Maple Water

31 January 2016

DRINKmaple maple water

So this week has been mostly spent feeling sorry for myself for still being sick (I'd gone nearly all autumn/winter without getting ill until now so thanks January, nice one). I always feel like I need to give my body a bit of a boost when I'm feeling sick and usually turn to smoothies as a quick way to sneak in some extra fruits and veg.

Veganuary Week 3

23 January 2016

Casa wabasabi vegan sushi lincoln

Week 3 has been kind of a mixed bag. Last Friday I had a trip away with Dave which I'll be writing about more in an upcoming post. We'd arranged the trip before I'd decided to do Veganuary and for various reasons I felt like I'd have to cheat for one of the meals while we were there. I knew this already, it was one of a couple of exceptions I knew were coming up but I still felt really weird about it on the day. Like I was cheating myself a bit.

The rest of the week wasn't too bad though. I made a sweet potato curry that I was really pleased with and was super impressed when we went out to a pub for dinner and actually had plenty of things to choose from (I settled on a veggie burger and it was brilliant, it looked much better than everyone else's meat dishes).

I've been eating a lot more fruit and veg tonight and a lot less beans, pulses, etc. which means I'm feel a lot healthier than I had for the first part of the month, although I'm still waiting to see any improvement in my skin or energy levels. I finally picked up some sweet freedom choc shot and haven't been craving chocolate anywhere near as much. I'd actually say this is one of the nicest hot chocolate at home mix I've had (second only to the east india company's chai drinking chocolate) and is just a lot easier to work with than the powdered mix. Even if you're not vegan you definitely want to give this stuff a go.

Sweet Potato Vegan Curry

20 January 2016

Vegan sweet potato and coconut curry

First off, let's have a quick catch up on Veganuary. I didn't write a round up post last week because I didn't really eat very well most days. A stupid cold ruined all my grand plans to experiment with some specialist foods by messing with my appetite and sense of taste all week long so I almost exclusively ate soup and biscuits most of the week. It wasn't very instagram-able.

Aside from this, I did actually find it a lot easier than the first week. I had my first go at eating out as a vegan accompanied by Dani and Rowena (Dani is also doing veganuary so make sure you take a look at her blog!). It was the perfect excuse to try Cafe Shanti, Lincolns newest veggie offering which gave me some great ideas for meals I could cook at home. I also ordered my first vegan takeaway thanks to everyone on Twitter letting me know that you can order in pizza sans cheese and it'll still be delicious, which was a great comfort to me when I couldn't bare to leave my bed.

One thing I was still a bit worried about as week 3 rolled in was cooking for others, particularly my fussy, vegetable hating boyfriend. I didn't want to force my experiment on someone else but I also didn't want to cook separate dinners for us both when he came to visit. Then I remembered this sweet potato curry recipe I'd made some time back and I just had to get to work creating a vegan version. It was one of the best things I'd cooked in ages and even better, carnivore Dave agreed with me. Did I ever say vegan food couldn't be exciting, cheap or easy? Well I never will again.

Veganuary: Week 1

8 January 2016

Homemade vegan bolognese

So, week one of #Veganuary or as I've been calling it most of the week - what the hell have I done?

Ok so it hasn't been that bad. The first days were hard, like really bloody hard. I thought I was really well prepared but it turned out I'd forgotten everything and was not ready to cope with all the chocolate withdrawal. But it has gotten easier as the week has gone on. I'm still not quite ready to preach about it transforming my life or anything, but I am definitely starting to enjoy it a lot more and find it a bit easier to adapt. So let's see how the first week has gone and what I've actually been eating...

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