November 24, 2015

I'm Still Here

Just before we go any further - I need to clear one thing up. It is NOT OPTIONAL to listen to 'I'm Still Here' from Treasure Planet while reading this post. 

Heres the link to the song on YouTube if you need it. 

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. 

(I'm not even sure where that actually comes from). 

Basically - this is just me popping in to say that .... well.... I'm still here. 

And that I'm sorry. And thank you. 

I'll start with thank you. 

Thank you because there has not been ONE SINGLE DAY since April where I have not had a page view. I'm still not sure why - but you're reading my blog. Thank you for taking the time to read it. I've no idea who you are - but thank you. 

Thank you because I had a goal for this Vegan MoFo (wow wasn't that a long time ago) and it was to have more page views than I did last year during MoFo. And last year during MoFo I had more page views than my blog had had in total in it's entire 1 year history. It was a lot. And you helped me 'do better' this year. 

I love blogging. I love creating stuff to post it on here. I love all the recipes that I make. I mean - I love food. And yes - somewhere along the way I think I can safely say that this has become a food blog. I love reading my favorite bloggers and looking at what they're creating - and thinking 'Hey - maybe one day I'll be that good'. And 'Hey - maybe one day I'll of created a recipe for the most amazing xyz'. I love making their recipes and thinking 'Hey - this is yummy. I can't wait to make something yummy too.' I love looking at Blogger Stats and seeing that hey - people are reading my blog. And I love thinking that as I go on - more and more people are reading it. No - it's not all about how many page views I get. That's a small part of why I do it. I do it because I ENJOY blogging - I enjoy creating recipes and putting them online for other people to try (or not). I enjoy writing. Have I ever told you that I write novels? I'm a writer. But it's also nice to see people are reading what I write. And I do that by page views. 

And now to sorry. Sorry - because (even though you have been reading) I have not been writing. 

At. All. 

There's a pencil case I've seen in Waterstones. It says 'Long Time No Blog'. That pretty much sums up the situation. Because 'Long Time' doesn't mean a few weeks. It means a few months. So really - I need a pencil case that says 'Very Long Time No Blog'. 

And I'm sorry - but I don't see it getting any better for at least a month. Hey - maybe I'll get a post in before Christmas. But probably not. 

So MoFo ended and I've started to uni. And 'it's just been one of those weeks' has turned into 'it's just been one of those few weeks' and then it goes on. It's not like I haven't wanted to write something - I really have. I've even got as far as photographing a few things. But for either 'some reason' or because I suddenly find I have a whole chapter of my math textbook with which to acquaint myself - nothing has got as far as being published. I had an excellent recipe for Halloween - but all of a sudden it was November. 

Although I say that - my hall's Laundry Room is still decorated for Halloween. 

And I have exams before Christmas. Which basically means.... unlike last time I had exams when I lined up a load of posts so that SOMETHING would be posted- that I'm just not going to be able to post much before next year. Maybe I'll have time inbetween the end of exams and actually Christmas to post something. You know me - it'll probably be an oatmeal recipe. 

But maybe this post isn't just to say that I'm still here. 

My blog turned 2 this September. 

Maybe I can blame the silence on the terrible twos?  

I don't think my parents would have ever thought that this 'blog thing' (I'm not even 100% sure that they knew what a blog was at that point. TBH - I'm still don't think they 100% get what it is now - after 2 years) would last this long. Not till I got to uni. Not after I started back at College. I think they thought it was just something to keep me occupied while I was ill - something I'd do for a few days - but probably wouldn't even last the month. 

But yup (as you might have guessed) I'm still here. 

And I don't intend to go any where. I love my blog. I love this - my little space on the internet. This little space which is mine. 

So not only am I still here - I don't intend to go anywhere. 

Apart from maybe a place a bit better than here. 

I guess it's a bit like having a pet - I love my blog, but if I don't 'feed' it - well that's not so good - is it? 

