In November 2011, I made the decision to progress towards a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Since then, I have learnt so much about where our food comes from, and what it does to our bodies and the environment. Along the way, I have encountered many obstacles and challenges. I have also been asked lots of questions, most of them valid and a few off them more than a little odd. One of the aims of my blog is to chronicle my experiences as a plant-based traveller. So, hopefully these Plant-Based Pauses will provide a little more explanation and maybe answer some questions that my readers may still have.
‘You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.’ – Henry Ford
The subject I am going to talk about today is something that I was unaware of until it was brought to my attention by a fellow plant-based blogger. A while back, Somer over at Vedged Out wrote a post about the downsides of living vegan. The article literally had me laughing out loud, a rare occurrence for me (honestly, ask my friends). One of Somer’s observations about us plant-based vegetarians is that we buy so many kitchen utensils, many of which you’ve never heard of before, and yet we always need more. In the past two years I have bought two blenders (one handheld and a big one), a juicer and I even had a tofu press imported from America. There’s also an imposing mountain of tuppaware containers in my kitchen that threaten to avalanche every time I open the cupboard door. All these gadgets and utensils are lovingly used on a regular basis (living plant-based means that you cook a lot more), but yet I can’t help thinking that I could also do with a food processor (before I completely burn out the blender). My incredibly small kitchen is stopping me from purchasing any more utensils at the moment, and moving to a bigger house for this reason alone seems a little extreme. I’m sure, though, that in the future I will own lots more gadgets that I am currently unaware of the existence of.