My so-called “domestic life”…

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Here I am, on a walk in the vaguely local vicinity (a bus ride away).
faith roswell walking through an orchard wearing a fake fur bodywarmer
(There’s an art to looking this mean... 😛 )
Clothes by god-knows-where, make-up by Make-Up Revolution, necklace bought at the awesomeness that is Inanna’s Festival

faith roswell wearing bronze eye make up
Make-up close-up. When I work out how to take proper make-up pictures, you’ll be the first to know. 😛

Last month, I spent just twelve nights in my own bed and now my jeans don’t fit. To be fair, they were always a squeeze but now I can’t do them up. (I might also be a candidate for Krispy Kreme rehab…)
As a constant traveller, it’s hard to keep fit and healthy. I’m on the road all the time, often have to rely on convenience foods from dubious train stations and having worked or sat on a coach all day, the last thing I want to do when I get back to wherever I’m staying is work out! I’ve tried exercising at home but although it’s great for warming up in winter or a quick calorie burning blast when I’m feeling really sluggish, the fact is I live on a narrowboat and therefore cannot raise my arms above my head unless I’m kneeling. And my nice mossy carpet’s getting scruffy from all the jumping around.
There is a running track near me but I hate running- nature is for enjoying, not zooming through in a blur with your lungs about to fall out. So I’ve finally given in and joined a gym. (Don’t worry- this isn’t about to become a fitness blog.) 😛

faith roswell wearing black gym clothes
Obligatory selfie

I watch my money very carefully but have found a membership for £15 a month so I cancelled my Graze box subscription at £8 per month- seriously not worth it; if you’re like me and eat like a horse, these little itty bitty nibbly things with way too much packaging will not fill you up. I’m compiling an extra Pinterest board of fitspiration and am going to go sugar free on weekdays.

I detest the new buzzword ‘shaming’; it seems you can’t be anything other than everyone’s personal positivity cheerleader without being accused of ‘shaming’. BUT… putting that aside for a second, I’ll make it clear (and I’m only going to say this once) that your body is your own. Your ideal body type may not be mine and by wanting to look a certain way, I am not looking down on anyone following a different path. That said, I’m a curvy woman with a ‘cartoon superhero’ build- huge breasts and bum, muscular thighs, small waist. I want to look strong and a little scary while keeping the curves. The person you want to stick with when the T-virus breaks out…
SO… I will occasionally post new recipes and an update or two for any of you who are interested in seeing how things progress. I’m damn good at making cheap, nutritious food and want to get better at making portable cheap nutritious food due to my close acquaintance with fridgeless hostels and airport floors.
I believe in supporting each other so anyone (women especially) starting something new whether it’s a fitness regime or not, get in touch. Write a comment. Hopefully we can help keep each other on track. I’ll even be your personal positivity cheerleader. 😛

faith roswell standing on a wall with a rainbow in the background, painted on cheerleader outfit

I picked the worst time to do this as by the time you read this blog, I’ll have backed up a months worth of adventures to write about and be feeling guilty every time I step away from my laptop. But it’s the thought that counts, right?

So, as it’s getting colder by the day and I need all the nutrients I can get, I’m sharing my usual Winter lurgy-buster recipes, which are cheap, easy, full of protein, packed with nutrients and a huge boost to the immune system:
Some people have very odd ideas of what constitutes vegetarian so here are my definitions:
Vegetarian: Does not contain dead animals. No fish, no
pig, no cow, no human flesh etc etc
Vegan: Does not contain animal products either. No dairy, no honey, no eggs etc etc.
Optionally = recipe can be tailored for veggies or vegans
by removing or substituting stuff

Kale and stuff (optionally vegetarian/vegan)
Serves 1-2 people.

An onion, 3 garlic cloves, bacon, ½ a can of green lentils*, kale, eggs, seasoning
1) Chop the onion and garlic and fry at medium heat in a little oil until browning.
2) Cut the bacon into strips and add to the pan. Wait until almost fully cooked.
3) Add the lentils and stir.
*(or butter beans/chick peas/kidney beans- your cooked pulse of choice!)
4) Add kale in handfuls until you have the amount you like!
5) Top with poached or fried eggs and season

Huevos Rancheros (vegetarian)
Serves 2-3 people
An onion, 3 garlic cloves, cayenne pepper, ½ a lime, fresh coriander, a can of mixed beans, a tin of tomatoes, a bell pepper, 2-3 sticks of celery, eggs (2 per person)
1) Chop the onion and garlic and fry at medium heat in a little oil until translucent

2) Finely chop the pepper and celery and add to the pan. Cook for a couple of minutes (add sweetcorn too if you like it).

3) Add the beans and tomatoes, turn the heat to simmer and add cayenne pepper (as much or little as you want- I like mine quite spicy), the lime and a good handful of fresh coriander. Stir.
4) Poach the eggs- traditionally, they’re done in the mixture but as I’m an egg-control freak I poach them on their own and add them afterward.
5) Sprinkle a few more coriander leaves on top and you’re done.

Lentil stew (vegan)
Serves 2-3 people

You can use just about anything you want- this is my usual list but I often add extra stuff that’s in my fridge: An onion, 3-4 garlic cloves, a tin of tomatoes, dried red lentils, 2 sticks of celery, a carrot, ½ a bell pepper, kale or spinach, ½ a lemon or lime, dried chilli flakes, turmeric, a veggie stock cube.
1) Chop the onion and garlic and fry at medium heat in a little oil until translucent
2) Chop the carrot, celery, and any other veg except leaves, add to the pan and stir for a few minutes until softening. Add the tomatoes and a couple of handfuls of lentils.
3) Pour some water in and add the stock cube, chilli (I use 1/3 tsp), turmeric (I use 1 tsp) and lemon or lime. Stir and bring to a boil, then turn temperature to simmer.
4) When everything is cooked through and the water is mostly gone, add the leaves and serve as soon as they’re wilted.


My local orchard and bramble patches are full of apples and blackberries at the moment so I’ve been getting up stupidly early to forage in the mist. Picked blackberries are so much better than the giant bitter store-bought ones! Where do you live? Is there wild food near you? I’d love to hear what your favourite seasonal foods are.

Things are about to get colder as I’m leaving for Glasgow first thing tomorrow. As I have a day off, I’ll be straddling the tourist/”Doomsday extra” line. It’s one of my favourite films and a fair approximation of what I think post-apocalyptic Glasgow would look like! I’m debating whether or not to bring my new porcupine quills to wear (bartered for at a certain festival that is NOT Burning Man). ;P I’m unlikely to venture out into the wilderness this time but as I’ll be travelling by coach for most of my trip, I’m hoping to see a mountain or two from the comfort of my spacious travelmobile. I was born in Aberdeen so am on Team Gaiman…
funny cartoon of neil gaiman and amanda palmer in scotland
(Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, by Gunjan Joshi)

Speak to you tomorrow- I’m a blog machine right now and want to tell you about Wacken! ;P

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  2. rionka

    Be my positivity cheerleader for travelling and not being shittypants! 😀 The more i read your blog, i want to go on a road trip… <3

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