Amy Louise
Female. 21. British. Student.

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Low-Carb Vegan Chana Masala

I have to admit, I’m quite the fan of Indian cuisine. Don’t get me wrong, the majority of my diet is filled with beautiful Mediterranean foods, but occasionally I do like to drop in a bit of an Indian influence. Most of my friends know that I’m all but obsessed with Saag Aloo (who can really resist a mild creamed concoction of spinach and potatoes anyway…), but another lesser available favourite of mine is that of Chana Masala. This dish is very versatile, as it’s predominantly made out of chickpeas, so you could easily add in some extra vegetables, leaves, and protein sources.

Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 onion, 1 garlic clove, 1 tbsp minced or powdered ginger, 1 pepper, 1.5 tbsp tikka masala paste, 0.5 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp curry powder, 1 can of tinned peeled tomatoes and their juices, 1-2 cans of tinned chickpeas, and 1 head of cauliflower.

Method: Firstly, heat the oil in a saucepan, and add the onion diced, as well as the minced clove of garlic. Once soft, add the diced pepper, as well as all the spices for the dish (ginger, turmeric, curry powder, tikka masala paste). Stir until all the flavour have been combined (about 10 minutes) and then add the tin of tomatoes until it starts to simmer (5 minutes). Finally, add the tin of chickpeas for a further 5 minutes, and then you are done! I also pulsed a cauliflower head in my blender, and pan fried it for a few minutes instead of having rice.

0 notes, date: 18/4/2014
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We are clay. Living, breathing, thinking, feeling clay, and we can shape ourselves into anything we want, and we keep shaping ourselves all our lives, getting better and better at whatever we want to be, and when we want to be something else we just smooth out the clay and start over. Your lack of ‘purpose’ is the single best thing about you, because it means you can be whatever you want.

— Dan Wells, Ruins

3 notes, date: 18/4/2014
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Figs & Berries Magazine

As I am nearing the end of my Undergraduate degree in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes University, it was only natural that I complete some sort of final project. Fortunately for me, the nature of my degree meant that I was not confined to producing a 10,000 word dissertation on a given topic, I instead had the opportunity to more practically produce a prototype product. For me, that took the shape of an interactive online magazine, with integrated videos, and submission forms. I choose to call this ‘meat-free monthly’ that I created ‘Figs & Berries’ due to the fact that it is for vegetarians, vegans, raw-vegans, and fruitarians.

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I am surprised myself that I haven’t posted about this until now, but I have even more reason to blog about it now than I did a month ago. The reason being that I took a look at my Instagram account this afternoon, only to see that Bloomsbury Publishing’s official Instagram account had liked my picture I had posted of my major project. I am aware that I’m making far too much fuss about it, and social media isn’t going to hear the end of it anytime soon, but I am quiet chuffed!

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0 notes, date: 16/4/2014
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There is never a sudden revelation, a complete and tidy explanation for why it happened, or why it ends, or why or who you are. You want one and I want one, but there isn’t one. It comes in bits and pieces, and you stitch them together wherever they fit, and when you are done you hold yourself up, and still there are holes and you are a rag doll, invented, imperfect. And yet you are all that you have, so you must be enough. There is no other way.

—  Marya Hornbacher, Wasted

2 notes, date: 12/4/2014
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Katrina’s Memorial Service

I have been away from my blog for quite a while now. It has been a hectic University semester to say the least, and it’s not even over yet! Between this being the final semester of my degree, as I graduate in June, and having to hand in my dissertation, unfortunately the Publishing Media course suffered the great loss of a friend, and coursemate. She was possibly the one student who deserved to graduate the most, but we will forever remember her spirit, and strive to live as well as she did.

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Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him. It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him, and afterward when you say to this person “the world today” or “life” or “reality” he will assume that you mean this moment, even if it is fifty years past. The world, through his unleashed emotions, imprinted itself upon him, and he carries the stamp of that passing moment forever.”

- John Knowles
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Perfume

I’ve always been in love with the film, so imagine my excitement when I discovered that there was a perfume! Don’t worry, I didn’t realise it existed until last summer either, when I frantically bought more than one, due to the fact that it appeared as though it was old stock Boots had dragged out at a discounted price. The perfume is copyrighted 1985, and trademarked by ‘Radio Days’, but produced by FB Beauty London - confused?

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Who wouldn’t be confused when Boots seem to be the only one stocking it… except for Argos. Considering the female attraction towards anything remotely Audrey Hepburn adjacent, someone is definitely not making the most of this product, in terms of production value, and marketing! It’s only just beginning to appear on the Boots website. Nonetheless, my first purchase of this product was a mere £9 for a 100ml perfume, so I couldn’t complain when the RRP is about £18.50.

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However, once again Boots didn’t advertise the fact that within their Christmas 3 for 2 gift section was a Breakfast at Tiffany’s set, which included the 100ml perfume, AND a 150ml Body Lotion. Something else that didn’t appear on the website, or within stores during the Christmas period! It was only after Christmas when I took a gander around the 50% off stock to see what bargains I could find that I discovered this set for just £7.50! It’s like taking candy from a baby.

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“Only yesterday I was no different than them, yet I was saved. I am explaining to you the way of life of a people who say every sort of wicked thing about me because I sacrificed their friendship to gain my own soul. I left the dark paths of their duplicity and turned my eyes toward the light where there is salvation, truth, and justice. They have exiled me now from their society, yet I am content. Mankind only exiles the one whose large spirit rebels against injustice and tyranny. He who does not prefer exile to servility is not free in the true and necessary sense of freedom.”

- Kahlil Gibran

7 notes, date: 12/1/2014
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Faux Fur & Faux Leather!

Over the past year I’ve been trying to build a decent collection of coats. In the past my parents always picked out my coats, with practicality being the ultimate priority - which ultimately led me to loathe this particular item of clothing! However, throughout the duration of the past five or so years, although I have gained control over my outerwear wardrobe, this still hasn’t stopped me from gravitating towards ‘pink panther’ monstrosities for a good while (what was I thinking?). Hence the need for new purchases.

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I now own two decent winter duffel style coats, in navy and dark maroon, as well as two beige trench/mac coats in a peplum style, and a smarter frilly style. Leading to me ditching all of my previous coats. However, a black coat/jacket is what I have been lacking! I’m quite drawn to the ‘waterfall’ finish in the shops at the moment, as well as the current faux fur trend - not to mention the fact that I’ve never owned a (faux) leather jacket. All this meant that this Black Faux Fur Collar Leather-Look Waterfall Jacket was the perfect addition to my current project!

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0 notes, date: 11/1/2014
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"I used to think I was tough, but then I realized I wasn’t. I was fragile and I wore thick f****** armor. And I hurt people so they couldn’t hurt me. And I thought that was what being tough was, but it isn’t.

- James Frey

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