Veganuary – fajitas baby

First things first – let’s mention the elephant in the room.

I don’t know how to photograph food.

Yes, I may have ‘learnt’ it at college when I was 16 (ten years ago) but since then I am very rarely photographing my food. It’s not a thing I enjoy doing particularly, I prefer just to eat, but I want to document this month and so the show must go on.

So although I am not trying being vegan for the cause – I’m really not helping the cause with how bland my photography is.

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Regardless – these fajitas were delicious. So nice that my partners brother, who doesn’t like to try new things, liked it.

All this means that vegan food so far hasn’t been bad at all. It’s actually been good, really good and we are yet to have a bad meal.

So what we did;

We (my partner) started with Tesco vegan mince (£1.75) in a wok with some olive oil. 

We (him) added a bit of Tesco’s medium fajita seasoning (60p), and I’m sure a dash of some hot sauce. Cooked it for a few minutes.

Picked up a bag of veggies for 15p, added them in and then the rest of the seasoning. Cooked for only a few more minutes – I like a crunch to my veg.

Dash of water too, so it wasn’t dry.

We (me this time!) microwaved the wraps (this point doesn’t need to be mentioned, but I’m just proving I was there). 

We even added Tesco free from grated Mozzarella alternative (£2.50) to the wraps and it wasn’t bad at all! My vegan friend, after our shop at Tesco, warned us that Tesco’s cheeses are awful… but it’s not that bad. It’s not cheese, obviously, but I mean it’s like a separate thing altogether which isn’t a bad thing.

We also microwaved a tin of refried beans (£1.15), added the hot sauce again, and dipped tortilla chips in while cooking – because as you can see, I did sooo much cooking. Added it to the wraps too, just to make it taste extra good and look extra bad.

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Seriously, could anything look any worse?! This project is a learning curve for so many reasons.

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I made pesto pasta – Veganuary

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*Warning* Not a food blogger!

This blogger does not know what she is doing!

Seriously, she can hardly cook and decided to be vegan for a month!

She’s practically mental!

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Oh, yummy…

So I ate pesto for years and didn’t realise it wasn’t vegetarian. There’s a few products I cocked up on in my 4 years veggie – strong mints was another one. Lindt chocolate. There’s a few.

My reaction was basically a damn and shrug of my shoulders, which is a lot better than when I was a month into being veggie and I was eating jelly babies mindlessly and then realised they aren’t vegetarian and had a break down. I didn’t know what to do (this was the repulsed by meat stage). Should I make myself throw up?!?!

I didn’t – and don’t do that if you’re new to it and accidentally eat something.

I mean, you can do what you want but I don’t recommend it.

So.. a pesto sauce is pretty simple and any recipe you look up is going to be very similar. My verdict on mine? It was alright… That’s about it… It was good, and considering I am a total novice, I’m happy with it. Also, something I haven’t mentioned, I suck at sticking to instructions so I kinda did my own thing.

I didn’t have nutritional yeast for example, and, after Googling just now, it does sound like the one thing I was missing (a cheesy flavour). There was no cheese. I love cheese. I live for cheese. Cheese has become my bacon. Vegans don’t eat cheese.  So maybe all that was missing was that flavour, which I bet you can just get over eventually.

Maybe I’ll buy some nutritional yeast. I wonder if they add that to like pizzas or lasagnas. I bet this is obvious.

My friend keeps recommending Holland and Barrett, because not only do they have all kind of goodness for vegans, but they quite often have reduced vegan bits. Which, to non vegans, begs the question ‘do they always have reduced items because it’s shit and no one wants it?’ I will pop in there soon and will answer this question.

Anyway, in my sauce I blended (no measurements) (oops);

small bag of pine nuts
a bunch of basil
maybe like two tablespoons of olive oil
a bit of salt
a bit of pepper
4 garlic cloves (recipe said more but I wasn’t doing any of it right anyway)
and a lid full of lemon juice (this wasn’t on the recipe I was half following but saw it on another one)

 

I wont wing it like this for other recipes this month, this was just a sauce after all.

Buuuuut, so far so good I think.

And to finish, my partners input with his Veganuary.

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Veganuary – rice milk is a win

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By my own surprise I am typing the words I Am Doing Veganuary.

It was only decided on impulse a few days ago when I watched a YouTube video by Holly Exley talk about it, then one of my best friends shared a post on Facebook.

You can guess what it means if you’ve never heard of it – going vegan for January.

And what’s the point in it?

Well, I’m not sure because for my partner and I it’s just a challenge. I’m not going to indulge in facts and preach it to others, I’m not sharing the message of being a vegan – it’s simply a project, and I do love a project.

Plus I have been a vegetarian for 4 years – and being a veggie is a moral thing for me – so I don’t feel the need to watch any more documentaries etc. Nah mate, I’m a veggie and I’m cool with that at the moment.

I feel like it’s going to be pretty easy for myself. If I were to go from eating meat to this (like my partner) I can imagine it’s a struggle. 4 years a veggie has been my training I think. I’ve been through the stages of feeling empowered, then feeling disgusted by meat, then indifferent etc. (But you never stop missing bacon). So it’s going to be pretty normal I assume.

Where as for my partner this is HUGE, and I think it’s pretty cool he is trying it. I sit here on my laptop imaging that today, on day 2, he is day dreaming about McDonald’s. I’ve been there.

I’m not hoping for anything other than to do it – I feel like there’s generally a goal with these things…

I suppose I’d like to try new foods and try alternatives for animals byproducts that I currently use – and keep to it.

