The Instavegan Interviews – Part 9

Getting to know my favourite vegan Instagram accounts.

Hi everyone! It’s been a while and as it’s #followfriday I thought it was about time I shared another instalment in my Instavegan Interviews series. This week’s interviewee is Hatim aka @vegan_geeza.

Hatim is 23 and his goal is to earn money to help in his search for the perfect plate of vegan scran. He tries to cook where he can, with tasty treats here and there and loves to book holidays to see what the world has to offer for vegans abroad.

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

I changed to being vegan on Christmas day 2016 – I had only been veggie a small amount of time and when my auntie brought out the veggies almost all of them were cooked in goose fat. That was the final push to get me over the line.

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

I felt like a lot of people had always asked the questions over and over again saying “What do you even eat?”, so I was like you know what? I’ll show them!

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

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.

Canned tomatoes, NOOOCH, Sriracha, Jus-roll puff-pastry, canned pulses, spinach, mushrooms, sourdough bread and Sainsbury’s jalapeno free from cheddar!

What’s your favourite vegan recipe to make?

Easily has to be a butternut squash mac from Bosh! 

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

Definitely would have to be James Aspey as he’s made me change the way I look not just at ‘things’ but at situations and have a different rationale towards them. Also the reason I wanna take a trip to Bali but that’s another story altogether.

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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?

The main reason I started the transition in my lifestyle is due to the the large amount of vegan friends I had, which meant lot of my barriers were already out of the way and made it that much easier. I’d say with family it’s been a little harder due to cultural norms and such but it’s all been a learning curve for them as well as me!

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

As long as I can have Sriracha for blood I’ll take both. (LGD comment: Best answer ever)

What’s your greatest vegan food creation?

A random giant pasty thing filled with sliced and diced mushrooms, spinach and Linda McCartney pulled chicken.  I was so proud of it I sent so many people a picture begging them to come try it…

 

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

Take your time and know the the decision your taking is yours and that you understand how it benefits not just you but all around you.

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

Relaxed, colourful, mindful, random, informative (when it comes to places I’ve visited)

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

Do I ever think me sharing food is gonna make the almonds get milked faster…at that point I just turned off my phone.

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

 

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