It’s starting to feel more ‘normal’ to be eating Vegan, and consequently I’ve not felt so much interest in writing about it!  Anyway, here’s the food diary for the past few days.  I haven’t forgotten that one of my correspondents has asked for information about how much money I’m spending on food.  I’ve started keeping track of my receipts since Monday morning, and I hope to report on this later in the week.  Over the weekend I had a few meals out, more than would be typical for me, and I was also away staying with a relative, so I spent less at home, but more out of the home, in a way that wouldn’t represent my typical eating patterns.

Friday 22nd February

Breakfast – wholemeal toast with homemade marmalade, tea with soya milk

Lunch – a baked potato with baked beans in the work canteen

Dinner – at POD Deli, an independent café near my home.  Houmous and Roasted Vegetables deli sandwich, with salad and olives, a packet of Ready Salted crisps, Moroccan Mint tea

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Saturday 23rd February

Breakfast – fab homemade breakfast of leftover quinoa and leek ‘risotto’ from earlier in the week scrambled with tofu, rye toast, baked beans, fried V-Pud (black pudding), tea with soya milk

Mid-morning: a soya latte at a coffee shop

Lunch – nice meal out at Summersaults restaurant in Rugby www.summersault.ltd.uk   – chestnut pie and red cabbage salad, pot of Raspberry and Cranberry tea

Dinner – baked potato, lovely salad from recipe on internet with a sweet, spicy dressing, followed by a warmed slice of Crimble’s Dutch Apple Cake with Alpro dairy-free custard

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Sunday 24th February

Breakfast – Museli and soya milk, an orange, wholemeal toast with ‘Vitalite’ vegan margarine and marmite, instant coffee with soya milk

Lunch –  recipe from internet using orzu (rice shaped pasta), tomato paste, garam masala and mushrooms, leftover salad from day before, followed by warmed Dutch Apple Cake with Alpro custard

Evening – trip out to the Indian buffet at Nawaab, near where I live – I ate all sorts of things from the vegetarian part of the buffet, with chickpeas, spinach, aubergine, okra, rice, cornbread, carrots.  I think I might have failed to stay Vegan, because I realised afterwards that carrot Halwa is gently cooked in milk.  It was a lovely meal, but I wasn’t thoughtful enough about it in terms of staying Vegan, and I also ate too much which made me feel unwell the following day.  The peril of greedy me at the buffet!

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Monday 25th February

No breakfast

A lot of peppermint tea

During the day I nibbled on 2 packets of Ready Salted crisps and drank some apple juice

Evening meal – a ‘burger’ made with a baked mushroom, avocado, spinach, pesto (‘Meridian’ vegan pesto) and tomato ketchup

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Herbal tea

Tuesday 26th February

Breakfast – Museli and soya milk.  Herbal tea.

Mid-morning: orange juice, dried apricots and Salt & Vinegar crisps

Lunch: ‘Urban Eat’ ready-made sandwich of Roast Veg and Houmous, an apple, black coffee

Dinner: Mushroom and avocado burger with pasta, steamed spinach, pesto, beluga lentils, herbal tea

Later: snacked on brazil nuts and dried prunes, fruity tea

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