Join Date: Aug 2014
Caring about our health is caring about our very state of being and future which is a very good thing to be seriously concerned about making the most of.
Firstly, I just wanted to say thank you for the supportive nature of this forum - I haven't posted anything until now, but have spent a bit of time reading the Transition thread. I've also checked out a few other threads and it seems that some vegans are less accepting of 'transition' than others. So, thanks in advance for being kind to me!
I have been l/o vegetarian for just over 3 years, with a few other lifestyle changes thrown in. We continue to wear leather shoes we bought pre-veg, still have our leather couches (they are wearing brilliantly for 10 years old and I think we'll be stuck with them for life at this rate) but haven't bought any leather since becoming vegetarian. We've used mostly cruelty-free toiletries & cosmetics for many years - I did that long before becoming vegetarian and in fact I now make all my own. I also make household cleaning things rather than use commercial products so won't need to transition there.
We want to move towards being vegan so are looking to give up dairy, eggs, honey & wool - shouldn't be too hard. Except for....you guessed it, the cheese. We fell into what I expect is a fairly common vegetarian trap and eat a lot of cheese which we both love.
Being vegetarian in Portugal can be challenging - the pro is that the supermarkets have a great range in what we call their 'happy hippy' aisle of things that we wouldn't have been able to find so easily when we lived in the UK - several different options of TVP & chunks, nutritional yeast, seitan. There is also a reasonable range of plant milks, although I think this is more due to the high instance of lactose intolerance here than anything else, so they might not be vegan. The downside is that eating out is very hard where we eat unless we want to eat pizza or omelette - the Portuguese cuisine is very meat-heavy and a lot of things include meat even if you think they wouldn't/shouldn't. We don't eat out often, but am very aware after having a holiday with family from the UK and eating pizza every night that we ate out!
I have just found a Portuguese online shop that carries three varieties of Sheese, but there is no such thing as vegan spread, mayonnaise etc. Products aren't labelled as suitable for vegetarians, let alone vegans and my Portuguese isn't great yet.
I'll get to my question now shall I? I'm looking for suggestions for websites that include recipes for things like 'cashew cheese', a homemade vegan mayo etc, made with basic ingredients rather than processed/branded ingredients. I cook from scratch all the time so making it myself doesn't bother me, I'm just not sure where to start.
Anyway, apologies for the length of the post, I guess I am just having a bit of a brain dump at the moment, having been thinking about this pretty much full time for a couple of days!
It's odd the markets happy hippie isle doesn't have soy, rice or nut cheeses or veganaise etc. maybe if you asked the store manager to stock some ?
Hi The HappyBeans, welcome! I have found and used this great easy mayo recipe, these are the only ingredients. If you have a blender, it's easiest, but I've made it with just one of those stick immersion blenders.
"1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons agave
1 cup organic canola oil"