2017; a look back

I’m not going to write about 2017. There’s too much to say, so I’ll skip all the words and leave you with what I listened to for a year. Instead of writing about the year, or taking photos, the only thing I managed to do all year was to make monthly playlists of what I listened to each month.

There are repeats, they don’t make sense, the songs don’t go together, but in some way, they do. In little ways, these mix matched songs sum up a year. So enjoy them.

January

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September 

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October

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November

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December

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An (easy) taste of home: Enchilada Orzo Soup

British food is bland. That’s not to say there isn’t flavourful food over here, but it’s not British. It means that if you get chili somewhere, it’s somehow going to be sweet and bland despite the fact that the name itself means spicy. It means that when you want comfort food, you have to make it yourself.

I was inspired by Creme de la Crumb‘s One Pot Enchilada Orzo. The photo looked amazing, and the ingredients were easy enough to have in the house. Also, to be honest, it’s great hangover food.

My version isn’t exact to the recipe, I don’t have enchilada sauce available here, and I was too lazy to measure things exactly. My adaption turned out more like this:

  •  1(ish) cup dry orzo pasta
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (I did a boiling water and stock cubes)
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped

Throw that all in a pot, and cook at a medium heat for about 25/30 minutes, until the orzo is cooked through. Serve in bowls, topped with cheese, sour cream, and anything else you have around. Avocado would be great.

Food that tastes like home is important. So is food that feels good, tastes good, and is really good for you. This is a good one for that.

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(mediocre photo because my house has bad lighting and I was much more interested in shoveling it into my face)

OH wait its February

Hi world! It’s the second month of 2018 and I don’t know what’s happening. Honestly, I wrote 2015 on a paper the other day and I have no excuse. Time has flown since I flew back from Texas, but I’m hoping to catch my breath and maybe put a few more things up here.

Berlin: I went to Berlin at the start of the year with some work friends and it was amazing. Also below freezing the entire time. Would suggest going not in winter, and definitely planning to go back when its warm.

London: Ended the month with a trip down to London with some friends for our long awaited Hamilton trip. The show was great, the city is wonderful, and the weekend was a great break.

Health Update: Over last term my chronic migraines spiraled. Honestly, I was feeling so run down physically and emotionally, I wasn’t sure where to start this term. Sensibly, I started with a doctor’s appointment. I’ve got some new emergency meds, and some preventative meds we’re giving a shot. It’s not perfect, and probably never will be, but it’s starting to be better. I’ve been doing some research into some ‘migraine friendly’ diets, but question if it’s practical. However, I’m working on a more ‘whole food’ diet so maybe look out for more recipes.

Well I guess that’s the start of a new year of blogging!

 

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