Day 22

Had some more of the porridge I made yesterday morning for breakfast. Again I was severely lacking in time in the morning so I heated the porridge and took it with me in my vacuum flask. I ended up eating it on the bus after midday. I had my two beetroot brownies at lunchtime.

I took the final serving of the vegan stew I made a couple of weeks ago for lunch. Since I had breakfast so late, I didn’t eat that until around 4pm. Just as well because it ended up being one of those days and I got booted out of the office at 8pm.

Popped into M&S on the way home. They had some vegan items heavily discounted, which seemed like the perfect opportunity to try their meatless balls. I also got some extra firm tofu and some vegan coleslaw. The slaw was delicious!

I ate it with another vegan patty. Juici beef is a well-known patty brand in Jamaica so I got a good wave of nostalgia from this one. The stew peas (which I believe in Patois is pronounced ‘stroo-pea’) is a change from the other brands, which basically contain mixed frozen veg.

The reason I went to M&S was to get the few bits and bobs I needed to make this ‘white chilli’. It contains quite a bit of nutritional yeast, an ingredient I have mixed feelings about. However, it does give the dish a rich umami flavour.

Day 23

Apple pie porridge for breakfast again and then I had the ‘white chilli’ for lunch. I find the term white chilli dumb. It’s stew. It probably doesn’t help that the chilli peppers I used turned out to be super mild. Also the squash, though beautiful, isn’t as sweet as a butternut. Some tomato would actually liven it up.

Overall I rate the dish 3/5. It tasted fine, I didn’t dislike eating it, and it filled me up. I bulked it out with some brown basmati rice. I only got about 1kg of food from the recipe and the rice stretched it to three 500g servings, which was a decent amount. I also ate two of my beetroot brownies.

I needed to eat some snacks so had this protein/granola bar and a packet of crisps. Dinner was another patty with the remaining coleslaw and a big bar of dark chocolate.

Day 24

Felt rough all day (unrelated to veganism). Ate my remaining porridge with fresh blueberries.

I also had half a vegan yoghurt. It was horrible compared to the other brand I had the other week (bright yellow lid).

Lunch was a tiny bit of white chilli and two of my beetroot brownies. After going to the gym, I had a protein shake and a tofu steak. I used the extra firm tofu I picked up for cheap at M&S the other day. I followed this recipe and used some Panko that I’ve had for years. I love Panko, I just don’t use it at home much.

It was crazy good. It was definitely more akin to fried chicken than steak but I was surprised by how much I loved the texture. Worth pressing the tofu. This was my first time ever cooking it! I ate it with some of this blueberry bbq sauce that came in my first ever OddBox. It’s been a blueberry-heavy day!

I got invited to a blogger event in the evening and they put on a spread with lots of vegan options.

I was also more tempted to break my Veganuarian vows than I have been all month.

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I held firm.

Day 25

Had some of my flatmate’s pancakes for breakfast. I had white chilli for lunch and a protein shake as a snack. I ate the other tofu steak when I got home, then prepped some pea and potato soup for next week. The potatoes from my OddBox were starting to sprout. I also cooked satay-style noodles for some friends.

We were going to make apple crumble but ran out of time! We did have some ice cream, though, which was very nice.

Day 26

This weekend was the European qualifying tournament with my quidditch team. I woke up very early to prepare a protein shake and coffee to take with me. I also had a vacuum flask with some of yesterday’s noodles.

It was a tough day and we went to Westfield for a team meal afterwards. The vegan options in the ‘world food court’ were surprisingly sparse. I ended up having the vegan pizza from Franco Manca, which was very tasty. If a little painful to eat due to having a cut lip.

I bought some fresh turmeric when I visited a greengrocer on Friday. I tried making golden milk. I shout a lot at tournaments and my throat is normally really painful in the evenings. I think it’s a nice evening drink with no caffeine.

I took this pic to show the difference before and after steaming. I left the other half of what I made in the jar overnight and the colour had developed by Sunday.

Day 27

Day 2 of EQT. Prepped another protein shake and coffee. I had some coconut yoghurt with granola on the way to the venue.

I find it very hard to eat on tournament days. We have games at times we don’t always know in advance- roughly every two hours so you can’t eat anything too heavy. The combination of adrenaline, emotions and tiredness mean I don’t feel hungry. I had no appetite all day. I’m purely fuelling my body.

We went to the Markethall in Fulham on the way home. I had half of this different vegan pizza (the place has dough in the name). It was delicious too. Also had some guac and chips. I was disappointed because the menu offered vegan churros but they weren’t actually on sale for another week. That’s the concession’s loss since they will miss Veganuary.

Had some more vegan ice cream and the rest of my golden milk when we got back.

Day 28

I had planned to work from home in the morning because I am always exhausted after a tournament.

I had a toastie with banana, almond butter and chocolate for breakfast. It was so nice to feel hungry again after being a bit ill last week and then the tournament.

I had another serving of the noodles I made on Friday and enjoyed them a lot more. I find cooking for others very stressful.

I ate both of these during the day because I realised they were out of date. They were fine, nothing special. I had yet another patty for dinner.

Reflections

Few reflections this week. I essentially have accepted veganism as a part of my life.

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