Monday, 26 February 2018

Living on Rations - Week Two - Day 14 - Shopping ... & Taking Away a Label


This weeks shopping.  I thought I would give myself a break from bread making so I bought two tin loaves.  I got one of them sliced ... you get more slices when the supermarket machine does it and a lot less when Alan cuts his own doorsteps  ;-)


I bought some yellow sticker reduced price fish portions because they seemed a really good buy.  I was thinking about them all day and really fancied one.  We ended up having two each on buns with cider and beer for our tea.

I am taking away my vegan label!!

I don't like being labelled anyway but I can't call myself vegan if I ate fish.  I doubt I'll eat it again though ... it's amazing how badly your system copes with dead flesh when it's not used to dealing with it. 

I'm no longer vegan ... just mainly plant based and not labelled.


The shopping receipt ...


...which rather amazingly showed me I was entitled to a 10p off coupon when I checked it on the Asda Price Guarantee site.  I didn't print it off though, I think the ink and paper would have cost me more than 10p  :-)


Left in The Purse £291.21


Breakfast/lunch was at a British Restaurant ... called Debenhams after a very cold but lovely sunny walk with the dogs along the promenade at Llandudno.  Alan's looks so HUGE because he had my egg and mushrooms as well as his own Large Full English, I swiped his hash brown.

That was our day.

Sue xx


20 comments:

  1. Hi Sue,
    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and am absolutely loving your updates!
    My sister went from vegetarian to Vegan six months ago and had a bit of an upset tum recently when she accidentally had normal Quorn instead of Vegan Quorn (normal Quorn has egg in it!)
    I agree that labels can be so restrictive. I always encourage my sister to think of it as ‘working towards’ a plant based diet. She feels so guilty that she has a leather armchair that she inherited!
    Keep the updates coming please!

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  2. I am all for giving animals a good life if they are to end up on our plates or otherwise...however I do also think of plants as living things...just ones that can't run away! Call me stupid...but I do say sorry and thank you to the plant when I Harvest our vegetables or prune something. I really do not like to see trees or plants tied up too tightly restricting their growth or ability to at least follow the sun. Their sap is the equivalent of our blood. I also feel that if a I am prepared to eat something that I must be prepared to harvest it...animal or plant...and I have in the past harvested a variety of plants and been with animals when they are being 'harvested'. I dislike our culture of waste...taking the choice cuts in favour of 'waste' in animals especially...I was really cross when our last bullock came back minus quite a lot of parts that are considered unfit to trust me with...I am having my liberty taken away to decide what I want to do without even being consulted. Likewise the lack of variety when it comes to fruit and vegetables...we are being sold on looks rather than taste and nutritional content. Let us revolt in our backyards and gardens...go me....must be from watching Darkest Hour on Saturday! x

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    1. Plants do not have brains, do not feel pain etc etc .... totally different from giving something a 'good life' and then ending it when you want it on your plate. Animals understand life and death, and feel fear, heartache, anxiety and pain and they remember ... it's totally different.

      Although saying that yes, I do loosen ties on plants if it looks tight, feel sorry for them if they are overcrowded, apologise if I've left them to dry out too much and tell them how well they are doing ;-)

      Alan spoke of Ethel ending up on his plate one day in the future ...

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    2. Surely he wouldn't do that to Ethel?! Although plants don't have brains per sae...have they not proven that trees emit screams when they are going to be cut. I think the key is to respect all life and ourselves! Yes I agree...farming is not what it used to be...this troubles me greatly...even down to needing certain height cows to be milked by robots. The cows of my childhood lived far longer, ate more natural foods and I'm sure made better economic and environmental sense. Also slaughter was done on the farm or not far away...small scale...now the poor things are loaded up and driven great distances...all in the name of progress...Sad

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  3. I'm so missing fruit on your behalf from your diet!

    Love the comment above from W.E.R. We always had to ask to have everything back from our pigs when they went off "for the chop" otherwise the butcher would keep the heads and trotters (and presumably sell or use them elsewhere, no one else wanted them). I used to make brawn so needed those bits - sorry if this makes you feel ill!

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    1. Don't worry ... I don't really like fruit. We haven't even eaten those two bananas bought last week yet!!

