The Vegan experiment – Day 21



days really?

I originally thought that I would regret not doing this in stages, taking out one item at a time until I fully ‘turned’ to the green side (see what I did there :D), but I have to be honest I’m not at all. There were a few things like sausages and bacon that were always a go to for a quick meal before and the thought of veggie sausages and the tofu bacon didn’t really appeal. I have since tried the Linda McCartney sausages, which apparently are the holy grail of the veggie sausage world, and at first wasn’t sure about them, then I found myself craving them once I an out. I’m not that fussed about the bacon to be fair so haven’t tried that yet.
Like I think I’ve mentioned previously I’m not really looking to imitate more replace so I think that’s why.

I got round to trying lentils for a spaghetti Bolognese recipe I found and hated it so decided to try the soya mince and love it. I noticed that the Quorn one wasn’t vegan but to my surprise Tescos own brand was and is perfect, I highly recommend.
Food shopping wise I only really shop at Tesco for my main shop but have been extremely impressed with the offerings that they have, I’m sure others are just as good. As I have found recipes I’ve looked at some of the ingredients and thought I would have to find some back water internet site to find some of them but nope there they were, some a little pricey but you tend to find that they’ll last a while anyway.
I know I’m still sounding a little naïve and like I’ve just discovered the fire exists, but it’s a very daunting change to make and while you’re still learning it’s all very new and, thankfully, exciting.
As I’ve still not tried beans and such I’m kinda sticking to the same meals at the moment, but tweaking now and again. I’m guessing I’m going to get a bit more daring if I get bored.
I have a couple of cookbooks now so that might help with trying new things.

I’ve come across the term ‘accidentally vegan’ which I get the meaning but I’m not a big fan of it as it makes it sound like anything vegan is not right, but like I said I get what they mean. A couple of things I’ve come across that I’m so glad are vegan, Sainsburys (although I’m sure other brands are too but these are my fav), Bacon Rasher crisps and their Pretzels, which I’m pretty sure are any way due to what they are but you never know what they add to these things so give me a break.
These will both hopefully help me get over my sour cream and chives flavour Pringles addiction.cute-pig-text

As always if you find yourself reading this (and you’ve made it to the end :D), then don’t be shy, please leave any suggestions, ideas or advice. All appreciated.

*Mental Fist Bump*


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The Vegan experiment – Day 4

I thought I would document how I’m finding things as I go on.

I know this is the very early stages and the ‘new car smell’ is still pretty strong, but so far I’m enjoying it.  Before I used to eat a lot of junk, even skipping meals when I couldn’t be bothered. I’m aware that many people think that you go hungry on a vegan diet and it is true that I am eating more meals, but I think it’s because of the type of food I’m eating.  It’s actually doing what food is supposed to do rather than just sit there, not that I know the first thing about nutrition but I’ll go with that 🙂frying

I’m enjoying being creative with my meals and thinking of different things to make to keep it interesting.  As it’s harder to grab food for lunch at work, I’m finding that I’m thinking more about what I can make on an evening so I have leftovers for the next day.  For me this is huge, as before I’d have ‘bad’ snacks to get me through lunch, these were things I have chosen (no I’m not going to say can’t, because I can) to no longer have so the only option is to actually have lunch.  This in itself is a change for the good.

I’m even loving the fact that I will fail at some meals and I’m not going to like everything, but am finding I’m more prepared to try.  I experimented with a couple of dishes that were OK but weren’t OK enough.  However instead of dumping the recipes I’m going to keep trying but tweak it for next time.

I was using a powdered vegetable stock that just happened to be vegan and we had in and I think that’s the problem.  So bring on the veg stock experiment hehe.

I baked a fruit cake that was delish!!!!  Phew!!  Can’t wait to try loads of baking recipes.

Overall I feel better in myself, not Julie Andrews on top of a mountain having a hissy fit about how alive the hills are with the sound of it’s playlist, but just in general.  I’ve even decided to visit a winter vegan food fest that is happening in my area (seems I timed it well).

This change wasn’t brought about by anything shocking, researched or the like, but I still feel like I have made the right choice.  Again I am aware this is early and could get very boring very quickly, but I have decided to embrace the happy and go with it.

If anyone reads this and has any advice please feel free, every bit helps.

Keep spreading the love peeps   😀








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Vegan?? Really?????

OK so long time no write, mainly because I had nothing to write about to be honest, apart from passing my first year of my Open Uni course – woohoo!!

