In every situation in life there are lessons to be learnt, in fact life itself is one big lesson. Its a frightening time for us all but I just wanted to look at some of the positives of the situation and in no way discarding the devastation this is causing to some people.
The human race are destroying the planet and haven’t been listening to the warnings. We are now being made to listen and pay attention, not only to the warnings of the earth but ourselves. How many times have you wished for a bit of time to just be and get things done that you’ve been putting off or wanting to start that new hobby. Now we have the time so don’t waste it. Use the time we have been given wisely to slow down and reflect on life whilst the earth starts to heal itself.
Think of the connections being made to the people you share your lives with, getting to know your children properly. I spent the first week arguing with my daughter over schoolwork, comparing myself to other parents “perfect” homeschooling timetabled setups. Its not real anyway , you see what people want you to see. After chilling out a bit and letting her work through her work at her pace has made life a lot easier and we are now enjoying each others company. How many children crave connection with their busy parents and would love to bake, watch films, learn a tik tok dance or make something. These memories we are making now will be remembered forever.
I am being forced out of my comfort zone. I have had to close my business and look for work elsewhere. It’s scary for me but forcing me to look at how I have spent my life . Learning new skills will never be wasted.
The Earth will continue to THRIVE without us, we are not needed here. We are not essential and we should stop living life like we have a right to take take take without giving back. We ravage the earth of all its gifts and give nothing back. Its a one way relationship which isn’t a sustainable way to live. We need to use this gift of time we have been given to reflect on ourselves, because If we don’t the lesson will be repeated. We all have things to be grateful for. Think about what has been gained in your life rather than what has been lost.
I know this hasn’t been a food related post but use this time to cook things you wouldn’t usually have time to cook or better still food prep and make some healthy meals to freeze for when we all return to our mad busy lives!
We have just come back from a week in Tenerife and I have to say from my experience veganism isn’t something the spanish understand just yet. I genuinely believe its a concept that they are just not familiar with. Luckily we were staying quite close by to a Lidl so were able to buy food there and they had the most amazing vegan frittata which we pretty much ate most mornings for breakfast. We ate out a a few times but mostly cooked and ate in the apartment. My son and his girlfriend also cooked a delicious vegan paella one evening too which would have given the spanish a run for their money.
I haven’t yet found anywhere to eat out that does anything remotely vegan but my tips for eating out would be, if theres nothing on the menu then ask. If there is nothing suitable then I would suggest just ordering sides. I have to admit my daughter pretty much just ordered chips wherever we ate. One evening we ate at a tapas restaurant and they placed a complimentary lentil dish on the table. My sons girlfriend who speaks fluent spanish asked the waitress if it was vegan to which she replied it was. Just as I was spooning it onto my daughters plate I noticed it had two chunks of pork in it. Thankfully I noticed it but like I said Vegano ( the word for vegan in spanish) just isn’t a familiar concept to them, so be vigilant and check everything.
We booked onto a boat trip which offered tapas as part of the trip. I explained that two of us were vegan and asked if they could accommodate, but said not to worry if they couldn’t as we could bring our own. They said no problem we can provide salad and fruit. Perfect! Although he went on to say so you can have tuna with your salad? I explained no nothing that comes from an animal. This clearly confused him as he said i just don’t know what you like anymore. I replied honestly don’t worry we’ll bring our own. Thank god I had packed vegan chicken slices and vegan cheese so we could do the British thing and bring sandwiches. As it turned out there was plenty of choice on the boat so we didn’t go hungry. We had the most amazing experience on the boat as were followed by dolphins. I have never experienced something so special as seeing the dolphins up close in their natural habitat. It was a truly magical experience that I will never forget.
I think the hardest thing being abroad and eating out is feeling like you’re being the awkward one when other members of your party are asking can you eat here? So the safest thing to do is cook yourself and when you are eating out just order a few different sides.
This is a question I get asked all the time. And my answer is probably similar to what you eat but without the animal products. I believe pretty much any meal can be veganised. If you are new to veganism I would recommend not falling into the trap of pre prepared vegan meals or convenience food, although once in a while when you’re busy is fine. You don’t want to switch from an unhealthy carnivorous diet to an unhealthy vegan diet. You’re not helping anyone by not taking care of your own body. Of course my reason for switching to a vegan diet is because of my love for animals but that doesn’t need to be at the detriment of my own health.
I would suggest adding some vegan staples to your cupboard to start with. Initially it will probably be a bit more expensive but once you’ve figured out what you can and can’t eat and have a bit of a meal plan this will even out. It only starts to get expensive when you’re reaching for the pre packaged convenience foods.
Staple foods I recommend are: lentils (tinned and dried) they are very cheap to buy. I use lentils a lot as a meat substitute in bolognaise, shepherds pie etc. Cashews; these are great for making creamy sauces for pasta and dauphinoise potatoes ( my daughters favourite). Nutritional yeast; adds a cheesy flavour to anything, good for sprinkling on top of dishes and also for making cheesy sauces. Plant milks; i use oat milk for pretty much everything and recommend oatly barista in tea and coffee. Also I’d recommend getting a good selection of herbs and spices for flavouring.