I’m very sad to say I failed my test on day two! I had a lunch meeting and a dinner with friends, and both proved to be a challenge. I have a new-found respect for the challenges vegans face when eating out. I know the options are limited for vegetarians, and depending where you go (i.e. pubs), sometimes it’s a challenge to find pescetarian food.

I chose to go to Oxfork for lunch. They have great vegetarian options, so I didn’t think it would be a problem. The soup of the day was a vegetable soup, and was being served with Welsh Rarebit. The soup had cream in it, so that was a no-go. I should have trusted my instincts and gone for the vegetarian all-day breakfast (cooked without butter), but instead I made the unfortunate choice to have a hummus and salad sandwich, which couldn’t have been more dull. The hummus was so thick, it was like a paste, and there wasn’t much of it. And the salad came with a creamy dressing on it, even though the person taking my order was told of the non-dairy thing. I left hungry and unsatisfied. (Darn this no-dairy thing – my lunch date had the soup and rarebit and it looked and smelled amazing!)

Dinner was the thing that broke me so early on in the test. I went to The Rickety Press with a couple of friends. There was only three options on the menu for vegetarian/pescetarians, and believe it or not, all three had dairy. I had no choice. I ended up choosing a squash, feta and spinach wellington with salad and parsnip mash. It was just fair. My friend ordered it too and she liked it a lot more than I did. It had raisins in it, and I found it too sweet – I prefer savoury for dinner, not sweet! So sadly, I failed my test and didn’t even enjoy doing so.

Squash, Feta and Spinach Wellington from The Rickety Press

Squash, Feta and Spinach Wellington from The Rickety Press

Hey ho. Back on the wagon today. I just hope I can make it until Sunday without failing again!