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.
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
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..
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
- If you ever shop at ALDI, you’ll be very glad to browse through this extensive list of their vegan friendly products.
- A friend of mine pointed me toward a Facebook group called Vegan Supermarket Finds which has been a pretty useful resource so far.
- I made Loriley’s falafel this week, I’ll be writing about it soon.
- I was very pleased to learn this week that Tesco stock a vegan mayonnaise. I tweeted all the supermarkets to see if anybody had any and Tesco were the only place to confirm that they do, I’ll try and pick some up to let you know how it is..
- Tofu was the subject of Felicity Cloake’s ‘how to make the perfect’ column this week.
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:
(… you do)
(again… you do … and yes it absolutely would be different)
(I don’t even know what this guy is trying to say but I hope he’s OK)
(this generation has it easy??? bleating??? I have so many questions Andrew. So. Many. Questions.)