I want to be RIGHT HERE - but posting more than never. I'm gonna work on it - and make sure I'm posting at least once a week. Maybe twice a week. Or three times a week. I have enough ideas to last me until the year 3000 - and that's assuming that I don't have any more. Which is not going to happen. 

On that note - what do you think about Snickers Bar hot chocolate? Yes? No? Let me know. 

People talk about 'out growing their blogs' and starting new ones. I don't want to ever do that. This is my blog. Period. 

Okay - so yes - at some point (maybe when I've finished uni) I want to move over to Wordpress. At some point- I want to be able to say that I have my own domain name. And at some point I want to invest in a full DSLR. One day I might publish an Ebook - or I might use my blog to make money some other way. But not for a long time. 

I know what I want to happen in my future. And Ana's Rocket Ship is definitely going to be part of it - whatever happens. 

Right now - I'm still here. I hope to be a lot more 'with it' soon. I am slightly more 'here' on Instagram (anasrocketship) and Facebook (Ana's Rocket Ship Blog). I also feel really 'spam-y' saying this (sorry) but sign up to e-mails (side bar) and as soon as I DO post something (other than this - and I'm not even sure what this is) you will be the first to know. Yeah. Happy Christmas to you :P 

So yeah - I guess see you in a bit. 

And remember that I'm Still Here. 

September 30, 2015


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21. What three endless food supplies would you take if you were going to be stranded on an island? (Imagine your nutritional needs have been met, these are a bonus!)

Okay - so you already know what my number one food supply would be- but here's my second one. 


I have an addiction to oats. The first few days here when I didn't have any were almost unbearable. Anyone who met me on those first few days is very aware of just how much I was missing oats. 

And then I almost had some sort of meltdown in the store because they DIDN'T HAVE ANY OATS. The shop assistant tried to convince me that they did - pointing to those little instant oat sachets - but they DIDN'T HAVE ANY OATS. Not real oats anyway. 

I had to go to the other store (which was more expensive) pretty much just to get oats. On the way home from the first store. Even though I had frozen veggies from the first store and so was almost certain to get food poisoning. 

Seriously - what type of store doesn't have oats? 

But I was talking to one of my new made friends about just how deeply this crisis had affected me - about just how lost I had been without oats. And he totally agreed with me - that sachets weren't really oats - that little bags are kind of pointless and not worth the effort - and that he loved oatmeal (or porridge) for breakfast. 

He said that he has oatmeal with raisins and nuts for breakfast practically every single day and never gets bored. 

At first - I only partly agreed with him. My mind was racing with all the variations that you could have of dried fruit and nuts. Fresh fruit and nuts. Fruit and seeds. Adding spices. Nut butter instead of  chopped nuts. All the specific variations.... strawberry shortcake oats. Lemon meringue pie oats. Carrot and blueberry oats. Cinnamon and raisin oats. All the variations were flashing threw my mind. 

Later I realized that he was right. That I didn't need all the endless variations- although I will still continue changing everything and coming up with many oatmeal variations. I didn't even need the nuts and the raisins. 

All I actually need is the oats. Because I will never get bored of them. 

Even if I had oats for every meal - I probably wouldn't get bored of them. They're creamy and comforting. And now I sound like I'm being soppy over a boyfriend or something. 

Is it possible to marry a bag of oats? Although it might get into the record book for shortest lasting marriage. 

Because a bag of oat's never lasts long in my life. 

Oatmeal with Nuts and Raisins
Serves 1

  • 1/4-1/2 cup of oats - I normally use 1/3 of a cup. 1/2 cup is a bit to much for me- and 1/4 of a cup is more like a snack. 
  • Twice as much liquid as oats (so I use 2/3 cup). I use all plant milk - but you can use all water- or half and half if you want. All water is obviously cheaper- but all milk is slightly creamier. My Mom doesn't like all water (she thinks it's gross) but personally I don't see anything wrong with it
  • 1 Tablespoon of raisins (okay - so I used sultana's because that's all I had) 
  • Chopped nuts- about 1 Tablespoon - although I used more because I was picking out nuts and chopping them - and I was too indecisive. 

