Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Wow, look at Ceri being all Vegan and stuff ...

After six dedicated years of Vegetarianism, I think I'm going to try my hand at Veganism. Dairy and eggs have started giving me that 'ergg' feeling that meat and fish do and I don't think I can eat it anymore. Especially after seeing this. That video is the stuff of nightmares. I had to keep looking away and could barely finish it. I dare anybody reading this blog to watch it all the way through with a clear conscience.

I made my first vegan meal last night after buying some new vegan-friendly books (Vegan Cooking for One and Skinny Bitch). Potato and Lentil Bake. Very yummy. Also bought some soy milk (*yum* - everyone says it's icky but it's soooo not) and vegan butter. Look at me go with my vegan self. I'm making sure I ease myself into veganism this time round rather than go completely cold turkey like I did with vegetarianism (which eventually led to anaemia) so I'm finishing off the cheesy pastas I have in the cupboard and my milk chocolate from Christmas and Easter (don't judge me, I can't afford to throw away food) before I reach 100% veganism.

Three things are making me a little uncertain on this venture though:
1) Going home. I'm moving in with my parents and I can only imagine it's going to be a little awkward to accomodate me for the meals. My Mum's a vegetarian but I'm ten times fussier than her. Veganism is going to aggrovate that. On Thursday when I meet up with Mum for shopping and lunch, I'm going to lay it on here. And also explain that I've found a wonderful vegan website which seems to have just about everything that'll meet my culinary needs. That's still going to be awkward as hell when it comes to dinner together.

2) Going out for dinner. I don't think this'll be too bad with my friends. They're very open-minded people and wouldn't care if I ordered something *my way* ("Excuse me, could you make sure there's no dressing on this?"). But going out for birthday dinners with my family might be a pain in the ass. Whatever. I'm sure they won't mind. Veggie burger with fries is actually quite vegan friendly (to my surprise).

3) Probably what I'm most worried about is the in-laws. It's one thing to fuss over what your parents cook you. But to fuss over what the boyfriend's parents cook you? Bless their hearts. They already do so much for me when I visit, making sure I have more than enough vegetarian food, but what's going to happen when I refuse the cheese sauce? Or a piece of cake (filled with egg or milk)? Yikes.

Oh, well, we'll have to see what happens. In other news, I recently applied to be a reviewer on this website by sending them my review on The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl. They liked it and sent me a book to read (The Stolen by Jason Pinter) for a 'trial review'. Before I'd even received The Stolen, my original Call Girl review is up on the site! This has to be a good sign. I'm over the moon about it.

On the subject of films, I was going to write up a review of The Orphanage after seeing it for the first time the other night but I couldn't be bothered. Amazing film. One of the best scary films I've seen in years. Though, I did have one issue with it: When I sit down to a scary film, I expect to be scared. I was scared but I didn't expect it to turn into a weepy during the last ten minutes. I haven't cried so much in months! Oh, and Roger Princep (Sim
ón) should be locked away for being too cute.

Signing off to get a life now. Really getting into Phantom Planet this week - why is it that bands take an extended hiatus the moment I start getting in to them?