I think I should preface with the fact that I’ve never had pulled pork. I have, however, always been a fan of the Mary-Kate and Ashley movie “It Takes Two” and liked the look of the Sloppy Joes that Amanda ate. (Note: I just googled what a Sloppy Joe is and am disappointed that they look nowhere near as good as what I made.) I heard so much about making “pulled pork” with jackfruit, but I’ve never had a chance to find it, so I tried making it with some food I had at home.
To put it simply, it was fan-heckin-tastic!
You will need:
- Half a carrot
- 1 potato
- Quarter of an onion
- Ground black pepper
- Spray oil
And for the sauce:
- Barbecue sauce
- Apple cider vinegar
- Mexican chilli powder
First, preheat the oven to 200C
Grate the potato and carrot and dice the onion.
In a baking tray with parchment paper, spread out the vegetables, spray them with a bit of oil, then sprinkle on a bit of salt and pepper. Mix it through with your hands and spread it out on the tray.
Cover it with Alfoil then put it in the oven for 20-ish minutes, taking it out every 10 minutes to shake.
While that’s cooking, mix up the sauce in a saucepan. I eyeballed the barbecue sauce and Mexican chilli powder, and added a teaspoon of the vinegar.
Heat the sauce for about 10 minutes and stir consistently, then take off the heat.
When the vegetables are ready, put the sauce back on the heat and mix them through in the saucepan for about 10 minutes.
Once ready, serve it however you wish. I had it on a sandwich with lettuce.
Not the prettiest, but delicious.
It might sound weird and/or sad, but there’s something so comforting about talking to other kids of alcoholics.
In a culture where it’s so normal to drink to forget, get completely wasted for fun, or even just have a few alcoholic beverages after work to unwind, it’s reassuring and validating to meet others who get agitated around those (especially loved ones) who drink, and who feel that intense fear when those people slur and sway as they slip from tipsy to drunk. You can’t tell whether they’re going to keep to themselves and become dazed and sleepy, or if they’re going to turn on you, with their disorientation making them link together your faults, and confuse real events with what they make up.
You can connect with these other kids as you recall nights of walking on egg shells around your parent(s), staying up late in your room until you’re certain they’re asleep, worried they’ll barge in, drag you out of bed and start yelling at you.
I’m not denying that alcohol can be fun for some, but it is a drug. It shouldn’t be so normalised.
For those who have had similar experiences to what I have, or simply don’t like drinking, enjoy your tea/water/juice/whatever non-alcoholic beverages you love, appreciate the fact that you can get hyped about life or connect with friends without being intoxicated, and be grateful that rarely will late-night clubbing be your scene, and you can spend your weekend evenings nice and relaxed in the comfort of your own home.
To put yourself in a good mood that lasts the whole day, I strongly recommend pyjama dance parties. Get up, let the sun shine in your room, and dance and sing along to your favourite music.
I thought I’d make a little playlist of some of my favourite pyjama dance party songs!
Walking on Sunshine // Aly & AJ
Dancing Queen // Mamma Mia Movie Soundtrack
I Got Nerve // Hannah Montana
Why Not // Hilary Duff
ABC // The Jackson 5
Love Myself // Hailee Steinfeld
Shout Out to my Ex // Little Mix
Mmmbop // Hanson
Bring it all Back // S Club 7
Elle Me Dit // Mika
C’est la Vie // B*Witched
Every Single Night // Computer Games
After three years of seeing different recipes and going “hmm that looks good”, I finally made a tofu scramble. Essentially it’s kinda like scrambled eggs, but without eating something from a chicken’s bum and killing hundreds of tiny chicks in the process.
You will need…
- 1/2 small sweet potato
- 1 small potato
- 75g (or more) firm tofu
- 1/4 onion
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- mild chilli flakes
- dash of soy sauce
- sesame oil (or olive)
How to make it:
- Dice potatoes and steam/boil in microwave or on stove
- Crumble tofu into small pieces (resembling scrambled eggs)
- Saute diced onion in frying pan with garlic and sesame oil
- Add tofu, soy sauce and seasonings, and cook for a few minutes
- Pour in now cooked potatoes and cook with additional ingredients (add more soy sauce/seasonings if needed) for a few more minutes
- When it’s to your preferred taste and seems cooked well enough, serve how you wish (e.g. with greens, toast, pepper, grilled tomato, etc.)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!