Happy veganniversary to me! Yes, I know that’s a stupid made up word but this is the internet so there are no rules.
Today marks the second anniversary since I turned vegan. It’s an arbitrary date as May 2015 was the month that I started a one month vegan challenge following an indulgent trip to Brazil that consisted of a lot of bread and even more cheese. When June rolled round I kept on going with the plant-based diet and over the next few months as I learnt more I took on the other aspects of veganism that removes all animal harm from your lifestyle, not just diet.
It took me a while to self-identify as a vegan, given that I knew it wasn’t a term to be bandied about lightly. So technically there will be a date slightly later in 2015 that I became ‘full vegan’ but I don’t know it so have 1 May as my veganniversary.
A lot has happened since then. I wrote about most of it on my recent two year blog-iversary including becoming an active part of the online vegan community and meeting some awesome vegans IRL as well as co-founding Ruby & Pickles – a predominantly vegan food venture and now writing for Metro.co.uk focusing mainly on vegan issues.
I am now working on ideas for some purely vegan activities starting with a screening of Simon Amstell’s film Carnage plus a stall at Leicester Vegan Market – both next month and both with my vegan gal pal Charlie-May. These activities are all part of a drive to focus more of my life on supporting veganism which I’ll talk more about in a future post…
I’ve also (obviously) eaten a helluva lot of delicious vegan food and fawned over even more on Instagram. Although this past year has seen the hours I spend in the kitchen creating new dishes diminish. So I’m looking forward to getting that back up soon when I have more time on my hands as that’s what this blog was set up for just over two years ago.
I initially had plans to go today for a day of trying loads of places I haven’t been but as I slowly progress into a more freelance world I’ve had to work all day.
However, I’ve still had some pretty tasty food including a boss breakfast (one of my fave meals always), trying my hand at Dorito-coated tofu plus heaps of veg, Nakd bar testing (soz, I didn’t like the lemon drizzle one) and then finally headed to one of my fave pubs for dinner for an amazing seitan avocado burger with chunky chips – all shown below.
Here’s to many more years of veganism!
Two years ago today I started my vegan journey so I've started today with a boss breakfast (lacking greens as we have a severe veg shortage at home today!). I finally opened a pack of @vegusto.co.uk deli slices that I'd been saving for a special occasion (well worth it!), tomatoes with black pepper & @hendersonsrelish (what dreams are made of), scrambled @tofooco smoked tofu which has a lovely flavour from the nigari they prep it with but I added nigella seeds, dill & nooch, plus sautéed carrots & red peppers with garlic, chilli & basil, a @lindamccartneyfoods red pepper & chorizo sausage & some reduced price olive bread. Here's to another 2 years and many more! 💚🎂
Quite a random veganniversary lunch. Made it to the shops for some kale & mushrooms and spied the new BBQ & chilli Doritos which are s.f.v. then remembered a recipe I'd seen for Dorito-coated tofu so made some of that with the @tofooco that I didn't use this morning. Made some @oatlyab creme fraiche garlic mushrooms, wilted some kale and also had cherry tomatoes and the last of my @lidluk cornichons. Was all rather yum! 👍💚 For the tofu just blitz the crisps then dip slices of tofu first in a flour & milk mixture then in the crisps and dry fry. Super easy! 👊
Veganniversary dinner with mega vegan pal @_charlie_may_ & that almost-vegan dude that I hang out with loads Tristan at one of my fave pubs @thebirdsnestpub in #deptford. All their burgers can be made vegan with either a seitan 'beef' or 'chicken' burger. Me & T both got the avocado burger – can't even see the pattie as it's topped so much goodness including tomato, vegan cheese, facon, red onion and lettuce. I'm well up for working my way through their menu. £6 for the burger & £3 for the chunky fries in the background. You can read about my 2 year veganniversary on my blog now.