All posts filed under: Veganuary 2017

Very Lazy Vegan Cranachan Recipe

A standard Burns Night menu might typically consist of haggis served with neeps and tatties (potatoes and swede) followed by something like cranachan for dessert. A very special Scottish spread, basically, which is absolutely not at all even a little bit vegan-friendly. But Veganuary and Burns Night coincide, I’m 50% Scottish, and I love me a food theme. This all had to come together somehow. A standard, uninterfered with cranachan consists of whipped cream, crushed raspberries, toasted oats, whisky and honey. The two ingredients from that list that are no go for vegans are of course whipped cream and honey. I thought this the perfect opportunity to explore the land of vegan whipped cream alternatives. There is an in-a-can soya whipped cream, but it’s had poor reviews (the can is a bit rubbish and you can’t get any or all of the cream out, apparently) and costs too much to take a chance on as far as I’m concerned. I asked a couple of the vegan Facebook groups that I’m a part of what their …

How Being Too Lazy Led Me To Fail Veganuary

Last year, I was almost 100% vegetarian before embarking upon temporary veganism. This year, I’d had two months of hardcore meat consumption in advance of the assignment. It transpires that this little difference makes for a dramatically altered experience. This year, my cravings are more frequent and intense, I’m hungrier all the time and – most importantly – I’m not getting enough of the foods I need because I didn’t bother to sit down and pay proper attention to how to replace the things I was getting from meat and dairy with plant based sources. Additionally, because I’m more constantly pushed for time than I was last year, and I’m not putting enough effort into planning meals in advance, I’ve found myself sat in front of plates like this at work every now and then: If you’re going to go vegan, you pretty much need to get used to the idea that you have to sit and spend real dedicated time to thinking about what you’re going to eat. I’ve not done that this year. …

Vegan Pizza at Zizzi

Zizzi made waves in the vegan community early in 2016 by being the first UK chain restaurant to offer vegan pizza complete with vegan cheese (many pizzerias offer tomato bases and toppings as their dairy free options as standard). As someone who takes a keen and genuine interest in the developments of veganism across the country, I thought this was an excellent move on their part and vowed to head down and shout about it as soon as possible. Of course, it was months and months later (last night, in fact) that I actually made it. As soon as we were sat down, I rather timidly asked the waitress if there was a “special menu” for the vegan options. I genuinely expected a dirty look or dismissiveness or a sense┬áthat I was being difficult or irritating. Much to my surprise, she didn’t even bat an eyelid, and popped off to get me the special dietary requirements menu, turned to the page titled ‘vegan’ and cheerfully placed it in front of me. That was all a …