Veganuary 2020 is in full swing and I love it! New products coming out in the shops, Vegan Menus popping up left, right and centre and people talking about all things Vegan.
I thought i’d share with you my vegan journey. I have been a Vegan since November 2018, I decided to change my diet for health reasons to start with, followed by environmental once I read a bit more about it.
Making all meals vegan-friendly is my personal goal. Vegan but still as lush and tasty and it is absolutely possible with a bit of practice, trial and error.
Vegan Chocolate Cake
This cake came about when I was asked by my daughter to make a birthday cake for her party that she could enjoy and no one would realise was Vegan. I practiced so many different bakes to get this just right, it’s moist and rich and so chocolately but contains no animal products at all. I teach others how to make this on my Vegan baking class now.
Obviously, it’s important to make sure my diet is well rounded and varied. This comes with knowledge and research. We tend to have a fair amount of rice, pulses and beans in our house as well as huge roast dinners (Even Bisto is Vegan) just without the meat.
Mixed Bean Chilli with rice and Violife cheese
Most people worry when you mention cutting out all dairy and eggs but it’s really not as hard as it used to be, you just need the skills and knowledge. Google and facebook groups have been my besties in the transition but now I cook and bake everyday and don’t really need to think as much. I also love popping out into Bath every now and then for a Vegan treat from my friends at Roots and Shoots Cafe (nr the train station), they make a mean Mac’ N’ Cheese and their Sausage rolls are awesome.
A few staple ingredients for vegan baking are:
- A good egg replacer – I like Orgran Easy Egg (Flaxseeds and banana work well in bakes as does Apple Cider Vinegar)
- Stork ‘butter’ or all Flora is now vegan
- Dark Chocolate, although more and more ‘milk’ chocolate alternatives are coming to the market, including Galaxy!
- Oat, Almond, Soya or Coconut milks
Good luck if you are embarking on Veganuary, feel free to drop me a line if you’d, like any help or advice on how to convert your favourite bake and i’ll try my best to help, you can find me on all Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as @ombpaulton.