Author: florencegrindall

Quick and Easy Quorn Recipe

Here we are, a quick and easy vegetarian main meal.  Quorn is a staple in our house, and it has the advantage of being quick to cook from frozen.

All my measures are approximate because I just eyeballed mostly, and it makes three portions, one for me, one for boyfriend, and one for lunch!

  • 120g Dry rice (wet rice weighs more!)
  • 350g Quorn Mince
  • Courgette (I only had half a large one and that was enough)
  • 1 Onion
  • 350g Tomato Pasta Sauce (I used Dolmio Sun Ripened Tomato and Marscapone, boyfriend says you can actually make tomato sauce, but when he says these mad things I just clamp my hands over my ears and run out of the room)

In one saucepan I boiled some water, and added the rice and essentially left that for 20-25mins. In another saucepan I poured a small amount of oil then fried the mince, onion, and courgette until the Quorn had browned slightly.  Then I added the sauce and left that to cook for another 15min ish, stirring occasionally.  Then I served it! Pretty low level effort!

My guess is that this meal is around 500 calories based on the amounts I used.


Leggings- Great British Sewing Bee

I attempted to make some leggings from The Great British Sewing Bee book but the sizing was off.  They were so tight I couldn’t actually get them on!  I used medium last time and again this time (I was dithering as to whether to size up but I stuck with medium but have slightly thinner and stretchier fabric).

This time was much more successful, although not perfect.  I guess for a pattern that’s so simple it’s not surprising that there are fitting issues.  It’s hard to get the fit right for everybody and trousers are pretty tricky to adjust.  Continue reading “Leggings- Great British Sewing Bee”

Trying Out Revolog Tesla Film

I’m not sure where I first saw it, but I found this cool looking film that produces weird blue flashes, like lightning bolts on the photo.  They sell some on the Lomography website, but I tracked them to Revolog which is based in Europe and produces special effect 35mm film.  They have 11 different types, but I stuck with the Tesla lightning bolts I had first seen. It costs about £8/9 so not the cheapest, and I wasn’t sure how well it would work out but I thought I give it a whirl.

I used my Agfa Silette camera which is a very reliable German one, hefty to lug around but you always get a few decent pictures.  I wasn’t going to risk this fancy film on one of my useless Lomography Diana cameras.  The quality of the images seems really nice, so the film itself seems good.  The flashes are totally random, although they do say that they will show more in the darker parts of the image.  Both my dad and boyfriend got lightning bolts to the face!

I  actually do like the effect of the film. I think it might be annoying though, if you set up an awesome photo and the flash obscures the main feature you wanted to see.  It’s a risk you take when using the film. I think I’ll buy some more of the different types they have.

Feta and Tomato Tart

Boyfriend bought me a smart little recipe book, called ‘Just 5 Ingredients- Vegetarian’. I have complained in the past that recipe books are either full of meat recipes, or are vegetarian but have so many different ingredients in each one making it overly complex and expensive. So the gimmick of this recipe book is that each recipe only requires 5 ingredients. A caveat to that is that they expect you to always have 10 other items in stock (flour, salt, sugar, stock cubes etc).

This is a very simple feta and tomato tart, minimal skill and prep time.

  • 300g Pre-roll Puff Pastry
  • 100g Feta
  • 250g Baby Plum Tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • Onion

This makes 4 servings.

  1. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and score a border with a sharp knife about 2cm from the edge.  Spread a layer of tomato puree over the pastry.
  2. Chop the tomatoes, feta, and onions and place on top of the pastry.
  3. Place in the oven for about 30mins, until golden brown.
  4. Serve, you can sprinkle some basil leaves over the top if you want to get fancy.

I made mine with salad and boiled potatoes.  I was relatively horrified to discover how unhealthy this was due to the pastry.  Alright one portion is around 500 calories which is fine, but about 350 of those comes from the pastry!

Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi- Book Review

Boyfriend bought me a book for Christmas, Insane Clown President by American journalist Matt Taibbi.  Hmmm…wonder who that could be about???  Taibbi followed Trump on the campaign trail, and this is a collection of articles, ‘battery of dispatches’ says the blurb, he wrote along the way.  I don’t think it’s super clear from just glancing at the cover of the book that this isn’t actually a book he’s written on Trump but pre-written articles.

It does have the advantage that we can relive the election campaign joy.  And Taibbi does have an intro clearly written after the rest of the book and election so he’s had some time to digest what’s happened.  But the book doesn’t flow as well as it might.  And some of the chapters/articles are sort of stand alone, one where he ‘casts’ the movie of the election.  He asks who would play Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush in a movie, and I’m asking ‘which one was Marco Rubio again?’.  If you weren’t paying attention during the election then some of the references will be lost on you. Continue reading “Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi- Book Review”

Le Clic Analogue Photographs

They’re not my most successful photos ever, I’m aware of that! They were taken with my Le Clic camera which takes 110 film.  The 110 film can be a little trickier to find, and expensive (about £10 a roll) but it’s very easy to use.  Lomography make it now, but a lot of the stuff online is expired.  I’ve long since decided that I hate expired film, don’t get why people purposefully use it.  I think maybe it’s different if you use 35mm but the expired 110 stuff I’ve tried is always rubbish.  It all looks all blotchy and weird.  

These were taken last summer on one of the rare sunny days we had.  Apparently, expired film loses it’s light sensitivity so it’s effectively reducing the ISO of the film.  I don’t pay much attention to the ISO of my film anyway, (I’m a very technical photographer!) but I still should have had enough light being outdoors in the summer.  Maybe, expired film is not made for the UK?

Anway, what do you think?

Easy and Quick Pea and Broad Bean Soup

Boyfriend bought me a smart little recipe book, called ‘Just 5 Ingredients- Vegetarian’. I have complained in the past that recipe books are either full of meat recipes, or are vegetarian but have so many different ingredients in each one making it overly complex and expensive.  So the gimmick of this recipe book is that each recipe only requires 5 ingredients.  A caveat to that is that they expect you to always have 10 other items in stock (flour, salt, sugar, stock cubes etc).

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Anlogue Photography- Minolta

I did a big sort out of my analogue cameras recently, and found my little Minolta.  It’s from the 1980’s, and takes 110 film which is easy to use but tricky to get hold of.  I found my Minolta with film in it and tried to wind it on or take a photo and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it.  Turns out the film was finished and I’d just left it in the camera for no reason.   Clearly, I do need to be more organised with my cameras.

There’s a lot of expired film knocking about the internet, which some people seem to like but I find quite annoying.  It tends to leave fuzzy pink dots on all the photos which I don’t really see the appeal of.  These pics are all from the summer, when we had a nice day out in the park wandering through some special gardens which were very pretty.

I also need to work on my focusing and depth of field.  I don’t think this camera works well on subjects like the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey above as they are too big.  But I am glad to get quite a few nice snaps, even if none from this film roll will set the world alight!  It does remind me of a fun summer day out!

How To Cook Camembert

So, boyfriend has cruelly suggested that I cook more!  Outrageous, apparently never is not enough. And so I turned to the camembert in the fridge (the third of the festive season) for answers.  Well, for tea.

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The Muse by Jessie Burton- Book Review

I read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (her impressive debut), which I enjoyed.  The Miniaturist is the story of a young woman who is married off to an older man in 17thC Amsterdam.  He, and his household are odd and secretive and we spend the book trying to figure out what’s going on. At the same time an odd miniaturist (someone that makes miniature doll’s house furniture) keeps leaving miniature versions of things and people in the house.  The gimmick of the miniaturist never really worked for me, the story of the family was interesting enough. Continue reading “The Muse by Jessie Burton- Book Review”