Happy Diwali and Winner of the Vegan Diwali Sweets Ebook!

happy-diwali-theme-wallpaper

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┬átheir 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!

What I Ate Wednesday

I’ve never done a WIAW post before, so it seemed like a good time to start :) . I love reading them on other blogs, as they always give me so many good ideas when I think about what I’m going to eat during the day.

This is what I ate yesterday ~ Tuesday ~ Continue reading

Vegan Diwali Sweets ~ Recipe and an E-book Giveaway!

As I was learning to become a better cook, the one area that took me longer to learn was the art of spicing (yes, it’s still a work in progress!). As far as I was concerned, a dish of pasta with a tablespoon or so of cayenne was “spiced”. Unfortunately, no one that I served it to agreed :) .

I very quickly became aware of the subtleties needed in making a dish perfectly spiced, something my Indian friends had down. And I was on a mission to learn ~ I traded yoga classes for Indian cooking classes, and for every dinner with friends I was in the kitchen, trying to learn as much as I could. Now I can make a respectably-spiced meal, certainly not the same quality as those who taught me, but good enough…

Desserts, however, are a whole different story. While I can relate to the ingredients in a curry or dal or vegetable dish, Indian desserts are out of my league. Many of them are made with ghee, and it would be beyond me to veganize them and replicate the flavor. But not to worry, Richa has come to our rescue! Continue reading

What’s your favorite dish to share with vegan newbies? ~ Vegan MOFO 2013

MOFO-2013-banner

Last night I had an opportunity to spend the evening at one of my vegan cooking classes, sharing information and delicious food with everyone.

Vegan-Cooking-Class

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:

Chocolate-Cream-Cake

And we always use lots of colorful veggies…

LongIsland-Vegan-Cooking-1

Yes, I use my hands a lot when I talk :)

What’s your favorite dish to share with newbies to the vegan diet?