Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

Oh deliciousness

October 19th, 2010 No comments

I don’t actually know why … but what’s cookin over at Vegan Dad made me want to write a Haiku.

–>  Chocolate Cinnamon Babka <– hello … click it already :->

I didn’t actually come up with one.  But I know what I’m cooking this weekend.

Alton Brown in a space suit and tofu 101

August 30th, 2010 No comments

So, back in my foodie days I loved me some Food TV and of course, Alton Brown.  I wish I had seen this when I first started my tofu adventures.  Jumpstart your tofu learning curve with this episode of Alton Brown’s Good Eats featuring tofu – from Worcestershire Sauce to chocolate pie.  Good times.


Watch Good Eats – S3E12 – Tofuworld in Educational & How-To |  View More Free Videos Online at

Oh, and I got your blender right here

“God’s Country” – Land of the Obese

August 6th, 2010 No comments

People.  This is just staggering.

During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. In 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. Thirty-three states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 25%; nine of these states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30%.

Check out this animated obesity trend map at the CDC.

Get 10 self-described vegetarians and or vegans at a table and you’ll see that they’re not all there for the same reasons.  Some are there because of animal welfare concerns.  Some are there because their particular religious tradition has regulations about whether or when to eat meat.  Some will be there because of environmental reasons.  Some will be there because eating low on the food chain is frugal.  Some will be there strictly for health reasons.   Some of these motivations are more philosophical, some are more practical.  In some ways you can’t separate the two.  This is where the word “diet” gets tricky.

I’m primarily motivated by the empathy, conscience, animal welfare-y reasons.  Given the choice between hurt-kill and help-heal I choose the latter.  For me and others like me it’s about more than just food.  You can of course describe my eating patterns as a vegetarian diet. I don’t however, consider myself to be “on a vegetarian diet”.  Being “on a diet” has connotations of being motivated primarily for personal health reasons.  I start from a set of moral/ethical constraints and then try to work from there.  Some days I’m more about Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, some days I’m more about Carb Conscience Vegetarian or Fat Free Vegan.  Sometimes I am a vegetarian who is also “on a diet”.  I have my moments. You get the idea.

Luckily, no matter the primary motivation, it turns out that meat/dairy free eating patterns can be just as, if not more healthy than the SAD (Standard American Diet).  This is where everybody at the vegetarian-vegan table wins.  Here’s a collection of different perspectives from the health front.   There should be 4 videos with this post, if not, refresh.  Thanks and Enjoy!

->  Eating to Starve Cancer – fascinating cutting edge research

Plants, plants, and more plants.  Maybe some fish.  It’ll be interesting to see if the benefit is somehow from fish qua fish or if it’s from Omega’s which you can get directly from, wait for it, more plants.

– > Gieco goes vegan.  No, not all of Gieco.  Just read the thing and watch the video.

For those of you who dig statistical graphs and sentences with lots of numbers ;-> here’s the actual paper,  “A Worksite Vegan Nutrition Program Is Well-Accepted and Improves Health-Related Quality of Life and Work Productivity.”   I wish I could just post the pdf, but there are rules about that kind of thing.

->  The Engine2 diet

The Engine2 Website

(this is me not blogging about the fact that my husband has been checking this out.  Yay!  he’s in the kitchen right now chopping up some mango for breakfast ala Rip’s Big Bowl.  life is good.)

>  Want to try it but don’t know how?  Need a little structure?

Check out the 21-day vegan kickstart plan.  Easy Breezy.  Yes … now.  ;->

Or, check out Weight Watchers – they have a vegetarian-vegan plan and you can do it all online.

->  Where do you get your protein?  Ask vegetarian and vegan tri-atheletes and body builders!

Veg-Athletes group on Ning

Vegan Body


And finally, see what you make of this.  Public health is public health is public health.  They were talking about it then too.  From the back cover

“In this compelling exploration of the “belly” motif, Karl Olav Sandnes asks whether St Paul might be addressing a culture in which the stomach is similarly high on the agenda.  The result is a surprising new insight into his writings. Paul twice mentions the enigmatic phrase ‘belly-worship’ (Phil 3; Rom 16).  The proper context for these texts is the moral philosophy debate about mastering the desires, and the reputation of Epicurus’ philosophy as promoting indulgence.  The belly became a catchword for a life controlled by pleasures.  Belly-worship was not only perjorative rhetoric, but developed from Paul’s conviction that the body was destined to a future with Christ.”

