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  1. 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!
  2. 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'
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  9. 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
  10. I read schismatrix plus. Loved the short stories, some of the descriptions in those are still playing through my head.
  11. Finally got round to reading schismatrix. Absolutely bloody loved it. Am sure I've missed loads when reading it am looking forward to re reading it and following it a bit better.
  12. Bought the Color Purple, thank you.
  13. Dammit why isn't the foundation series available on Kindle UK? Available in the US but not here. FFS.
  14. Gateway is one of my favourites. Love that kind of stuff. Will add the others to the wishlist, along with the foundation series.
  15. Thanks guys, I'll get the first three, they're affordable on Amazon and I read quick (currently off my feet with a sprained ankle so feel like treating myself). Re Asimov - I've read quite a few of his short stores in the nebula award compilations but Iv not actually read anything full length - some tips on where to start would be great.
  16. Apologies if I've missed similar recommendations in this thread - am looking for some good classic space sci fi/hard sci fi - long distance exploration flights, landing on new worlds, that sort of thing. My number one author is Arthur C Clarke and I've read most if not all of his novels now. Recently I've read a lot of pulp sci fi (eg the 'science fiction megapacks' on kindle which include plenty of hilariously sexist stories of aliens and scientists, essentially cowboys and indians with lasers). I've dipped my toe into William Gibson and some of the more modern sci fi (Greg Egan, Jeff Vandermeer, Philip Hamilton) which I've enjoyed but I really fancy some classic inspired-by-the-space-race type of work. Any thoughts?
  17. Ah I loved gateway, and quarantine. I'm halfway through another attempt at neuromancer. I want to love it. I get that it's conceptually advanced, ahead of its time and all that, but so far it's still leaving me a bit cold. Feels like I'm reading an anime novel somehow.
  18. They look great! Is that the Oxfam books in clifton by any chance? I bought my stuff from there last week and the man in the shop gave me a salute for being a sci fi fan
  19. I've read the trilogy and can't quite comprehend how that would be possible - interesting idea though. Its one of those stories that I bet everyone imagines so differently in their head. I enjoyed the books but read them too quickly, still got them on the kindle so might go back and give them another go. I have a really bad habit of rushing books because I'm too impatient to find out what happens. I just picked up Factoring Humanity by Robert J Sawyer and Joanna Russ Hidden Side of the Moon (short story collection) from a charity shop, don't usually buy physical books because I don't have space to keep them but was intrigued by those two. I can't wait until I have a house I can fill with books. ZOK - read blood music, its awesome. There's something about how the story escalates that's really beautiful, it builds so subtly and then just explodes. Absolutely gorgeous.
  20. I just finished 'Blood Music' by Greg Bear - first book of his I read and really enjoyed it. Is that typical of his style, if I go for more? Also been slowly going through the 'science fiction megapacks' on Kindlestore; finished the first four - a lot of really trashy pulp sci fi, some of it is good, a lot is very US centric and sexist, but its quite fun as an insight into views of the time.
  21. Brilliant, thanks for all the tips guys. I will start looking these up at the weekend
  22. I'm just after some tips to get back into retro gaming - I haven't played any games for a few years now and sort of assumed that phase had passed - however I spent some time at an event at the weekend that featured the lovely guys from the retro computer museum. I found myself playing Minestorm on the vectrex and a few other space influenced shoot em up games and I'd really like to find some more. I remember playing lots of games like this as a kid, but always on someone elses' system, so I don't really know where to start looking. I had (still do actually) a grandstand astro wars, and a snes with r-type and UN squadron (ok not space influenced but a like scrolling shooters). Other than those I don't know where to start - I've asked a few friends and some have mentioned looking around xbox live, or emulators, or modern pc gaming. Any tips on what is the best format for games like this, or for some titles to look for? Doesn't have to be as old as the vectrex, but I do like the simple pick up and play element, and the classic sci fi influence.
  23. Alas, I've houseshared for the last ten years, and currently I'm in a temporary set up. I give away books because I don't have space/longevity to keep them. I still intend to buy charity shop items and circulate them but I can't afford to buy print copies at the speed on which I can get through them. Oh my. That is goddam incredible. Sold! Thanks very much for the link
  24. Apologies if this should go in the e-reader thread, but does anyone have comments on e-readers and (classic) sci fi? After a weekend away I've reignited my love of sci fi by reading Poul Anderson's Tau Zero and re-reading Children of Men. I love paperbacks but I've bought and given away so many books over the years and I'd prefer a digital library if possible. I've had a look on amazon but wasn't sure what the range/availability is like, and whether there is much saving on it - thoughts?
  25. treated myself to a swordfish fillet today, first time I've had it outside of a restaurant. Overcooked it a teeny bit because I was worried about cooking it through, damm thing was an inch and a half thick! Kept it simple as per the advice in here, gently pan fried it with some red onions, cherry tomatoes and served it with a dab of soft goats cheese that I had left over. Really enjoyed it. Got it from one of the small stalls I was recommended, was a bit of a queue so I was able to nosy at the fishmonger cleaning and gutting fish for another customer which was cool to see. Will try a few more fillets & hopefully will be brave enough to be trying the same in a few weeks!
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