat In a Day


A lot of people ask me what I eat in a day because they can't fathom a diet without meat or diary in it, so constantly when I have to ask a waiter to get me out the allergy book so I can check that their dishes don't have cow in it I get accosted with questions about why and protein and other things, its highly annoying. So this blog is going to perfectly highlight what I eat and how much protein I get. That way I can just right them down the URL to this blog post and get on with eating my dinner.

Breakfast Choices:
1 Toast with 40g of Peanut Butter
1 Toast with 40g of Soya Cheese
Muesli with Rice or Coconut milk
Scottish Oats with Hot water
Fruit and plant milk Smoothie
Fortified Cereal with plant milk
Scrambled Tofu
Banana dairy free pancakes
Fruit Bowl
Plus Many More...

Dinner Choices:
Vegan Carbonara (Yes you read that right, its super tasty and super healthy)
Vegan Shepards Pie (Yes again, you're not seeing things)
Vegan mushroom pepper paste burgers
Butternut squash Coconut Curry
Tofu Pak Choi Coconut Curry
Vegan Enchiladas
Meat Free Tortilla
Ratatouille (for your left overs)
Spinach Salad
Plus Many More...

Side Dish Choices:
Sweet potato fries
Mixed salad
Humous Cous Cous
Jacket potato with VEGAN BUTTER
Sautéed Red Cabbage
Stuffed Eggplant
Plus Many More...

So my day consists with a Breakfast choice at around 8:30/9:30 dependant on what time I'm at work, two dinner choices, one with a side dish choice, one at 4:00 and one at 8:00. I eat my small dinner choice without the side dish at 8:00 because I will be up only about 3/4 more hours.
So heres a couple of pictures from my creations-



Job Interview Style


So I have a couple of interviews lined up, I have one Tuesday in Sheffield, and one Thursday in Manchester both for marketing roles which is booming business and has possible scope for progression. The application pack for the Manchester role said that I was required to wear business dress specifying dark suit type clothes with a a blouse or shirt. I will have to buy these any ways for the Thursday interview, I think I should buy them before hand on Tuesday morning ready for my afternoon appointment in the city centre of Sheffield. 
I was looking at business clothes and realised that I had to speculate to accumulate, as first impressions really count in a direct marketing role, you are the first point of contact between the client and their account in the sector you are marketing. I have put a number of suits on ranging from the cheap, very cheap and moderately expensive, and put these into an understanding of how many accumulations (your time) are you going to have to use to justify your speculations (money already spent), I've basically explained how these items depend on how many hours you are going to have to work before you see the fruits of your labour.
All together this outfit comes to £62.97 and at a £20k job it would take you 6.15 hours to earn back what you'd spent on this outfit. Six hours is 75% of a full day, from the hours of 9am to 3pm you would be making the money back from the suit you have bought.
On a £20k job it would take you 4 hours to earn the money back spent on this outfit. From 9am to 1pm you would be working to pay this off, as most jobs are eight hour days this is half of your day, and if you don't get paid for your lunch it would be that you are working off this suit from 9am to 2pm.

Lets look at something a bit more up-market in our outfit search to fully understand how many hours its actually takes to earn a designer suit.
This Ted Baker comes to a staggering £407 for the trouser and jacket complete textured set and a plain white shirt, when you think about how many hours you have to do to pay this off its mind boggling. At a £20k job you will have to work 39 hours to pay this off. A monthly season train ticket costs less than this suit from Sheffield to Manchester, how crazy is that?

How I did the sums, £20k divided by the weeks in the year, 52 weeks, divided by the number of hours of a full time position, which is 37.5, it equates to £10.25 an hour, divide how much you are paying by £10.25 and that is the amount of hours you have to work before the fruits of your labour have covered the cost of your work wear.
It really puts into perspective, what you have to do in order to have nice designer things and also puts into perspective what your time is really going on, as money is a transactional resource, you could open your closet look at the amount of clothes you have and quantify the numbers of hours you have done to get those clothes, everything you own which you have bought yourself from a wage has cost you time.

Now this is where the value of things change depending on your circumstance, 39 hours at £407 is a WEEK for a £20k, is a Ted Baker suit REALLY worth a week of your career? Could you not wait until your earning well above this? People are so obsessed that good things mean good outcomes but when you look at this way it doesn't really mean that much, now I understand why the recession didn't happen for the rich.

