Happy New Year! 🙂 At the start of a new year we like to take time to reflect upon the year behind us and of course 2016 is no exception. This last year has been one of the hardest and the greatest. It was the year we both finally decided to go vegan for good (yay!) And it was the year that also saw Emily have the most amount of big epileptic fits in a very long time which unfortunately has been very difficult and upsetting. But even with all of the bad things that happened, there was still so much good, and we have changed and learned so much along the way. Here are three things we’d like to share with you.
- Self Confidence For us, one of the lessons we have learned from 2016 is to have more confidence: in who we are, what we are doing, and the choices we are making. Choices, both in and out of the kitchen. It can and has been easy for us to shrink back out of fear of what other people think, but we have realised that life is too short to live a life that meets other people’s expectations of us. Making good food and ethical life choices has increasingly given us peace.
- Patience We have struggled with being patient with ourselves and each other, especially in the kitchen. There have been a few arguments, tears and laughs. For me, Louise, I get annoyed with myself for being clumsy. Last year was a record breaking year for breaking drinking glasses! Basically, I’m a daydreamer and have a habit of doing too many things at once. Emily can be slower paced than some people because her brain works differently, and I have learned to be more patient with her. I respect her attention for detail and careful precision in everything she does in contrast to my often rushed attempts, especially in baking.
- Open-mindedness We have discovered that a plant based, vegan diet is not boring, hard or restrictive. This last year has been an exciting time of trying different foods and making new recipes based on old favourites. It has been been particularly satisfying making vegan Yorkshire puddings as I never thought it was possible without dairy milk and eggs! Not the healthiest of foods, but enjoyable nevertheless. I’m embarrassed to admit that there are foods I had never tried until I became a vegan, like quinoa, black beans and pineapple. I used to be a boring meat eater and a safe vegetarian, relying too heavily on cheese. Being the head cook in the family, my husband and girls had never tried all the interesting foods we now make, and they are now a part of our every day life. We are looking forward to trying new foods and recipes this year, and sharing our journey with you.
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All our love, Em & Lou x