I made pesto pasta – Veganuary


*Warning* Not a food blogger!

This blogger does not know what she is doing!

Seriously, she can hardly cook and decided to be vegan for a month!

She’s practically mental!


Oh, yummy…

So I ate pesto for years and didn’t realise it wasn’t vegetarian. There’s a few products I cocked up on in my 4 years veggie – strong mints was another one. Lindt chocolate. There’s a few.

My reaction was basically a damn and shrug of my shoulders, which is a lot better than when I was a month into being veggie and I was eating jelly babies mindlessly and then realised they aren’t vegetarian and had a break down. I didn’t know what to do (this was the repulsed by meat stage). Should I make myself throw up?!?!

I didn’t – and don’t do that if you’re new to it and accidentally eat something.

I mean, you can do what you want but I don’t recommend it.

So.. a pesto sauce is pretty simple and any recipe you look up is going to be very similar. My verdict on mine? It was alright… That’s about it… It was good, and considering I am a total novice, I’m happy with it. Also, something I haven’t mentioned, I suck at sticking to instructions so I kinda did my own thing.

I didn’t have nutritional yeast for example, and, after Googling just now, it does sound like the one thing I was missing (a cheesy flavour). There was no cheese. I love cheese. I live for cheese. Cheese has become my bacon. Vegans don’t eat cheese.  So maybe all that was missing was that flavour, which I bet you can just get over eventually.

Maybe I’ll buy some nutritional yeast. I wonder if they add that to like pizzas or lasagnas. I bet this is obvious.

My friend keeps recommending Holland and Barrett, because not only do they have all kind of goodness for vegans, but they quite often have reduced vegan bits. Which, to non vegans, begs the question ‘do they always have reduced items because it’s shit and no one wants it?’ I will pop in there soon and will answer this question.

Anyway, in my sauce I blended (no measurements) (oops);

small bag of pine nuts
a bunch of basil
maybe like two tablespoons of olive oil
a bit of salt
a bit of pepper
4 garlic cloves (recipe said more but I wasn’t doing any of it right anyway)
and a lid full of lemon juice (this wasn’t on the recipe I was half following but saw it on another one)


I wont wing it like this for other recipes this month, this was just a sauce after all.

Buuuuut, so far so good I think.

And to finish, my partners input with his Veganuary.

day 2


my cork board

I saved corks for years. In those years I had to explain to people why I kept them when they asked. Sharing ideas is liberating, which is why I inconsistently blog, but how do you show someone the visions in your brain. There was always a plan and I could always see it, and now after many many many drinks, many vague conversations with vaguely interested friends, and many different new homes for them, I can now hang up my new cork board. Because ideas don’t just vanish, and it’s always totally worth it.

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Film Soaking With Vinegar

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Better late than never? How often is that saying true? Well my summer project does still exist, just because I’ve waited so long to share the photos doesn’t mean my summer didn’t happen. I’m just always late to the party, you know. But that usually means I turn up drunk.. Or I’m the last one standing.. Where am I going with this?

So I tried film soaking and that was fun. I love an experiment, but an experiment with photography and my knees are knocking and my hands are shaking. Maybe I should get that looked at. This 35mm film was soaked in vinegar for 2 days, then soaked in water for 3 days and dried out in rice. These photos were taken on my trusted pal Olympus Trip 35.

Other than looking like we all have been infected with a deadly virus (but still having time to drink gin and tonic out of ‘shake it up’ glasses) I’m loving a bit of soak-a-film-to-make-it-look-all-weird-and-cool. That’s the technical term.

Tune in next time for some more film soaking with diseases such as gangrene, scurvy and the black death.

Summer Project Back To Life

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Oh hi strangers, I’ve not been around for a bit have I? I haven’t forgotten about you I was just living life, you know. So my July and August project of taking photos of my everyday life on film hasn’t been discarded, I’ve taken the photos, I just haven’t shared them. But I am here to do that right now for week two!

I’m not a perfectionist and I don’t care about details but I’ve used four films so far so I’m assuming I’m using a film a week. Possibly. For this film I used my Olympus Trip MD3, which is super easy to use, you don’t have to think about anything. Well you can, like what to have for dinner tonight, or if you can go one more day not washing your hair – what no I wouldn’t do that… This week had ups and downs if I remember correctly, hence the face plant photo but it’s all cool, that’s part of it. Enjoy!

