Occupy Together

A 68-post collection

Fried Rice? So Nice!

At last! A recipe with more than just vague hints [seriously, we’re on the internet. You should know how to google stew recipes] and some actual directions.

You will need these tools:

1 large cooking container. Woks are great, but you don’t have to have them
1 means of cooking rice. Rice cookers are great, etc. etc.
1 or more handy heat source(s) like a cooktop
1 big sturdy spoon or spatula. Trust me, I mean it when I say sturdy.
Muscular strength.

You will need these ingredients:

Oil - what type is up to you. Experiment with a few if your budget allows.
Rice - about a rice cooker’s worth when cooked.
2 eggs, whisked or beaten.
½ cup peas or dice-cut vegetables
2 grated carrots
soy sauce to taste
herbs and spices to taste

You might also want to include some of these ingredients:

½ cup cashews or peanuts [or both]
½ cup cooked, peeled prawns or shrimp [Other types of seafood are OK]
½ cup other source of protein and iron [minced meat is good, but if you’re a vegetarian, you can put what you like in]
½ cup diced onion


* Cook the rice and set it aside
* Line up all your ingredients by your cooking implement(henceforth dubbed “wok”), because once you start, you can’t stop
* Pour a generous amount of oil into the bottom of your wok and add your herbs and spices. Turn the heat on to medium-high [the high side of medium]
* Wait until the oil flows readily or the herbs start sizzling before you add anything else
* If you’re adding nuts, add the nuts and lightly brown them. Otherwise add the eggs
* Stir like a mad thing. You want small bits of egg all through your rice, so make sure the bits are tiny
* Add your protein(s), followed by the vegetables, saving the grated carrot until later
* When these look cooked, add the carrot and then the rice
* Around now, it gets to be a solid gold bitch to stir (See what I mean about muscular strength and sturdy spoon/spatulas?) but you still have to add the soy sauce
* Serve on its own or as a side to anything.

Fried rice freezes very well - and you MUST pack it away one way or another immediately after cooking. There is a lot of flexibility in this recipe and it suits all tastes.

You get a lot out of a little with this one. Ideal for trimming that food budget!

How to Stretch a Stew

There are as many recipes for stew as there are people who cook it. You might like a different kind of stew, but the core is the same:

* A lot of water
* Some kind of key protein [meat is traditional, but not necessary]
* Lots of vegetables
* Thickening

One of the key ideals of stew is that it can be stretched. You might portion yours up and freeze it straight after it’s cooked, but even then, you can stretch one portion

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Budget Busting in the Kitchen

Many of you know a few tricks, but these are some of mine. If you only have a little left to spend on food after taking care of all those bills, you need to make it stretch. And you also need to make sure you get a balanced diet. We’ve all heard the urban myth about the college kid who made a buttload of porridge etc. etc.

Anyway, over the next few days I’ll be sharing some budget-stretching

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OWS - I Love That You're Doing Stuff

I love reading the posts about Occupy re-taking houses that were illegally foreclosed upon. I love hearing that Occupy helped prevent an illegal foreclosure.

I love that, despite all the setbacks and prohibitions rising up against it, the People’s Library is still going strong.

I love that people are sharing ideas to get their communities pointed in one direction against a common foe.

But, as I always tell myself [and others] when cleaning up a big mess - there’

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This is a family recipe that can be traced back to MeMum [Hi!] who could not make tuna rissoles to save her life. After a very trying day, she just gave up and fried the entire mess and called it Tuna Glop.

I’ve changed things around a bit and created All Purpose Glop

You will need these tools:

1 mixing bowl
1 method of mixing
1 satisfyingly enormous frying pan
1 spatula or big spoon
1 handy heat source, like

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A Poem - not mine.


When the shearing sheds are silent and the stock camps fallen quiet

When the gidgee coals no longer glow across the outback night

And the bush is forced to hang a sign, ‘Gone broke and won’t be back’

And spirits fear to find a way beyond the beaten track

When harvesters stand derelict upon the wind swept plains

And brave hearts pin their hopes no more on chance of loving rains

When a  hundred outback settlements are

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Sometimes, I Dispair.

There are times when the human race amazes me. There are also times, like this morning, when I just want to leave the race and sit on the sidelines until all this unholy malarkey is good and over with.

People elected Obama in the hopes that he would be able to fix things. Then the people woke up and realised every last politician has been sold to corporations. Now we expect a politician [sold to the highest bidder] to fix things? Um.

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Slogans From My Back-Brain

I keep thinking of things to chant, even though I’m currently unable to participate.

Stuff like this:

All day! All night! Occupy our rights!

We want (clap clap) us free (clap clap) to build a better e-con-o-me!

You had your fun! You got your bonus! Now pay us back! The banks owe us!

Yeah, the last one’s a little complicated for chanting and marching. It’s more of a last minute thing. I’ll doubtless think

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