I recently read an article that resonated with me. Mark Bittman, New York Time’s lead food writer decided to eat vegan every day before 6:00pm (and then he wrote a book about it). Reading about his journey I began to think to myself, what is a vegan? Sure I know being vegan means adapting a plant based diet – fruit, vegetables, legumes, no processed food etc. But what does it really mean? Years ago (thinking at least 4) when my food journey had only just begun, I went out for lunch with girlfriends in Toronto. We went to Fresh (Toronto’s original source for modern vegetarian food). I remember leaving the restaurant astounded at how delicious and satisfying my ‘meat free’ meal had been – and I immediately went home and ordered the Fresh Cookbook: reFresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes From the Award Winning Fresh Restaurants
Fast forward 4 years later and the book is still on my shelf. Looking back – I didn’t have the ‘food maturity’ to really appreciate what that book had to offer. I remember looking at it when it arrived thinking the recipes were long, complicated, time consuming and contained foreign species such as tofu (which I had never cooked). Would you believe I never tried a single recipe? Recently I revisited this cookbook with new eyes. The recipes look simple, delicious, clean and most importantly appealing. I decided to give myself a personal challenge. Eat more vegan. I’m not entirely sure if I want to jump in head first (I do love my meat), so I’ve committed to a regular weekday lunch.
This week I’ve started with the California Salad. Basic, easy to make and really appealing. The home made bean pesto took barely minutes to make and is mouth-watering. I could eat it with a spoon. I’m really looking forward to branching out and experimenting with this book in the coming weeks. Stay tuned
- vegan food challenge – 4th dish: rice veggie wiener pan (thisistopa.wordpress.com)
- Effective Vegan Food Recipe Guidelines (topveganrecipes.wordpress.com)
- Eat vegan all day then dinner is guilt-free, says writer who claims ‘common sense’ diet saved him from diabetes (thisismoney.co.uk)