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Easy Vegan Breakfast and Building My Plant Based Foundations

“Non refert quam multos sed quam bonos habeas.” It is quality rather than quantity that matters. – Seneca, Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, XLV: On Sophistical Argumentation Choosing not to conform to an omnivorous diet is not something to take easily. I’d go as far as saying that it is one of the most radical and profound reformations of the self that can be made. After all, we are made of what we eat. By changing what we eat we are in a way changing who we are as well. According to where we have lived and grown up in the world, over the decades we’ve moulded into set socio-cultural constructs that dictate the way we view, consume and understand food. Country specific traditions, alongside the development of social practices and living circumstances, play the most important roles in the development of food culture. Many coastal regions for example, where fishing culture is strong and fisheries are common, will feature predominantly fish-based culinary traditions. What we call ‘traditional’ cuisine is a collection of culinary practices developed by sedentary populations over time, to make the most of local resources in absence of imported goods, …

Moro’s Minty Beetroot, Pomegranate & Almond Salad and some thoughts on London

I’ve started working at Wright’s Independent Food Emporium: a rustic, vintage styled café and food store nested within a former pub in Nantgaredig, West Wales. It’s run by food writer and restaurateur Simon Wright, it’s great and I love it: they serve tasty food, nice natural wines and craft beers and I get to learn things about food and to drink the best coffee ever. As if all this wasn’t enough already, just a week after I started my job there I was swept off to London on a staff trip. We ate some amazing tapas in Morito, tasted every possible coffee Workshop had to offer, drank the best ever craft beer in Kernel brewery and tasted some incredible natural wines in Terroirs, a busy little wine bar in the heart of London’s West End. I’m not going to review my experience of any of them in detail with this post, it would end up being a shabby counterpart of the full blog post they deserve each to do them justice. In the near future (when I visit them …

Vegetables in west Wales and throwing stones in a still pond.

It’s always hard to spoil the whiteness of a blank page with words. It somehow feels like throwing a stone into a very still pond, like you shouldn’t be doing it or you might be doing it wrong. It’s the same sort of feeling you might get when starting a conversation with someone new, or when you start a new job and you’re not sure where things are or who to ask for them. So here’s to my millionth attempt at a blog, to another blank page that I’ve started to scribble on. I have to admit, I’m tempted to write one of those safe (boring) ‘about me’ posts, in which I recount the story of my life and tell everything you need to know about me, like my favourite colour and season, whether I watch television or read newspapers, and my views on politics and why I’m vegan. Instead, I’m going to write about something I’m quite excited about at the moment. If you know me, you’ll probably roll your eyes and think ‘what else’, as I am known …