Busy and excited!

Hi folks, it’s been a while again since I last posted, what with organising all our stuff into our new house, working, and preparing for our holidays (just a few days to go now yay!)

I think it’s accurate to say that I am one hundred percent happy and comfortable with a vegan diet now πŸ™‚ Really the only difficulties I have are the inevitable feelings of frustration and anger which come from being aware of where food comes from, and the problems with the world’s environment and animal welfare.

But yes, sadly when you’ve hopped off the proverbial fence on the vegan side, you do suddenly become frustrated with people, and are likely to feel isolated if you’re not surrounded by like-minded ones! I’m very lucky to live with Jacob and my mum. The only non-vegan thing my mum will [begrudgingly!] eat is the occasional egg, when we eat out, because she is very restricted in restaurants, what with not being able to eat garlic or onions :/

Speaking of which, I have a recipe for a yummy pasta dish, which is fully vegan, garlic and onion free! (Judge the amounts depending how many people are eating):

  • Fry some Fry’s sausages in a bit of rapeseed oil for a few minutes until they are pretty much cooked through
  • Add peppers, courgette, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes for a few more minutes until softened
  • Add tomato passata and tomato purΓ©e, as well as a generous mixture of dried basil, oregano, thyme and sage, and a bit of water if needed
  • Allow to simmer while the pasta boils for however long it says on the packet :

Right, on to my favourite part: yummy things I have eaten recently! πŸ˜€

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Shakeaway, made with soya milk and Oreos!

On a very hot and sunny day last week, I met up with a uni friend in town, and whilst I slowly turned a light shade of lobster in the sun, I got a huge, and very cheap, portion of sweet potato fries and salad with sweet chilli sauce from a food stall πŸ™‚

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Hot, in all senses!!
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Grilled ciabatta slices with Sacla freefrom pesto and Violife cheese
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Home-made pizza (well, with bases courtesy of Sainsbury’s!) and salad

Found this in Holland & Barrett, and it turned out to be half price! Should have bought more, as it was amazing:

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Next Tuesday, Jacob and I will be off on our various summer adventures, for which I am very excited πŸ™‚ Firstly, we are heading to London to be assistant production managers for a show in the Camden Fringe, then we are flying up to Edinburgh for the festival! I have booked a great combination of comedy shows and ghost walks for us to enjoy, and I look forward to sampling lots of vegan fare in both cities πŸ™‚

Ciao, until next time! πŸ˜€

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Food pics and recipes!

Here are the food pics and recipes that I wanted to put in another post πŸ™‚

Fry’s steak-style pie, oven chips, mixed veg and cabbage:

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Wholemeal pitta breads with Fry’s chicken-style strips (fried with cumin and cayenne) and tomato, parsley and pomegranate relish (combine bunch of parsley leaves, 130g tomatoes, 1 garlic clove, half small red onion, 1tbsp lemon juice, 4tbsp oil, approx. 1tbsp pomegranate seeds, and salt & pepper):

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Stir-fry using Fry’s chicken-style strips (could also use Fry’s beef-style strips), peppers, pak choi, straight-to-wok noodles, and Sainsbury’s own terriyaki & ginger sauce:

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Pasta sauce made with courgette, mushrooms, peppers, Linda McCartney sausages, chopped tomatoes, tomato purΓ©e:

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I’m back!! (With a tonne of photos…)

Soooo… Getting wifi took a little longer than I expected! πŸ˜€ But I am finally installed in my new house (with a lovely big, brand-new kitchen just for us!!) and have been taking lots of foodie pictures in the meantime, as we have been enjoying a lot of great meals recently πŸ™‚

So that this post isn’t too long, I will divide it into two, with the second one being a selection of meal pics and recipes.

The 23rd June was mine and Jacob’s one-year anniversary (!) and one of our celebrations was going to Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen in Bath for a special meal (which is all we will be going there for, as it is very expensive!). It has a great vegan menu and is a lovely mixture of homely, rustic dΓ©cor, and friendly, relaxed staff, but with very posh, beautifully presented food. For example, for a starter I had a dish called “Some Things To Do With Cucumbers”, which was extremely dainty and included grilled peeled cucumbers, fennel and sorbet! We also got some free extra nibbles. I love it there πŸ˜€

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“Some Things To Do With Cucumbers”
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Field mushroom, with lots of other delicious posh things
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Chocolate tart (scoffed before I remembered to take a pic!)

I might invent more special occasions, just so I have an excuse to go to Acorn again! πŸ˜€

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Random insert – a moment of avocado appreciation:

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Some useful things I found at Lidl (probably far later than I should have) are these two varieties of burgers, which are permanently in the freezers and cost just Β£1.39 for a pack of four:

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Upcoming in the next post will be lots of foodie pics! See you shortly πŸ™‚