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on being vegan

At the beginning of the year we decided to take the step from vegetarianism to veganism. We made the choice to become vegetarians based on a love for animals and intolerance of animal cruelty. Becoming vegan was for the same reasons really, and we have now eliminated animal products completely from our diet.

I don’t think that all people should become vegan or vegetarian. I make the effort not to judge anyone for their decisions, especially when they have no impact on my life. I can also understand the argument that animals can be raised and slaughtered humanely, but for us it is easier to eliminate these items from our diet than research and visit farms or simply trust what we read or hear. And regardless, we love animals and can’t stand the thought of killing them to eat. We are not fighting for our survival and have the freedom to make this choice.

The most difficult thing for me over the past few months has been thinking about the way I consume non-edible items. No more leather shoes or purses. I don’t think the smart idea would be to get rid of all of my ‘things’ containing animal, but I’m making an effort not to purchase new ones. Will I take a pair of barely-worn leather pumps from a friend? If they fit, sure. Would I consider purchasing a vintage or second-hand leather handbag or wallet? Possibly. I live and work in a community in which appearance is judged and holds some importance, and I cannot roll around day to day in hemp shoes and cotton pants. I’m not sure I even would if the choice was given to me, especially with the growing market of “vegan” fashions. But I’m happy that we have decided to make this change.

http://www.seedsnow.com/blogs/news/7753427-veganism-debunked-info-graphic – This is an awesome graphic that helps debunk some common thoughts on veganism.

I must say I do miss the thought of cheese, but fortunately Cabot is hard to come by in Oregon. Does this mean I will never eat cheese again? I can’t say that for sure. I also can’t say we are fully informed about every product that is in every item we purchase and consume. But for now we are working on becoming better vegans, eating even more real food, and focusing on the positive things in life.

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home made

there are certain foods i could eat every day. macaroni and cheese and pizza being on the top of my list (followed by salad and broccoli, of course!). we have been making home made pizza lately, and last night i made an heirloom tomato sauce – it turned quite well. it is shocking how much salt and sugar goes into regular pasta and pizza sauce – and how easy it is to substitute something fresher and healthier.

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sunday breakfast

after accomplishing little but a marathon sleep session so far this weekend, we woke up early this morning ready to do anything. last week i was gifted an amazing opportunity to check out several hip and expensive restaurants downtown, so ryan and i decided to try breakfast at the urban farmer. in the nines hotel, this restaurant focuses on local, organic and sustainable ingredients, but is mostly a steakhouse. since we mostly can not eat at a steak house, we decided breakfast would be the best veg option. we were right, and each had something delicious and meat-free. it was a decadent breakfast in a beautiful modern setting. it felt sort of like our holiday celebration, and i hope more wonderful times lie in the week ahead.

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king arthur delivery

ryan and i have been very fortunate over the past year to receive monthly deliveries of king arthur flour mixes. we have made cinnamon rolls, scones, pancakes, king’s cake, almond filled sweet bread, eggnog sugar cookies, on and on and on. tonight i sorted through my recent deliveries, and decided on cinnamon caramel monkey bread.

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it is, of course, amazingly delicious. to alleviate a little of the ‘guilt’ we might feel eating this entire thing ourselves, i substituted apple sauce for the butter, cornstarch + water for the eggs, and honey for the corn syrup. fortunately, oh so fortunately, it came out perfect. it even sort of resembles the version from their website! i’m sure it would be even better with the added ingredients they call for, but really, anything i have ever made from king arthur flour has been amazing. whenever i open a new mix, i am guaranteed a delicious treat. the monthly deliveries in 2010 were truly gifts that continue to give. lucky for me, i have a supply of boxes stacked on the shelf for 2011.

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vegan pumpkin muffins

i have made these muffins several times over the past month, and each batch is more delicious than the one before. i know most of you would probably prefer a non-vegan pumpkin muffin (or pie), but there have not been milk or eggs in my fridge for at least 3 months. the recipe is so simple, and they are an easy treat. i can get almost 3 batches of mini-muffins out of one  15 oz can of pumpkin puree.

vegan pumpkin muffin

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homemade halloween candy

last year, we purchased candy for trick or treaters – and since we ended up with zero, we also ended up eating all of the candy – sponge bob square pants gummy-hamburgers and mini snickers. ew.

this year i have been trying to stay away from halloween treats, and haven’t purchased any for our likely non-existant trick or treaters. there are plenty of treats at the day job though, so i am not completely without temptation! but, beside 2 or 3 york peppermint patties, i have done well. then i stumbled upon this post by Joy the BakerHomemade Almond Joy. i just had to try these, and her recipe was very easy to follow. my photos do no justice to their deliciousness.

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tada!

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celebrations

out of happiness for another deadline passing, i came home and tried to make these Blueberry White Chocolate Swirls from the eat me, delicious blog that i stumbled upon this week. the author just happens to have a cat that looks like she could be ninja’s sister, so i love the blog even more.

making the kate-adjustments that I often do (applesauce in place of oil, King Arthur wheat flower, no frosting/glaze), i ended up with some sort-of tasty rolls. i tried taking a picture, but our CFL’s are weak, and give off a really crappy glow. SO, i’m going to try again this weekend. probably still making my healthier substitutions. ryan said they were OK, but not bring-to-work worthy. oh well, more for ME!

in other celebratory news, in a sleep deprived daze earlier this week, as i tried to make myself a healthy cup of soup lunch, i ended up spilling it on the floor (dry ingredients only, thank god). so i decided i should go out walking on lunch break and stop at not one, but two places to pick up food. first was Cafe Velo, where i got one of their amazing falafel flatbread sandwiches. then i walked over to the Flavour Spot, and got a Black Forest. i’m not sure what possessed me to go and buy a waffle stuffed with nutella and jam, but it was fluffy and delicious!

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subrosa

tonight we had dinner at subrosa. this intersection at clinton street is one of my favorites in Portland. if we lived around the corner, i bet we would eat here weekly. it is a true neighborhood place, and i always feel as though we are sitting in on a celebration of warmth and delicious smells – but without an air of imposition.

they have this one large table, and it is always reserved for a weekly get together, or intimate family birthday. every time, we sit at our table for two and watch as a group of 8 or 10 slowly forms, sharing glasses of wine, bread and cheese. someday i will be at that table.

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