Day 2: Canterbury, England
I don't know about you guys, but I go through some pretty serious transition periods before I can cook and eat normally. Usually, the period before or after a vacation, before or after a major deadline, or before or after an illness or a major occasion are times when I don't necessarily eat according to my normal routine.
Such was the case when we first got to England. In addition to dealing with a new culture and a new time zone, Daiku and I had to deal with a totally unfurnished flat. We were in a little bit of a limbo, since the school had said that we would have a fully outfitted kitchen, and we didn't know if we should go and buy a bunch of stuff or wait to sort out the situation. We ended up only getting a couple of absolute necessities (mugs for tea and coffee!!), in addition to a few dishes we had pilfered from the airplane ride over (thanks Virgin Atlantic!) and so for our first week or two here, we were eating very basic convenience foods.
Yet we still managed to eat pretty well and have some fun. In the top photo you see some salad greens and tomatoes, some Pure brand vegan margarine, some Pateolé brand mushroom veggie pate, and funnest of all some Cheezly gouda-style vegan cheese! All of them have the advantage of being perfectly edible with little more than a few plastic forks and knives and some bread.
In the second photo, you see some instant tomato soup (just add boiling water!) and some toast with melted Cheezly on it. Cheezly, straight out of the package, wasn't too thrilling, but it is much much better when melted. It made the perfect accompaniment to the warm soup on a cool day. Now I'm addicted to it and can't wait to try other flavors (and Sheese too!)
Finally, you have a salad with some mixed greens, tomatoes (have you ever tried to cut tomatoes with a plastic butter knife? not fun!), beans (from a pop-t0p can since we didn't have a can opener), and some hemp seeds which I had brought with me from the U.S. Even though it was very basic, it felt luxurious to be eating fresh veggies during those first days in our new home!