A veggie on tour
As published in ‘The GROW Method,’ on the blog a few weeks back, one way to create change in your own life and globally is to reduce your meat intake. Meat has become part of our everyday life (I know veggies, not everyone’s). A slice of pepperoni pizza for lunch, chicken curry for dinner, without knowing I am capable of eating meat in every meal. So I took the decision that I was going to create change whilst being on tour and become a veggie for a week. Not just any week either, the week where the tour spent a lot of time in Germany, the country known for its sausage. For those who didn’t see my tweets, here’s how my week went in veggie meals and sausage cravings, with some recipes throw in.
Day One: Munich: Lovely salad from our onsite tour caterers, Eat to the Beat! Lush. For dinner I ate garlic potatoes and green veg but I couldn’t help thinking perhaps later I would be hungry. So after loading out of the venue that day I skipped the ham sandwich and ate some chips (crisps) and homemade salsa. Sooo good!
Day Two: Munich: This morning I woke up and made my way to the venue to enjoy a fruit salad topped with pine nuts, a fruity way to start the day. At lunch time I dodged the pulled pork and homemade scotch eggs for a falafel with salad. I definitely left the canteen feeling less full and had lots of energy to greet fans in Munich, rather than my usual meat coma.
Day Three: Leipzeg: The best day of the week in catering! Roast dinner day. For those who aren’t British, a roast dinner consists of meat and potatoes roasted in the oven, mashed carrots and parsnips, peas and cauliflower cheese. Although this time I stayed away from the roast chicken and munched on cauliflower cheese instead!
Day Four: Leipzeg: Today was the day I was feeling the tiredness of life on the road and back to back gigs, so I did what any English girl would do and ate chips (we British are famous for our chips)!! Of course I mixed them with something I had never done before and replaced the fish with Portobello mushroom with red onion and goats cheese. Defiantly one to share with friends back in London.
Day Five: Prague: This day started off amazingly! I had a veggie sausage roll from the tour canteen with mash potatoes and onion gravy. A dish from my home town area, Lancashire, England. It was so nice to prove my granny wrong in admitting that you can have a traditional meal without meat.
Later that day my vegetarianism was tempted with the worse food possible. As I walked through the city centre there were kebab places and burger stalls everywhere I turned. A late night jaunt after the day setting up was about to end in horror with a tempting burger. But then I remembered a treat I once tried here when I was a student. Czech fried cheese, served on a hamburger bun with mayonnaise and salad, a heart attack in a bun, but defiantly worth a try.
Day Six: Prague: Today was the day of salad as I explored the salad bar in the tour canteen. Usually I don’t have much room for this due to the meat on my place. But I ventured into new realms of avocado, chickpea and tomato, waldolf salad and feta, tomato and spinach salad. Like a vegetarian tapas, I loved it!
So now I’m back to the beginning of a new week on the tour and my veggie week is over. Whilst doing this week of vegetarianism, alongside the huge benefits that it has had on the environment, I have also discovered my ability to find veggies exciting!
In a recent report released by Oxfam it explains the risk of lack of water availability in the world and the effect this is having on the world’s ability to produce extra food for the growing population. Did you know it takes 60 pounds of water to produce one pound potatoes, but it takes 9000 litres to produce one pound of beef. Such a difference in water means that a vegetarian diet would free up water to produce extra food for the growing population.
Not only this but this week has really opened my eyes to my ability to not need to eat meat and the exciting things you can do with vegetables.
If you have any good veggie ideas please share them! I’d love to find out what veggie recipes Oxfam on tour followers have from all over the world!