So as each and every one of you will know, this month has been Veganuary - a 31 day long promise to the birds and bees and cows and pigs and sheep and prawns and former racehorses that for the duration of January 2015 I will comply with a more compassionate lifestyle that diminishes their need to suffer.
It is worth noting that research into the health risks of GM crops and of both Roundup and glyphosate continues, and the GM industry still faces the possibility of a fatal blow from new scientific evidence, confirming what many studies have already suggested, namely that GM food poses significant risks to human health.
Unfortunately we are not all programmed to be gym-bunnies and live off green juice, so come the first of February the gym regulars tend to get their normal routine back, while many of us might find ourselves with a glass of wine in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other, not really understanding how it happened.
But the injustices of intensive meat production aren't limited to the animals involved, or the natural environment, or the people unfortunate enough to live close to industrial farms. It's worse than that.
Hang on, veganism is not solely about the health benefits bestowed on the individual, is it now, dear commenter? What about the benefits enjoyed by the animals that don't get ingested, or X-ed out as collateral damage in some intensive food manufacturing process?
Against my better judgement, I sometimes sneak my dogs a treat that doesn't quiet fit into the diet of healthy canine nutrition. Rest assured, I will pay the price later when it smells like something died in my house.
As the snow melted, the green of the snowdrop stems became visible and my thoughts turned to the chickweed growing nearby. Befriend this wild edible and you may enjoy nature's green larder over the colder months.
Possibly my favourite cake, this is a moist, lemony grown-up dessert and to my mind the perfect end to a meal. It's gluten-free, too, provided you use gluten-free baking powder.
The hotel's gardens definitely have a magical feel to them such as hidden greenery beneath low hung branches that would be perfect for a Mad Hatters tea party and open forest areas that are just waiting for something special to be placed there.
Healthy quick breads are so easy to bake and are crowd-pleasers when you're hosting a last minute social gathering. The batter can also be used for mini or regular muffins and mini loaves, which make wonderful hostess gifts.
These meatballs are easy, they're low carb, they're delightfully crunchy and they contain chorizo which makes them mighty moreish. My sons love them. I love them. Beware the pinkish colour of the inside of the balls post baking - that's just the chorizo. They're not raw I promise. Enjoy.
The meal had started with a spread of sour labane cheese, zaatar salad, homegrown olives from the year's "good crop", creamy tehina, hummus with pine nuts, stuffed vine leaves, and Druze pita, which is flatter and thinner than pita bread available elsewhere in the country.
I usually use this sauce for a Goan fish curry but after the meat-filled excesses of Christmas we were craving something different. So I adapted it to use a slightly frostbitten cauli I had sitting shivering in the fridge for a warming, flavour-packed but vegetarian supper.
London is huge, and full of tourist traps. But it's also full of absolute gems waiting patiently to be discovered. The trick is to build a collection of firm favourites to plan your evenings, weekends and special occasions to get "bang for your buck.
On my recent trip to Medellin, Colombia, it was common to see street vendors in parks and plazas operating a sugarcane press to make the fresh juice. One person feeds the cane and limes into the press and discards the used pieces.
I first visited China over 30 years ago when it was just opening up to Westerners. Rather than do the whole country by train, as most travellers seemed to do, I decided to explore the West, specifically Sichuan and Yunnan.