Wow! Not happy about this

When these new products started springing up in Tesco & Sainsburys, I was so happy.  I have to say I have not bought any for myself as I thought they were expensive compared to the other ready meals available instore.  To be honest I do prefer to cook my food from scratch so that I know exactly what is in it, even to the level of using pure water to my cooking for soups or pasta or rice where the water will be absorbed and actually consumed.  But hey great the the manufacturers are hearing their customers.

No so, it would appear if you can believe this video, animal DNA has apparently been found in vegan meals.  Please let this not be true……

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The Vegan Prophecy

Since I am struggling to know how to communicate without causing offence, I am going to leave this wonderful man to say all the things that I want to say but he says better.

Joey Crabstrong, an amazing orator and advocate for the animals.

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7 day Juice Fast

I was thrilled to receive the wonderful birthday present of a new juicer and blender.  My last juicer was bought as a temporary item, 8 years ago.  I had bought a cheap one as I didn’t want to waste money before establishing whether juicing was for me.  I used that one, years ago to do the 7 day juice fast and lost 10 lbs.  That was when my health was bad and in my pre vegan days.  That juicer still works so I will pass it on to someone who might want to try juicing before investing in a better one.

Now, onto that wonderful juicing selection that I was given.  I cannot recommend this enough, easy to use, takes fruit like apples and carrots whole, and easy to take apart and wash under the tap.  My worms  in their wormery love the pulp, more about the wormery in another post.  This is the bundle of blender and juicer.  Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Nutri Juicer Plus, 1300 W with the Boss To Go Blender, 0.5 L, 1000 W Bundle


Pleased to say I managed to lose 6 lbs on this occasion and have been juicing since then, not for every meal but as a meal replacement.



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Toby Carvery Park Place – Great Option again

For my husband’s birthday we organised a family meal, he just loves a roast but since I have been vegan this is just not an option at home anymore so we wanted to find a restaurant that would serve us all well.  Well we did it again, with a Toby Carvery, this time in Mitcham at the Park Place branch.

This restaurant is just so accepting of vegans.  They have a menu with a separate vegan section, and a number of them at that.  The waitress on this occasion was lovely and offered to fetch a selection of vegetables for me so that I did not have to go to the counter.  Where vegetable had a non vegan glaze as standard she ordered vegan ones from the kitchen without the glaze, and included a jug of vegan gravy

Impressed, the restaurant is not far from us, so we will go back.

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Savoy Cafe, Mitcham – Vegan options

I meet up wth a friend on a weekly basis while our children are attending home education classes.  This is the cafe nearest the English class so we catch up here every week.  It is not vegan and does not offer vegan but they are happy to provide me with a vegan breakfast that I ask for myself.  Beans, onions, mushrooms on toast with a black coffee.  I used to bring an alternative milk in a flask, but actually I have sensed that these ‘milks’ are probably not that good for me.

Anyway have a gander at my review.  Savoy Cafe, Mitcham

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Green Gloup…

Not sure why, but today all our meals ran late.  While we were up with the larks as usual, breakfast was at 10am, lunch at 3.30pm, so by dinner time, I really didn’t need any food.  So liquid dinner……

Green Gloup

I love this as a meal replacement.

The following amounts will make two large wine glasses of gloup.  I make it by juicing the following.

  • 4 apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 handfuls of curly kale
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger

Wash the above carefully, chop into large chunks and juice.  I usually give it a quick whisk and pour.

Good health Vegans everywhere.

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Last Minute Lunch at Zizzi

A very long standing friend messaged me yesterday morning, at short notice to see if I was free for lunch.  We meet up for  lunch every couple of months, I had plenty to do, but couldn’t think of anything I would enjoy more than a chat over a glass of wine.

We met up in Beckenham, a nice little town, and put our noses to the window of a few independent restaurants on the high street but they did not look promising, vegan wise.  We have been known to use Pizza Express as they do a cheese less pizza which suffices for vegan, however we spotted Zizzi, which we have visited before.  I like Zizzi’s, they are really up with the times.  They have a vegan menu.  Great, it is short, which is ok, there are just a few items for each course, but such a treat not to have to wade through a full menu trying to spot that one item, if we are lucky that’s vegan.  After all when you first sit down in a restaurant, there is so much to catch up on, who wants to spend ages poring over the text.

