Thursday, 21 April 2011


This going Vegan is very hard so I have decided not to beat myself up about it too much when I have something which is not quite vegan, rather I will praise myself that I am at least trying.

I get let down by snacks, I have a very sweet tooth and fruit just doesn't do it everytime, sometimes I need sweets, well chocolate, well carob really.
Now I have discovered that the carob covered raisins and Brazil nuts I buy from my lovely local health food shop, are actually covered in shellac! Why? My little pleasure has now turned into a no go area. GRRR! makes me mad.

I have soya milk, have done for years, Don't have eggs anymore or cheese, by the way I really dislike the fake cheeses, I'd rather go without. So really on the food side I'm just about there. Not started to think about the rest of the minefield of animal derivatives in everyday items.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Chocolate - my nemesis

One of the hardest things I've had to try and give up has been chocolate.
I gave up cheese, no problem, eggs, no problem, milk and margarine, no problem, but Chocolate? That has been so hard to do.
A few years ago I gave chocolate up for Lent which worked, I think because I knew it wasn't a permanent thing. Well this year I'm doing it it again and this time I intend to stick with it.

There are other sweet things I can eat. :)

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

New tutorial

I have another blog called Polynana's Place. It's where I post about anything polymer clay related, my beads, things I like, tutorials etc.
Well I have posted a tutorial on there if anyone is interested.
here's the link

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Back home and getting back to reality

Well I have been home a week now after my Dad's funeral, still quite emotional but trying to get back to some sort of normality.
Whilst I was in Essex helping to nurse Dad it was very difficult to stay vegan. Now I'm home, I've been back to work for a week and this weekend I did a bake for the week.

Spinach soup from a recipe in Vegetarian Living magazine, this is simply delicious, one of the best soups I've ever tasted, I'll make this again. (looks quite unappetising though, I'll just shut my eyes when I eat it )

I also made some spring roll type things using Filo pastry, I filled some with a sweet, apple and raisin mixture and others with a curried lentil, sweet potato and yellow pepper mix.

Also I came to the conclusion that I eat too many soya products and as you know, too much of anything can be a bad thing. So I have decided to stop using soya milk in my tea and on my porridge. I have tried rice milk, which is so watery my tea look almost like chocolate and so strong, it also curdles so that it's undrinkable, next I tried a new milk out called Oatly, made with oats strangely enough :), this was a bit more creamy so the tea looked better but this also curdled.
I read on the internet that others who had had this problem heated the milk before adding the tea bag and water, which I did. The rice milk still curdled, not too bothered about that as I didn't like the taste of it anyway. The Oatly worked, Hooray! A decent cuppa at last.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

My Dad

Well it has been a very emotional time for the family these last few months.
My lovely Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer 19 months ago and finally lost his battle in the early hours of 22nd February.

We had his funeral this weekend, my brothers and I read poems and spoke our thoughts. Dad was cremated in a wicker casket, all his family and friends from far and wide were there to say goodbye.

I am going to miss him very much, God Bless Dad x x x x x

Thursday, 27 January 2011

kidney bean pies

Pictures as promised. I froze half of them, they defrosted and reheated very well.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

A successful experiment

We had a stressful week last week , illness in the family and a visiting mouse meant no time in the kitchen all week. Last night I managed a couple of hours to bake.
The date and orange cookies went down a storm so I made another batch of those, this time I had all the right ingedients and I'm happy to say they taste just as good as my adapted version. :)

Next I made some wholemeal pastry using Pure margarine. What do you put in a vegan pie?
I had a bit of a blank moment, usually a pie filling would involve cheese. After looking in the larder, I grabbed a tin of kidney beans and a selection of vegetables.
I used a muffin tin to make individual deep pies, that way I could freeze some for another day.

Vegetables I used were, Leek, red onion, carrot, sweet pepper, a bit of vegan marigold stock and a spoonful of Marmite, then half a tin of kidney beans.

Pictures to follow