When I first went vegan and started attending a few vegan events/places I felt like the only black vegan in the village I know it sounds awful but it’s true. I felt that black folk and veganism didn’t seem to be much of a thing. I’m glad to find out that wasn’t the case, however, big however I think it’s so important to have cultural points of reference for everyone of all backgrounds as it immediately opens up a channel and route for making veganism accessible to everyone regardless of background. When people find out that those old favourites they grew up eating/drinking can be made vegan, or that they can still have cornmeal porridge, carrot juice (still waiting for Guinness to go vegan so I can make punch) it immediately makes veganism a seriously viable and beneficial choice to many.
Going vegan for many isn’t about them it’s about making choices they feel are better for the animals, environment and such. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot embrace and love all the smug as feck benefits of realising how amazing food actually is when you go back to basics, learn new techniques, find new things to eat, connect with people, learn about the history of food, turn traditional family meals vegan and take a stand for what you believe in.
I’m going to be focusing a bit more this month on the food I grew up on and how easy it is to veganise and also having a bit of a play around and coming up with a few new dishes to share with y’all. Please tag any businesses, pages, sites, people or anything of interest that can be shared with folk. ✌💚🌱 #BlackHistoryMonth #AfroVegan #BlackVegan #CaribbeanVegan #CaribbeanVegan
Below you will find a few of my favourite dishes made how I enjoy them. There are no rights or wrongs just good plates of food that have you going back for more. What are your favourite dishes you ate growing up that you’ve successfully veganised?