Well hello again, you lovelies. Another week has absolutely flown by. In fact, the last year has whizzed by in a flash.
It was a year ago that I decided to give veganism a try for a month. Many of you may have heard of Veganuary. If you haven’t then it’s a campaign to encourage people to give being vegan a go for the month of January. They have an excellent website if you’re interested in learning more. Another great resource is The Vegan Society.
Well, I thought I’d be trying it for a month and then I’d probably go back but I’ve not looked back since mid January! At the start I thought ‘how will I live without eggs and cheese?’. Well, I shouldn’t have worried. There are so many alternatives out there these days for just about anything you can think of. From custard to sausages and even fish fingers. All vegan!
I’ve been asked for lots of ideas about what to eat on a vegan diet. It’s actually all pretty easy. I buy a fresh, organic vegetable box every week, which helps. I add pastas which are really good sources of protein made from such things as chickpeas, lentils and buckwheat. Once you start looking into it you discover the variety available is incredible.
OK, so the above sounds pretty virtuous. What about treats and eating out? Well… I have lost count of the fabulous foods I’ve enjoyed when out and about. There’s a gorgeous, indulgent pizza restaurant in Brighton called Purezza. They do the most amazing pizzas, melty cheeses and cocktails such as ‘lemon cheesecake’!
There’s also a burger place there, Beelzeburger, which is all about the naughty side of vegan cuisine. I had a mac n cheese burger with onion rings and fries. Oh. My. Goodness. Me. Obviously not the healthiest but when a little cheeky burger is called for I know where to go.
Brighton is a vegan’s dream with lots of creative eateries but Brighton isn’t on my doorstep, I go there every few months. Perhaps you don’t have little speciality independents like these where you are, either. The high street offers plenty of vegan options. One of my favourites is Pizza Express. When I first had a vegan pizza there I was limited to one option. Luckily for me I fell in love at first bite! I went there a couple of weeks back and their menu has expanded to offer so much more for vegan eaters. Hard to choose but I’m working my way through them, hee hee! Another local fave is Wagamama. Debbie Flint and I went there last year together, and we both had pretty specific dietary requirements, and we both thoroughly enjoyed the food.
Even the supermarkets are tempting us vegans with things like Baileys Almande and indulgent Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
This is beginning to sound like an advert for eateries! It’s honestly not meant to. I just thought I’d share some pics of some of the kinds of meals I’ve had since being vegan. I love using my Ninja food processor, my KitchenAid mixer, my Vitamix and my cold press juicer from Jason Vale. They’ve been so useful in the kitchen and I’ve always been a fan of Cook’s Essentials, they’ve been put through their paces, too. I’ve become more creative in the kitchen too. My son and I have made all sorts from faux chicken pies to cheesecakes and chocolate pudding made from avocado!
I can’t stop going on about it, I know, but I’m genuinely finding it fantastic. I think I’m the only person I know who lost weight over Christmas rather than gaining… and I wasn’t holding back apart from one week in November when I tried Body Chef for a week. It’s a great system and not just for vegans. Take a little look if you could do with the convenience of freshly prepared meal delivery that’s all been nutritionally balanced for you. So convenient and really tasty food.
I’m aiming to get one vegan-based blog out per month. I’ll be mentioning new QVC vegan brands I hope to see on board soon as well as ones we already have like Rubies in the Rubble. I might just throw the odd recipe in or show you how much food I have in a day and what I eat.
Plus, I’ll highlight any brands I think you’d be interested in which are suitable for vegans and point out some of our non-leather brands if that’s what you’re shopping for. We’ve got some great ones on board. I adore my Rino & Pelle faux leather motorcycle jacket. Not to mention my lovely Geox trainers which are non leather. Super stylish and realistic!
Well, that’s all for now. I hope you’re having a great January.
Love Catherine xx