Here’s Another Self-important Blog About New Year’s Resolutions

So, 2016 is nearly over (thank fuck), and everyone is turning all introspective and thoughtful – myself included. Aside from all of the depressing world news stories, celebrity deaths, and potential end of the world itself, this year has been shit for me personally. One of my best friends died, my mum’s cancer came back, and I left my favourite place in the world, the first place in which I felt a real sense of comfort and peace, forever. I got a new job but not without¬†experiencing large bouts of anxiety, panic, and low self-worth. So fuck 2016.

But we all want the future to be better and brighter, and this often stems from our new year’s resolutions. Mine are all quite wishy-washy (“get comfortable in job,” “try new sport,” “read more books” etc), except for one. I’m going to properly try veganism. I’ve been vegetarian for about a year and a half and have never looked back. I’m also lactose intolerant so tend to avoid dairy, unless I want to take a gross-tasting lactase pill to stop me from being sick. So it seems like a natural progression.

I was quasi-vegan at uni, as we didn’t really have any milk or eggs in the house and I could cook what I want. But now that I’m back at home with my mum, my food-based morals have fallen slightly by the wayside. She eats some meat and fish, and although I tried a bite of a pig-in-a-blanket at Christmas dinner (I did not miss it), I haven’t gone so far as to start eating meat again. But I have had some eggs (I made a great bibimbap-inspired stir fry the other week), and got used to¬†lactofree milk instead of soya. And I’ve eaten all the chocolate in the world over Christmas, obviously. Oh, and I’m digging into a bag of cheese savouries as I write…

So I’m trying to cut all that out, and I’m going to write about it all the while. I’m hoping to do Veganuary, and then see how long I last after that. I plan to blog about how difficult (or easy!) it is, interesting recipes I’ve come across, and some thoughts about why I’m doing it. I’m going to start it off with a little review of one of the vegan treats I got from my lovely family this Christmas! So here goes…

Prepping for veganuary #boojabooja

A photo posted by Kirsty Harrod (@harroddd) on Dec 26, 2016 at 4:27am PST

 

This Norfolk-based company are the guiltless pleasure of every vegan, and can be found sprinkled over the #vegan hashtag on Instagram. Not only do they come with the promise of being organic and dairy-free, these chocolates also come in a beautiful gift box, making them perfect for your hippy cousin’s birthday. The almond and sea salt caramel may seem like a mish-mash of all the flavours that are currently in fashion, but it doesn’t feel like overkill. The chocolates¬†are light and don’t feel claggy, which is often the downfall of truffles. They feel indulgent yet almost healthy, and are certainly moreish. I give them a 9/10 – they dropped a point for being (apparently) absurdly expensive.

Still to come: vegan marshmallows (!!), London Maker raw ‘stoneground’ chocolate (??), and Thug Kitchen – The Official Cookbook. Stay tuned!