D.I.Whyyy????

I’ve not been posting a lot in the last few days. Please forgive me, but I do have a very valid reason…promise!

D.I.Y!

We’ve very recently decided it’s time to relocate and as we’ll be doing this in our usual rushed way….we have had to start tarting up our faithful wee cottage to sell.

I’m on annual leave this week and ALL I have done is paint…paint…Oh, and shop for paint! I’ll be glad to get back to work for a well earned rest! (Ok…maybe that’s an exaggeration…but you get my meaning!)

Due to the fact our kitchen has been in a state of disrepair for a few days, we’ve eaten out mostly. Not good for the wallet….or our health…but needs must.

Today, however…I managed to escape the painting to pop into the shop for a couple of things….

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I got carried away!

A recent discovery to me is Morrison’s Wonky range. They sell big bags of sweet potatoes, maris piper tatties, carrots, avocado (!!!!), etc for crazy silly cheap prices….all because they’re ‘wonky. I don’t get how anyone could say an avocado is wonky…it’s green and avocado shaped! But…I’m not complaining as I got 10 for 2.80! To a vegan, this avocado and sweet tattie find is as good as a lottery win! Well, 4 numbers, a scratch card or the likes….not quite 5 and a bonus ball!

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Bulk buying cashews and avocado. Pure give away you’re a vegan!

Today we finished our kitchen and first coated our bathroom. I was sceptical how a lick of paint would increase value, but now we’ve done it I can fully appreciate how it does. Even I’m falling in love with our wee cottage again.

Because we worked late, tonights dinner was vegan fast food….a peppered steak pie, chips and peas.

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It’s shit being a vegan. You can’t eat anything….😂

The pie was delicious! We very rarely eat any ready made oveny (made that word up!) dinners, but sometimes you just have to…and this was very good.

Tomorrow it will all start again….but for now, I’ll leave you with the present the cat got me last week….

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No birds were hurt. The lovely magpie obliged and hopped right out the window without a fuss.

Peace out! ✌

Oh, ye cannae fling pieces oot a twenty story flat…

I’m fond of a piece….are you?

Just in case you were unlucky enough not to be born and raised in Scotland 😉…a ‘piece’ is another name for a sandwich.

I love making my piece for work. I get excited deciding what to fill it with, cutting it, wrapping it. I literally build my entire working day around getting to eat the wonderful creation that is my piece! 🍞

When I first became vegan I couldn’t really think what I’d want in a sandwich. I felt panic! No egg mayonnaise; no cheese savoury; no quorn ham with lettuce and salad cream.

How naive I was!

I go through phases with all my food, but at present, my sandwich of choice will always include houmous. I use wholemeal or rye bread…smother it in a good dollop of houmous before topping with seeds. I LOVE seeds!

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Then, if you’re making the dream sandwich, you’re going to need avocado. I can’t get enough avocado. I would guess I eat 7 or 8 a week. 😲

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Once I have my avocado in place I drench the whole lot in freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can’t beat the contrast between the creamy houmous and avocado with the sharpness of lemon. Any self respecting piece has to have tomato…that’s just common sense!!!

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I finish the lot with a big handful of fresh rocket, which adds a lovely peppery taste at the end.

Anyone who believes vegans struggle to eat anything must be insane. Plants are so versatile…and there’s just so much choice!!!

What’s your favourite sandwich fillings?? I’m always looking for new ideas!

Tomorrow I’m planning a blog post about the wonders of Chia seeds. They’re my little wonder seeds…with a wealth of health benefits!

Over the next few days I’ll be blogging about all things chicken related. I’ve been doing a lot of reading and thinking about our feathered friends since watching an emotive vegan video that I very much disagreed with.

Peace and out! ✌

Some people are so poor all they have is money…

Nobody said it was cheap being a vegan. We don’t eat processed food (as a general rule), we use fresh plant based ingredients for every meal. Our shopping usually consists of 80% fruit and vegetables, 10% grains/pasta etc and 10% other items (coffee, sauces, etc). Today….we went equipped with a VERY detailed list and we came home with £105 worth of delicious vegan goodies.

