Veganuary 2016
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Veganuary | 3 Weeks In

Veganuary Update on Cate in the Kitchen

We’re more than half way through already! This week I learned that there is such a thing as too much hummus, after eating an entire tub a day for three days straight I began to feel less than cute, so I’m cooling it on the chickpea front over the next little while. Lesson learned: you can have too much of a good thing.

I did have to cheat again (for the second week running) for a client recipe. Even though I told myself at the beginning of the month that this was going to happen, it feels like a weird self-betrayal.

I have now officially lost all of the weight that I put on over Christmas, I can only presume that it’s down to all the plants I’ve been eating and all the cheese I haven’t been eating. Moral of that story: Veganuary is a very effective and basically painless post-Christmas cleanse.

Veganuary on Cate in the Kitchen


Again with the butter. I’ve got a real hankering for butter. Other than that though I’m not craving very much at all. I’ve sort of gone off the idea of eggs this week which is bizarre for me (a notorious egg obsessive) and I’m hardly noticing the lack of cheese now. That said, I did really fancy a very cheesy pizza on Wednesday night, but I think that’s just because I was a bit pissed.

Ooh, chicken. I could go for a bit of fried chicken. Casually. It’s a very casual craving.

A few basic meals from week 3

Average Vegan Meals on Cate in the Kitchen

Top left: You know when you can’t be arsed to cook, but you also can’t be arsed to order a takeaway because it requires too much thought? This was the result of one of those days. I just made some parsnip fries and ate them with avocado hummus.

Top right: I’ve developed a minor obsession with Great Food and their heat-up-in-the-oven-quickly vegan convenience foods. Their koftas are sensational, but pictured are their sweet potato pakoras with stir fried kale and plenty of hummus. If you’re in Brighton, you can find these in the fridge at Infinity Foods.

Bottom left: I over season avocado and will never apologise for that. Plenty of garlic powder, salt, pepper, chilli flakes and paprika if I’ve got it. The slightly burnt looking strips sitting next to the avo are Jack Monroe’s aubergine “bacon” rashers – I’ve made them twice this week and am a big fan, but should probably cool it because if you’re eating aubergine sliced that thinly you’re basically eating a slab of oil. Delicious as that is, my arteries probs won’t thank me.

Bottom right: this was my beige meal of the week. I roasted some baby potatoes on the same tray as a Linda McCartney frozen pie (good but not great), doesn’t get lower maintenance than that. I could have done with some gravy though..

Vegan Cheeseburger

This I have dubbed The Vegan Sheese-burger. Guacamole, spiralised carrot, parsnip and cashew burger (this one, it’s fantastic, definitely recommend, available in the freezer aisle at Infinity if you’re a Brightonian!), sheese with chives and a dollop of onion marmalade.

No, it’s not as sexy as an actual cheeseburger, but it got the job done, you know?

Vegan finds worth sharing

Anything else to note?

Yeah. Shall we touch briefly on that GBK advert? I don’t want to link to it, or even an article about it, because I’d rather avoid giving it anymore attention (it’s very much like a tantrum-ing toddler in that way), but it brought to light the weird venomous hatred that people have for vegetarians and vegans. I mean seriously, some people are actually just pissed off that some other people don’t want to eat animals. What’s the deal with that?

Also, I didn’t see anyone actually being pissed off about this advert, just a bunch of steak-lovers getting all hot and bothered about the existence of broccoli and people who eat it. The whole damn thing so clearly a PR wet dream. Anyway, here are some generic examples people being really annoying and angry for no apparent reason in the comments section of an article about the ad campaign:

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(… you do)

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(again… you do … and yes it absolutely would be different)

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(I don’t even know what this guy is trying to say but I hope he’s OK)

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(this generation has it easy??? bleating??? I have so many questions Andrew. So. Many. Questions.)

What’s your stance on the GBK situation? Are you looking forward to the end of Veganuary? Would you eat the vegan sheese-burger!!? Talk to me in the comments.

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  1. I also had a cheat day recently that I already knew was coming (a stay away including a meal and I didn’t like any of their veggie options) and I definitely felt weird about it. You can only do your best though.
    I wasn’t a fan of the ad at all, I thought it was really silly to alienate those customers and basically implied their vegetarian food was no good. I get it but it seemed odd to me when other burger places are so supportive.

    • I thought the ad was just weird and stupid. I mean, they serve veggie burgers for gods sake! Was clearly just created to cause a fuss though and they succeeded so props to their marketing department haha.

      Yes, even intentional and planned cheating gives me catholic guilt..

  2. I’m always amazed at people who go vegan for a challenge and think they can’t eat anything, which is why I liked this post so much…although now I really want some hummus. My New Year’s Resolution (or one of them, because I figure if I’m going to start making them, I’ll go big and do five) is to cook more and by virtue of not getting on too well with dairy I’ve accidentally made a bunch of vegan meals, which is far easier than I think people realise…and something you’ve pointed out well here. Also, parsnip chips and bacon aubergine sound amazing…may have to give that a go. Could you add the bacon aubergine to your sheese-burger for a bacon-sheese-burger?

    That said, I did see a vegetarian recipe and consider it a challenge and I now have a freezer full of lovely vegan shepherds pie style stuff. It’s nestled next to a whole pile of pork from a one day butchery course I did, so anyone looking at my freezer would be very confused.

    btw, the Sainsburys near me does egg free-mayo. I appreciate Birmingham is a bit of a trip, but one near you might too.

  3. Yep, I can definitely relate to ‘too much houmous’ haha. Your meals all look tasty!
    And the GBK deal… I can’t say I was massively offended, even as vegetarian, because I’m just not that touchy on those sort of things (but totally understand those really upset) but I do think it was really stupid as a marketing campaign and has put me off eating there because I think I’d feel uncomfortable with that kind of attitude about. I just don’t understand how it was seen as a good idea to poke fun at and alienate a small percentage of their customers!

  4. Oh my…some people are just so angry. That’s nuts, I completely missed all that fuss. I can never understand why people can’t just like what they like and let other people like what they like… no need for all loopy anger 😀

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