The Instavegan Interviews – Part 6

Getting to know my favourite vegan Instagram accounts.

Welcome to part 6 of the Instavegan Interviews – I’m absolutely loving all of the responses from the people involved and still have a few more lined up for you. So without further ado, please say hello to Gemma, aka @veganfoodie_gems.

Gemma is a foodie from Glasgow who loves sharing how delicious, fun and  fabulous living a cruelty-free lifestyle can be!

You can find her on Instagram at @veganfoodie_gems and on her blog veganfoodie-gems.com which is packed with food, events, beauty and reviews.

How long have you been vegan and what initially motivated you to make the change?

I had been vegetarian since my early twenties and always opted for plant based milks but truth be told I was an absolute cheese addict! Then something just clicked – I love animals, I care about the environment and I value my health so it just didn’t make sense to eat a diet that contradicted these facts.

What inspired you to start posting about your vegan journey on Instagram and what have been the best bits so far?

I absolutely love food so socialising for me always centres around eating so naturally my Instagram became a bit of a food diary, this then led to creating my blog. I have been lucky to have connected with some amazing people and brands while avoiding any nasty trolls thankfully.

If you could only follow 5 instagram accounts for the rest of your life which ones would they be?

VeganDailyUK – Who doesn’t like looking in other peoples trolleys in the supermarket? This account regularly posts shopping hauls by other plant munchers amongst other food shares.

AccidentallyVeganuk – Life is to short to read labels so I let them do the hard work!

Thefeedfeed.vegan  – gorgeous feed full of recipe inspiration

Venetiafalconer – My not so secret girl crush! A great mix of food, fashion, beauty and fun.

NASA – just blows my mind.

Can you list the 10 ESSENTIAL food items you always have in your cupboard, fridge or freezer…you know, the stuff you NEVER let run out because you use it so regularly.

Sweet potatoes, hummus, beans, oats, coconut milk, frozen fruit, bananas, nut butter, a good sourdough loaf and fresh coffee (I am a self confessed coffee addict!)

What’s your favourite vegan recipe to make?

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Overnight oats – not the most exciting but definitely one of my go to recipes! I just mix oats, flax, chia and milk the night before then topping with fruit and nut butter.

We have a massive collection of cookbooks, easily over 50 and growing, so love trying new recipes.

I am a bit obsessed with the Bosh cookbook just now, the chilli crispy tofu is better than any takeaway.

During the Summer we  made Mexican burgers from Avant Garde Vegan cookbook for a BBQ and they were a total showstopper!

Is there anyone you follow or admire that you’d particularly like to meet in real life?

Oh this is a tough one but I really admire Derek Sarno – he is responsible for Tesco stocking so many new vegan brands which encourages other supermarkets to do the same making a vegan diet much more accessible for everyone. I would love to spend an afternoon cooking with him, he is an absolute genius. Seriously the dishes he can create using the humble mushroom is mindblowing.

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Tell me about your friends and family. Are any of them vegan too? How have people close to you as a whole embraced your vegan journey?

My husband decided to go vegan for a week to support me but has never looked backed!  This came as a total surprise as he previously would tuck into a meat packed omelette for breakfast. Since then we have noticed we save about £10 on our weekly food shop and both being vegan has been great for eating out as we can order loads to share! Friends and family have been brilliant too and are constantly sending me recipes and vegan finds. In fact, I would never have launched my blog if it hadn’t been for some forceful friends.

Would you rather have an avocado for a nose or slices of tofu for ears?

Tofu for ears or I’d be picking at my nose all day haha.

What’s your greatest vegan food creation?

Last year we hosted a 3-course Christmas dinner and it got a big thumbs up from non vegan guests! We even served up a homemade tasty trifle for dessert – I love taking a classic and recreating a vegan version.

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If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is interested in taking the leap to being vegan, what would it be?

There has honestly never been a better time to go vegan with supermarkets and restaurants constantly releasing new options! It’s okay to aim for progress over perfection – don’t beat yourself up if it takes time, it took me years! It could be starting with meat free Monday then gradually making other swaps.

Which 5 words would you use to describe the vibe/ethos of your Instagram account?

Fabulous vegan food porn & more! (& is not a word!)

What is the question you’re most regularly asked by your followers? Or the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?

Most common messages are asking for recipes for food I’ve shared on Instagram and eating out recommendations.

Do you have any big plans for the next few months that we should look out for?

I have some more collaborations with great brands coming up, I’m doing some exciting guest articles to spread vegan vibes and I’m already prepping for Blogmas!

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