It’s half way through Veganuary!! And I’m struggling.
Well, not struggling so much as wondering why I’m doing it. I don’t like avoiding chocolate and naan breads and crunchy nut cornflakes, and I didn’t even eat that much of those foods normally. I don’t like having to ask the barman which wine is vegan, or surreptitiously google it whilst my friends are ordering. I don’t like that my boss bought creme eggs for everyone in the office and then realised that I couldn’t have one.
I do like looking up new recipes (I will attach an incredible vegan pancake recipe below), and flicking through new cookbooks. I do like having interesting conversations with fellow Veganuary-ers and finding out how they’ve adapted their life. I do like knowing that I’m contributing to a little less animal suffering in the world.
Veganuary is a challenge, and I knew that. But I didn’t think it would be that different to my old diet. I haven’t had meat in around two years and haven’t bought milk, cheese, or eggs for over a year. Sure, I had non-vegan meals at restaurants if there was nothing else, and would eat biscuits whenever I wanted, but am I doing much more to help combat animal cruelty now?
What I’m saying is, I’m flagging. I need motivation, and reasons as to why Veganuary is helping the world. I need your help, people! And hopefully the second half of the month will fly by.
So, whilst you come up with your brilliant replies, let me give you that pancake recipe. I just found it on google but it was far better than any other vegan pancake recipe I’ve tried.
- 150g plain flour
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar (you can adapt this based on how sweet you like your pancakes)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 300ml water
- 1 tablespoon of the oil of your choice (I used vegetable oil)
Chuck all the dry stuff in a bowl, and make a well in the middle. Whisk dat oil with the water (the fun part) and pour it in the well. Mix it all together until just combined. Pour a dollop in a lightly oiled pan (my first one was DRIPPING in oil and it wasn’t gr8) and fry!
I found that they were best with something really sweet like maple syrup, rather than lemon and sugar. But generally, I was really impressed! The texture was slightly different to real pancakes, but not distractingly so.
So you can eat like shit and be vegan! Go forth and pig out!
P.S. Quick shout out to my sister, who phoned me late last night to drunkenly tell me she’d broken her Veganuary with a fillet o’ fish from McDonalds. Strong.