Passover marks 2 years since I went from vegetarianism to a heavy, heavy lean into veganism. I always say leaning in, because I brake for an occasional slice of pizza because it is so good, and am trying to eat some salmon once and a while because they say the oils can help prevent Alzheimers and I will do anything in my power to help prevent the one that seems to get the women in our family. I can say without a doubt, that these 2 years have found me more at peace with my eating, than the previous 52 years. My weight rarely fluctuates much anymore, my health is great and in general I feel really good. Cooking for a holiday like this one, does get tricky as I never, ever force my eating choices on anyone else, and I like to make everyone happy when I am the hostess. I made a brisket last weekend, and hope that it will be decent. I used a combination of everyone’s mom’s recipe. We’ll see how that turns out. Dad and Ellie will bring a lot of chickens and I will make a couple of Tofurky roasts, and the main course will be taken care of. Of course there will be a cocktail hour and of course there will be gefilte fishlets and chopped liver. There will also be veggies (including string beans from the garden—if you want to feel successful as a gardener, I definitely recommend beans as they grow very quickly), hummus and maybe even some “tuno,” which is mashed (or food processed) chick peas, celery, red onion, sour pickle and faux mayo. I was mashing by hand until Liz suggested a similar recipe and said she uses the food processor. I tried it yesterday and used a pulse to get the perfect texture. It was quick, easy and yummy and I will probably make it again for tomorrow night. Along with the main dishes, I will make a lot of roasted brussel sprouts/sweet potatoes/zucchini and a lot of roasted potatoes….white, red and purple. We don’t do a seder in our family, which keeps it pretty easy. We are more the drink, eat and see the family and friends type…and Mitch and I look forward to seeing some family members we haven’t seen in too long.
I saw Kathy Freston on TV this week and she made a great dish and shared her recipe for faux Philly steak sandwiches. After sauteing the sliced peppers and onions, she added some spices, shredded seitan (available in most grocery stores) and topped it with some vegan cheese that actually melted. She used slices of cheese, but when I try it I am going to use the shredded Daiya mozzarella from Whole Foods as I find it the meltiest! Once it was all placed on a sub roll it looked delicious. She had 3 meat lovers taste and they all loved it. At least that’s what they said! She also made a very natural facial masque/exfoliator with rice flour and soy milk. She mixed them together to make a paste. Of course, I had to try it. So all natural, what could be bad? I will make it a little thicker the next time. Anything that natural, inexpensive and easy to make can’t possibly be bad! She claims the rice flour will help draw oils from oily skin but will NOT dry already drier skin. Sounds perfect for everyone. Look at the ingredients in your store bought exfoliator and you may want to try this one, too. Additionally, if this is what Kathy does for her skin, I am on it. I have no clue what else she does, but her skin looks fabulous.
There will be no vegan feast Thursday tonight as Mitch and I will be preparing food and setting up for tomorrow night so that I will be able to train and teach tomorrow. Next Thursday we will resume our VFT and I think I am going to make the noodles stroganoff with mushrooms…or the Philly cheese steaks…or…..?? One thing I know, whatever decision I make, no animals (or arteries) will be harmed in the process.
One more note about food…and this is a big one. I found out yesterday that thanks to the efforts of Lesley and Richard and everyone who helped make their fundraiser so successful, the soup kitchen is gearing up to start serving 2 meals instead of one. We all know how important breakfast is for everyone and breakfast is coming soon! If you had even the smallest part in making this happen, give yourself a huge pat on the back and know that you have made a big difference.
- Mock-tuna salad made from chickpeas (getyourvegon.com)
- I Would Rather Fake My Cheese Than My Orgasms – Do You Daiya? (sexytofu.com)
- Kathy Freston Compares Meat to Tobacco (ecorazzi.com)
- Will Going Vegan Save My Skin? (bellasugar.com)