One of the things that non-vegans often say they dislike the most is when vegans get all “preachy”. Personally, I disagree that telling the truth is preaching, but that’s a whole other topic. But vegans can still educate others and help … Continue reading
This past weekend, I had the honor of catering the food and cake for the wedding of some dear friends, who have a really wonderful love story. Bala & Priya met on July 23, 2004 in Moscow. Bala was on … Continue reading
Vegan in Paris… sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But nope…. the land of cheese and croissants also does vegan pretty well. Last month I was in Europe to teach some vegan cooking classes in Germany and Denmark and found … Continue reading
I recently spent 3 weeks in Europe, half of it working and half of it playing. The trip was anchored by 2 weekends of programs, in Germany and Denmark, and the time in the middle I spent in Paris and London. … Continue reading
Have you ever noticed how many times during the year people have the chance to “start anew”? Seriously… we have the calendar New Year on January 1 (which is a solar year, based on the length of time it takes … Continue reading
We’re now in the midst of that time of year when we are surrounded by the most food ~ Halloween through New Year’s, with its abundance of parties and social gatherings. Really, I think we should be surrounded by food … Continue reading
Happy Diwali! ~ which begins this weekend. Diwali is the Festival of Lights and marks the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and the light of inner knowledge over ignorance. It is celebrated with fireworks and lights, and people also clean house and light lamps to invite the presence of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and abundance, into their homes. For many in the Hindu community, it is the New Year, and a perfect time to reevaluate one’s priorities, making changes if needed to be on the right path in life.
And during this week, entries have been coming in to win a copy of Vegan Richa’s Vegan Diwali Sweets ebook! It’s been fun to read everyone’s comments and see all of the entries.
And the winner is ~ Nikki!
Nikki, please check your email for the e-book.
And everyone else can go here to purchase a copy. Remember, Richa’s husband is matching the income from it, and all funds go to help animals in need after the recent cyclone in India, so in addition to all of the wonderful recipes, you’re helping the animals!
Last night I had an opportunity to spend the evening at one of my vegan cooking classes, sharing information and delicious food with everyone.
I’ve taught lots of vegan cooking classes over the past few years, both in person and online, and it’s always so fun to decide what to make with everyone. There is so much amazing vegan food to choose from!
Meals have run the gamut from easy and quick, to more elaborate and fancy. Always seasonal, and always including something a little unusual. Last night’s meal included greens (always), spicy butternut squash soup, and this cake for dessert:
And we always use lots of colorful veggies…
Yes, I use my hands a lot when I talk :)
What’s your favorite dish to share with newbies to the vegan diet?
I spent yesterday driving from Southern CA to Utah to visit my amazing friend Somer. It was a beautiful drive, just over 9 hours, going through California, Nevada, the corner of Arizona, and into Utah. I first experienced the beauty … Continue reading
So this post isn’t specifically about food, but it is an issue of importance for vegans: how to get enough Vitamin B-12. The amount we need isn’t that large, but it’s critical for the functioning of the brain and nervous system, and in the formation of the red blood cells.
B-12 is naturally found in animals (because they eat it from the plants and soil, bacteria in their intestines synthesize it), so vegans have to find it in other sources. We can get it from nutritional yeast, soy milk and other fortified products, and supplements – pills or sprays usually.
But now I just heard about this great new thing ~ B-12 toothpaste! Truly ~
Isn’t that amazing? It’s been developed by The German Vegetarian Society and a company called Sante. Here is the company’s website, and an article about the toothpaste that cites a study showing significant increases in B-12 in a controlled study.
Can any of our European friends reading this comment on it?