Day 1: Canterbury, England
You know what they say- the more things change, the more they stay the same. As I jump into VeganMoFo and begin blogging about my culinary adventures here in England, the first thing that popped into my head was to blog about the perfect cups of creamy tea I've been enjoying. Well guess what- my very first VeganMoFo post last year was about... creamy tea! Specifically, chai lattés.
But I digress. Here in England, tea isn't tea unless it's creamy- most people add milk to their tea, although quite a few up the ante by using cream. As a vegan, I've learned to love and appreciate black tea, but being here in England has stirred up cravings for a creamy cuppa. And guess what- the soy milk here is SO GOOD. It creates the perfect, smooth, luscious, creamy cup of tea- I was actually quite amazed. The soy milk I'm used to back in the states just isn't quite the same, taste-wise or texture-wise.
Now I'm at the point where I'm having at least 3 or 4 cups of steaming creamy black tea every day. In the top photo you see me with my morning cup. In the middle photo, you see a carton of Marks & Spencer soymilk (and my foot). This was during the sky dive, and I was excited to see that my friend Lucy, herself a vegetarian, had carried this with her all the way from London just so she (and I!) could enjoy a proper cup of tea. On the bottom photo, you see another tasty brand of soy milk - So Good- and the cup of tea that it has been poured into. I don't bother adding any sweetener to my tea, since the soy milks are already sweetened. They have a flavor that's hard to describe- burnt sugar, perhaps, or toffee- but a flavor that I'll miss once I'm back in the U.S.
At first I was concerned that these milks are somehow less wholesome than their American counterparts, but after comparing the nutrition information, and seeing that the calories, vitamins and minerals are all the same, and that my soy milk actually has more protein than Silk, my mind is at ease.