The latest, let’s be honest what could turn out to be a fad but let’s be positive and say, idea is to try out being a Vegan.  (Yes I am fully aware it doesn’t need a capital letter but I’m considering it a big deal so neh *sticks tongue out*)

im-veganSo yes I have decided to go vegan, I’m not expecting it to be easy as someone who would basically walk past a field full of cows and see burgers on legs.

So has this been a slow process or a sudden thing?  What brought it on? I hear you cry.

To be honest it wasn’t anything like suddenly seeing something that changed my mind or had a bad experience with anything.  I’ve recently been very wary of food and it always seems to be that we don’t know everything about the full process for our food.  We always seem to be hearing about one dodgy scandal or another and it was suddenly one afternoon I decided to try it, possibly as a trial see how it goes and then maybe it’ll stick maybe it won’t.  I guess I’m figuring that if I don’t put too much pressure on myself I won’t feel bad if I fail at it.

Luckily I’m a big veg fan so it’s not a complete shock to the system.  I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the advice given on the internet.  I think I was expecting it to be once you had decided to change, it should be immediate and everything all together, but no they advice slowly changing the things you eat and drink, which yes makes total sense but I honestly wasn’t expecting that.  Saying that I pretty much have gone vegan eating wise, replacing my dairy and not having meat.  Granted it’s only been a weekend so far but hey pat on the back for me hehe.

So far I have been pleasantly surprised by the veg stew I made today, which as a huge beef stew fan didn’t think it would compare, but I was wrong.  It was lovely and just as satisfying and comforting, so much so I’m having the rest for my lunch at work tomorrow.

Soya milk in my tea too is not bad at all, I can taste the difference but I don’t mind it.

I was a little worried about cereal though, not the cereal itself but milk wise.  I thought I might not like soya milk with it.  I heard about Oatly, which is made of, shockingly oats, and thought if it tasted of oats it would compliment cereal better (see there is method in my madness).  They only had the chocolate version in the supermarket and I just really have to tell you it is fricking gorgeous!!!  I’m not a chocolate milk fan but I am now, just as a drink it’s yummy but also on the granola I had this morning it’s simply out of this world.  So I highly recommend!  (Of course some of you may be ‘d’oh’ at some of these comments, but I’m very new and this is all new to me🙂 )

Again a bit of a ‘d’oh’ comment but I always thought that going vegan would mean missing out on a tonne of things, looking into it though there is always some kind of replacement.  I can’t wait to try the baking recipes.  Seems like all the problems I heard vegans have with baked goods in years gone by, seriously it always seemed to be a big problem, seem to have been sorted in one way or another and I can get my baking buzz on!!

The only thing I’m kind of avoiding at the moment is tofu, lentils and chickpeas.  Mainly because I’ve always avoided bean based dishes as I’ve never been a fan of the ones I’ve tried, mainly the texture but I’m sure I’ll get round to trying them at some point.  Fortunately I have plenty of pasta, rice and veg options to play with so I don’t think I’ll get bored too soon.

I’m aware of all the faux meat products out there (yes I know some aren’t vegan friendly), but I’m trying out the replacing rather than imitating at the moment I think.

I understand why vegans tend to cook a lot and not use the convenience food stuff, basically it’s enjoyable and you know what’s in it.  You can also adapt any recipe to make it your own or just because that’s what you’ve got in, again I know you can do that as a meat eater but I was always less inclined.

Anyway first test passed with flying colours anyway.  The family cooked pork chops and it didn’t bother me at all, I’m still stuffed from my yummy veg stew. 🙂

I’m planning on beating any meat craving by looking at this ……..piglet

So anyway we’ll see how this pans out, if nothing else it’s an experience that should teach me something and that can never really be a bad thing can it?  (And no I’m not planning on being a smug one, each to their own I say🙂 )




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Staying on Track

A couple of days ago I submitted the final essay for my first module.  Looking back over these last few months I have learnedman-298595_640 a lot.  I am happy that I have finished my first module, and will hopefully pass, I have definitely learned that I need to rethink my studying habits and the way I approach it.  Being new to studying at this level I didn’t really know what to expect.  Mid way through I got a bit bogged down by it all, I hadn’t planned on outside forces making me tired and therefore I ended up leaving everything until the last minute and while still getting most of the assignments completed, I missed one of them, and was happy with the marks I got, thinking back I can’t stop feeling that if I had planned my studying better I might have done better.  These first modules are beginning ones which means we do study areas that are general to the subject and so maybe my interest wasn’t at it’s peak, but still if I’m honest I do think I could have done better.  So at this point when I could easily pack it all in and say ‘Why even bother?’, which is my usual tactic, I have decided to use this short break before my next module to get back on track and try to see all the positives instead of focusing on the bad.  I need to remember that I am doing this for a challenge and not because it’s easy.  That I can’t go back and change anything I’ve already done, I can use it as inspiration for how to tackle the next one.  My main struggle is motivation and I am a gold medallist at procrastination. I need to try to find a way to ‘force’ myself to keep to a plan.  I’m not quite sure how I’m going to manage this but I’m thinking the best way is to keep my goal in mind.  I am determined to do this and I need to put the work in, No Pain No Gain.

