Growing up I hated oatmeal. There, I said it. It's a hard thing to admit, oatmeal being such a healthy food that you should eat EVERY day, and all. As I got older, I started to realize that while overly mushy quick oats with brown sugar just were not my cup of tea, I COULD like oatmeal if I made it right. These days I like my oatmeal piled high with crunchy apple slices, raisins, cinnamon, hemp hearts, ground flax and almond milk. But I have to admit, though I love to cook, that's about as adventurous as I get with oats in the breakfast department. Skip all the main meals of the day, and there comes another use for oats - dessert! Pictures of apple-berry crumbles and Scotch Teas come to mind...but then my imagination falters. Or it used to.
Vegan weddings are becoming increasingly common. More and more people are looking to 1) make their wedding entirely vegan (YAY!), 2) have a semi-vegan wedding (usually in the situation where one partner is vegan) or 3) accommodate vegan friends or family members. Some people may think putting on a vegan wedding, or having vegan options would be difficult - but it doesn't have to be!
When I cracked open my review copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Cara Reed a few weeks ago, the first thing I wanted to do was take it down to one of our local coffee shops where a year ago I had THE most disgusting GF vegan muffin I had ever tasted. Don’t get […]
Juicing and blending has become a way of life for my family - it's part of our morning routine, and it's not something I usually pull a cookbook out for - normally I open the fridge (half the time somewhat bleary-eyed), and concoct a mixture of whatever fruit and veg we have in the fridge. Maybe throw in some nuts/seeds, a few superfoods. It's a treasured part of our day, but sometimes it's easy to get stuck in a rut making morning beverages out of the same combinations. For this reason I have had lots of fun flipping through the recipes in Danielle Omar's new book Skinny Juices published by Da Capo Press.
I have been veg for so long now I sometimes scoff when people say to me, "but being vegan must be so hard!" That's before I remember that I've been doing this for close to 20 years, so of course it's not hard - for me. But when I think about raw food, that's exactly what I think: "That must be so hard!".
I distinctly remember wishing when I was a teenager that I loved salad as much as I loved chocolate. Well, many years later I feel like they're a lot closer in my heart than once they were, and Terry Hope Romero's brand new cookbook Salad Samurai might just help push me over the edge! In her "New Salad Manifesto" introduction, Terry recounts a situation that ALL vegans have lived through at least once, and likely many times:
Who doesn't love finger foods? They're perfect for parties, potlucks and quick, light dinners - but really great vegan appetizers can be difficult to come by. Being a true lover of hummus of many varieties, hummus and veggies with a side of pickles/olives tends to be my appy of choice. However, a whole new world of possibilities has opened up with the new cookbook Vegan Finger Foods by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes.
I realized not too long ago that I have gotten to the point in my vegan life where when people ask me, "You're vegan? What do you eat?!" I no longer stammer off a list of foods defensively, but I laugh, truly surprised. It's probably partly because I have been vegan for so long, and I eat more variety and delicious food than almost all the meat eaters I know.