Day 10: The awkward vegan has arrived!

…That’s what I shouted when I arrived at my friend Lucy’s house… she had invited me over for noms and a movie, and we’d spent my whole journey messaging back and forth as she ransacked her cupboards looking for something that I could eat.

I had offered to stop at Sainsburys on the way over, but Lucy was adamant that she would be able to feed me… and so it was that I found myself sitting next to her scrutinising the back of a box of spring rolls, and a packet of sweet and sour sauce.

wp-1515625437489.jpgBoth turned out to be completely safe, and Lucy was very good about the whole thing, but I couldn’t shake a slight feeling of embarrassment, of being a picky and inconvenient guest… I wonder, do full time vegans feel like this when they go round to eat at someone else’s? Maybe if I kept this up for longer then my friends would come to expect it, and would know what to feed me… or would I always feel difficult for needing a ‘special’ meal? ‘Proper’ vegans, let me know – if you’re the only vegan in your group, do you feel the same? Makes me feel better to have Jones for moral support, of course.

Once more, I found myself feeling a little bit of an outsider… doubly so when Lucy offered me wine and I had to turn that down too (‘Joyless January’, she has dubbed my new regime). And I admit I find it frustrating to be constantly reading lists of ingredients rather than just knowing what I can eat… but I suppose that sort of knowledge would come with time.

No regrets though – aside from the above anxieties about being antisocial, I am loving Veganuary… the creative challenge of cooking new things is fantastic fun and, more than that, I feel AMAZING. Full of energy, I find it much easier to get out of bed in the morning – even if I went to bed late – and I don’t crash in the afternoon. My mind feels sharper and my concentration is better and I’m sleeping like a baby… whether that’s the diet or the lack of booze I don’t know, but the difference I am feeling after just a week and a half is astonishing.

So good that, in a contrary way, I almost wish I didn’t feel so great, because I do want to start drinking again in Feb – wine is lovely – and I’m almost afraid of losing these superpowers. I guess this could be the start of a new relationship with booze…

As for dinner  – Luce did an admirable job of feeding me: spring rolls and rice and sweet and sour sauce, with half a red pepper on the side. Very nice. I want to put on record too that although she had halloumi with her dinner I did not steal any or bite her arm off. For such feats of self control, hymns of praise should be sung about me, but I will settle for quiet admiration 😉

wp-1515625466846.jpgAfterwards I learned how to make mug cakes  – an invaluable life skill now that I have a microwave! We mixed together flour, oil, water, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and baking powder, then added a blob of peanut butter in the middle (as I am currently banned from my beloved Reece’s I made a Reece’s cake) before whacking the mug in the microwave for 90 seconds.

Without egg the cake didn’t rise very high, and it was very dense and fudgey, but boy was it a treat to have chocolate cake! And so quickly and simply too… I will definitely be exploring mug cake recipes.

wp-1515625800444.jpgSpeaking of sweet treats – superstar that Lucy is, she also gave me two packs of pistachio protein balls – vegan friendly – which she had been given as a free sample at London Bridge. Can’t wait to try them!

It’s been a lovely evening chilling and watching films… just off to sleep now, looking forward to cooking up a storm with Jones tomorrow!

Today I ate/drank…

  • Tea with cashew milk
  • Three-bean chilli
  • A snack pack of Graze’s ‘Vitamin E defence‘ (hazelnuts, peanuts, cranberries, and raisins)
  • Lots of water
  • Veggie spring rolls with sweet and sour rice, and red pepper
  • Orange juice
  • Chocolate and peanut butter mug cake

Today’s cravings…

  • Cheese (dammit)

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