I blogged about this book in a couple of posts, Belly and Body in the Pauline Epistles.  You can check them out in the index but you probably should just read the whole book for yourself.

All public health is a complex issue, obesity is no different.  It’s a complicated matrix of governmental policy, personal responsibility, social mores, education, and individual psychology and biology.  Like most everything else, we’re all in this together.

Feeding a Family

April 14th, 2010 No comments

Taking a moment to share some exceedingly decent food blogs and books by and for parents …


Vegan Dad

besides blogging about getting supper on the table every night he’s also baking through The Bread Baker’s Apprentice … very cool

Vegan Lunch Box

author of the book with the same name.  ideas for packing lunch boxes for kids and grown ups too.  go bento :->

And books:

there are often “kid friendly” recipe sections in non-targeted cookbooks too but these are devoted to a specific niche

Better Than Peanut Butter & Jelly: Quick Vegetarian Meals Your Kids Will Love!

Vive le Vegan!: Simple, Delectable Recipes for the Everyday Vegan Family

The Vegan Family Cookbook

Raising Vegetarian Children

and, though not a cookbook, a relevant and most welcome find

That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2009 No comments

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

from the Nov. 3, 2007 Food for Thought Podcast … give this Thanksgiving history and menu episode a listen, it has some very interesting Thanksgiving history.

Most people don’t know that our contemporary customs at Thanksgiving, namely the serving of turkeys, were shaped and popularized by a magazine editor, Sarah Josepha Hale, in the mid-1800s. Whatever meaning we attribute to this Thanksgiving holiday is most certainly not lost (in fact, it is enhanced) by creating food-based rituals that affirm rather than take life, that demonstrate compassion and empathy rather than selfishness and gluttony, that celebrate the fact that no one need be sacrificed in order that we should eat. In today’s episode, I offer a number of different menus for a beautiful holiday feast that delights the senses and reflects our values.

Read more…

Anything you can do, I can do on a cupcake.

October 27th, 2009 No comments

Ok, so not actually me.  There was a time when I would look at astonishingly cute baked goods and think, “hey, I could do that”.  Now after a few years of dabbling I realize that, as with many home improvement projects that actually depend on some level of skill or more fatefully, artistic talent, I cannot actually do that.  But for those of you out there who either 1) love looking at cute stuff other people can actually make or 2) are actually the person that can make the cute stuff … feast your eyes on this.  I especially love the one that looks like a little marzipan prayer shawl, just with the stripes going the wrong way.  Ok, maybe that’s a stretch.  But they are cute.

What Then Will We Eat?

August 13th, 2009 No comments

Love this.  Granted there was a time when I myself was freaked out by the thought of not having a big hunk of flesh in the middle of my plate.  Gasp!  But really ya’ll … it’s just a habit.  Plates of food can look different, can be conceived of differently.   People can quit smoking, stop shooting heroine, stop drinking alcohol, stop gambling all their money away, and yes, people can also get beyond their meat addictions.  Here’s a fun video answering the age old question … “but if I don’t eat meat, what will I eat?”  If this isn’t enough, be sure to browse through my cookbook suggestions link in the sidebar.

via: VeggieDietitian

Tofu and tempeh in their own right

June 11th, 2009 No comments

“The author used to think of tofu and tempeh as tasteless, bland, health-store food. Then he went to Indonesia.”

That’s the problem with tofu and tempeh, we just aren’t that sophisticated with it yet here. Certainly not in any mainstream sense.   Too often it’s approached as that weird blob of stuff that’s supposedly taking the place of a traditional blob of meat.   You can’t approach tofu and tempeh as if they’re designed to be meat replacements … if you want meat, eat meat.   If you’re genuinely interested in using tofu and tempeh in your culinary repertoire,  begin by learning what the people who invented the stuff do with it.  Then go from there.  Meet these foods on their own terms and you won’t be disappointed.  Take it from Jarrett Wrisley, who met the curds on their own turf and learned they were plenty respectable in their own right and writes about it in this article, Learning to Love Tempeh.  Of course, a tempeh reuben is one tasty sandwich.

I (Still) Heart BBQ

September 13th, 2008 No comments

This is a clip that Bobby Flay did on his Food Network show featuring Colleen Patrick-Goudreau from Compassionate Cooks.  I’m a huge fan of them both so this video is nothing but awesome for me.  Colleen is a wonderfully well spoken advocate for living a compassionate life, great podcasts.  Check her out in the Compassionate Cooks link in the sidebar.