Sometimes You Have to Bail-Out

The plan for today was to ride the Peculiar Old 200 audax. It’s a 200km ride starting in Darlington. The route goes north to Sedgefield, west to Middleton-in-Teesdale, south to Masham and then north again back to Darlington. The forecast a few days ago looked decent. As it got closer to the weekend, the forecasters…

Goodfella’s Pizza – Tasty, but…

It seems that everyone’s making vegan pizzas! This is the third one I’ve tried so far, after the efforts from Pizza Express and Oumph!. Right, I’ll get straight to the point: it’s a fairly decent pizza. Lots of flavour, helped along by some peppers which add some heat. It’s good value too – at £2.50…

My Favourite Vegan Meal So Far

Today I made slow-cooked seitan and mushroom stroganoff, and it turned out AMAZING. Of all the meals I have cooked since going vegan, this is my favourite. I drew on a few different recipes, but this was more or less my own invention. Here’s what I did… I made the seitan this morning by mixing…

Four Surprising Things About Going Vegan

It’s been just over two months since I started this whole vegan thing. As I wrote in a previous post, the decision was a bit spontaneous and at the time I didn’t really know how easy it would be or whether it would be sustainable. Well, after two months I’m convinced it was the right…

Cycling and Mental Health

Wednesday last week was World Mental Health Day. I was inspired by the courage of a number of friends who shared their own experiences of living with mental health problems. That openness and honesty is so important, and I think this is an example of one way social media can be a powerful force for…

Vegan New York – part 2

It’s been a really good couple of days exploring this amazing city. I think it’s fair to say that I could have made healthier choices with the food! But I’m not stressing about that. Yes, there were plenty of healthy vegan options available, but I really wanted to eat what I imagined to be ‘proper’…

Vegan New York – part 1

I’m visiting New York! It’s not a place I have ever been before, in fact this is my first ever trip outside Europe, so it’s pretty exciting. One thing I had been looking forward to most about New York was the food. Skyscrapers? Museums? Nah, just gimme the food! So far I have not been…

Creamy Mushrooms and Butterbeans with Quinoa and Roasted Veg

I was doing a bit of experimenting this evening. I made some cashew queso sauce from the recipe in the No Meat Athlete cookbook – basically it’s cashews, garlic, arrowroot, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika and chipotle. This stuff is amazing – creamy, cheesy, smoky, nutty sauce.I gently fried up some onion and chestnut mushrooms, and…

Homemade Seitan, Roast Potatoes and Kale

Seitan is a thing I had never heard of until going vegan. For the uninitiated, it’s essentially wheat gluten made into a solid form that can use in similar ways to meat. Apparently it is often used in Asian cookery. I had seen it for sale ready-made in health food shops, but hadn’t tried it….

Vegan Junk-Food from VX London

A trip to London for work normally means buying something for the evening train ride home, and today was no exception. In the past I have normally got something uninspiring from a station supermarket – sandwich and crisps or similar. Today I had a bit of time before my train was due to leave, so…