Does the world really need another food blog? Another vegan food blog? Every time a friend would see one of my many thousands of photos I’ve taken of my food since going vegan, they always say “You should start a food blog.” I roll my eyes and smile. However…I’ve really been thinking about it seriously over the last year, and the last couple months have been a never ending obsession with getting ‘the blog’ going. I saw the movie Julie & Julia recently and that’s what clinched it. Not necessarily a year of french cooking as a big sauté pan full of a pound or two of melted butter is somewhat hard to replicate in a vegan recipe. But the passion and love of cooking shown by both the future and past “Julies” and their families is a feeling that resonates with me. I’m fortunate, as both of those ladies were, to live in a house where a supportive husband stands by to cheer on every success and wipe away any tears of failure.
My other reasons for bringing my recipes to a blog are to help document my never ending journey towards a normal weight. I have lost about 100 pounds over the last 10 years, about 30 of it since going vegan, however I still have another 100 to lose. Since I was a child, weight has always been my issue. The extra weight makes me an oddity apparently as when I tell people that I’m vegan most are really impressed or somewhat surprised at this and usually ask “so how long have you been vegan?” When I tell them about 7 years, there is a momentary stunned look on their face which tells me they were thinking I had just decided to go vegan that morning. Either that or I was doing this whole vegan thing wrong. Hey I get it. I do not look anything at all like what most people presume vegans to look like – you know…willowy, glow-y, thin,…crunchy granola. Last year at a holiday party, a male server in a very high-end restaurant responded in front of everyone with a smirk and an audible “whatever” when I informed him I was vegan. Yes. This happened. So…while I want to be a thin vegan, I also want people to respect that until that glorious day, I can be a very healthy, happy fat vegan!
Now I don’t want this to be a place of us versus them, as we have too much of that in our society already. I want this to be a place where people can come and learn to cook with me as I was lucky to grow up in a family of wonderful cooks. Not so many teachers of this gift so the skills I have are mostly self taught. I am a creative cook who goes by gut feeling and my sense of smell, as in…hmmm…I think this needs a touch of basil or warmed up by some cinnamon. That kind of thing. I have nailed the art of pie baking (mostly) thanks to my Mom, however fluffy, light cake and cupcakes largely elude me. I’ll keep trying and I will eventually share my sucess here with you. I hope if you’re reading this that you are either vegan or vegan curious. One of the best decisions in my life was going vegan. I hope I’ll be able to show you the wonderful advantages of a plant based life for not only you personally but the world will benefit as well.
I look at it this way: vegetables like vegans are all different shapes, textures, colors…some are long, thin green beans, some sturdy zucchini, there’s willowy green onions and don’t forget tall celery…and I’m just doing vegan as a butternut squash. For now.
I am not a trained chef so I’ll be sharing with you quick meals I make for myself in the evening and also family tradition favorites that I’ve given some vegan flair to. Everyday is somewhat of an obstacle course here as my husband is a meat and potatoes man who will only eat about half a dozen vegetables (one of them being potatoes – don’t get me started on veg vs starch here). So there may be occasions where I show you how we manage to cater to both diets while not making two completely separate meals. I love sweets and baking which is part of – OK, almost all of my issue – but I also adore a good salad. Even though I’ve always been overweight, I’ve always loved working out and I’ll have my suggestions for the exercise programs I love as that is part of living the good, healthy life.
My husband and I are also both animal lovers who share our home with an adopted shepherd-lab mix named Owen and a rescued homeless cat named Butter. If we go someplace fun or do something interesting I’ll share that with you. I also hope that we can have a place to communicate our difficulties, problems, and solutions living vegan in a world that doesn’t always understand us. Talk to me. Talk to each other. Did you try a new product that you just love…or see something that just touches you for days…Let’s hear about it….and
Let’s go make something to eat while we chat…!