Today is the last day of my challenge – I decided for breakfast I’d finish how I started. Clearspring Rice Cakes – this time with Blackcurrant Jam & Meridian Almond Butter. As always, it was a delightful flavour combination.
Lunch was great – equally as great, if not better, than breakfast. More reasons to fuel my new Gluten-Free Vegan lifestyle. I had a tasty salad with Tesco Red Pepper Houmous. However, what made it amazing was one of my purchases from VegFest. Great Food Punchy Sweet Potato Pakora (http://www.greatfooduk.com/). Oh. My. Fudge! They were amazing – they went so well with the spicy houmous. I popped them in the microwave – just to warm them through. Then I heard a voice ‘has someone got curry? It smells amazing!’ No one answered – I paused, looked around – ‘I think that might be mine’. I explained what I had been warming up. I told them about the all the other amazing samples Great Foods Products were giving out. I also went into great depth about Vegfest as a whole. The chocolate treats, the wide selections of alternatives to milk – including Rebel Kitchen (http://www.rebel-kitchen.com/shop) – their Chai Milk is a favourite of mine at the moment. The wide range of pressed nut & fruit bars, cheese – my new found love for Vegusto (https://vegusto.co.uk/). The amazing Raw Pizza I purchase from Paradise Unbaker (https://twitter.com/ParadiseUnbaker). I think more than anything my frolleagues were shocked by the range of foods on offer. After I finished raving about Vegfest, I returned to my lunch – I inhaled it as it was so delicious. I had half the packet & I had to hide the other half out of sight so I didn’t scoff the whole lot. Instead, I get to look forward to tomorrow’s lunch. Same again. Lucky little me.
What is lunch without after lunch treats? Obviously I had some lovely fresh fruit – but I was very much looking forward to my new Nakd bar. I know it’s a little early for Christmassy things – but I couldn’t resist. This one was a good one – it truly tasted like Christmas had exploded in my mouth. I love everything Christmassy & now I have something else to look forward to come December time. Nakd Christmas Pud bars in stores.
I had a great day at work. Everything went ridiculously well. I had a smile on my face – I think it’s because I’d had such a wonderful weekend – filled with good food, friends, Vegfest, Borough Market – the joys of my weekend were endless & had kept me happy until Tuesday.
Dinner time – I had been planning it all day. Italian skewers with leek spaghetti. I grabbed a selection of vegetables, my last cubes of tofu & ordered them onto the sticks. I had to do each stick the same – I have what’s known as veggie skewer OCD. Then, I sliced leeks long ways & lightly fried them while I boiled Tesco Gluten-Free Tagliatelle. Once all was cooked, I mixed the pasta & the leeks together with tomato puree, placed the veggie skewers on top & covered in Sheese Strong Cheddar. It was a dinner that fitted well with my wonderful day. Mixing the leeks with the pasta meant I didn’t use as much pasta – a great healthier substitution. The veggies & tofu were perfectly crispy. The cheese – well it’s not the best Sheese I have tried so far. It doesn’t melt & it’s got a slightly odd texture but it tastes nice.
My housemate had created something extra special just for me. She had baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies. I had it warm & made it extra chocolaty by covering it with Alpro Devilishly Dark Chocolate Yoghurt. You can’t get much chocolatier than that. It was so nice for her to make me such a delightful dessert – considering she’s not Gluten-Free or Vegan. Even my bunny treated herself to a nibble when she thought I wasn’t looking. Cheeky little minx.
So that’s it. I won’t be eating anything else today – I am truly stuffed. Tomorrow is the first of October – free of my challenge. I don’t know how I feel about this. Melancholy would probably be the best way to describe my feelings. I have discussed my decision with friends, families & frolleagues and I came to what I believe to be a very apt conclusion. Tomorrow is International Vegetarian Day. I am going to go back to eating gluten & being Vegetarian. The main reason behind this – I want to see how it makes me feel. If I don’t go back, I will never know if being vegan is the right choice for me & I will always question it. I want to find out if it makes me feel groggy, ill & lethargic. I also have cheeses left that I purchased in Rotterdam as well as quite a few chocolates containing milk & some gluteny biscuits. I would rather eat these than throw them away. I have already purchased them – so it’s pointless wasting them.
On the first of November, it is International Vegan day. Therefore – I’m sure you will be glad to hear – I have a month to consume my non-vegan products. I will not be purchasing anything non-vegan throughout October. On International Vegan day, I will have no more dairy or egg products in my life & I will become Vegan. Or how I will be referring to myself as VeganFoLyfe – because I’m down with the kids.
As for a Gluten-Free lifestyle – that’s a whole different story. At this point in my life, I don’t think I’m ready for this challenge. Taking on two big lifestyle choices at once – for what I hope will be for the rest of my life – is too much for me. Therefore, I have created two days for myself. ‘Gluten-Free Mondays’ & ‘Wheat-Free Wednesdays’. I know Wednesday’s name has a much better ring to it than Monday’s. I’m working on it. My view – a little bit at a time often works out better.
I would like to thank everyone that has helped & supported me thoughout this challenge – friends, family & frolleagues. I have grown as a person & my eyes have been opened to many new food experiences. You’ll also be happy to hear, this isn’t the end of Food Pervert. I have other challenges lined up. I have recipes to write & food achieves to complete. I’ll make sure to keep you updated. Remember don’t stop sniffing food before eating or instead of eating it… it really is worth it…