The art of the possible

“One always picks the easy fight.
One praises fools, one smothers light.
One shifts left to right.
Politics – the art of the possible.”

– Evita, lyrics by Tim Rice

Well, today I’m depressed…

Why am I depressed, you may ask? Because yesterday New Zealand held its general election, and voted out the Labour Party in favour of the National Party. I have debated this election every day now for so many days that I just can’t be bothered going into why I’m so upset. Take a long hard look at John Key and you should understand in great clarity. I agree with what Jeanette Fitzsimmons, leader of the Green party, said at the end of her speech last night: “I wonder, in 20 years time, if people will look back to 2008 and say, “I’m so glad I voted for tax cuts instead of the future of my children.” ”

Just when America has taken such a giant leap in a positive direction too… so unfair. Now all we can do is see what happens, and I will be paying close attention. Climate change is a slightly more pressing matter than tax cuts at this point in time.

Anyway, on the food front (which is infinitely less depressing…)

I’ve been doing great on this vegan thing for 10 whole days! In that time I have discovered new recipes, ingredients, shops, tastes…

I’ve baked my first two loaves of bread, and while I’m still eating some shop bought stuff I am wanting to move towards eating as much of my own as I can. It’s cheaper and tastes awesome 😀

I’ve had a weak moment – I ate some lemon tart at a restaurant, but that’s really it, and I’m so proud of myself for that! I’ve had cravings (only really for things with cheese in them, like burgers with cheese or cheese sandwiches) but I haven’t given in.

So now that I’ve made it this far I’m setting a few goals:

I’ve joined some people over at VegWeb in a “hydration challenge” – my starting goal is to drink at least 1.5 litres of water daily.

I aim to do 45 minutes of exercise 5 days a week – either at the gym doing cardio and circuit training or out running with friends.

I’m going to be conscious of what I’m eating and more importantly how much – I may eat well but if I eat twice as much as I need per meal then it won’t do me too much good. I’ve been being so good about exercise I’d like my diet to match. SO I’m looking closely at what I cook and aiming to eat several small, tasty and nutritious meals a day rather than 3 large ones plus snacks.

Sounds like a lot! If I do all that I’m sure to be getting pretty darn healthy sometime soon.

But since my final exam ever is on Wednesday, that will probably all go out the window for a good proportion of next week and I’m fine with that! As long as I come back to some semblence of it afterwards I’m happy, and I’m sure I will.

Anyway, here’s a recipe I’ve been making for some time now – originally adapted from a recipe book but I make it this way and it’s delicious:

Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

3 Tb olive oil
3 or 4 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup red lentils, rinsed
850ml vegetable stock
Fresh rosemary and basil
Sea salt, kelp and black pepper

Saute the onion, garlic and carrots in the oil with the fresh herbs until lightly golden.

Add the lentils and 750ml of the stock and bring to the boil, simmer until the carrots are tender.

Allow the soup to cool slightly then blend (I use a stick blender/wand), then add the remaining stock and season to taste with the sea salt, kelp and black pepper.

I serve with a little soy milk, fresh herbs and home baked wholemeal bread.

Enjoy!

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