Now coming from a farming background being brought up with sheep, cattle and poultry I can't imagine living any other way. However as a professional caterer my interest was stirred so I started with the Vegan Society website which says-
Vegans choose not to eat anything which is taken from animals, for example:
- No meat, fish nor other substances that come directly from killing an animal, such as animal fats and gelatine
- No dairy products such as cows milk, cheese and yogurt; nor goats milk
- No eggs nor foods containing eggs such as Quorn
- No honey
From years of baking I know exactly what I expect my baking to taste like, how I expect the texture to be and what it should look like, so I have found that I have to look at the end product differently. I can't expect everything to be exactly the same but my aim is to produce baking for vegans, gluten-free and dairy-free to the same high standard using whatever ingredients are available to suit the dietary needs of my guests - and I enjoy a challenge!!
Sandwiches and Savouries? well thats a whole different issue!
My vegan sandwich for last weekend was...
White bread spread with Vitalite, avocado, humus and cashew nuts
It went down well but I have a lot more research and experimenting to do.