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  • Vegan week challenge podcast

    I’ve done it!

    Seven days. One week of no meet, dairy or any other product made from animal products.

    Thanks to Jenny from Paws for thought for suggesting this.

    This challenge fulfilled the objective of looking for thirty challenges for 2016. It’s to force me to try something that I’ve never done before and maybe expand my mind a little bit.

    The podcast that summarises this week is here. I@m sorry I didn’t keep blogging every day but I’m out of the habbit of doing this and some nights I’ve just been too tired.

    Listen to my Vegan week challenge podcast. Special guest: Emma.

    Actually, I wonder if this tiredness has been related to the Vegan challenge. Come 9PM I’ve been falling a sleep. I could be doing some work or relaxing in the living room but when it reaches the end of the day I cant function any more.

    Maybe someone could comment to suggest if this is a possible cause?

  • Vegan week – Day 2

    I was working from home today so I wasn’t up and out so early.

    The coffee with the Coconut milk is ok but it’s not great.  It makes the coffee taste very strong.  I usually like a good strong coffee but this was different.  It’s tolerable but not great.

    This afternoon I tried Almond milk instead.  This makes the coffee as smooth as with normal milk.  I’d definitely recommend it.

    Of course I started with my normal bowl of Weetabix.  I made My daughter Méabh’s first using normal milk but she has her eye on the coconut milk.  I’ll probably work from home again for a day or two this week so I must let her try it.  Again, it’s fine.  No major difference. I find that the Weetabix goes a bit dry faster than with normal milk but that’s a minor annoyance.

    This afternoons dinner was late.  Sometimes schedules just can’t be met. I had a lot of work on that wasn’t being very accommodating to my need to have sustenance around 1PM so I waited until about 4.

    Today’s dinner was a Vegan shepherds pi. The recipe is below.  Please believe me that it was one of the nicest things I’ve ever tasted.  It was just fantastic.  That’s definitely one we’ll do again.

    Dinner can be found here.

    I’ll hold my hands up and say that because we are using fresh produce for everything I’m absolutely useless when it comes to cooking this stuff so as one of Emma’s aunts pointed out, Emma has taken an on a lot of the challenge of this week.  This isn’t lost on me and I really appreciate it. I wouldn’t have a clue where to start with a lot of these new dishes.

    We weren’t in the mood for anything substantial later today so Emma made these small biscuit things.  Again, they were really good and apart from the bit of jam on the top, they were very healthy.  Unfortunately, Emma didn’t particularly like them but I thought they were fine.  Again, the recipe is below.

    The snack can be found here.

    Thanks for following along and thanks for the comments.

    Vegan Shepards pi just made. File 16-02-2016, 23 04 29 File 16-02-2016, 23 04 49

  • Vegan week – Day 1

    To the Vegans:
    Please don’t think that I am belittling or disrespecting your choice if you are a Vegan. If anything, my exploration of one aspect of your lifestyle is a sign of admiration for the choice you have made.

    Here goes. Day one. It started like all days. Up at 6:40AM, Grab a cup of coffee and a bowl of Weetabix before jumping into the shower, shaving and running out the door. However, today I couldn’t have dairy so instead had Coconut milk. First impressions are that it’s actually not that bad.

    Dinner was a vegetable biriyani. Rice, a truck load of vegetables that I never eat and some kind of sauce.

    At this point I need to credit Emma. She’s doing all the hard work in preparing these recipes.

    Dinner was lovely. The vegetables and no meat made for an unusual texture but the taste was fantastic. There were a few vegetables in there that I wouldn’t really like but you really need to understand that from a very early age I have had a loathsome relationship with vegetables. I hate the things with a passion. A small bit of a carrot on my plate is enough and only very rarely. That’s one of the reasons I’ve taken on this challenge. I except that I need to change so this will force me in the right direction.

    Dinner can be found here.

    Tea was a vegetable burger. It’s a recipe written by Jamey Oliver. Not the nicest thing I’ve ever eaten by a long shot. The description suggests using sauce and after trying the burger without the sauce I fully understand why that’s a suggestion. Ordinarily I never use sauce. I think it’s almost disrespectful to the cook. It’s basically saying that you need to hide the flavour of what has been cooked by using an over powering sauce. That’s probably what is needed with this burger but it wasn’t bad with a small bit of sauce so that will be tried again later in the week. There are still two there so we’ve put them into the fridge for Wednesday night.

    That’s it. Short and to the point. Today was the first day of my week long challenge. It wasn’t half as bad as I thought it would.

    the burgers can be found here.



    eFour Veggie burgers in a pan File 15-02-2016, 23 40 10 File 15-02-2016, 23 41 13 File 15-02-2016, 23 41 34

  • 30 Challenges in 2016

    Jenny is to blame for the following posts.
    She’s turning 30 on Thursday. Wish her a happy birthday in the comments or over at her blog. To mark this she wants thirty challenges for the next year. I became very interested in this and stole the idea a few weeks ago.

    Since then people have given me a number of suggestions such as

    • Learn to use a compass and read a map. Using some kind of accessible method.
    • Clime Croke Patrick and play a tune at the top.
    • Knit a granny blanket.
    • Make finding a basketball hoop accessible to someone who can’t see where it is.
    • Eat vegetarian food only for one week.
    • Learn a tune on the fiddle
    • Play music for 24 hours solid.

    There’s more but I’ll give more detail in the next week or two.

    I love all of these suggestions and where possible, I’m taking them to a slightly new level. For example, I’ve heard a lot about veganism in the past few weeks so instead of just eating vegetarian for a week I’ve decided with the help of Emma to go all out and try a vegan diet for a week.

    This week I’ll explain some of what this will inhale.

    As those who know me will understand, I love meet. Chicken, stake, some fish, pork, it’s all good. Having no milk or dairy products or in fact, no products based on animals at all will be a shock to my system. However, I think it’s an important exercise and challenge so I’m up for giving it a go.

    The following posts will explore my vegan week in more detail. Look at the 30 challenges in 2016 tag for more.