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My First Experiment With Film For July

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I started my July and August film project with my Diana camera. I had mentioned in that post that I completely forgot how to use the camera so I was positively sure nothing had come out, but thankfully something came out. Not great stuff, but there sure is stuff.

Things I’ve learnt for next time; it is a 70mm lens which means selfies will be a lot like the below photo (though I’m sure my Mum and I would have ruined that photo anyway) (I knew this, but I still had a go) (because why not). Check all buttons and switches before taking the photo, the realisation that it was on pinhole or bulb after I had taken the photo was painful. Also, the main thing to remember is that the viewfinder is square (because Diana’s take square photos) but, Emilyannlou, you are using 35mm so the photos won’t be square! Use your brain, it has to be cropped in some way.

Enough ranting on myself, here are a few photos from my first week of July.

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Regardless, these first few days were great and I’m feeling good for doing this project. For the last few days I’ve been using my Olympus trip MD3, and once that’s finished I’ll share the photos. There was a film already in there so I had that processed first, and oh wow it’s about 17 years old. I’ll share a few of those photos another time.

Have a great day!

July And August / 62 Days / Summer Challenge

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I had planned to write this post yesterday on the 1st, but instead I spent the hottest day ever recorded in England for July in Greenwich. Apparently it was hotter than Hawaii, the Bahamas, the Canaries, and even the Sahara Desert. Apparently; I haven’t actually done any research other than read a few news headlines. I didn’t know at the time it was officially a record breaking day, I just knew while we were walking around London, having a picnic, on a boat, and then walking back up that MASSIVE hill in the the park that I was dripping with sweat, where as I don’t usually walk around London dripping with sweat. Maybe the give away was the instant relief when we would stop in at a shop with air-conditioning, and then leaving it feeling like we’ve just walked into an oven. I don’t think my thinking went past ‘Wow, it is boiling today. I really fancy an ice cream. Swimming would be fun. Speaking of swimming, what’s that dripping down my arms? Oh.. Sweat.. I really fancy an ice cream.’ But heat fries your thinking. In fact I was in the exact same place on Sunday (when these photos were taken) and I wasn’t dripping with sweat. Too much detail? I’m all showered, squeaky clean with a fan blaring at my face as I write this, if that’s better imagery. I’m into it though, the heat. But I would also be into air-conditioning in English homes.

So back to the post, today I am sharing with you my summer challenge. Think 365 photo project, but 303 less days and it’ll be more random, especially when it comes to posting the outcome on my blog BECAUSE (drum roll please) I will be using only film * and the crowd goes wild*. I aim to take photos every day, but as film is unpredictable maybe nothing will come out. NOTHING AT ALL. Will that be my excuse when I don’t post anything for a while because I forgot to take photos? You will never know.

Film is my thing. If it wasn’t for film I would be significantly less interested in photography. I have a collection of cameras that is far beyond what you see in my photo – an unofficial collection that happened without me even realising – and I just want to experiment with them. I have lots of out of date film that I want to try out, not even sure why I was hoarding them, and there are even cameras I don’t recognise (so I assume they are my parents cameras) with film half way used in them. Assuming stupid teenage Emily has already opened the back once to see what was going on, I am going to finish them to really see what’s going on. Whatever that means.

I have APS film that when out of date in 2004 – I was 13 so I’m sure they aren’t mine. I have poloroid film that I been putting off using for years because they discontinued them. I have a throw away camera from 2012 – why? 120mm film, black and white film, a fish eye lens, are you even still reading?, a box brownie (that’s not food), a Diana with a 120mm and a 35mm back, and a camera shaped like McDonald’s fries that was bought in a charity shop in Malta. I’ll insert the photo from 2012 for lols.
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I won’t be using my McDonald’s camera, sorry. I also saw this post and I am so excited to experiment and try it out. I have never even HEARD of film soaking let alone done it. It sounds too good to be true, is it a troll post??

I will also use in-date film. Maybe.

Summary; My summer challenge is to document what I am naturally doing everyday, with film.

I started yesterday at Greenwich with my Diana with 35mm film, and I’m positively sure nothing came out because I completely forgot how to work it. It’s cool, there’s always today and there’s always tomorrow.

(Sidenote: I will be using digital cameras/my phone too. I am human, and digital cameras are a natural way of life. They just won’t be part of this challenge, so no drunk selfies on the blog unfortunately.)

Thanks for reading and have a great day!