Fingerlicious Vegan is all about the food adventures of Londoner Carole Pyke, a vegan who doesn’t like vegetables. You are invited to accompany her through the colourful corridors of life, the kitchen and the vegetable patch. See the world through her lens and be encouraged and inspired along the way.
Perhaps I should actually call myself the accidental vegan. You see my road to vegan was not a conscious decision. I never really set out to walk this road, what I actually set out to do was to have a deeper relationship with God. Yes, you heard me right. It had nothing to do with food, nothing to do with a healthier way of living and nothing to do with animal welfare. They are all by-products of my decision to get closer to God and take part in my church’s annual fast in January 2016.
Throughout my life, I have been challenged with food. I hated it and could quite literally go for days without eating it. When I did eat, I limited my choices to chicken legs, peanuts, chocolate, Cadburys drinking chocolate, milk, roti, Mcvities digestives and cake. I rarely felt hungry (apparently hunger is a by-product of eating) and used chocolate as my energy supplier and I must confess I ate copious amounts.
For 32 years my mother tried, in vain, to broker a relationship, between her only daughter and food, but sadly died without her wishes being realised. Who knew that the root to my love affair with food was going to come from a fast!
The Daniel Fast
In January 2016, I decided to try the Daniel Fast. Daniel was an Old Testament prophet who ate nothing but fruit and vegetables for 21 days. My cousin suggested I took pictures of the food I was eating and share them on social media, her only caveat being I had to eat the food I shared. I quickly discovered I love a challenge and because I don’t like vegetables I had to find a way of making it both exciting and edible.
Just when I thought this wasn’t possible creativity showed up and I found myself visiting the kitchen more often and actually getting excited about flavours, spices and nuts!
I discovered a whole new world, visited some interesting places, met some amazing people, had more conversations about God (well that’s how this all started) than ever before and found a side of me that I didn’t know even existed.
I’m not sure I actually like food any more than I did before, but I do know that I care a lot more about myself, my health (I am a stroke survivor and am living with lupus), animals and the planet.
I hope you will join me on my adventures through life, the kitchen and the vegetable patch.