About Soy Division
Vegetarianism has been a part of my life for 25+ years now. As a child, the reason for my vegetarian diet was simple… I hated the taste of meat. But, as I’ve grown older, my reasons have changed and expanded. From a health and ethical point of view, it began getting harder for me to continue my cheese addiction.
My diet has settled in the middle grounds between vegetarianism and veganism. Because I was cooking for myself, I found it much simpler to make basic meals that featured the flavour of the vegetables rather than trying to disguise it with a rich sauce.
And honestly, to me, there is nothing better than a perfectly crisp carrot or ripe piece of fruit straight from the tree.
And then I moved to the UK.
I found myself dating and living with Ben. My food opposite and love of my life.
A definite meat-eater and man with a self confessed food anxiety. He often fears that a plant-based diet will be lacking in both taste and sustenance. He prefers the rich sauces to the vegetables and doesn’t recognize fruit as a food source. I had my work cut out for me.
And so, because I love a challenge (and Ben), Soy Division was born.
While it’s not always easy to mesh the lifestyles together, it’s definitely doable with a little planning. We believe that neither of us should have to sacrifice on taste, health or satisfaction. Soy Division is a list of our favourite recipes (and some of our blunders) that taste great, are (mostly) great for you and will keep you feeling full. We want to make the vegetarian diet (and all its incarnations) accessible for everyone- no matter what reasons draw you in.
All recipes are meat eater tested and vegetarian approved!
About Team SD
Hello! I’m Jen. A Canadian who is living in England with my partner Ben whom I met in Nepal! Food and baking has been a passion of mine as long as I can remember. At 3 months of age, my mom used to prop me up on her mixing bowls so she could make cookies. All throughout my childhood, some of the times I looked most forward to were when I got the chance to bake a batch of muffins or cookies on my own. It was such a sense of accomplishment. As I got older, I realized it was also a really good way to distract my parents so I wouldn’t have to do my homework! And, here I am 20 years later baking and posting pictures online to get out of work. Along with skiving off, I also have a big interest in microbiology and, as you may have guessed, how it benefits the food we eat.
Favourite Colour: Purple, Green and Blue
Other Career: Nurse
Most embarrassing moment: I once sang Honky Tonk Man by Dwight Yokam in a school talent contest. Aside from wearing a denim dress with hound dog embroidery and cowboy boots, I also had props- a straw hat and a miniature plastic guitar. I got two words in and froze.This may be linked to my karaoke aversion.
Favourite Food: cookie dough of any description
Power of Invisibility or Flight: Flight- no brainer.
Hi, I’m Ben. I’m very pleased to meet you (and, I hope you can tell by my manners that I am British)!
As Jen said, we met in Nepal a couple of years ago (what she didn’t say is that we actually met hiking up to Everest Base Camp, but that romantic little story will have to come out another time…). Anyway, as you might have guessed from the blog tag line, I’m the meat eater. Occasionally, I have mixed feelings about this because I know that meat eating isn’t the healthiest diet, it is far from the most beneficial to the environment and it is, of course, ultimately horrific for the animals.
But, like most people when confronted with difficult and obstinate problems, I find myself ignoring the nagging voice most of the time. Also, as previously mentioned, I get anxious about the quantity of the food I eat, nervous about the quality of my food and most importantly I get petrified that it will not fill me up (all completely normal, right?… right?). I was vegetarian for seven years, and due to my own inadequacies as a cook, I was hungry for the entire time. Animal protein seemed to be the only way to make the gnawing hunger go away for any length of time.
In this modern day of internet communication and cheap flights, life as a transatlantic couple was pretty easily solved (Jen moved over to England thank goodness!) but can a vegetarian and a meat eater happily co-exist without being hungry? Challenge issued.