I ordered, the vegan margarita pizza which had a vegan cheese.  I think it was a coconut based, and asked them to add the caramelised onions just to liven it up.  Sorbet was one of the pudding items, and the wines are mainly vegan.

My friend has some health issues which I think would be helped by eating a more plant based diet, certainly removing dairy I am sure would help.  We discussed this without me preaching, and we popped into a supermarket on the way home where I showed her my recommendation for a brand of ice cream that would suit her and all the family if she were to remove dairy from her diet.  I actually think if she served this one up, without telling them it is soya based they really wouldn’t notice.

Needless to say that Zizzi is in the building that David Bowie had a folk music club in when he lived in Beckenham in his youth.  There are a number of commemorative items around this area of the high street, including pictures of him in the restaurant.

Here I put a review on TripAdvisor if you are interest:  Zizi – Beckenham

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Trip to Edinburgh

Being vegan is actually very easy these days, especially if you are eating at home, or eating out in an area that you are familiar with so know exactly where to find vegan food.  But we have just returned from a week long trip to Edinburgh.

Our first night in  The Thyme Restaurant  at the Premier Inn there was simply nothing on the menu that was vegan.  The ex vegan waitress was very sympathetic but managed to rustle me up a salad and chips.  Not very exciting, but thankfully food, but we were rather shocked at the price and we did not return to eat.

A couple of nights we ate in a Toby Restaurant, we were with a  party of people, and it was a surprise to me that Toby Carvery would have vegan food, but infact they had a very good selection.  Well worth a trip if you can cope with eating in a carvery.

Of course Chinese or Indian restaurants are usually safe if looking for a vegan option.  We found the Rendezvous Restaurant, from reviews, and had those reviews not been so good we probably would not have tried this restaurant.  When we found it the exterior was poor, looked untouched since the 1950’s but up a couple of flights of stairs we found good food, and good service.

Amongst the touristy trips we took in while we were in Edinburgh, we visited Edinburgh Castle.  I had not been here since my childhood, we had toured Northumberland and Scotland towing a tourer caravan then.  I remember the Military Tattoo had been on when we arrived and the place had been busy.  This time, we had ample time to wander round the Castle and take in afternoon tea at the Redcoats Cafe.  I loved this place, it made eating vegan food normal, with various milks for tea or coffee and a selection of cakes that included vegan and gluten as normal.  But it was a high price we paid for this normality.  Fantastic views though.

Well that is the round up of the vegan food on our trip, but for more info on other trips we took take a further look at my TripAdvisor reviews.  All in all it was a lovely holiday, but I can understand why the two people who I met on our travels who understood veganism were intact self confessed, ex vegans.

All good wishes to Edinburgh and thank you for your hospitality, the Scotch Whisky was good……


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Welcome to my blog……..

I have been vegan for about seventeen months now.  It was a sudden decision when it came, but I had been brooding over the subject for some months.  I had previously dabbled with vegetarianism and pescatarianism prior to my marriage to a meat eater.  But at the time allowed my principles to take second place behind convenience of catering to our family of three.

When the decision finally came this time, it was when I arrived back from holiday to an empty fridge and thought it an opportune moment to just fill it with vegan produce.  But of course I don’t live in a vacuum, am a mother and wife and the most complicated side of this decision is how the family would fit in with the main caterer ceasing to cater with animal flesh and their secretions.  I think initially they were really ok with it as I presented it as a 30 day challenge.  I did not intend to mislead as I was curious how changing over completely would effect my body and consciousness, but while it was 30 days, if I am honest I did know that for me it would be a one way trip.  Once you know, how can you un-know?

When I had been vegetarian before it was driven by my knowledge that meat contained many drugs and my aversion to absorb these second hand.  This time it was different.  It was threefold;

1) Animal welfare,

2) Health,

3) Environment, but not necessarily in that order.

The thing that finally pushed me this time was the continual reminder from a friend about how inhumane halal meat slaughter is.  I decided to research it online and agreed that it is, but wondered if it were worse than kosher slaughter.  I did my research including researching what supposedly traditional / humane slaughter really meant.  I was truly appalled and could not believe that I had spent my whole life believing the propaganda that allows us to believe that there can actually be humane slaughter.  It is a contradiction in terms.

For me no going back.  But this blog is to talk from time to time about the problems of my lifestyle.  The joys of this lifestyle, and any useful experiences I have, plus I will include recipes etc that I have discovered or invented.  Things infact that have helped me along my path.

Welcome to my blog……..

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