First day discovery – rice milk is actually nice and very similar to cows milk.

I am not a very good cook, there’s not a lot of cooking knowledge in me other than a nice pasta sauce so it’ll be interesting to say the least. I’ll like to share what I’ve been trying though, regardless of how gross it may turn out (only because of my inabilities, not the recipe).

 

And here is my partners input that he is sharing with his friends. You can follow him in Instagram if you’d like to see more of his trolling.

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Anyway, that’s my January so far. 

Looking good, Billy Ray! Feeling good, Louis!

(Other than this flu/chest infection that won’t go away)

The trick that makes you drink water

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now and for once it was never laziness that stopped me – I postponed it for more scientific research.

Okay, maybe, slightly, not a scientist. At all. Nor much research has gone into this, just a self discovery, then self reflection and then finally self acceptance. Which takes time, and who I am to rush what was going on???

So let’s start; the cup that makes me drink water. 

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This happened by pure accident. Pure, accidental, magic. I needed a drink: I used this cup. That was it. It’s a special cup because one of my best friends bought it for me, but it’s not one I always reach for, except if I’m having an alcoholic beverage – I think that’s the trick here, but just hold on a second.

I’ve always wanted to drink more, I think most people says this. I don’t know why It’s difficult, I can’t think of a reason other than we just don’t want to. So there was no intention when I reached for this cup, over choosing a glass one but before I knew it I had drunk it all. Filled it up once more, I carried on with my day, and my cup was empty again.

I kept weeing, and kept filling the cup back up. Ew, not with my wee. I should have worded that differently.

I still wasn’t paying much attention to what was happening, assuming I must have eaten a lot of salt recently (I feel like that’s a thing) so I don’t know how many cups I was going through. BUT when it happened the next day, and the next etc I noticed it could have been up to 20 cups a day.

I was feeling better all round. Weeing a lot, obviously, sometimes felt like I had a huge stomach, but I did feel better in myself and my skin was looking a lot clearer but then again I don’t think I’ve paid too much attention to that part.

I went with it, considered writing about it on my blog, but held it off to see where it was going and what impact it could have on my life. I began bringing it to work with me and while I worked on the computer from 6.30am to 1.30pm I would constantly sip away. I would take it out and about with me. It’s been there in photos I’ve posted online in someway or another; been there in a cosy shot of my bed at night, been there in an item I listed on ebay and it’s even been there in accidental shots before the real photo. I bought another one because I loved it so much, and suddenly I realised it was there, lodged into my routine. It’s been well over 28 days – I’m sure that’s how long it takes to make something a routine.

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In the past I’ve bought other cups and bottles before in hopes this would happen. I’ve made resolutions, I’ve made plans, I’ve made to do lists hoping I would drink more. And yet the most impractical cup – it can leak from the top and it’s not dishwasher safe – has done what I’ve wanted for years. It begged the questions..

What the fuck was happening?!

Of course when I questioned it my health anxiety went to ‘you’re probably drying, you know. It’s about time.’ – but that’s just every day life of an anxious brain. I then wondered if it was because it’s quite childish and fun and how many adults do you really see using plastic sipping cups? I’m not sure though, I think that’s just an added benefit. I worked it out anyway: I think I’m drinking alcohol. Well, subconsciously. (I personally am smart enough to know the difference. May not be a scientist but I know my alcohol and have been known to drink my boyfriend under the table.) (Also known for not being able to but giving it a good try.)

I associate straws and this cup with drinking alcohol, and I don’t know many people that drink alcohol slowly. You could easily knock back at least three in an hour without realising. You talk and sip, you dance and sip, you do everything and sip. And my brain is like yesssss, it’s party time, and drink on like I would with alcohol. It naturally links up with something in my brain, that’s wired this way from being a teen – like remember student nights when you could get spirits ridiculously cheap so you kept them coming? (I never went to uni, only the student nights).

Even as I’m typing this I’m having to go refill – I don’t even realise.

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I’ve tried to share this trick with a few people around me, but I don’t think they’re understanding that the cup, that actual cup is important. They went and bought other bottles (and *cough cough* haven’t kept to it). It’s the plastic, you don’t mind taking it with you everywhere and knocking it about, and also the handle which just makes it easy to carry. And the straw. The ‘can I have a southern comfort and lemonade please? ‘Do you want a straw?’ straw.

I’ve thought before that maybe I couldn’t drink a lot of water because my body just doesn’t want it, forgetting how much I could easily drink if there was a spirit involved.

And now I sound like an alcoholic, which oh, well, I do sound like an alcoholic. But not me, anxiety and depression, yes, but not alcoholic.

So this post has gone to something healthy to alcohol. Literal opposites. I came to a point though, after the shock, of being like fuck it. It sounds like an awful reason for my brain to easily drink water, but it makes sense that psychologically I’m tricking myself, and if that’s what it takes I’m not going to stop it. For one reason – it works. The ace of hearts is on the wall and Darren Brown has explained how, but even so, placebos can still work even when you know they’re a placebo. Point is:

This trick works.

(I’m assuming it may not if you’ve never been a drinker) (let me know?)

So rather me writing a post about the benefits drinking lots of water has had on me, you can Google that, I wanted to tell you my little secret to getting started and this journey I went on.

Now, is this all just a sign that I drink too much alcohol? Nah. Also, good to add, drinking this much water every day means hangovers have gotten a lot better! Result!

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