Day One: Richard Cadey's Vegan Pledge
Having nervously accepted my most recent MacAulay & Co challenge of becoming a vegan for a week, I left the gaiety of the studio where everything is always so amusing and easy, to face the reality of a week going without life's little luxuries such as butter, milk, eggs and Lord knows what else.
What do vegans eat? Good question, well they seem to eat an awful lot of things, but essentially nothing whatsoever that comes from animals, including honey from bees!!! This is a blow as I eat honey every day. But it's not just what they eat, oh no, it's what they wear, toiletries, cosmetics, household products, you name it, the list goes on and on. It's no holiday being a vegan; it's a lifestyle that requires a lot of thought, hard work and dedication. Not traits I possess in great abundance alas.
Being the grandson of a butcher, vegetarianism wasn't very high on my family's list of priorities. However, I don't eat so much meat these days and doing without it for a week shouldn't be too difficult. On the other hand, milk, eggs, cheese, honey, comfy leather boots and not forgetting the leather belt that holds up my trousers are a different matter entirely.
First test was lunch, safely negotiated by a simple British classic, beans on toast. As for dinner, I made what I like to call my "Three Green" soup, so called because well, it's got three greens in it. Namely, Curly Kale, Spinach and well a bag of green veg called Greens....I added to this some green lentils and some veggie stock and there you have a delicious and nutritious meal. Here's a piccie in case you're interested. Very tasty and filling. So far so good, now if only I could stop my trousers falling down...
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