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My vegan life Richard Makin

Richard gave up a lucrative business to pursue a vegan lifestyle and create his new venture, School Night Vegan

My vegan journey began (rather ironically) with me starting an ice cream company named Blu Top. It was 2015 and I’d not long returned from living in San Francisco, where I had fallen in love with the burgeoning west coast street food scene. I began experimenting with recipes and before long I had bought a tiny blue van and was rolling up to weekend markets with my homemade tubs of ice cream.

The business took off and within a year I upgraded from making ice cream in the kitchen of my shared flat (sorry housemates!) to a full industrial unit. It was here that I was introduced to some of the most influential vegans of my life. My new premises were too large for just one business so I shared the space with a number of other street food companies, including a vegan Vietnamese duo named “Eat Chay”. We had countless open-minded conversations about the perks of being vegan and the undeniable issues surrounding the dairy industry. I toyed with the idea for a few years, but in November 2017 I decided to make the switch to being completely vegan.

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Vegan cheese is the one thing that still divides opinions in the vegan community, so if you can't find one you like, try making your own! We've got plenty of delicious vegan cheese recipes to inspire you this issue, from authentic blue cheese to melting mozzarella sticks and smoked Cheddar. You have to try them! Also this issue, we reveal how to take the classic Mac n Cheese to the next level, share posh takes on potatoes and reveal how to cook some of high street chain Wagamama's best vegan dishes. If that's not enough, we share top tips for starting off on a zero waste journey, show how to use up your food waste and reveal easy ways to better self-care. Plus we have part 2 in our Remarkable Women on the Frontline for Animals series.