Saturday, January 5, 2008

It's About Time for Breakfast!

They say it's the greatest meal of the day, but what do you do if you are used to scrambled eggs and pork sausages to break the fast? Embrace tofu! This morning, My Beloved and I decided we needed a Big Brunch-type breakfast - the reason? Well, we were planning a trip to the mall to get him some more clothes for work. And he doesn't do clothes shopping well. No sirree. Not at all.

So I fortified the poor little bugger with a plate of the following:

After a trip to one of the local eateries, I had some 'take home tempeh' - when you eschew the steak or duck or - god help us - veal, they tend to pile on the grilled tempeh.

So I made some tempeh bacon, whipped up some sausages from Gimme Lean, along with some Southwestern scrambled tofu. My Beloved added his renowned potato cakes, and a thick slice of rosemary bread rounded out the meal.


Tomorrow morning it's Italian bread french toast with Golden Syrup!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Blogging from Work

....the ultimate improvement to my blogging system (if you can call it that!) is the ability to actually blog in a mobile way. Previously I had to use my home machine to publish via my .Mac account and that was not always so convenient. Take today, for instance......I am back at work and sliding into the routine gently. This, of course, entails perusing the online paper during lunch and what do I find???? Something very blogworthy!

In today's Telegraph, there's an article on fast food in the UK. Apparently almost 1 in 2 Brits cannot contemplate giving up fast food. The article is couched in terms of 'being unable', 'being addicted' and so on, but then it gets down to brass tacks and reports: 'some 45 per cent of those surveyed in the UK agreed with the statement "I like the taste of fast food too much to give it up"'.

Like it, folks, not are addicted to it.
Not are unable to avoid eating it.
Not are powerless in the face of it.

Just 'like it'.

Fast food is not a drug, it is a choice.
Don't make excuses - you are only fooling yourself!

Stay Vegan, Friends!

URL: Read full article here

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Vegan 2008!

Happy New Year again to all!!

It's been a wonderful start to the New Year. Living in New England, I had the opportunity today of an excellent workout shoveling snow, was greeted thereafter by My Beloved wielding a large and perfectly proportioned vodka martini and a blazing fire in front of which to drink it. I made a vanilla cheesecake with a shortbread base (per Colleen's delectable recipe) and am planning a layer of something soft and caramel-like to top it off or, if not, then a drizzel of caramel sauce followed swiftly by some chocolate shavings.

For our first meal of the new year we are having a roasted, stuffed Tofurkey, lemon/red onion roasted potatoes and a medley of summer vegetables (summer squash, onion and baby sweetcorn) sauteed in garlic.

Also I made my first miso soup - an article in the new issue of Veg News fingered miso soup as a superfood, in terms of its immunity boosting properties. So I figured we could do worse than eating a bowlful or two in this unexpectedly frigid Massachusetts winter!

Stay well and stay vegan, friends!

Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

It's finally almost here - 2008 is just around the corner!!
I am truly excited to begin my first full vegan year. I still can't quite believe it took me so long to get to this point, but here I am at last!

For me, 2008 is going to be a year with compassion at its core. I want to make a conscious effort to live kindly and reflect my values actively. To be the change I wish to that old saying goes.

Wishing you a happy, peaceful and kind New Year!

Stay Vegan, Friends!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

You Know You're Vegan When....

I'll confess: I can be a bit 'precious' about things, especially when they are new. I don't crack the spines of books, allow metal utensils near my nonstick saute pans or turn a blind eye when one of the pups is having his evil, lascivious way with one of the new futon cushions. However, today I reached a new high - or low, depending on how you see it - of preciousness. I was making a batch of doggie cookies for the boys. The idea is mainly to use up the remaining mozzarella cheese (yes, non-vegan, which is why I'm not posting specifically about the cookies themselves) skulking forlornly in the deep dark recesses of the fridge. Since my change to veganism was so comparatively recent, I am still finding the odd item or two of meat and dairy and just want to be rid of it. I thought that making les gars some cheesy cookies would be an excellent way of achieving this, in this case. So I assembled the ingredients and realised that I could not use our new food processor for the job. I simply couldn't bring myself to put the cheese in it. It would have sullied it in my eyes, I guess, so I cranked the things out by hand instead.

Bottom line: the Kitchen Aid remains vegan and pure.
Second bottom line: this is a one-way transition for me.

There is no going back!

Stay vegan!