In fairness, this haul will last us for 10-12 days. So it’s not a huge amount per day, but I did watch people go through the checkout with trolleys packed with frozen, processed rubbish; loads of animal proteins/products; alcohol and their trolley came to less than ours!

There is something fundamentally wrong with this! It should not be cheaper to buy rubbish and flesh of a being, than it is to buy plant based fresh food.

I’m forever impressed with Aldi. As well as having fab veg at fab prices, it has now started doing some powders and supplements to add into your diet. I normally buy all of these things from Holland and Barrett, but decided I’d give these a go. They were super cheap, so I’ll use them in my smoothies and let you all know how the fair with their extortionate counterparts.

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Dinner tonight was a new dish for me. I decided to try a West African Peanut ‘soup’.

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Very few ingredients required.

This recipe was super easy to follow. You literally just throw everything into the stock and let it cook down. (I’ll post a separate recipe later, for those interested).

The end result was DELICIOUS!

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West African Peanut ‘soup’ with kale and sweet potatoes. Served with bulgar wheat and roasted cauliflower.

I’d say this has shot to the top of my favourite meals list. It’s actually heaven in a bowl!!! And to think people actually believe vegans have a boring diet and struggle to eat ‘anything’. Pffftttt!! 🤣

Before we left today we had a real lunch of champions. I skipped breakfast, which is rare, but made up for it with an extra half of bagel.

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Bagel with houmous, avocado, tomato and seeds. 💗

Liz is in to marmite in a HUGE way right now, so she swapped the houmous for vegan cream cheese and the seeds for marmite.

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Marmite, do you love it or hate it?

Plan for tonight is to relax (perhaps enjoy a wee coconut cappuccino and some alpro chocolate over fruit later) and watch a movie.

We have been trying to watch more movies recently. If you haven’t seen ‘I, Daniel Blake…’ I urge you all to watch it before you go down to cast your vote. It really is an emotive and informative movie, about the reality of our benefits system. Referring to state assistance as ‘benefits’ is absurd. They make it sound like a luxury, like you’re really hitting the big-time if you’re lucky enough to be in receipt of it. 🤣

Hope you’ve had a good day, whatever you’ve been up to. ✌

Meal planning…Lists and Food Shop Prep. ðŸ¤—

The time has come to do the ‘big shop’ again. This time comes around twice a month….the rest of the time I just pop in for a ‘couple of things’, several times a week, and spend forty quid a pop! 🤣

I’ve always been very particular about the food shop. I love a list….or 4!

Rules of the process…

  1. Everyone involved in the process must eat prior to commencement of the list making.
  2. Only I can write on the lists.
  3. Items must be listed in store running orders.
  4. We discuss the options for meals before I make all decisions! 😉
  5. I must retain the written list on my person at ALL times following its completion.
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Can’t beat a list….

So, before we started I whipped us up a quick pasta dish. Our vegan comfort food is definitely avocado pasta…with some olive oil garlic ciabatta.

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I have very little to say today. I’ve been working…I’m starving and I’m tired.

I did find out something very interesting over the weekend though.

Are you all familiar with the new polymer bank notes?

Did you know that these notes are not suitable for vegans as they contain an animal fat known as tallow?

The good news is….

Scotland have confirmed that all their polymer bank notes are now suitable for vegans and vegetarians as they are not using tallow.

England have not made this commitment and as such you should know that your notes issued by an English bank will still not be vegan.

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Why they need animal products in notes is beyond me. It seems we just like stuffing death and suffering into everything we possibly can . But…it’s good news that Scotland have recognised the use of tallow is not ethical and as such made a change. It shows….being vocal pays off!

Let’s continue to be the change!

From now on….any English polymer notes I get will be returned straight to the store/bank, but I’ll happily accept and use Scottish issued notes.

On a separate issue. Anyone who knows us will know the tale of our little dog, Davey.

Davey was given to us as a puppy because he had a very serious genetic heart condition, he wasn’t really expected to have much of a life. Despite this poor prognosis, Davey the wonder dog has continued to defy all odds and is going strong 8.5 years later. He had a grade 6 heart murmur, is blind and suffers anxiety as a result. He goes everywhere with us and cannot cope without us being with him.

