I’m using that ‘F’ word again!

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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

24 Comments

  1. Karen Whenman June 6, 2018 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Happy birthday Catherine, a Gemini like myself, plus I am vegetarian and have been for many many years…..not sure I could make it to vegan but might research it…..you do make me smile, faux duck….hmmm….have a wonderful day xx

    • Catherine Huntley June 19, 2018 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

      Thanks for your kind message and for sharing my sense of humour, ha ha!

      Catherine xx

  2. Lois Maloney June 6, 2018 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    I would just like to wish you a very Happy Birthday, and found your blog very interesting afraid I am still a carnivore at 73 I can’t see me changing now. Have a lovely day.

  3. Anne E Evans June 6, 2018 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Happy birthday Catherine,have a great day.You share my son Tom’s birthday and he is celebrating his 21st birthday today.x

  4. Linda June 6, 2018 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Penblwydd hapus Catherine hope you have a good one

  5. Jane Bilbie June 6, 2018 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Catherine you always look stunning xx

  6. Chris June 6, 2018 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Happy birthday ? (vegan cake) Catherine. It’s my husband Tony’s birthday today too.

  7. Sue Pebbles June 6, 2018 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Those cakes are amazing. My vegan ones never look that lush. I’ve been told they are very light tho! I’m so happy you have chosen to stop eating meat and showing “fake” meat looks and tastes as good as the real thing. As you said, you are a good example of a gorgeous healthy vegan xxxx

  8. Christina Cardle June 6, 2018 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Many Many Many Happy Happy Happy Returns my Gemini buddie ?-I’ve just had mine too ????….Lots of L♥️ve X

  9. Liz June 6, 2018 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Vegan/Vegetarian Pal! The Vegan Festival looked a great day out, I wished I had known it was on! The photos of the food looked delicious!

    You might like to take a look at a web site called Holly Jade she makes beautiful Vegan cakes and has delicious Vegan recipes!

    Also there is a Magazine called Vegan Food and Living, makes good reading!

    Have a wonderful Day!

    Liz xx

  10. Liz June 6, 2018 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Vegan/Vegetarian Pal! The Vegan Festival Looked a great day out! The Vegan Food looked delicious!

    You might like to check out Holly Jade she makes beautiful Vegan cakes and has great Vegan recipes!

    Also there’s a magazine called Vegan Food and Living that makes interesting reading!

    This is the second post I have sent you the first did not go through for some unknown reason!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Liz xx

  11. Bernie Denn June 6, 2018 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Catherine…Really enjoyed reading this blog…Very interesting…Enjoy you’re special Day…Love Berni in Ireland X

  12. Karen B June 6, 2018 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Catherine. You certainly dont look your age. Have a lovely day and by the way i have loved some of the lovely dresses you have been wearing on air lately.

  13. Bill June 6, 2018 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday sweet gorgeous Cathrine ?????xxxx

  14. Deborah Robinson June 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday Catherine for yesterday,I too love reading your blogs,that food looked soo gorgeous,I’m interested as I seriously need to loose a few stone and lack ideas,I think change is difficult as we get older,as is motivation!…you inspire me…I would love it if you could post a few recipes if you have time,I know you are all busy on qvc… love the laughs you give us…big hugs Debbie x

  15. Linda Rasool June 6, 2018 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Catherine. Try No Bull Burgers from Iceland and Linda McCartney’s Pulled Pork Burgers and Hoisin Duck. All vegan and yummy!

  16. sean June 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Catherine. Very nice to meet you at the vegan summer fest this weekend.
    Was a lovely weekend with some amazing and tasty food.
    Keep on plugging the vegan food. Sean x

    • Catherine Huntley July 2, 2018 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sean!

      Just catching up on some blog posts as I get a little behind around birthdays as so many kind folks come by with their lovely wishes!

      Great to meet you, too. Keep doing what you do, too!

      Catherine x

  17. Diane June 6, 2018 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    A very Happy Birthday to you ?Faux Duck very funny!

  18. Gwen Horner June 7, 2018 at 2:11 am -  Reply

    Happy birthday Catherine hope you have had a fantastic day. xxxGwen Horner

  19. Christine Ward June 7, 2018 at 4:03 am -  Reply

    Toying with the idea of changing our diet too to more vegetable focused. It took me a long time to adjust your brother’s pallet to more veggies, less sugar and starches. He was a tough cookie! But he is liking his greens now, actually asking for them so need to jump on the wagon! Got any advice for me?

  20. Allyson June 7, 2018 at 8:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, Happy birthday! I don’t believe you’re 46 – there must be a mistake on your birth certificate. You look amazing, and a great advertisement for veganism! I’m trying to go that route but just can’t kick the cheese habit. I’ll keep trying.
    Hope you had a great day anyway!

  21. Sandy Hill June 7, 2018 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Hope you had a lovely birthday Catherine, you still look like a thirty something! You always look gorgeous, xxx

  22. carolyn robson June 9, 2018 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Happy Belated Birthday wishes …..!!! I cannot believe your age …….and love your Festival ……of delicious vegan fair …..I have more family and close friends vegetarians than meat eaters now …..You always encourage me …..due to being in recovery mode ….I have no income for spending on QVC for the foreseeable future ….but still enjoy tuning in ……sometimes in the early hours due to history of 12 hour nursing shifts ….and going to bed way earlier …with my tech amnesty …

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