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Let’s talk about food.

I started writing this post in the summer, and never finished it, never posted it, never committed to it.  I’m going to post what I had originally written, and then continue from there.

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I’ve been debating writing this post for a while now.
When it comes to food/nutrition/diet, I’m reluctant to blog about it, because frankly, I never stick at anything for very long, and I don’t want to publicly embarrass myself by blogging about it and then giving up on it.  But here goes.

A few months ago, I read a couple of books (Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin) which prompted me to do more research into what I eat, and how this affects me and my body.  Ultimately, after doing as much personal reading as I could, I decided to try veganism.  As I said, I never really stick at food-related changes for long, but it’s been almost four months and I am still eating 100% vegan.

I’m not going to turn this into a post about staunch veganism, or animal rights, or anything like that, because I would never try and tell anyone else what they should eat, because food is such a personal thing to each individual.  What I am saying is that this feels right for me, and it’s working for me right now.

I still have a lot to learn; I am discovering new things every day.  The biggest eye opener for me has been realising that animal products are in pretty much everything that’s in a packet or can.  I had no idea, and you know why?  Because I never looked at the back of the packet.  I never read the ingredients list, and therefore didn’t realise just how many unpronounceable things were in the food, and subsequently were in my body.

Of course, people love to have their opinions, and be very vocal about them.  I’m talking about the people who have told me that what I’m doing is unhealthy, and that there’s no way I’m getting enough protein or iron.  Funny how absolutely no one ever asked me about my protein intake until they found out I cut out animal products.  It didn’t matter that the only meat I was eating was processed and frozen, and therefore mostly devoid of nutrients.

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That’s as far as I got.

It’s been almost a year since I made the decision to go vegan.  And guess what?  I am still vegan.

I am absolutely loving it.  I love the journey this decision has taken me on.  I am learning so much about food, nutrition, animal welfare, governments’ involvement in all of this, and so much more.

Since cutting animal products from my diet, my skin has improved dramatically, I sleep better, I have way more energy, I feel refreshed and somehow more alive.

I’ve become way more interested in cooking and baking, and I’m loving learning how to veganise recipes and bake without eggs and butter.

I do love a good challenge, and that’s exactly what it is to go vegan after 25 years of being a carnivore.  I’ve had to re-learn what I knew about cooking, because I learned to cook meals based on chicken and beef.  It was totally eye opening to me that I didn’t need to base a meal on meat.

I really want to get back into regular blogging, and that will hopefully involve more insight as I learn more about all this, and of course some recipes.

I’ve had many people ask me “But what do you eat?”.  I’m going to finish this post with photos of what I’ve been eating.

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Hardly starving over here, folks.

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Grape and Apple Pasta Salad [Recipe]

Recently I’ve been loving a little sweetness in my salads and pasta.
This recipe is really easy and quick, and best of all, it’s great to take to work in a little tub to have on my break :)

1. Cook up some pasta, drain and set aside.
2. Cut up some cherry tomatoes, cucumber and red grapes

3. Grate half an apple.  This part doesn’t look too good, therefore I took no photos of smooshy apple.
4. Put everything together in a bowl, add some black pepper and mayonnaise

(see what I mean about the grated apple?)

5. Mixy mixy.
6. Transfer to a nice little tub (or eat straightaway straight from the dish)

Yum yum.
P.S. This is really, really good with chunks of brie in it too.

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More excuses.

Here I go, apologising for another long break from blogging.
I moved out of my shared house, into a lovely wee apartment with Jay.  It is really really lovely, and we even have a pool/gym/sauna in the building.  Snazzy.
Anyway, despite all its loveliness, we have no Internet or TV.  The TV I can live without no problem, but the Internet is another story.  I am struggling, friends.
I am currently sitting in The Slug & Lettuce (where Jay works) trying to make my cup of coffee last as long as possible while I use the free WiFi to download some programmes on iPlayer, get some more music on Spotify, check my email, and blog.
I forgot to bring my memory card to edit photos, so all I have to share are my latest Instagrams.


While packing up to move, I found every copy of The Demon (my university’s newspaper) that I’ve written for (and been News Editor of).  When I took the photo it seemed like a lot less than it looked like in person, but either way, that’s a lot of work right there.


The view from our new apartment.


A rainy morning after a late night at work, so the only answer was coffee in bed.


I finally got around to starting this book.


Tomato and mozzarella stacks I made for our mini-flatwarming.