He has recently had an accident (common in blind dogs) which has caused a corneal abrasion. As he was ill from birth, he’s never been eligible for insurance. So, we’ve been paying for all this treatment without help from insurers. As it stands his eye has some vessels and we’re continuing on with medical treatment (anaesthetic is SOOOOOO risky), but he’s already cost in excess of 4 figures in treatments and we’re far from over.

We set up a crowdfund page in the hopes we may get some assistance with the cost of his treatment . It’s due to end in a few days and we’ve done well…but I thought I’d use my blog for one last push. I set the target at £300 and we’re nearly there, but as I said…his treatment has already far exceeded this total.

If you can donate, even a pound, it would be greatly appreciated. If you can’t, please include Davey in your thoughts and prayers. 🙌

If you can help…please pop over to his page and donate.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Daveydug?utm_id=100&utm_term=BkbawDB38

If you can’t….like I say….send some positive energy his way. He’ll appreciate it!

From all of us here….

Peace, Love and Laughter! ✌🤣💗

Glasgow Vegan Festival.

Today was the day for the long awaited Glasgow Vegan Festival. The event was on from 11am Saturday until 5pm Sunday (not 24 hours, you understand, it did close at 5pm each night). We’ve had this date in our dairy for quite a while .

It was held in the Trades Hall on Glassford Street and entry cost £3 on the door.

The building is absolutely gorgeous and it was wel laid out, considering. However, to say it was roasting was an understatement. I felt like I was perusing stalls on the surface of the sun! There wasn’t a breath of air in the place to begin with, then when you add hundreds of vegans into the mix…it all gets a bit unbearable! I was a wee bit crabbit, if I’m being 100% truthful.

Nice touches….

Once you paid in at the door there was a wee table selling Vegan Life and Cook Vegan magazines for £1.50, instead of the usual £4.99. This, I liked!!

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If I’m totally truthful, I wasn’t super impressed with the festival. I am ALWAYS happy when veganism is promoted and celebrated/enjoyed by the masses, but I just didn’t feel there was very much to see.

I was at the Edinburgh festival recently and the quality and quantity of stalls far outweighed the Glasgow selection.

There was one and a half rooms of stalls…perhaps 20 in total. The food was kept separate, which was definitely for the best as that room was like the bowels of hell in terms of heat.

They had the usual merchandise stalls, the lovely Alternative Grocery Store guy with all his wares, and some fox hunting/fracking subscription stalls.

To be honest, I couldn’t concentrate on browsing too much as I was roasting and it was BUSY!

Upstairs, and I mean UP STAIRS!!!!…there were talks and demos…and childrens yoga with Lindsay, which our little Bettelicious thoroughly enjoyed (for an hour).

I was keen to buy a theVEGANkind box, but they were totally sold out. 😭

Downstairs was the epicentre of the festival…the food area. Sadly, for us…most of the stalls were already sold out (we arrived at midday, so not late) and as a result EVERYONE seemed to be flocking towards one stall. This is where my experience became really enjoyable….food, of course.

After a VERY long wait, we got to the front of the queue. Sadly, they had sold out of rolls….at this point I really did want to throw myself on the floor and take a tantrum. But…there wasn’t enough floor space and I think it would have been judged quite harshly. So, instead…I ordered it with the bread instead!

I had an ‘egg’ and ‘bacon’ sandwich, with mayonnaise.

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This picture does not do it justice. Head to my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheProgressiveVegan/) for a video of the gooey ‘yolk’ running out it. 💗

This sandwich was amazing. I would have preferred the pretzel roll, but it was gorgeous on the bread too.

Liz got a ‘steak’ and cheese roll, again…without the roll.

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There was no facility for cold water/juice, so we took leave after the food was placed into our sweaty hands and headed outside to eat it on the pavement of Glassford Street, like a hobo! Happy hobos!

On a side note….do not ever buy this chocolate. It’s awful. It peels itself out the packet and jumps into your mouth….even when you don’t want it.

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Vega. The chocolate of the vegan Gods! 💗

I was hoping to pick up amazing vegan pies….vegan meat and chocolate…but sadly they had all sold out. So, overall not a very productive trip for me.

That being said. I enjoyed it. And I ate well….even if just for one meal! ✌