So here’s to continuing on the path with a new sense of gusto!  Taking this time to shake off the old, only taking the lessons it teaches rather than the feelings it leaves.  I have decided that in order to stay on my path I need to realise that it is ok to stray once in a while, and that I shouldn’t beat myself up about it.  If this whole thing becomes a chore and an excuse to feel like I can’t do something, then that’s exactly what will happen.  I will not complete it and feel even worse.

Anytime I get behind or feel that I am beginning to stray from the path of my goals, I am going to visualise a compass as a reminder that just because sometimes you can’t see the path it doesn’t mean it’s gone it just means you wandered a bit and with a bit of effort it will always be found again.

So remember fellow travellers, the only failure in straying off the path is never trying to find it again.  🙂

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These are some magnets that I made out of polymer clay.

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Crafty Wearable’s

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The great thing about making your own jewellery is that you can create it in whatever colour your outfit needs.

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Sure fire way to stop procrastinating …..

Stop searching the net for hours for ways to stop procrastinating

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Yoda meets crochet

Pattern from online this mini Yoda came.

Yoda(See what I did there 😉 )

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Stitched up

Sherlock in Cross Stitch

Sherlock in Cross Stitch



I took an image from the web and turned it into a cross stitch.  I love that, the possibilities are endless.




On her way to the Ball


For this one I took a silhouette from the web transferred it onto fabric and embroidered the dress.  For the lady I used fabric paint so that the dress really stood out, then added some beads for her necklace.


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Artist very much in training

I have always wanted to learn to draw, I don’t know why and I know a lot of people feel the same.  I looked up some tutorials online and just decided to give it a go.  When I think back it was actually that desire that led me onto my craft obsession.  Drawing led to watercolour painting, which led me down a path of discovering different crafts.  Even though I’m still learning and finding my own way through these different mediums, I love how I just disappear into my own little world for a bit.  I used to feel too shy about how amateur my stuff is to show it but then I started to realise that, only a couple of years ago I wouldn’t have even attempted any of these so I should be proud of myself.  It’s only a hobby and the feeling of creating something myself is so satisfying.  I have a very long way to go but decided to post some of my stuff anyway 🙂  The majority of them are from tutorials from the web, some were copied elements that I changed to what I wanted, so I’m really looking forward to being able to come up with my own stuff.

Meditating Monk - Copied from web.  I'm pretty chuffed with this one, especially that I managed to show the highlights of the face in shadow.

Meditating Monk – Copied from web. I’m pretty chuffed with this one, especially that I managed to show the highlights of the face in shadow.

Skull with Roses

Skull with Roses

Dragon Eye - From Web. I now know I needed to put more detail on the eyeball.

Dragon Eye – From Web. I now know I needed to put more detail on the eyeball.

Fire Girl - The original tutorial was a girl with her hair made up of fluttering butterflies.  I 'aliened' her up a bit and added fire, I love the jet black background to really make her stand out.

Fire Girl – The original tutorial was a girl with her hair made up of fluttering butterflies. I ‘aliened’ her up a bit and added fire, I love the jet black background to really make her stand out.

Life in Hand - I took a picture of my hand in the pose and then tried to think what to put in it.  I'm really pleased with how this turned out.

Life in Hand – I took a picture of my hand in the pose and then tried to think what to put in it. I’m really pleased with how this turned out.

Mannequin Mask - Different element from the web.  I really need to work on perspective here but still pretty pleased with it

Mannequin Mask – Different elements from the web. I really need to work on perspective here but still pretty pleased with it

Gargoyle - Image from web.

Gargoyle – Image from web.

Reaper Jr. - Online Tutorial.  I added the slippers, I liked the idea of him in Bunny slippers.

Reaper Jr. – Online Tutorial. I added the slippers, I liked the idea of him in Bunny slippers.



Demon Lady - Online Tutorial.  Don't ask me why but I thought she was actually a rather pretty demon.  I have decided that her name is Elsie and she is a professional Babysitter.

Demon Lady – Online Tutorial. Don’t ask me why but I thought she was actually a rather pretty demon. I have decided that her name is Elsie and she is a professional Babysitter.

Broken - Online Tutorial.

Broken – Online Tutorial.

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