I’d reviewed and wrote a post about Italian chain restaurant Zizzi before I became vegan and I enjoyed my visit. On my most recent second visit, I’ve now experienced two different menus. Never would I have thought that my second visit, 2 years later, would be as a vegan, but there you go! Continue reading “A fresh perspective on Zizzi: my vegan dining experience”
It’s no secret that I love my sweets and cakes. I’ve been baking for as long as I can remember, even if my earlier attempts in high school were made from Betty Crocker cake mix packets and failed attempts at following recipes. Since those earlier years, I’ve become a bit more experienced with making different kinds of cakes, but since becoming vegan while I do know of vegan hacks to original non-vegan friendly recipes (apart from my chocolate and peanut butter pin wheels, see here) I haven’t really been trying my hand too often at making cakes apart from the one I’m about to share with you and a vegan cheesecake I’ll be posting about later on.
I used to be very picky about what goes in my cakes, the thought of banana bread and carrot cake didn’t appeal to me. I did end up trying both of these, and the after taste of banana in a loaf still doesn’t really appeal to me, but I did come to like carrot cake. It’s surprising how this orange stick of a vegetable that is mostly associated with hummus or boiled as a side to go with a main dish can be grated and used in cake.
This recipe from Jamie Oliver follows a similar concept…except we turn to something a bit sweeter and used more often for sweet dishes and desserts.
The versatility of cooking a vegan meal at home makes it easy to be vegan. When you decide to cook a meal, a lot of the time you end up thinking whether or not this will go with that, will this go with those two ingredients? With vegan meals, because you’re working with plant-based food, you only need to think about what you want to throw in it and it’s done. There’s no need to worry about mushrooms not going together well with kale or asparagus; they’re all plants and don’t have as strong a flavour as meat and somehow each complement each other perfectly.
One thing I eat a lot of is rice, to switch it up for the OH I decided to cook risotto based on this recipe here from Veganuary’s website for risotto primavera…except I winged it. My way.
As a new vegan looking to have a meal with friends, whether vegan or not, where do you go? If you’ve never eaten out as a vegan, would you know where to go? It seems everywhere you turn, there are cafes and restaurants that cater to
those who are fond of their meat and seafood. Having been vegan for 30 days now, I’ve realised that our choice of restaurant isn’t as limited as it seems. Continue reading “Vegan-friendly restaurants in Edinburgh”
When I first started eating vegan for Veganuary on the first day of the new year (see here), I hadn’t given much thought to what it would mean for eating out and meeting with friends. There is a social movement towards becoming vegan, I pay more attention to restaurants and pubs that offer a vegan menu, but when I’ve asked at some of my favourite haunts for vegan options, the choices are quite limited.
Imagine my excitement when I came across The Ninja Kitchen at Bourbon where this is a non-issue! The concept started off when Head Chef Markus travelled to Seoul, South Korea, after a trip to San Francisco in 2013, resulting in The Ninja Bun being born. Continue reading “A restaurant that caters for dietary requirements: The Ninja Kitchen”
A common misconception about being vegan is that we only eat vegetables. You would be wrong if you thought that. Being vegan doesn’t mean eating unappetising salads and raw vegetables all the time. Once I started looking into what it means to be vegan and if you search #whatveganseat you’ll find there are a lot of amazing food that we do eat!
You do eat healthier because you’re eating a lot more plant based products and less processed foods, but as I mentioned in my first post about Veganuary (see here), there are also a lot of sweet stuff we can eat as well, like ice cream! The other thing I’ve also come to learn is how easy it is to substitute non-vegan ingredients in recipes for vegan substitutes. This is exactly what I’ve done with a recipe from The Recipe Rebel here for chocolate peanut butter pinwheels.
The fun of cooking your own meals at home is experimenting with recipes. I’ve been searching for vegan recipes to cook meals for the OH and I since I feel a bit out of my depth with cooking vegan meals. Just to clarify, I’ve signed up to Veganuary to eat vegan for a month (I’m now on my 16th day!), but the OH is still an omnivore (he unfortunately doesn’t believe in supporting veganism). He is however being the ever supportive husband in that he’ll eat vegan when we’re cooking together at home, but I don’t have a problem with him eating meat and animal products (like cheese and dairy) when we’re eating out or when he’s cooking/eating himself.
One of the recipes I found was on the Veganuary website here for a nak’d sushi bowl. I’ve always had sashimi (raw fish) with my sushi, so I was excited to be able to prepare a sushi type dish for a vegan meal at home!
When I visited Handmade Burger Co with the OH and friends at the end of December, I had only decided the day before to go vegan for Veganuary. We had made plans to go out with our friends and unknowingly, this was going to be my last meat-eating meal out. All hope is not lost though, because Handmade Burger Co is also vegan-friendly!
Sometimes trying to cook a tasty meal can be quite a task, even more so when you feel out of your depth with vegan meals (you can read more about my start of my journey to veganism here)! My instinct is to just boil the vegetable (like lettuce or broccoli), fry it up with some garlic and add soy sauce which is what you sometimes do with Chinese cooking, but every now and then you want to switch it up…but don’t know how. This is where I’m starting to feel a bit stuck.
Veganuary has a bank of recipes (here) that you can try, but there are so many to sort through that I sifted through a few and felt a bit overwhelmed when I came to the British Recipes section. I didn’t have any particular food in mind that I really wanted, but I think having an idea would help you navigate the recipes section.
Instead, I decided to venture off on my own and found some yummy looking vegan recipes that I’ll be attempting over the next few weeks.
Happy new year, everyone! How quickly 2017 has creeped up on us and now we’re 4 days into the new year!
Instead of making new year’s resolutions, this year I decided to follow one simple quote:
Start as you mean to go on.
I’ve always loved animals and switching to veganism was something that’s always hovered on my mind. I even went along to Vegan Festival in Edinburgh during the summer last year (see here) to get an idea of what my options were and it was definitely something I’d been keen to do.
This month, while everyone decides to give up something to make a change in the month of January, I’ve pledged to go vegan for the month with Veganuary. Continue reading “Veganuary: why I decided to be vegan for the month of January”