25th: Vegan Memories – What was your first vegan meal? Or the one you remember the most?
I am pretty terrible, I have no idea what my first vegan meal was. I had a couple of failed attempts at veganism, but then decided that third time would be a charm. I went off to do prac work and took only vegan food with me (well, what I thought was vegan food, I am sure there were ingredients in there that I didn't yet know about). But I don't really remember what that food was. Or what most of my first vegan meals were. I do remember that there was a potato soup I used to make a lot when I first started using my cookbooks, and there was also a lasagna I used to make (with Kingland vegan cheese... oh, it has a special place in my heart.) But then I remembered something way more fun.
I am going to go back even further in time for a few years, to when I became vegetarian. Because I certainly remember the first thing that I ate when I went vegetarian. I went vegetarian for ethical reasons, but it would still be three years before I realised that eggs and dairy were horrible, that vegans aren't extreme, and that I can indeed live without cheese. Though these days there is so much fabulous vegan cheese available, I enjoy cheese far more than I ever have before!
What was the first meal? I made a pizza. And while I don't remember exactly everything that was on the pizza, I remember that I put creamed corn on it. Because creamed corn is pretty delicious. I am pretty sure the rest of the ingredients on the pizza would have been vegan, except for the cheese. But that is an easy fix these days! So here is my vegan creamed corn pizza.
I bought a pizza base from the shops (they are not that great, but I didn't have time to make one from scratch), and I used creamed corn as my sauce for the base. I topped this with some juicy slices of portobello, my favourite trashy black olives, and some pineapple. I am a devoted pineapple on pizza fan. I don't care what you say! I sprinkled a whole bunch of Daiya Mozzarella, and baked.
It was really good, in a fabulous trashy kind of way. Go me! I think I have not eaten creamed corn on pizza since that day, but I think it should make a more regular appearance as a pizza topping from now on.
What is your pineapple on pizza stance? (The correct answer is that you are for pineapple on pizza.)
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post
So we come to our final cycle through kitties of my life. There are only six days left, so I will just be sharing the six who are no longer with me. Dim Sim and Sahara are still very much right here! I refer to this photo of Mo as her 'glamour shot'! Mo was with us for 10 years, before a tragic accident took her from us. I credit this black beauty with kick-starting my life long love of cats, which spilled over into my love of animals. So probably Mo can take credit for me being a vegan today. A pretty good effort for a little black cat.