I started cooking when I was 12 (38 years ago), and I began cooking for vegetarians for 15 years roughly. I advice you to do your homework on meeting nutritional needs of children if vegetarian or vegan, as I have learned through experience plant-based diets can be harder to make appetising and still get enough vitamins and minerals. I mainly get my inspiration from my children and their food preferences, also old recipe books, e.g. my nanas, where I substitute meat for lentils, beans or chickpeas.
What is your favourite meal ever?
My favourite meal would certainly be lasagne and potato bake.
How long have you been shopping at F&F and what are your favourite products?
Since November 2019, when my youngest daughter discovered your amazing site and we have searched most of your products and created a Wishlist of over 40 things! That’s so hard to choose but, the Preserve Recycled Toothbrush, Ere Perez eighty-four nutritive base, and the JuJu cloth pads would probably be my top. The products I’ve ordered using the voucher could definitely become favourites, such as the makeup!
What were your daughters' reasons for going vegan & vegetarian?
My second eldest daughter became a vegetarian when she was quite young (now she is 23), as she hated animals dying for meat. My youngest daughter initially became a vegetarian, (because of the process animals go through) after struggling for years trying to, finally opened up her plant-based food to be able to remain healthy. She is now vegan as she has been educated to the plight of dairy calves. I became a vegetarian for similar reasons to my vegan/vegetarian daughters and I’ve been vegetarian for roughly a year. As my son eats meat, I cater for vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian. When I was eating meat whilst my daughters were vegetarian, I researched about how to ensure my daughters' nutritional needs were still met, I have adapted traditional meat-based recipes to plant-based, e.g. lasagne and stroganoff.
What do your family and friends think of your recipes? Can they tell they are vegan?
Generally, they love my recipes, most of the time they can’t tell it’s vegan!