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Burger Things

I found this website called Vegan Eating Out that I found an interesting read. It’s mainly American based but the information about fast food chains that have made it to NZ and what vegan options they have is a handy resource to have. Fast food is mostly just gross BUT (good) vege burgers are one of my favourite foods, and I’m the first to admit that when I’m drinking or hungover I crave the Burger King’s vege burger with a vengeance. So I was thrilled to read that the bun, onion rings, fries and of course salad available at BK are technically vegan (just not very realistic) – which means that at 3am after a few drinks, or a few hours later when the headache has kicked in, I can still go get my favourite cure – minus the cheese and mayonnaise.

What the website information doesn’t factor in is idiotic or simply uncaring staff.  I decided to test out the veganisation of BK fare last week after the final exam of my university career. We were finished, we were celebrating/drowning our sorrows in the pub for a few hours, and then realised it might be time for lunch… *ahem*… so I headed over the road to BK, feeling very self righteous and smugly vegan alongside the usual dirty feeling that accompanies such food places. I asked for my burger, hold the cheese, hold the mayo, swaggered back across the road with it, opened it up… and found that those particular BK employees are only capable of retaining one piece of information at a time. Despite me repeating and confirming my order, and the cashier repeating it yet again as she handed over my food, they had managed to hold the mayo but still added the cheese.

I wasn’t too impressed. I was also drinking and too lazy to complain. I added some processed cheese to my list of sins and regressions.

I know it’s a bit much to expect, really, of a place like BK. The staff are paid minimum wage, they don’t have the coolest or most fulfilling job in the world, they’re probably busy and people like me make their lives difficult. But I also deserve to have the food I order, and food that doesn’t include things I can’t and won’t eat. Of course I should be going to Handmade Burgers and Burger Fuel and those awesome burger places with gourmet menus and multiple vegan options to choose from – they are delicious and I love them. They are also more expensive and more filling, which 9 times out of 10 is a great thing, but sometimes I just feel like eating crap. And as an attempted vegan, I have the right to ask for and get vegan crap.

Burger King, you have been warned 🙂

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The art of the possible

“One always picks the easy fight.
One praises fools, one smothers light.
One shifts left to right.
Politics – the art of the possible.”

– Evita, lyrics by Tim Rice

Well, today I’m depressed…

Why am I depressed, you may ask? Because yesterday New Zealand held its general election, and voted out the Labour Party in favour of the National Party. I have debated this election every day now for so many days that I just can’t be bothered going into why I’m so upset. Take a long hard look at John Key and you should understand in great clarity. I agree with what Jeanette Fitzsimmons, leader of the Green party, said at the end of her speech last night: “I wonder, in 20 years time, if people will look back to 2008 and say, “I’m so glad I voted for tax cuts instead of the future of my children.” ”

Just when America has taken such a giant leap in a positive direction too… so unfair. Now all we can do is see what happens, and I will be paying close attention. Climate change is a slightly more pressing matter than tax cuts at this point in time.

Anyway, on the food front (which is infinitely less depressing…)

I’ve been doing great on this vegan thing for 10 whole days! In that time I have discovered new recipes, ingredients, shops, tastes…

I’ve baked my first two loaves of bread, and while I’m still eating some shop bought stuff I am wanting to move towards eating as much of my own as I can. It’s cheaper and tastes awesome 😀

I’ve had a weak moment – I ate some lemon tart at a restaurant, but that’s really it, and I’m so proud of myself for that! I’ve had cravings (only really for things with cheese in them, like burgers with cheese or cheese sandwiches) but I haven’t given in.

So now that I’ve made it this far I’m setting a few goals:

I’ve joined some people over at VegWeb in a “hydration challenge” – my starting goal is to drink at least 1.5 litres of water daily.

I aim to do 45 minutes of exercise 5 days a week – either at the gym doing cardio and circuit training or out running with friends.

I’m going to be conscious of what I’m eating and more importantly how much – I may eat well but if I eat twice as much as I need per meal then it won’t do me too much good. I’ve been being so good about exercise I’d like my diet to match. SO I’m looking closely at what I cook and aiming to eat several small, tasty and nutritious meals a day rather than 3 large ones plus snacks.

Sounds like a lot! If I do all that I’m sure to be getting pretty darn healthy sometime soon.

But since my final exam ever is on Wednesday, that will probably all go out the window for a good proportion of next week and I’m fine with that! As long as I come back to some semblence of it afterwards I’m happy, and I’m sure I will.

Anyway, here’s a recipe I’ve been making for some time now – originally adapted from a recipe book but I make it this way and it’s delicious:

Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

3 Tb olive oil
3 or 4 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup red lentils, rinsed
850ml vegetable stock
Fresh rosemary and basil
Sea salt, kelp and black pepper

Saute the onion, garlic and carrots in the oil with the fresh herbs until lightly golden.

Add the lentils and 750ml of the stock and bring to the boil, simmer until the carrots are tender.

Allow the soup to cool slightly then blend (I use a stick blender/wand), then add the remaining stock and season to taste with the sea salt, kelp and black pepper.

I serve with a little soy milk, fresh herbs and home baked wholemeal bread.

Enjoy!

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