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Me and my girls

I’m Jennie, I’m a vegan mum of two young girls, and I was not exaggerating in my opening post when I said I was the only vegan in the village.  This particular part of Wales is the land of lamb suppers, and chicken curry with half and half*.  My husband has a conceptual block that prevents him ordering anything that isn’t medium-rare steak**.  As for my daughters, well – what can I say?  It’s a process: they are young and still malleable.

The internet has long been my lifeline, not only for recipes but also to remind me that I am not the world’s only visitor from Planet Vega, to borrow a image from the (frankly, heroic) Isa Chandra Moskovitz.  I’ve taken so much inspiration from other sites over the years, and for whatever it’s worth I’d now like to throw my own little contribution back in the pot.  This blog is a collection of recipes that have emerged from my kitchen experiments and my efforts to win over my omni family through sheer force of flavour.

I’ve always loved cooking for as long as I can remember.  As teenagers my brother and I carried out much kitchen improv with varying degrees of success (and I actually still maintain that tomato ketchup on pasta somehow works!)

In my twenties, our family opened a restaurant and we all worked together there for a few years, having a lot of fun, serving up tremendous food, and drinking way too much to carry out professional service.

Another great influence on my cooking came after Richard and I had got married and our eldest was still a baby.  The three of us packed up and went travelling round Europe for a year in a falling-apart old motorhome.  Much of that time was spent in Italy, and we came back with a fundamentally altered view of what food should be and a new appreciation of simple, honest cooking.  I’d never class us as food snobs, but I would challenge anyone to live a year on the continent and then try to stomach a British supermarket sandwich!

But while my love of food has been a constant, my path to veganism has been somewhat more chequered, as it seems to be for many vegans, judging by what I read on the internet.  Having first turned vegetarian at 14 I backtracked at 18 and then spent my twenties wavering between meat and no-meat.  My first attempt at veganism was after the birth of my first daughter, but I failed miserably and was convinced it was too hard.  After the birth of my second daughter I felt ready to do it again, and properly this time.  And it has been a revelation.  Finally I feel as though I am on a level footing, eating what I love and feeling terribly good about it in a very vegan way!

In my world, the church of comfort food is a broad one.  It’s not all mac and cheese: much as I love the stuff, the last thing the internet needs is yet another vegan mac recipe.  As a Brit I do have a weakness for stodgy delights – pies, pasties, puds of all kinds – but I think that lighter food can be equally as comforting in the right moment: miso soup, bright and crunchy salads, warm and hearty bean stews, chargrilled vegetables, kale every imaginable way… so hopefully this recipe collection, as it develops, will have a little something to please most people.  I would love to hear other people’s thoughts, whatever those thoughts may be, and if anyone went so far as to try a recipe, well – that would be most gratifying…!

If you’d like to get in touch with me for any reason you can do so at jennieevans1976 at gmail.com.

*Half rice half chips, to the uninitiated.  There is a vegan place in heaven for half and half.

**And yet not only myself but also his ex-girlfriend are vegan.  In a part of the world where veganism is considered as outré as inter-species marriage.  Odd, isn’t it?  Neither she nor I were vegan at the beginnings of the relationships.  There must be something about him that makes me want to be a better woman or something, ha!  Just think of him as Mr Ethical By Proxy.

14 Comments
  1. Hello.
    Love your blog. I nominated it for a Leibster Award http://herbifit.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/liebster-award/

  2. Love all of this. I’m so glad I happened upon your blog today!

  3. After reading your “about me” I feel thankful to be living in Southern California where at least a few of us are vegan (not so many as you’d think, however). If you ever visit California, please let me know so I can tell you all of the restaurants you absolutely must go to.

  4. Hey Jennie! I love your blog, so I decided to start following you so I don’t miss anything you write. I don’t know why I didn’t start following you sooner – I’m kicking myself for that:-)

  5. Hello Jennie

    Well done on a really great and inspirational blog! I admire your determination to follow a plant-based lifestyle despite the challenges it entails.

    I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Details can be found here: http://veedineintervention.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=298&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

    Have a great day!

  6. Hello Jennie, Great to find you here! We’re over at the Beach House Kitchen, up a hill above Caernarfon and we know all about being the only non-lamb munchers in town! I love the look of your recipes, we have been playing with seitan and vital wheat gluten and found it tough on the digestion. How is it for you? It is a brilliant addition to a vegan diet, especially where burgers and sausages are concerned. We’re looking forward to reading more. Happy days, lee and jane

    • Hi Lee and Jane, thanks for the feedback, I’m so glad you like my blog 🙂 Actually, the first few times I tried VWG I had terrible indigestion, which put me right off. Turns out that I had undercooked it. These days I always make sure I cook it very thoroughly, and it doesn’t give me any more problems. Is the Beach House Kitchen a restaurant? If so I will definitely pay you a visit next time I’m in Caernarfon 🙂

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