1. To my lovely followers,

    OK, so you may have noticed that I’ve gone quiet.  In fact you may notice that my blog is sporadic at best and I’m sorry.  I just want to leave this message here in case anyone checks in or starts following me. 

    I want to say that I love veganism.  It makes me so happy.  But I feel like a massive fraud.  I am in relapse with an eating disorder and I feel like I’ve been lying to you all by trying to keep this blog running.  

    I’m taking this time now to say that I am on hiatus.

    I am committed to staying vegan throughout my recovery, which is going to make it harder.  I want to recover and that always makes it easier.  I have to admit that veganism has been an enabler and I’m mad that I let it become an enabler because it can and should be an incredibly healthy diet.

    I want to say thank you to all my followers.  When I get back to blogging again, which I hope is before the end of the year, I plan to do a give away as a thank you, because you guys really do make my day.  In the meantime you can follow my personal blog over at hedgehoginatutu

  2. Snack - Strawberry Crunch nakd bar

    This was really great!  it’s got soya flakes in it and it’s so tasty!  So much better than the old oaty one.  I hate nakd bars with oats, I think we have discussed this before.  But nakd with soya flakes can stay! 

  3. Dinner - the menu called it “vegetable salad” (cucumber, tomato, lettuce, red onion, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar)

    A vegan walks into a restaurant and there’s nothing to eat.  This was a very fancy restaurant here in St Petersburg that I’ve forgotten the name of.  It had 2 vegetarian options and this was the only vegan option.  I left hungry.  The bottle of water cost £8.  I miss The West.

  4. Dinner - Pumpkin soup with pistachios and pumpkin seeds

    Yeah, so this is from Ботаника AGAIN… oops.  What can I say?  It’s a really great restaurant.  I have this soup a lot and it’s really tasty.  If you only visit  Ботаника once in your life, this should be what you order.  It is made with coconut milk so it’s nice and creamy.

  5. Lunch - Brown rice and kidney beans flavoured with cumin and chilli, with some avocado

    Ok, so it looks boring, but it was super tasty.

  6. Lunch - tofu stir-fry (Alpro herbed tofu, baby corn, red onion, red pepper, brown rice and harissa.)

  7. Snack - just a simple, full of goodness, nakd bar

    My mummy posted me a box of goodies and this was in there.  I’ve never tried this nakd bar before, but it was very good.  I’d highly recommend it.  Might be even nicer with a handful of raisins alongside it.  Sorry for the radio silence, I’ve had a hard few days.  This is step one back to the right place.  I ate it and there are no feelings of guilt.

  8. Lunch - Burrito bowl (brown rice - or as it is called in Russian “Fitness Rice” -, kidney beans, red pepper, red onion, 1/4 avocado, spinach, harissa, garlic, cumin, coriander, and chilli powder.)

  9. Lunch - Falafel wrap with salsa (?), hummus, and tahini paste

    This is also from Кафе Ботаника (Cafe Botanika)

  10. Lunch - Щи or Cabbage Soup.  

    This is from Кафе Ботаника (Cafe Botanika) in St Petersburg.  This is probably so far my favourite veg*n dining establishment in the city.  

    Щи (sh-ee) is a traditional Russian peasant soup and this was the first time I was ever able to try it because since the peasantry got richer they started putting meat in it (boo!)