The good life

I’m back on track thanks to cranking up the middle-class on my ass. Last week I made celeriac remoulade, then I only went and ate it didn’t I? And it was bloody nice too. Then I did this! 

Plums!

I picked plums off a fucking tree in my garden and I made chutney! Like a pure forager or something! Very nice. Nobody else in the house will eat it though so I’ll need to start giving it away to peeps in the street or my teeth will rot. 

Ooh, and I finally cooked seitan too. It was ok, not as nice as tofu though. 

Seitan fajitas

Now that I’ve decided it’s ok to eat meat now and again if I want and if it’s ethical I don’t really want to anymore. Bloody brain. We were out at Jamie’s Italian at the weekend and seeing as he’s so bloody ethical (they don’t even sell proper Coke as it’s “against Jamie’s ethos” aargh) I tried a bit of Mark’s pork schnitzel. It was rank. Shite, I’m proper veggie! 

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Getting harder 

I’m not feeling much enthusiasm for this whole veggie thing just now. Maybe it was my first brush with veggie bacon (ew), maybe it’s my time of the month, or maybe it’s the fact I cheated by having the lamb main in a posh restaurant for my husband’s birthday. Whatever it is, I’m no longer convinced I’ll be able to keep this up, despite no more slip-ups since then. 

Smoked tofu salad

I’ve also run out of inspiration on the cooking front, the last few things I’ve made have been a bit rubbish. Who eats tofu in a salad?!? I don’t want to be that person. 

One option I’ve considered is to allow myself one cheat a month. That way my dreams of posh burgers and currywurst wouldn’t hurt as much, and I could still be smug 97% of the time. I think I might try this, but it might just end up with me losing motivation and cheating more and more… 

Or maybe I should just read the Deliciously Ella book I bought rather than letting it sit there gathering dust. 

Pizza: the action

I’m in a weird situation just now where I’m no longer quite as excited about being veggie and more like, so what can I eat? I went to the massive Sainsbury’s up the road from us, assuming they’d have a veggie section I’d previously never noticed. Instead they have half an aisle of horrible looking gluten-free dust, while non meat protein is relegated to a shelf of tofu under the tinned tomatoes and a fridge cabinet full of quorn. 

I’m still going though, no meat for 2 whole weeks! And I actually think I might never go back, which is a bit scary. 

Sweetcorn is evil

So this is today’s half-assed pescatarianism. A veg pizza with the sweetcorn painstakingly removed kernel by kernel, then capers, olives and anchovies added. Delish! But seriously guys, please stop adding sweetcorn to pizzas. We’re not children. 

The devil is in the detail

So this is it – I’ve given in to seitan. I decided last Thursday that I would become a vegetarian! This is quite a big deal for me but I put it on Facebook and got 50 likes and a whole truckload of comments so now I have to do it.

Shit.

Comments ranged from “Da’fuq? You’re a carnivore 🍗🍖🥓🍔🌭” to “Mon the Quorn”. I’m known to be a but of a meat eater but truth be told, I’ve not really enjoyed it for a while. I knew all about the horrible shit that goes on in the meat industry before, but for some reason this article in the Independent really hit home. But plenty of time for that stuff later. This isn’t going to be a polemic blog full of preachy-preachy or self-righteousness. It’ll be an honest document of how I get on, if nobody reads it that’s fine but it’ll hopefully serve me as a motivational tool if nothing else.

Did I mention I really love steak? 😦

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Now for the first confession – I’ve not been a pure veggie, more of a pescatarian, or what the Australians call a vegequarian – an infinitely more cool-sounding term for what many people might consider a cop-out. I’m cool with that, as I don’t want to set myself up for failure right away, and I *really* love fish suppers.

I had nowt but veggies to eat all day today though, first time I managed that since I started 🙂

Brazillian!

My mexy veggie loveliness

  • Breakfast – posh bread from M&S with butter
  • Snack – Guinness and chilli crisps
  • Lunch – Falafel wrap and baba ganoush from Mr Falafel
  • Dinner – home-made thing, brazil nuts fried with broccoli, red peppers, mushrooms and spring onion, chilli and garlic, in a wrap with avocado
  • Later snack – some pitta bread and taramasalata that was going off today so I had to, don’t judge me

I’m going to assume that taramasalata is OK  and doesn’t count as fish. I can’t do without taramasalata or houmous, I blame the double dip recession.