Thursday 18 February | Lucy Morrell

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, bassoonist Lucy Morrell is going vegan!

“My first foray into veganism has been far more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I have wanted to become vegan for some time, and this challenge has given me the motivation to finally do it. As someone who LOVES food, and who daydreams about what’s for dinner immediately after finishing lunch, I thought I’d be disappointed at my options whenever mealtime arrived. Quite the opposite! Instead, I realised I was already bored by my current choices, and this has refreshed my interest in cooking.

As I was already vegetarian beforehand, I acknowledge I was partway there to begin with and as such, it would be easier for me than for someone who regularly consumes meat.

However(!), having said all that, not eating meat has meant that I tend to eat a lot of eggs and cheese, in order to get my protein… although if I’m being honest, I just love cheese, so it probably wasn’t about the protein. I’m sure if it wasn’t for cheese, I would have become vegan years ago.

So, in short, giving up cheese is a big thing for me. From my experience, unlike many of the meat substitutes I eat, cheese substitutes just aren’t anywhere near as good as the real thing. At least, none of the affordable ones are – but I’m very happy to be proven wrong!

That being said, I have found one or two stand-ins that help to make my cheese bereavement a little more bearable. My partner and I made pizza last week after finding out that our usual supermarket rolled pizza dough happens to be vegan, and I think mine turned out better than his!

My pizza with onions, peppers, olives, mushrooms and vegan “smoky bits”:

Ideally, I would like not to use too many substitutes, most of them come in plastic packaging and aren’t always very nutritious. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, I’ll be able to use fewer of them, and cook more meals from scratch.

Speaking of cooking from scratch, here’s a video containing some recipes that I would highly recommend trying. They’re also one pot recipes so less washing up – even better!

I tried the rosé penne this week which was fantastic, and I’m looking forward to trying the mushroom fusilli next week.

My first two weeks of the #100DaysOfGreenNevis has been great, thank you Nevis for this challenge! 17 days down, 83 to go…

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.