Preparing a brie & grape salad.  Yum yum.


Grape & apple pasta salad.  I will be posting my recipe for this soon.  I also started a new hashtag with this photo – #adventuresinweightloss – to try and be more accountable for what I eat.  I post so many photos of food in Instagram, so I’m hoping to use this hashtag to encourage myself (and others) to be honest about what I’m eating.  I need a swift kick to get back into healthy eating!  Feel free to join me with using this hashtag :)


Canal boats on the Soar River.  One of my favourite things :)


Not bad for having ‘nothing in the fridge’.

Happy Tuesday!

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Feels like summer.

It really feels like summer today.  We lost an hour’s sleep last night, but it is definitely going to be worth it come 7pm when it is still light outside.

Today, I would love to be sitting in a garden, with a huge plate of salad…

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… drinking chilled lemonade…

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… and snacking on fresh fruit…

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But alas, I am stuck inside writing an essay.
For now.
It will all be over soon, and I am kind of sad about that.

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Macaroni Beef [Recipe]

Everyone loves a good, simple recipe, right?
Here is one for you – Macaroni Beef.  The original recipe came from my Auntie Rosemary, but I’m sure the one I’m about to give you isn’t remotely the same, because I made it from memory.
(All photos taken on my phone, sorry about the quality.)

1.  Put some pasta (macaroni variety preferably.  My local shop did not have macaroni, so I used regular pasta this time) on to boil.  Not sure about amounts as I never measure anything.  I should probably stop doing this, so then I could give a better recipe…

2. Chop up an onion.  Red or white, it doesn’t matter, just chop it up.  Throw a garlic clove into the chopping process for good measure.

3.  Fry the onion and garlic along with some minced beef.  Add ground pepper and mixed herbs.

4.  Drain the pasta.

5.  Put a layer of pasta in the bottom of an oven-proof dish.

6.  Now put in a layer of the mince mixture (after draining all the oil and liquid from it)

7.  Repeat this until the dish is full (or you run out of pasta and mince)

8. Pour a tin of tomato soup over the top.  If you’re making a large batch, you’ll probably need two tins.

9.  Top with grated cheese.

10.  Place the dish in the oven on a medium heat for about 15 or 20 minutes.  Really you just need the cheese to melt and the soup to heat up, because everything else you put in was already cooked and hot hot hot.

11. Remove from the oven (me telling you this step is not necessary in any way…) and serve up.  Yum yum yum.

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The past few days.

Canal boats at the Leicester Riverside Festival.

Butternut squash, sage and goats cheese pizza (with BBQ wedges and spinach)

Wheaten bread (which is really hard to get hold of in England!) with sundried tomato puree, oregano, cherry tomatoes, goats cheese and pesto, grilled for three minutes.  Mmmmm.

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Getting there.

I have almost finished my last assignment (due at midday tomorrow).
I have an exam next week, and then I am officially finished second year.
Crazy.

I have been living in the library since I got back after Easter.


These were my library supplies for today.
[The stars are to block out my basin full of dishes…]

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Oreos on a stick.

Ever since I saw this post I have been dying to make some Oreo lollipop style treats.  They are basically an Oreo on a stick, dipped in white chocolate and covered in sprinkles.  Yum.
They were quite difficult to make because the biscuits kept breaking when I was trying to open them to put the lollipop stick in.  Also, when I was dipping them into the chocolate, they got quite heavy and some of them came off the stick.
BUT, they are beaut, and well worth it.

They are so addictive, and so cute.
I think I may make a bunch for my sister’s class (she teaches a class of 7/8 year olds), as an excuse to make them again (and eat them again).

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Banana muffins (Recipe DIY)

I had some bananas needing used up, and I remembered a link to this recipe, which I decided to alter to my own tastes.
They turned out really, really well (there are about three left).

This was the ingredients list (converted from American to British measurements), which I altered as I went along…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, vanilla essence and syrup.  I’m pretty sure I added three times as much syrup as listed above, I just couldn’t help myself.

2. Stir in the flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda (I never know what the difference is between soda and powder, so I just added both…)

3. Add in some natural yoghurt, I don’t know how much I put in but I know it was a lot more than the original recipe said…

4. Stir in at least two mashed bananas

5. Spoon into as many muffin cases as it takes..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Bake at Gas mark 4/180 Celcius for like… half an hour

Nom nom nom.

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