  • Add the liquid and oats to a pan. Put over a low heat and stir pretty constantly. It normally takes about 5-10 minutes. I'm pretty impatient - my oatmeal isn't always completely cooked when I eat it - but cook it until it's the consistency you prefer. 
  • Top with the nuts and raisins. Alternatively - you can add these at the start of the cooking- so the raisins will because soft and juicy and the nuts soft. 
  • If you want to cook these in the microwave- just stir the oats and milk together in a heat safe bowl and cook on high for a few minutes - watching to make sure that they don't boil over. 

Mexican Macaroni

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28. Tacos VS Burritos. Where do you stand on this important issue? 

The MoFo themes this year are asking too many important decisions from me. What's my favorite cookbook? My favorite herb or spice? My favorite cuisine? 

And now they want me to decide which is better- tacos or burritos? 

Life. Is not fair. :P 

I mean. How am I supposed to choose? Seriously?

So I bailed. I couldn't do it.

I had visions of angry mobs outside my door because I sided with the wrong team.

So I am staying completely and utterly neutral here. I'm not siding with any side. I may avoid eating both tacos and burritos for the rest of my life because I'm too scared that in 30 years time someone will see me eating a taco and will proclaim 'Ha - all along you were team taco!' when in fact I love them both equally.

I am like the Switzerland of the Taco VS Burrito world.

So here's some macaroni.

Mexican Macaroni
Makes 2-3 servings

  • 1 cup of dried macaroni
  • 1 cup of chopped veggies (for slower cooking veggies like carrots - steam them first for a few minutes) 
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups of black beans (or one can) 
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mexican seasonings (I actually used a packet from a Fajita kit - and so I'm still remaining neutral) 
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon of tomato paste

  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package
  • In a large frying pan - saute the veggies until cooked with the Mexican seasoning
  • Drain the canned tomatoes to get rid of most of the tomato juice
  • Rinse the black beans and add to the frying pan with the chopped tomatoes, apple cider vinegar and tomato paste
  • Cook for a few minutes till the sauce has thickened up and the veggies are fully cooked
  • Add the macaroni and stir a few times to make sure that the noodles are fully covered in the sauce. 
Enjoy - while I go hide out in Switzerland. 

Warm Applesauce Drink

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21. What three endless food supplies would you take if you were going to be stranded on an island? (Imagine your nutritional needs have been met, these are a bonus!)

Right.... so number 3 was difficult to decide.... but the first, and then the second foods I would take were easy to decide. Basically - what is my favorite food that I am never going to get tired of? 

So.... number one. I should possibly say apples- because they are more versatile in their raw form - but I have a feeling that if I was stranded on an island - my biggest problem would not be making applesauce on some makeshift cooker out of a fire I have no idea how I would light (it's not a skill that I have yet mastered) and so maybe I'm better just taking the applesauce already .... well.... turned into apple sauce. 

This isn't really a recipe - more an idea accompanied by a unsatisfactory photograph - but.... 

One way that I really like to have my applesauce is mixed with milk - and heated up - I guess to try and make a sort of apple hot chocolate. I normally mix about 1/4 cup of applesauce with 1 cup of milk. I just heat it gently over the stove-top as I would if I was making oatmeal - but I'm pretty sure that it would also work in the microwave. This ratio doesn't produce a intensely applesauce-y drink - more like a warm milky drink with a sweet apple-y flavor. 

So I guess that it isn't really applesauce any more - more like a milky applesauce drink - but if you want a more intense applesauce you could always either increase the applesauce to milk ratio, or it swap the milk for either apple juice or water. 

But it's warm and comforting.... and good if you want a non-chocolate alternative to tea. Also - if you cook it over the stove- you get the warmth from cooking it as well as from drinking it.