About Me: I’m a writer, reader, viewer and food lover. Oh, and I blog about vegan eating and cooking
Favourite Animal: Cats. So cool calm and collected – until they get a sniff of catnip…
When did you go vegan?
About 18 months ago.
Why did you go vegan?
A number of reasons. I’d never eaten much dairy (unless you count chocolate), only had meat and fish when out at restaurants, and I’ve always loved my vegetables so going vegan seemed like a no brainer. Initially, I did it to be healthier but then I did some research and realised that I had been turning a blind eye, not only to the cruelty of the meat industry, but also to the suffering of animals bred for eggs and dairy. That made me even more determined to take the vegan challenge.
What have you found challenging/difficult?
Not a lot really, as I like cooking and I think being vegan makes you a lot more creative – plus, I love vegetables! Eating out can be a challenge sometimes though. Restaurants are getting better and I pretty much always order off menu but I sometimes resent paying for food that is bland and unimaginative. Not all restaurants are like this, I must add. There are some great places in Cardiff.
What product most surprised you when you found out it wasn’t vegan/cruelty free?
I’m surprised by how many toiletries and cosmetics are tested on animals. It’s so unnecessary in this day and age.
If you could say anything to your previous non-vegan-self what would it be?
Why didn’t you do this years ago? You’ll feel happier, healthier and have tons more energy.
What are your favourite vegan restaurants/cafes/shops?
I love Cardiff’s independent restaurants and cafes. Anna Loka is a 100% vegan restaurant and the food is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Then there’s Milgi, Vegetarian Food Studio, Kemi’s, Grazing Shed (they do amazing vegan burgers and breakfast baps), Falafel Kitchen – I could go on! As for the chains, Zizzi and Las Iguanas are pretty good.
What is your favourite/best vegan documentary/book/Instagram account/blog/YouTuber?
That’s a real toughie. I get a lot of my inspiration from Instagram and people like @guacandroll @alittledishy @avantgardevegan and @ainecarlin are just some of my favourites. I really admire Jack Monroe whose homecooking is healthy and cheap; she’s showing how accessible (and tasty) vegan food can be. And I just love reading anything by Nigella Lawson, Nigel Slater, Anna Jones or Diana Henry; they are wonderful writers.
Which well-known vegans would you have at your fantasy dinner party and what 3 course meal would you serve?
I think Stevie Wonder, Pamela Anderson, Bill Clinton, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Beyonce would make interesting company! I’d start with roasted squash wedges and a tomato salsa, the main would be big ol’ spicy chilli with a vat of guac, and for dessert we’d have a chocolate avocado mousse. Plus lots and lots of red wine.
What advice would you give someone who was thinking about going vegan?
Give it a try! There’s lots of support out there and if you really can’t hack it, why not try doing it one or two days a week? Every little helps.
Please can you show us a picture of the inside of your fridge/cupboards?
Any further comments or anecdotes to share: Being vegan doesn’t have to be about #cleaneating I really hate that phrase. As Nigella says, ‘food is not dirty’. It’s all about balance. I really do think that as a vegan, you can have your cake and eat it.
Thank you so much, Sarah! I really want to snag an invite to that dinner party and your words on #CleanEating are SPOT ON! *all of the praise hands emojis*
Make sure you’re following Sara on her IG, Twitter, Facebook and her blog because she is ACE and your timelines will improve tenfold with her on there!
I hope you all enjoyed this interview, I really love this series, especially finding out how everyone became Vegan. I am looking for more vegans to interview for the blog, if you would be interested please get in touch!