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Feeling a little GRILLED

Charlotte Meyer Zu Natrup on how to navigate barbecue season

Parent’s Tale

One culinary experience in Germany, which I have found to be truly illuminating, is barbecuing — the ‘season of chargrilled meats’ runs from May (or March, if it is warm enough) until September. Alongside the sacred festivals of Christmas and Easter, with their plethora of meats, this time of year can be a social minefield that needs to be navigated with care.

For starters, I have found a fair few people here whose interest, at any other point of the year, has been piqued by veganism or vegetarianism. They ask the usual questions about protein and cakes and cheese replacements; they maybe take a step towards veganism and give up milk and start drinking almond or rice alternatives. Then, the sun peaks out from behind grey clouds, for just a minute, and there is the suggestion of roasting meats outside. Suddenly, they lust after meats and marinades and their interest in veganism is catalogued away in a file marked ‘Dormant: Do not touch until September’.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the amount of time we spend glued to our phones — social media is always at our fingertips, and whether you love it or loathe it, you can’t deny its potency. A quick search for #vegan on Instagram yields over 62 million posts, with #veganfood producing a cool 11 million results. Both are huge figures, and with vegan celebrities (with enormous followings) advocating a vegan way of living, it begs the question — is social media veganism’s big shot at becoming mainstream? You may have spotted our cover star, Earthling Ed, on your own newsfeeds — he’s making huge waves spreading the vegan message. Ed attributes a lot of his success to social media channels, such as YouTube and Facebook, which have given him, and veganism, a platform that has never been accessible before. Find out more in our exclusive interview on page 16. Without social media we wouldn’t be able to engage so quickly in debates, such as this month’s on the ethics of working dogs — we had a huge response across all our social platforms and we always love to hear what you think. Turn to page 38 to see your views. Another thing you’ll no doubt have seen on your timelines of late is wedding pics — we are truly in the midst of the season. We caught up with Michelle Dadachanji, who put together her dream vegan wedding, on page 54 and we’ve got some fab wedding themed recipes for you to try out, too. Enjoy the issue and the sunshine.