Not Quite Vegan

I’ve recently been trying to cut down on the crap I eat and drink, and also to think more carefully about the ethics of the food I consume. To that end, I’ve been choosing vegan food quite often. It’s healthy, tasty and no creatures (cute and fluffy or otherwise) had to die to produce it. Of course, I know it’s not as simple as that. Intensive farming, mistreatment of labour and a whole raft of other dodgy practices can still produce food which is labelled ‘vegan’ but I’m doing the best I can with the information at my disposal.

Anyway, one very nice thing I’ve discovered is Pret’s coconut hot chocolate, which has more or less completely replaced the lattes I was drinking before. It’s unbelievably sweet, which appeals to me as I really go for extremes of flavour, but doesn’t contain the huge amount of caffeine that I was ingesting until recently.

So now some kind person is going to tell my why I shouldn’t drink it and I’ll feel bad. Right?

Ask Nick – Post Natal Meals

Another one from Angela Howard:

I’m expecting a baby in a few week and I want to make some nice meals that I can freeze and reheat whn I’m exhausted and up to my eyes in nappies, any ideas what would be good? I hate ready meals and I’d like to make some things that Pat, the children and I can eat that are easy, but still taste nice and are reasonably healthy.

An interesting one, this, because I’m often in need of something quick, simple and tasty myself. When I was younger my mother used to make large batches of shepherd’s pies and cottage pies and bung them in the freezer. Grab one, reheat it and add some mixed vegetables and you’ve got yourself a decent meal with very little effort. So that’s my recommendation.

Deep Fried Conversation

I was chatting to a very nice American lady at the weekend about deep frying food and the conversation came around to Turducken. This was the first time I’d heard of this particular delicacy, although I’d come across similar creature-inside-creature dishes. Despite what the Wikipedia entry says, I was assured that deep frying is quite a popular way of cooking this dish, which I have to say sounds rather unpleasant in a hell-I-have-to-try-that kind of way. Mind you, I have yet to experience the joy that is deep fried Cadbury’s Creme Egg.