it’s getting on for nearly a year of being vegan now. originally the impetus came on returning from a very cheese and egg heavy holiday in portugal and feeling bloated and bunged up. of course i have had a few slip ups over the past 9 months, i’m only human - the trip to berlin was not entirely meat-product free mainly because i was ill-prepared (lazy) and disorganised (hungover)… our cardinal sin being a visit to a mcdonalds right next to checkpoint charlie just cos we could, though on reflection that was one of my more vegan ‘meals’ (fries). i’m going back to europe in august so i’m planning to do significantly more research on where to eat and possibly cook more dishes myself if the accommodation allows. not sure how many vegetarians let alone vegans live in switzerland/austria/germany but i’m guessing that i’m looking at a majorly bready/chippy diet.
my initial foray into veganism came with checking all the ingredients in everything, ever. since then, i’ve eased off a little on the militancy - if someone has made the effort of cooking me a meal in the knowledge that i don’t eat certain things i’m not going to interrogate them on what went into the dish - it seems rude and unnecessary. similarly, if i’m at a restaurant i’m not going to ask if stuff is cooked in butter or oil, i really can’t afford be that picky living in leeds! besides all that, i buy and prepare egg and cheese foodstuffs for my daughter so i need to resolve this dichotomy somehow… after much soul-seeking (about 10 mins) i decided that doing as much as i can is better than doing nothing at all and believe me, i’ve had this internal dialogue many a time: what can i wear, what can i buy, how can i live my life and bring up my daughter in an ethical way that is actually practical? WHERE WILL IT ALL END?! well, here and now.
which leads me onto my next bit: cooking at home for me which is solely vegan. i have this ace recipe book that a friend gave me - she bought it for ideas on what to feed her son who was dairy intolerant at the time but didn’t find it particularly useful. lucky for me though cos i love it!! when i first went vegan my diet was mainly beans and soup and stir-frys and hummus but this book has opened my eyes to the range of possibilities for baking and roasting and stewing and eating delicious vegan food. i found the book slightly confusing on first glance - it’s american so a number of the food names are different, and you can’t get some of the stuff over here and there is loads of ingredients that i wouldn’t normally have in my cupboard. but with any diet you just need to think ahead and plan, or just deviate from the recipes completely - this is the post-punk kitchen after all, go crazy and fuck the rules yeah?!
a link to the recipe book and the author’s blog is here: http://www.theppk.com/books/vegan-with-a-vengeance/ since getting into it i’ve made a lot of curry, a tagine, chili, risottos, and noodle dishes as per normal, but i’ve also braved vegan muffins and waffles and pancakes and spent more time marinading tofu and tempeh and adding a lot more flavours when cooking. i also now embrace the whole ‘brunch’ idea - sod the cereal! my cupboards are so well stocked now and i love trying new recipes out on friends so if you want to come round and try some delicious vegan grub sometime soon then just hit me up for an invite. om nom nom!!
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