Tonight the boys in the bands are back in town for vegan feast Thursday. I am excited to hear their stories about their 5 shows that took them to Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Philly. In speaking with Derek briefly last night, he told me a disheartening story of them getting pulled over in Virginia for going 72 in a 60 mile and hour speed zone. Apparently the police officers judged the “books by their tattooed covers” or made some assumptions about a bunch of musicians and suggested that they smelled marijuana in the van. This is particularly upsetting and ironic, as these young men are all “straightedge” meaning they don’t smoke, drink or do drugs. (Where did they come from?) While they were fine about having the van searched, they were not allowed to watch the officers search the vehicle. Makes me think of a bad movie. Thankfully they were sent on their way, without further event. Hmmm and I thought “Virginia is for lovers.”
I imagine their will be other stories about their shows and their travels that we will be shared tonight. We will also share a “smart dog,” beans and sauerkraut casserole. Probably grill up some mushrooms, zucchini, squash and eggplant and make some big veggie subs. (These look beautiful on the table and taste great even to some who have declared they never liked vegetables before.) I may attempt some homemade veggie/bean burgers, too. I am thinking of re-creating the deconstructed guacamole and making some hummus to go with tortilla chips for an appetizer and I see some soft bananas on the counter, so I am thinking peanut butter banana bread, too. You can veganize any of your favorite banana bread recipes by using applesauce instead of an egg. Some fresh fruit for dessert will round out and finish off the feast. TGIVFT!
I continue to get great feedback from others who have designated Thursday as their vegan day. Hey, sometimes just having a direction is a big relief in deciding “what’s for dinner?”
Before Blaze and I head out for our Thursday morning fitness walk, I’d like to leave you with this quote from John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and Food Revolution, as well as heir to the Baskin-Robbins empire.
“It is increasingly obvious that environmentally sustainable solutions to world hunger can only emerge as people eat more plant foods and fewer animal products. To me it is deeply moving that the same food choices that give us the best chance to eliminate world hunger are also those that take the least toll on the environment, contribute the most to our long-term health, are the safest, and are also, far and away, the most compassionate towards our fellow creatures.”