Lloyd’s Caponata and home made bread
As our week long vegan pledge draws to a close, we reflect on our experiences of going from meat eaters to vegans…..
On the whole, we all feel better for the experience and concluded that we will all include more vegetarian meals in our cooking repertoire going forward.
Our favourite meals
Lloyd – Caponata (aubergine stew) with capers, olives, tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano and parsley, cooked in herbed white wine vinegar and topped with toasted almonds and served with bread made with flour and cold pressed rapeseed oil from Yorkshire (by my own fair hand!)
Sara – Vegetable stir fry hotted up with some of my own home grown red chillies!!
Tracey – Thai vegetable curry
Highlights of the week
Lloyd – The Booja Booja chocolates that were very kindly sent to us by Ben Williamson of PETA with the following note;
We were delighted to read that you and your team have adopted a compassionate vegan diet this week. I hope everyone is enjoying the health benefits and energy boost.
Here is a little token of our appreciation and to help with the office snacking problem.
Sara – I was delighted to be served a wonderful three course meal comprising melons and fruit to start, vegetable wellington and strawberries and kiwi fruit for pudding when I attended a function at Beverley Racecourse!
Tracey – I rediscovered my love of homemade soup, especially tomato, chickpea and cumin. I also slept better than I have in months!
The hard bits
Lloyd – I felt very tired and really missed a white coffee!
Sara – I felt quite hungry and cooking different things for weekend visitors was challenging
Tracey – I felt very tired, had bad headaches (caffeine detox I suspect, so I have pledged to reduce my caffeine intake) and craved cheese!
Overall, it was a very interesting experience and we all enjoyed eating much more healthily, having less processed food and even losing a few pounds!
Thanks to everybody who supported us throughout our ‘vegan week’ and thanks to The Hull Daily Mail for this article that they featured.
Lloyd, Sara and Tracey