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    2. I decided to eat less meat in the 70s when I saw a picture of a lamb gambolling in a field. I even put it up in front of my desk so that I saw it every day.
      I am not totally vegetarian, but I always choose a vegetarian type meal when dining out.

      Winters End Rambler - the Native Americans always 'thanked' the buffalo after they killed them.

      Joan (Devon)

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    3. And so should we all...we are all prey in certain settings..x

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  4. That breakfast is like my dream come true.

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    1. I'm guessing you are talking about Alan's and not mine ;-)

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  5. It's entirely up to you what you eat. Quite right not to label yourself either - if you do, and eat something that isn't, strictly speaking, part of your 'whatever' diet, then you might get fanatical die-hard types having a go, instead of minding their own business. I'm all for doing what suits us best and not having to answer to anyone not living our lives. It's no wonder you only wanted something small for your tea, that breakfast (I like the look of Alan's rather than yours, I have to admit) would have filled me up for the rest of the day. It's so nice to have a meal out sometimes, not having to cook or wash up yourself is as lovely as eating the meal itself.

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  6. I agree with you about labels. Immediately they constrict and limit rather than setting free to follow ones own inclinations. They can be useful as a generic sort of rough definition ('I'm a vegetarian') but they only tell the first bit of the story.

    (That breakfast makes my gallbladder hurt - grin )

    J x

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    1. Haha, not for much longer I hope Joy, you're doing really well. xx

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  7. It's good to have a bit of what you fancy from time to time, and your breakfast are a well earned treat and break for you, you deserve them, we all deserve a treat.

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  8. Despite my frugal ways, if we fancy something then we have it, whether its extravagant or not. Deprivation is a red tag to me! You're challenge is going very well, I'm sure it's going to be a success.

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  9. Absolutely agree about not being labelled if you choose not to. I confess to being one of those people who wonders what would happen to the "domestic" livestock if everyone went vegan - there would really be no purpose to pigs, sheep and cows any more after all, and no commercial farmer is going to keep them just for fun, or as pets... My compromise is to ensure that I choose the less popular cuts, and to try to eat as much as possible of the animals concerned by that means, and also to choose carefully and look for provenance and high welfare.
    I definitely couldn't give up fruit - I'l have your share Sue! ;-)

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    1. Animals are over-bred to feed the population of meat eaters. Cows have to have calves regularly to keep their milk supply going so people can drink it and are then killed young as their bodies become spent too quickly. Pigs are bred from up to three times a year and fattened quickly on 'growers' pellets and slaughtered young. Sheep are bred to have at least twins if not triplets every years to the detriment of their health. Don't even get me started on the horrific life meat birds have, being slaughtered at a few weeks of age after a life of pain and misery.

      Without the demand for meat the animal numbers would soon reduce and the land available for crop and vegetable growing would once again feed every one easily.

      You would be very welcome to my share of the fruit ... as long as I can a banana every now and then, Blueberries for my porridge and the occasional apple crumble, oh and a bit of a mix for my Pimms ;-)

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  10. I became a vegetarian 2 years ago and for all the reasons you give above. My favourite before that was mackerel and once or twice since I have missed it but never meat. I try and limit my intake of cheese, milk and eggs and am very fussy about their origins. Not sure if I will become a vegan but I admire and respect all those who have made the move. I sign a lot of e-petitions that are on the Compassion in World Farming website and wonder if you have seen it as it aims to improve the life of our farm animals, its not much but we can all make a difference. Tam

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  11. I agree about not having a label. I don't eat meat at all and I have been 'vegan' but I do like a drop of milk in my tea and I have access to milk that doesn't come with the cruelty of intensive farming so I am ok with the welfare issue there. I just eat what works for me which happens to be vegetarian.
    I miss the big breakfasts from the UK (we travelled there in 2016). I lost weight and I'm sure they saved us money as we had no need for lunch after such a hearty start to the day.

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  12. Have you tried Wartime Marmalade? It is made with sweet orange peel, cooked until it is soft and cut up finely, and windfall cooking apples cooked skin and all and sieved, and sugar. Seville oranges were not readily available.
    NellieGrace

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