For someone on £25k a year a Ted Baker suit is 31 hours, and that's around 4 days in the working world, and the higher the wage goes the depletion of value is attached to the SAME piece of clothing, literally because the £407 Ted Baker suit becomes like a H&M suit in percentage of wage, its mad isn't, that the same piece of fabric will cost in hours different people, less or more purely on how rich they are. 

This is why I'm going to buy the cheapest suit, and jazz it up with some accessories, I can still look "expensive" buy adding some cheap accessories.

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How To Save Money At University


Starting university from a job, you will see a significant drop in your monthly in-goings as you usually would, so I've prepared a couple of tips for you, to make sure you aren't penniless and without the basic living essentials. This post doesn't consider food, it just discusses toiletries so if your bank is at £0 and you're desperate for some nosh, ask momma dearest to send you an Asda/Tesco delivery. 
Hopefully these tips will help you to make sure that you do not have to ask/borrow from your friends.

1.750ml and 1lt bottles of shampoo are your best friend.
You can get nearly any
 bottle of quality shampoo in salon size on Amazon or Sallys, considering that a good brand of 250ml shampoo can cost between £10-20, getting the larger size not only lasts longer but is better economy. I have L'oreal Mythic Oil Shampoo and Conditioner for £50 with p&p and it has already lasted me a term (3/4 months) and I'm not even half way through it. It will last me into next term and I will be able to take it home. if i were to buy the Shampoo and Conditioner's alone it would equate to £90.
Shampoo @ £14.99 x 3 =    £45
Conditioner @ £14.99 x 3 = £45
I've saved myself a £40 off the next loan I get in April because I will not have to buy any more and I can put this money to the next bottles I get. 

2.Clinque's Three Little Soaps Last Forever.
I've had mine since last summer and I'm still on the first one... Just saying. Buy these at £21 and do not buy another face wash for the rest of the year.

3. Take Advantage of Boots 3-4-2.
If you are a fan of your foundation, and you wear it every day then this is why you should buy some in advance. Instead of going when you need it, keep the other two in a cool area (so it doesn't oxidise) until you need them. There is really no point in being suckered into Boot's offers when you only need 1 foundation if you buy them before hand.

4.Share make-up with friends.
If you have house mates and friends who aren't likely to steal from you (god forbid we have all been there) then this is perfect for exchanging makeup. If you have gone a little "do-lally" on the boots spree -hopefully not if you took the latter advise- you buy stuff that really doesn't suit you. Swap it for something a friend has but loathes, you both off load the ghastly stuff that doesn't agree with you and you both find something you might like. Win win. If some of you own a palette, some palettes have the colours that others don't, palette collaboration is the best type of colab. 
However do not share eye liner or mascara because conjunctivitis spreads and foundation sharing is pointless because your friends will be different skin tones.

5.Vintage fairs are hidden gems when you need "new" clothes.
Yes I know it is not technically "new" but it is new to you. Some vintage fairs don't charge by the item but in fact the kilo. Beware of those chunky knits and heavy denim, you don't get many of those to the pound. If you are a dab hand at the sewing, you can quite happily make something out of the material you garner from the clothes.

6.Quit smoking.
My house mate used to smoke nearly all the time, now she probably has a ten pack at the weekend! She would say that she has saved around £20 a week, that is £20 a week you can spend on food, because food is the most important recourse at university.

7.Dye your own hair.
I am NOT a fan of the box hair dye's, therefore if you can network or you know a hairdresser on a personal basis, you can buy a tube of colour from a trade site at trade prices. Alternatively you can buy it on Amazon but it will be more expensive. Couple it with some developer and you have fully fledged hair dye that will last you more than two applications. That is 8 weeks worth of roots, GONE!!! The same can be done with bleach and developer. I get the 40volume/12% and dilute it down with shampoo when I need a slower lifting time. Blue powdered bleach and cream developer cost me around £25 which is far cheaper than a visit to the hairdressers. 

8.Do your washing at home.
Laundromats are hella expensive, do your washing either at your student house, or take it home for momma to kindly do. If you do not have a washing machine in your student house, try to not wash at an expensive laundromat, or speak to someone on your course whether you can use theirs, as long as you pay towards the bill i should think they wouldn't mind. Other students are the first ones to understand the perils of skintness.

I hope you find these tips good to save you money for the rest of the up coming years of your university education. Try not to spend to much money


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