I recently “officially” released my blog the other day, and have been delighted with the feedback so far! It’s great when people say they want more vegan recipes. I’m constantly hearing my mam rant on about how “the best diet is a varied diet” (in an attempt to support her anti-vegan, meat-and-dairy-is-great mantra) and this irks me on so many levels. For one, she eats the same thing for breakfast every single morning – and may I point out, that includes a granola brand which I introduced her to in the first place – but she completely fails to see how a non plant-based diet is anything but varied, whereas vegan and raw produce provide infinite diversity, choice and abundance of wholesome nourishment.
Just so as not to turn this post into a single focused attack on my mother’s ignorance (despite the temptation!) I would say that this is a preconception which most people have of vegan and vegetarian eating. I watched a video recently featuring Douglas N. Graham (creator of the 80 10 10 diet – will definitely have more to say about this in a later post) who talked about how nothing a raw foodist eats is ever replicated quite the same a second time. If you pick a tomato from a vine one day, and go back the next to pick another, neither will taste the same.
I most often drink smoothies as my meals, and I can assure you that I’ve never made or tasted the same smoothie twice. So I like to pit this against the assumption that spag bol, chicken, and roast meat averaged out throughout the week is what constitutes a varied diet, while as a vegan I eat about 20 different varieties and combinations of fruit, vegetables and colours a week. I’m not claiming that if you’re not vegan you won’t have a varied diet; I’m just fortifying my plant-based territory with the fact that a varied diet does not, as some unquestionable given, necessitate an inclusion of meat and dairy.
Getting back to response to the blog so far. Its early days but I’m really excited about developing my site, and feel as if I’m still poking my way around trying to find a niche. I’ve decided to go with the flow and hope to find some cool people to entertain or inspire through it in the meantime!
Breakfast is definitely my forte. Oats are a super way in which to exhibit my vegan variety conviction, and this bowl of berry coulis with its delicious accompaniments is a perfect place to start.
I go through phases of making my porridge either in the microwave or in a saucepan. Apparently the microwave zaps half the enzymes and goodness out of the food, making the latter method preferable…but let’s face it, some(most)times the handy way is more appropriate to our fragile, barely awakened, incapacitated morning selves.
This base mixture was of oats, coconut milk, and Sun Warrior vanilla protein powder. For the coulis, blitz a handful of berries and simply warm in a saucepan, before pouring over the cooked porridge. Topped with chopped figs and almond butter, which melted pleasantly as my yummy breakfast posed for the camera.