My euphoria about being able to eat Oreos was horribly short-lived. It lasted less than five minutes.
I reached into my bag, pulled out my purse and car keys, ready to head to the nearest shop to buy them, when a colleague asked me if I was sure they were vegan-friendly. I responded confidently with a resounding yes – my head held high. Another colleague Googled “are Oreos vegan” and the answer is no.
The Oreos website itself states that “Oreos have milk as cross contact and therefore they are not suitable fo vegans.”
I was shattered. Gutted. I felt betrayed. Seriously, I had been craving something sweet. Proper sweet, not fruit, and I was looking forward to them. Excuse me, while I go wipe my tears.
Breakfast: I started the day with rice cakes, which I love and eat all the time. My favourites are the multigrain kind that can be found at, you guessed it, Woolies. I eat them bare and never bother adding anything to them. People have suggested all sorts of things for me to have them with, but I prefer them plain. You might say they taste like cardboard, but I like my cardboard. This is a judgment-free zone.
Lunch: Oh, my lunch was delicious! I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Those veggie burgers, I tell you, are heaven-sent. I had roasted veggies, baby potatoes and the veggie burgers that look suspiciously like a beef burger, but Fry’s assured me that they are vegan, so I eat them with no reservations. I was full, which hadn’t always been the case with my other meals earlier in the week.
Supper: After having a heavy lunch, I decided to take it a bit easier in the evening, with an avocado on toast and a glass of lemon juice. I really wish I could make more complicated meals, like a curry or something. Maybe during the weekend. For now, these easy meals are working just fine for me. In the meantime, I will look for a recipe to make. Maybe a pasta dish?