All posts tagged: vegan diet

Apricot Jacks

Everyone has a danish pastry memory… OK maybe not everyone, but I sure do. When I was a child and my family came to visit from Essex, they would bring an enormous tray of them from Costco. Deliciously flaky pastry, iced perfectly and topped with a sweet baked apricot. The vegan diet is not very accommodating to danish pastries, and over the weekend this bothered me enough to do something about it. I’m pleased present to you Apricot Jacks, the vegan answer to the much loved danish pastry. They aren’t pastry-based, but the signature soft, syrupy apricot will induce the same sigh of satisfaction. It’s surprising how quickly calories soar down when butter is taken out of the equation, and these little gems come in at only 73 apiece. I’m a total sheep when it comes to health food trends, so when all the big-wigs of healthy started getting all excited about coconut oil I went out and bought some. However, I’m not one to cook with something for the sake of having cooked with it, …

Fried Red Tomatoes

I was around 11 years old when I first watched one of my Mum’s favourite films, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe. If you haven’t seen it, you should, it’s a wonderful film. Ever since watching it, I’ve always been curious about what a fried green tomato might taste like, and yet it’s taken me 9 years to attempt it myself – and even now I haven’t used green tomatoes. Over the weekend I really had a hankering for a fry-up. As you’ll know if you check in routinely, I’ve gone vegan for six weeks, so not only is bacon off the cards, eggs are too. Whilst standing at my fridge door and sighing (you all do it too so don’t even think about judging), I remembered Fried Green Tomatoes and figured now was as good a time as any to finally see what all the fuss was about. While we’re on the subject of my new vegan theme, let me know what you want to see over the coming weeks in the poll …

Popeye Potion

Popeye, the internationally renowned cartoon sailor, had the right idea when it came to greens. Long before superfoods were even a thing, he was chugging away at can after can of iron-rich spinach to make his biceps level up Mario-style. Despite not being a nautical hero on a never ending quest to impress a lady named Olive Oyl, I do need a good dose of iron every day – especially now. Today marks the beginning of my 6 weeks of veganism. You heard me correctly, I am doing the vegan thing. I recently watched Vegucated on Netflix hoping to learn a little more about the wave of veganism that is sweeping the nation, and see how three New Yorkers fared without animal products for six weeks. The facts and figures that made up the argument for the vegan diet ranged from Co2 levels to scientific research into the causes of disease in the modern world and all in all they were pretty convincing. So, even if only for six weeks, I’m going for it all in. …