My vegan experiment ended yesterday. So how did I find it?
Going meat free was a bit like discovering a pair of comfortable but forgotten shoes in the back of the wardrobe. I slipped back into this regime with ease and in all honesty didn’t miss meat at all.
Dairy was another matter. Yes, I can live without milk. Black coffee (so long as it isn’t instant) is bearable but I’m afraid I love my flat whites. I’m not going to lie. The first white coffee of the day went down a treat this morning. I also missed yoghurt and most of all cheese. What was it Brillat-Savarin said? “A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.” I can see where he is coming from although cheese most certainly has a larger place in my life than dessert.
Where I live in Sussex it is possible to find good vegan food when you are out and about. I went to the Food Rocks South show at Ardingly yesterday and some lovely vegan tostadas from La Choza. It’s also good to see some supermarkets like M&S and Sainsbury’s being proactive in the labelling of wine and other products so that you can easily tell whether something it suitable for vegans or not.
What I have come to appreciate is that I really should eat less meat. With a bit of effort it’s so easy to conjure up delicious vegan recipes (even without my beloved fromage). I’m not sure I could go vegan on a permanent basis (which my family will be relieved to hear) but I’m going to make a concerted effort to eat more vegetarian and vegan food in the future.
Thanks to everyone who helped me in my quest! If you missed any of my posts this week you can click on the links below to read them.