Blogger of the Month: Planet Veggie

For our the first Blogger of the Month of the year, we’ve chosen to feature Cathy, creator of Planet Veggie. We love vegetarian and vegan food here at URBAN Eat, that’s why we created sandwiches like our devilish Egg and Spinach Wrap.

Cathy is a freelance writer who’s been published a number of times in print and online and been vegetarian for over 25 years. This is the reason we wanted to ask her a few questions about her blog and love for food:

1.What inspired you to start your blog?

My blog originally started as a project for a web design course I did in 1999. It began as simply a directory for vegetarian and vegan (or vegetarian- and vegan-friendly) restaurants in east London (its original name being Vegetarian East London) but over time it grew into something much bigger to include jobs, recipes, campaigns (the most successful helping persuade Walkers to change their cheese and onion crisps recipe to a vegetarian one) and general articles. It got too big and unwieldy for me to manage, so I decided to simplify it and set up a recipe blog in WordPress which is what it’s been since 2009.

2.Where do you find inspiration for recipes?

A lot of my recipes are based around what’s in season at the moment, as I get a weekly vegetable box and my soups are definitely inspired by what’s leftover in the box each week. I’m also really keen on vegan alternatives at the moment (e.g. vegan omelettes made from silken tofu, or cheese made from cashews) and I get a lot of inspiration from various vegan Facebook groups.

3.What is your favourite recipe in your blog and why?

Blimey, I’ve got (at the time of writing) 600 posts on there, so it’s hard to choose just one! But one recipe I can’t get enough of is my tofush recipe. It’s firm tofu marinated in lemon juice, olive oil and a little salt, then wrapped in nori, dipped in batter and deep-fried. It’s not the healthiest of meals but it’s absolutely delicious and I have it most Fridays, with chips from the chip shop.

Vegan fish and chips battered tofu

Mmm… Tofush and Chips, a delicious, vegan alternative to Fish and Chips. Who knew?

4.What would be your dream destination regarding food?

I’ve never been but I’ve heard Berlin is amazing for vegetarian and vegan food, so I’d love to go there and totally pig out. They even have vegan supermarkets over there, so I hear!

5.What is your most spectacular kitchen fail?

I’m still traumatized by breaking a kitchen wall tile in my newly refurbished kitchen by precariously balancing a cast iron frying pan on top of a block of tofu to press it, then balancing my Nutribullet on top of the frying pan. The whole thing toppled over, hit the wall and broke a tile. I’ve got the brilliant tofu press from Tofuture now, so there should – touch wood – be no more disasters quite like that again!

6.What’s your favourite part about being Vegetarian?

All the amazing food of course!

We hope you find Cathy’s blog as inspirational and encouraging as we do. Visit Cathy’s; Facebook, Twitter, Instagramand Pinterest to see what sparks your interest.

Get in touch if you know any other bloggers out there who deserve a mention, simply comment below with your thoughts!