Vegan Food Swap

4 Aug

Back to normal service now … *wipes media induced sweat away*

Huh? I hear you go. Lucy eats offal. She’s not a vegan. Truly she is fizzing with our brains.

Not so. For a good few years due to monetary requirements I was pretty much vegetarian. Last year I toyed with the idea of veganism (for about an hour, but it was a very serious hour). My downfall is that I find soya very difficult – tofu is OK, but all the Alpro stuff makes me queasy. However I am definitely PRO other people being Vegan. I think it’s an inventive and bold thing to do. I also think that you can learn a lot from vegan cookery – in terms of substitution and in terms of inventiveness! So, yup, I joined and was excited. You can join here.

I sent a parcel to Sasha, who was very supportive of me and helped me make sure all the things I sent were actually vegan. You can read about what I sent here.

The parcel I received was from Jenny. Her package was very cute indeed.


I’d forgotten how bloody cute otters are for starters! She’d baked me some bakewell cookies and some brownie. I got another treat bar, some jelly sweets and a VEGAN CHORIZO. How mighty is that?

The baking was delicious and didn’t last very long at all. The jelly sweets accompanied me on a shopping trip and made everything so much more pleasurable (I hardly ever go shopping, not because I don’t love it, but because I never have a gap in my bank account that says SHOPPING). The vegan chorizo is being saved for a day in the not too distant future, that will be called VEGAN DAY. It may well form part of VEGETARIAN WEEK that I talked about a while ago. We shall see. The point of it all is to think about what we’re eating and why we’re eating it. Everything can be an inspiration.

P.S. Is the soya that we eat from the same sources as the BAD SOYA that is fed to cattle?  We were discussing it at work and weren’t sure of the answer – all enlightenment is welcome!

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4 Responses to “Vegan Food Swap”

  1. Juls August 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Ha! I was totally bamboozled for a second when I saw your post name in my email inbox! I completely support those that choose veganism as well, partly because I do enjoy a good cooking challenge! I have a vegan friend that I sent food parcels to last year after her mother died and she was left basically homeless and pretty broke and I sweated so much trying to make sure everything was right – it totally surprised me just how many things are totally not vegan that you might expect to be. I have also pondered the soya question and sadly I have no answers! I hope someone does – it would be good to finally know!
    What’s the vegan chorizo constructed from??

    • offallygood August 4, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

      The brand of chorizo is Space Bar. Ingredients: Water, Wheat Protein* (28%), Red Bell Pepper*, Coconut Fat*, Spices*, Yeast Extract, Onion*, Rock Salt, Thickening Agent (locust bean gum*), smoke**

      I think Smoke should be an ingredient more often. So ephemeral.

  2. Mits August 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Hiya Lucy, just wanted to say thanks for much for taking part and I am glad you had such a positive experience. I look forward to seeing what you get up to with the chorizo. and how your veganvegetarian day/week goes. Let us know if you need any help with recipes etc.
    (re the soya, I think you would have to look at each manufacturer individually, I know Alpro says they do not buy their soya beans from Rainforest areas which I believe is where most cattle feed comes from http://www.alpro.com/uk/faq. At least they are ethical even though their products do make you queasy ;oP).

    • offallygood August 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      Thanks so much! I’m excited to try tings out properly. Also I really want to have a play with hazelnut tofu (mostly because I love hazelnuts). Thank you for being supportive. I’ve learnt/am learning a lot.

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