Francesca Rose Annenberg
How did you become vegan or move towards this way of life?
I came across plant-based food when I started getting into Instagram. I had always been interested in food and so this new way of eating caught my attention. Pancakes without eggs? Chia seed puddings? Huh? I became curious as to how people made such beautiful food and of course how it tasted. As I researched more about the food, I began to understand the deeper meanings behind the lifestyle like the ethics and sustainability aspects that this movement addressed.. I transitioned slowly – over the course of five or so months – changing one meal at a time. Before I knew it, all I needed to let go was an egg that was I was having as a mid-afternoon snack. By that stage, I was on board with veganism and once I watched Gary Yourofsky’s “The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear” on YouTube, I knew this was something for life. It took some time for me to feel good on a vegan diet and it required a lot of researching and trial and error, and now I am happy to say that I feel energised, healthy and aligned with what I choose to eat. My interest in veganism resulted in me sharing my meals on social media and my website, where I have connected with some incredible humans and have been asked to cook on retreats around South Africa. Going vegan also landed me a job at The Fry Family Food Co. where I worked for two and a half years. I look forward to continue inspiring and learning from people from around the world, and seeing where my vegan journey continues to take me.
What year did you become vegan?
Are there any foods you enjoy now that you wouldn’t eat or hadn’t tried before?
Tofu, tempeh and fermented foods
What is your favourite meal or snack?
OMG what a question! I love dates, roasted root veggies like sweet potatoes, cucumber,, savoury waffles, curries and dhals, dark chocolate, marinated tempeh, chickpea pancakes, edamame beans, avocado, nut butters, banana nice cream, nutritional yeast, congee, oatmeal, poached fruit, baked bananas, pineapple, mango, rice pudding, coffee, green juices, summer rolls, buckwheat pancakes, raw brownies, Ethipoian food, sourdough bread, miso tahini sauce, anything chai-spiced… the list goes on!