He is Tom & He Is Vegan. 'My parents taught me to cook and the importance of food, things I will always be grateful for. We ate every meal together. Meat was omnipresent, but there were always fruit and vegetables too. But, being honest, for 36 years I was a massive carnivore; adventurous, unsqueamish, gluttonous and with no moral qualms. I’ve eaten dolphin, baby bees, raw horse, still-moving fish, haggis for breakfast, live-cooked lobster and I think in one night at a Korean BBQ in Japan probably my own body weight in beef. Then I met Marika, my partner and a vegetarian since childhood. Being with her taught me next level cooking, about flavours, textures and just what you can achieve with vegetables. I fell head-over-heels in love with her and I’ve been trying to show her just how much through the medium of cooking ever since. Cooking brings me pleasure and I believe it’s good for your mental health from a mindfulness perspective. I hit a tipping point in December 2016 after a year being pescatarian and went vegan in Jan 2017. It wasn’t any one thing that I can put my finger on, a culmination of factors, but Marika was definitely the major catalyst. I’m also getting older and your health and mortality become more apparent. Meat didn’t make me feel good, but I didn’t know that until I took it away. I’ve never had good self control when it comes to eating, I just don’t know when to stop. So one thing that has surprised me is that as vegan, no matter how much I eat, I just don’t get that horrific, bloated, need-to-lie-down-in-a-darkened-room-for-a-bit feeling anymore. I’ve also been surprised at just how much animal gets sneaked into things. I work in wine, so don’t even get me started on that. But the knock on effect of that is that you have to be aware of everything. That joke about knowing someone is vegan because they’ll tell you, is true, but probably just because you never stop thinking about it. But the lovely community get you through that. Inspiring people like @Mokofood @fatgayvegan @terryhope @ClubMexicana @Fieldsbeneath @Minimalistbaker have made this journey really fun.' #howimetveganism
How's this for original, a Sushi Sandwich! 🥪 🥪 Great recipe from @hannah_chia ...
Pan fried tempeh
Wrapped in Nori
Popped down to the #hackneyveganmarket for a fish burger from @itisldn - who serve Caribbean-inspired food!
Battered and fried vegan tofu fish, pineapple chow, coleslaw, spicy herb mayo, tamarind sauce, lettuce, tomato and pretzel bun.😋
I’ll definitely be back, wanna try the Trini Roti next time.
Find all your vegan christmas gifts for your loved ones and yourselves at tonight's "Vegan Christmas Night Market"(5 - 22.30pm) hosted by @vega_mama_vegan_catering ! 🎅
Thanks @timeoutlondon for printing our picture 🙌😍