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  1. OMG! I got bored and took a gamble and used my last nook miles on the pocket organiser and a NM ticket. Arrived on a new island and there are orange trees everywhere! (My native is pears and that's all I've had so far) Dug up lots of trees to plant at home, also got several new bugs for the museum. I don't know why but seeing the different trees seemed so novel and exciting!
  2. Hi everyone! I've started playing this, I've sent friend requests to a few people in the thread but please add me - 0481 4162 1251 This is my first AC game and I'm only on day 4 so don't have much available as yet. Loving the game so far though, had to stop reading the thread as it's lovely discovering all this for the first time with no expectations. I like that things feel they're progressing quite quickly despite the chilled pace; museum opened today, got my first new neighbour moved in and waiting on the other two, paid my first loan, currently just planting flowers and fishing to build up my bells. I had planned to spend this weekend doing real world gardening but this is more rewarding.
  3. Very basic, but I made a butternut squash and chickpea korma using shop bought paste. Simple addition of a sachet of creamed coconut and the texture with the veg was great. Didn't need any cream or cream substitutes. Really nice to have something as rich as a korma without being as heavy as a meat version.
  4. I made these today. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/vegan-brownies%3famp Mine looked nothing like the picture and it seemed like I had too many dry ingredients in the last step, but the end result was amazing. It's the first vegan comfort food I've tried that has been successful; I genuinely would pick it over a dairy based dessert.
  5. Thanks all, il try Sainsbury's as there's one near work, don't think I've got a H&B locally. TBF I'd expected it to taste bland, that would have been fine - I was veggie as a student and veggie Bolognese was a staple, I learnt to add flavour. This stuff had a strange taste to it but also was weirdly mushy, it was awful!
  6. Can anyone recommend me a brand of soya mince/mince substitute? Preferably vegan, but will go for vegetarian if there aren't decent vegan ones. Its not an ingredient I'd use often but it's handy for comfort food spag bol on a week night. Alas I used a Tesco own brand last night and it was awful.
  7. I'm not much of a cook these days but I've been trying a few of the bosh recipes along with some of the vegan convenience foods to try and reduce my meat/dairy consumption. Have to say I'm bloody amazed at how easy it is now, it's great! Haven't got the book to hand, but I made the pad Thai and a sticky tofu recipe from the bosh book. The pad Thai was great, less keen on the sticky tofu but I think I ballsed up the recipe with slight substitutions as the sauce was overbearing. I'm also not convinced they've got their quantities right, meals that say serves 2-4 gave us 2 rather small portions and I'm not a big eater. That said, I'm saving up for a blender which will vastly expand the recipes I can try. I was vegan for a year when I was 17 and I genuinely thought it wasn't an option for me now because of the time I used to have to invest in it, including making everything from scratch. The revelation that my local Tesco sells tofu and that ready made vegan pesto is a thing has inspired me that eating vegan can include 'no time to cook' nights as well as weekends. Tonight I made some fajitas with spicy mashed black beans, oumph smoky, a quick home made salsa and vegan mayo. Not tried oumph before but it was delicious and worked really well. Made BF some with leftover roast chicken we had in the fridge but he preferred mine!
  8. I went to parents in laws and found that, along with the usual Mexican food (MIL is from central America, so chorizo features heavily), they had a 'vegan wreath', vegan sausages and vegan canapés. This is nothing to do with my interest in veganism/vegetarianism, and purely to do with 'what looked interesting in waitrose'
  9. Thanks all, il have a look and see what's available local to me. I do make a good spinach and chickpea curry already, but will look for some of the subs for things like Thai curries and stir frys.
  10. I currently eat meat, but want to eat less of it. I was vegetarian for eighteen years (started eating meat seven years ago) and was vegan for a year or two within that. There's so many meat substitutes out there, but can anyone in here tell me if they're worth bothering with, to save me some expensive trial and error? I'm not bothered about burgers or sausages, just extra protein/texture for curries and stir frys which are my staple mid week food. When I was vegan I was at uni had loads of time and would buy tofu and press it at home but I don't think that's realistic for me these days. NB im well aware veggie curries are lovely without subs - just that I have a small appetite and I do a lot of exercise, one of the reasons I went back to eating meat was its quicker and easier to get the calories.
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    Nintendo Switch

    I looked at the bundles available, they were shit (all good ones sold out, Id decided to buy one two days before Christmas) and then decided F it, no value in buying cheaper games I don't want and I found myself in Argos with a switch, + mario + Zelda + controller. It was not sensible but I'm very happy!
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    Nintendo Switch

    I might have bought myself that too Going to try and play one game at a time.... I've not played Zelda since link to the past on the SNES!
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    Nintendo Switch

    Very late to the party, but I bought myself a switch for Christmas. Currently playing through Mario Odyssey and regretting being due in work tomorrow. Am torn between reading/watching everything there is about the console, and keeping my blinkers on and enjoying the suprises
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    Food Prepping

    @Gotters would you mind giving a run down of your essential kitchen equipment to do this stuff? I'm tempted to give it a go but I'm trying to work out if id be scuppered halfway through by not having a pan/dish/oven big enough or something.
  15. I departed from my usual sci if diet for a while and I'm using good reads to track as a reminder to read more. Don't know if il make 52 as I don't want to restrict myself to short reads. Currently reading the Old Testament as well, just out of atheist curiosity - it's bloody mental. And It will delay my target unless I count the books within as separate entities, but that feels like cheating. I'm really enjoying the domino effect of ebooks, reading one thing and being inspired to download something related. January: 1. My lady nicotine, J M Barrie 2. The Opium Habit, Horace B Day 3. Schismatrix, Bruce Sterling (thanks Zok!) February 4. Just Kids, Patti Smith 5. Strange Fascination: David Bowie, David Buckley 6. Scars of Sweet Paradise: The life and times of Janis Joplin March 7. Aspergers: Looking in from the outside 8. Tressa: The twelve year old mum (I try to avoid the 'misery books genre generally as it can feel exploitative, but I do find it helps me reflect on my day job) 9. Yellow Crocus Laila Ibrahim
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