To celebrate my seven-year blogging anniversary I am revisiting some of my early posts, and reflecting on how the world has changed in that time. This post (below) was written for my first ever blog, EllenCooksMillennium, on the 29th of August 2011. My plan was to cook everything in the two cookbooks from the Millennium restaurant in San Francisco: the first, and possibly still the most fabulous, 100% vegan restaurant I have ever been to…
Well, I’ve never been one to do things by halves! This was how I decided to teach myself to cook. As I said in this post, my cooking skills at the start of this project extended to making toast, putting things in the microwave, and opening jars of sauce over a pile of pasta.
As I am writing this we are at the beginning of a vegan revolution. Vegan microwave meals have recently arrived in Tesco (did I ever tell you I could predict the future?!?!), and vegan sandwiches are now available in Waitrose, the Co-op and even the CBeebies Land cafe at Alton Towers.
Unfortunately both Waitrose and the Co-op seem to think vegans want to eat curry sandwiches, which is not too far from Jamie Oliver suggesting people should feed their vegan friends and relatives curry for Christmas dinner back in December 2011 (I’ll come onto that later…), and the CBeebies Land sandwiches feature a selection of roasted vegetables (cue my kids diligently picking them all out and eating only the bread), but as I said, it’s a start!
Why am I Doing This? 29th August 2011
“Why am I doing this? There are lots of reasons. Here’s one…
My mum had a heart attack at the age of 53. At the time I was studying for a masters in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I took a course unit entitled Diet and Chronic Disease. That was when I decided to go vegan (the first time). It was difficult but possible because I passed Planet Organic every day. After the course finished I moved to Brighton which is veggie/vegan heaven. Now I’m in Liverpool it’s not so easy. I have two baby girls hanging onto my apron strings and the thing is, like it or not, if you want to eat animal-free you have to cook. And wash up. A lot. So you have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, which is a bit of a challenge for me. I’ve eaten a mountain of microwave meals over the years and you can’t do that with vegan food because they just don’t exist (yet!). So it helps to know how to cook! I can do a half-decent stir-fry, and I’m quite okay at pasta and sauce (mostly out of jars), but ovens are things I have managed to avoid for most of my life and I have only ever used grills to make cheese on toast.
So, here we go…”