I’m not a massive newspaper reader, but whilst visiting my sisters gaff in Whistable for some festive frivolity, I chanced upon a well known British broadsheet and dove in. Surprisingly unearthing two separate articles about veganism, prompting me to believe the hype; vegan-ity is really hitting this little island cluster.
It’s been in the pipe line for a while, but now the celebs are on board and we all know what that means……. The first vegan supermarket is opening in 2015 and generally the tofu tide is shifting. People are eating more plants which can only be a good thing. I even learnt that Mike Tyson is a vegan, primarily due to the fact that Roman Gladiators ate a vegan diet. Ferocious and animal friendly makes for an interesting combination.
Veganism is more than a passing dietary trend and I like to see it as a new type of food experience, like the recent trends for Southern Mediterranean cuisine or the rise of Peruvian nibbles, vegan food is just another wonderful way of treating food. It doesn’t have to be drastic, pedantic or serious; it is fun, naturally healthy and easy to prepare and source. Most people already eat alot of vegan food and don’t even know it! Being a vegan normally means that you care about the welfare of animals, your personal health and that of the environment, but it can also just mean very interesting food prepared in creative ways.
Vegans make up less than 1% of the British population, but most folk are realising the benefits that vegan food can bring to any diet and going ‘plant-based’ for a meal/ day or week, can have a massive effect on health and well being. It is surely the ultimate low bad fat/ cholesterol diet.
I’m thinking about starting a tofu helpline, aimed at spreading the good word of curd and offering survival tips to first time tofu tamperers (in a word, MADINADE, the rest is easy, quick and delicious). This may ease the integration slightly.
Veganism has been around since 1944, or the moniker has at least. The movement was started by a chap named Donald Watson who set up the British Vegan Society. Only recently has the name be officially recognised. Vegan-ity now has legal status in the UK. Its taking root and establishing credibility.
Vegans no longer necessarily worship mung beans and wear scratchy kaftan’s as standard (although that is very cool by me!!!). I hope Veganism is shedding these dodgy, out dated, misconceptions; with more focus being placed on the benefits of the diet and the glorious flavour’s of the food. Badly cooked vegan food, prepared without passion or knowledge is just like any other badly cooked food, prepared without passion or knowledge. Pants! Once the good word of V spreads, the general standards will improve, just like vegetarianism in recent times. Great food is simply great food; even minus a chunk of meat, or a poached egg on top.
Tastes change and veganism uses flavours and textures in new and inspirational ways. Proper cooks love a new challenge and I imagine veganism as that new challenge. I see vegan food as something vital and fresh, ever changing and evolving. Food for us all to enjoy.
We are just about to leave for our Delhi bound flight, wishing you all a brilliant start to the new yearX The Beach House Kitchen is on the road until April…..expect a few holiday snaps soonX