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Food Rules

Chocolate Cake

You may have noticed from some of my previous food posts that I am quite the fussy veggie. I am. Very fussy. This is why I like to look at a restaurants menu in advance. It’s not just so I can check that there’s a veggie option on it, it’s so that I’ll like the veggie option on it. My OH suggested I do a post about my weird food rules so that when I write about food, it all becomes clear! So here goes!

  1. Don’t put any kind of flavouring into my chocolate. I love chocolate.  I like orange but I do not like them together. The same applies to mint, raspberries, anything. The only possible exception I can think of is chai. I can’t tell you why. It just is.
  2. Don’t ever give me soup, a smoothie or a yoghurt. I don’t like liquid and lumps mixed together. Once, on a meal out, I was unwell & fancied soup. I asked the waitress if the tomato soup had any lumps in. She didn’t really get it. I blame my mother for this. She force fed me vegetable soup when I was a child. It didn’t stay down. Unpleasant. Food & drink should be distinctively different.
  3. I don’t drink anything during a meal. I will before & after, but not during. Not quite sure why. * Exception: If I do drink during the meal, it’s probably because I don’t like something on my plate.
  4. Broccoli, water chestnuts & bamboo shoots are the food of the devil. I will not eat these. My (very patient) OH has had to tell people that I won’t eat broccoli for fear of me having to leave it when we’ve been going round to someones house for dinner. Yes I’ve eaten them & no I just don’t like them. Broccoli is quite a tricky one, as it is a staple for some veggie food. I will leave food if it’s got broccoli in. Those of you who know me know how unheard of this is!
  5. Creme brulee & cheesecake should only ever be vanilla flavour. If creme brulee is on the menu, I will have it unless it’s been RUINED by being flavoured. I have seen it made with orange. Mucky. If I wanted an orange flavour, I’d eat an orange. I don’t mind if there’s a little fruit on the plate or a little fruit sauce, but that’s as far as it goes. And don’t even get me started on lemon cheesecake!
  6. Lemon. I like lemons, especially a slice in my diet coke on a warm day. But don’t flavour cakes or pudding with them! What a waste!
  7. Sponge. Vanilla cake. Victoria sponge. Whatever you want to call, I think it’s far too sweet. Just give me a plate of the mixture & that’s all I need.
  8. Spiced chai is my favourite drink of all time. I like the vanilla too but I will never try the Peppermint or Mango. Why? See the above points. Don’t mix my food/drinks up! Mint should only be used in toothpaste and mango…well, it just isn’t for me.
  9. Fruit. It’s not a pudding. Don’t offer me fruit & try to get me to think that it’s a treat, as all puddings should be. Fruit is something I have to have so that I can reach my 5 a day. It’s not a treat or a splurge.
  10. I am a creature of habit. Once I find something I like, I will always have it. For example, ever since I was a teenager & started eating Chinese takeaway, I would always have the sweet & sour chicken. This has simply turned into sweet & sour tofu. If I ever changed & went for something else, it was always a huge let down. As takeaway is a bit of treat, I don’t want to be wasting this treat on some mucky disappointment. Hence the same choice. I know I’m not alone on this!

There is always one safe food with me – chips. I will always be happy eating chips no matter what (as long as they’re not cooked in beef dripping. Mucky!).

So. There you have it. Please note that these are MY food rules & not ones that I imagine people should start implementing on their lives!

I’d love to know what food rules you have, if any and what you think about mine! x

Chocolate Cake

Good Veggie Food

Wagamama Takeaway

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will have seen the very basic meal I had at The Swan. So in a bid to reaffirm my faith in restaurants I treated myself to a Wagamama takeaway.

Wagamama TakeawayI was in Oxford for a meeting so as I left I ordered & paid for my food on my iPhone app. I had to wait for a minute or two and was offered some of their delicious green tea. It was packed really well & was just the right temperature when I arrived home. It was delicious! I always have the yasai katsu curry. I love that the veggie food here is delicious. The veg is always cooked well & the service is always excellent. I will definitely be going back.

Not only that but everything that the takeaway came in is recyclable. You get everything that you would in the restaurant – chopsticks etc and it can all just go in the recycling bin when your meal is over! Love that there’s no washing up!

Veggie WineNot many people are aware that some wines are not vegetarian. As a wine lover this can pose a bit of a problem. I’ve yet to come across a restaurant that shows whether the wine is veggie or not & not all supermarkets stock veggie wine. But I was very impressed at my local Waitrose when I went in to buy some rose & the first bottle I picked up (that was in my price range!) was veggie friendly. Well done Waitrose – another reason for me to shop with you & none of the other ‘big 4’!

My faith in local veggie grub was also reaffirmed when I visited two local independent establishments. I had lunch at Throwing Buns where they do the best cheese & pickle sandwiches ever! Not kidding – they are really lovely & some places manage to ruin it! Complete with a side salad and crisps & naturally a cup of spiced Drink Me Chai, although they now stock the complete range.

My day was then completed by another amazing veggie burger at Atomic Burger. I went for the veggie Johnny Cash this time (so I could get the sticker!) & it was lush. The hot sauce is proper hot & reminds me that I could never do the Godzilla challenge! But once again service was outstanding despite two large parties & a restaurant full of hungry people!

Well done Abingdon & Oxford for feeding this fussy veggie! Keep up the good work x

Atomic Burger