I wish I had the willpower to be a vegan and not just because all the hipsters are doing it. I've been pretty concerned about what I eat and its impact on our environment since I read this book. Sadly I'm a dairy addict with a penchant for bacon. The food triumvirate as far as I'm concerned is comprised of milk, cream and butter. Though I love veggies, lentils and nuts I generally dislike tofu and most soy products give me the heebie jeebies. It also concerns me that many of the dairy replacement products seem to be some kind of chemical cocktail or else contain palm oil which given the detrimental environmental impact seems conflicting at best.
Though I'm fairly sure we will never manage to be a vegan household, and will most likely never be complete vegetarians (we tend to eat meat about once a week), I do think it would be worthwhile endeavouring to cut down our excessive dairy consumption. Another motivating factor is that dairy can in some cases be linked to eczema from which Minty suffers.
We went to visit some friends of ours whose daughter is dairy intolerant today, so I thought this was the perfect excuse to flirt with the concept of vegan baking. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little freaked out by this concept. I mean seriously what kind of a cake can you make without milk, butter or eggs??? The answer - a pretty freaking delicious one! I used this recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and you know what? It actually tasted like cake, real cake - not like when someone tries to tell you that vegan sausage tastes just like meat… because it doesn't (just saying). This recipe even rivals my usual dairy laden chocolate cupcake recipe. Give it a try and let me know what you think.