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Veganuary with Abi & Lea: Dried Soya Mince

Hi everyone! We’re Abi and Lea (or Lilith), a queer couple with a love of cycle touring, zines and vegan food. We’re here on the Sandstone blog to offer support and suggestions to anyone attempting Veganuary. Let’s talk food!

I went vegan 8 years ago, and Lea a year later. If you’ve ever considered going vegan, you might wonder where to start and hopefully the experiences and tips we’re going to share will help.

Before I went vegan, I ate a lot of meat and dairy. It was just the way I’d been bought up and the food I loved to eat. At that stage I had been proud of the variety of meat I’d tried, including whale in Oslo!

Then for a month in 2013, I had some health issues and couldn’t stomach meat or dairy at all. During that period, I read about the environmental and social impacts of cattle farming, the amount of land destroyed for meat and the amount of people we could feed if everyone who could turned vegan. It made me rethink my entire attitude to eating animals.

On New Year’s Day 2014, I made the change to veganism. Back then there weren’t as many alternatives on the market to help with my cravings (mostly for seafood and pork crackling), but veganism continues to grow in popularity and each year there seem to be more delicious options available, which is great to see.

Vegan and versatile – try dried soya mince

You might find ‘fresh vegan mince’ in supermarket chiller aisles, and it’s great but tends to be expensive. As an alternative you can find dried soya mince on the shelves of most high street health food stores and some supermarkets.

It’s easy to rehydrate a cup of the dried mince with flavours to taste. We use a mix of stock, soya sauce, tomato ketchup and tomato puree. Add to fried onions/celery and mushrooms and passata to make a Bolognese sauce, use it as your mince for stovies or mix it with fried diced mushrooms and green lentils to make a filling for sausage rolls.


Abigail Melton and Lilith Cooper

Abigail Melton and Lilith Cooper