When we first started this website and journey in 1998 veganism was quite a far throw from the mainstream. Vegan cheese was only to be found in health food shops and newspapers reported on the lifestyle as if it were something akin to a cult.
We remember the excitement when the first vegan white chocolate came out and the delight taken in a simple vegan sausage roll.
What changes there have been since then! And so many of them in the last couple of years.
You can now choose from a huge variety of vegan cheeses in most supermarkets. Tesco sells ready to eat vegan macaroni cheese. Both Asda and Tesco have a value garlic bread that is vegan. And Quorn – finally – have a few vegan products.
From The Telegraph: Number of Vegans in Britain Rises by 360% in 10 years
Since this article on restaurants missing out on half a million vegan diners many chains have come out with vegan menus. MacDonald’s have removed that beef ingredient from their fries (in the UK at least) and do a vegan burger. Wagamama, Costa, Pret, Starbucks, Handmade Burger Co., Las Iguanas, Yo Sushi, Zizzi: they all cater for us, and well. Ben and Jerry’s have three new vegan flavours of ice cream…
Yes. It’s wonderful! Long may it continue and grow!
But sometimes we still take delight in the smaller vegan moments. The latest River Cottage cookbook? Vegan.
And we remember the companies who have always served us well: the many eateries both local and distant, Pizza Express, Lazy Day Foods, Linda McCartney Foods, Holland and Barrett, VBites (formerly Redwoods) and the online shops such as Ethical Superstore (voucher code below), Montezuma’s and Goodness Direct (now gone).
Long Live the Veganity!
Fascinating article on vegan health and fitness: