FOOD!! I think I’ve always had a slight obsession with food if I’m totally honest but it has gone to a whole new level since changing the way I eat. For those of you who may be new to my blog I’ll explain…
Today marks 46 years since I first put in an appearance on our planet. Yes, it’s my birthday! Well, over those many years there have been times when I thought about, initially, vegetarianism and, latterly, veganism. A few years back I adopted a vegetarian diet but it only lasted a year. In truth, I don’t think I was the healthiest vegetarian. This is the case for many people who decide to exclude animal products from their diets and is why, I think, there has been a preconception of what a vegetarian or vegan looks like. One of my colleagues even said to me recently that all vegans look pale and ill. Fortunately, education on nutrition is far more widely available and accessible than it once was. There are plenty of healthy veggies and vegans around now, just as there are unhealthy meat eaters as well as nutritionally balanced ones.
I decided to listen to that nagging inner voice that had whispered in my ear on many occasions and give veganism a try for a month. I visited a nutritionist who was able to advise me on the best way to ensure I would still get all the nutrients I needed. This was back in January. I have been researching, virtually non-stop, the benefits of a plant based lifestyle since then. There are three main topics connected to veganism which I think the world is becoming more aware of. They are (in no particular order); health, the environment and animals. I’ve been learning a lot… understatement of the year! For example, I had never realised that cholesterol only occurs in animal products.
Ok, this blog is getting a tad serious so let’s go back to the food! I have been feeling much healthier since becoming more aware of my nutritional intake. I’ve even visited and made enquiries with several colleges/universities regarding studying nutrition alongside my lovely job at QVC. It’s truly fascinating once you start to do some homework. Having said that, I tend to operate on an 80/20 saint to sinner guideline when it comes to food. That means that I will mainly have a wholesome, organic, whole food, plant-based diet but then I’ll scoff the odd cake, pizza or couple of glasses of wine if I fancy it at weekends.
Last weekend I went to my first ever vegan festival. It was the Brighton Summer Vegan Festival. There were clothes, shoes, bags, food, drink, ice cream, live bands, cooking demonstrations and education from speakers on subjects such as nutrition and fitness. There was a wonderful, positive energy about the place with people of all ages and walks of life sharing in a gloriously sunny weekend together.
I had a ‘hoisin duck’ wrap which, obviously, wasn’t made of duck but ‘seitan’ which is a wheat protein that can have the texture of meat. It was delicious!! I’m glad I arrived early as there were queues an hour long for all the food stalls later in the afternoon!
As it’s mock duck maybe it should be called ‘muck’ or, perhaps, faux duck could be… oh wait, no. I don’t think faux and duck ought to be bedfellows and amalgamate!
I also tried their ‘pulled pork’ wrap. Again, not made from a pig but from a fruit!
It’s called jackfruit and has a similar texture to chicken or pork and it tasted glorious with a sticky BBQ style sauce and fresh salad.
There was a stand which had many wondrous baked goods including pizza, tarts, cakes and savoury tray bakes.
They were busy the entire time! I’m delighted to say I managed to get in for a slice of peanut butter and chocolate cake and washed it down with some prosecco. Even the ‘plastic’ glass for that was created from environmentally conscious materials! Not that materials, themselves, can be conscious but you know what I mean. I just wasn’t sure how to construct that sentence, ha ha!
I’ve been cooking plenty of great food at home, too. I love my Jason Vale juicer, Vitamix, my Ninja (ninjas plural, I have the one we use for smoothies and then another great little chopper for things like onions and chillies), Cook’s Essentials, Copper Chef pans, KitchenAid mixer and Joseph Joseph chopping boards. Seriously, I’m not just saying that because I work in a great big shop called QVC that sells them. I can highly recommend them all and use many on a daily basis.
Our lovely tech expert, Lee Hohbein, loves to cook, too. He even uses tech when preparing meals, shopping lists and for calling his mum for help with secret family recipes! One of his best friends and virtual housemates is his Amazon Echo, aka ‘Alexa’! He will be on air all day Sunday with a great deal on the Amazon Echo 2nd Generation at a Today’s Special Value price. No doubt we will have some fun with it together during my 10pm ‘Today’s Top Tech’ hour. I don’t think he’s ever got over the time I asked Alexa to f*rt, ha ha! I’ll try and be more grown up this time but I make no promises as my inner child has the reins of power most of the time!
I hope my blog hasn’t made you too hungry this week! I promise not to go on too much about food next week… in fact, I have something exciting to tell you about my latest Clogau designs so join me next Wednesday and have a great week!
Love Catherine xx