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