Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chickpea Cutlets

I made the Chickpea Cutlets from Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero's Veganomicon last night. I was pretty pleased with myself, because 95% of the time, the first time I try out a new recipe, it usually ends in disaster (such as the tamales I made Sunday night from the same cookbook). However, the cutlets turned out pretty swell. I guess the best comparison I can make would be to say they tasted a lot like veggie chicken nuggets. Only better. I served them up with some mashed potatoes made with Earth Balance and light soy milk. I think next time I might try sauteeing some onions and throwing them on top.

I have some pictures, but have yet to upload them, so shall do so soon.

And for anyone who is Vegan or Vegan-ish and hasn't heard of Moskowitz and Romero, because they have clearly been living under a rock, check out The Post Punk Kitchen ASAP! I'm pretty much obsessed with the website and have collected all the cookbooks that these ladies have written. OMG!

Monday, September 21, 2009

First Post

Hi! So welcome to my little home in the blogosphere. Just a couple of things about where I've been and where I'm heading.

I've been on a "journey" for over 4 years to drop weight and keep it off. Long story short, I turned to vegetarianism a little over a year ago both for health and ethical reasons. Shortly thereafter it seemed veganism was everywhere I turned. Maybe it was divine intervention. Two instances really stand out. I started listening to this podcast, "Yell at Your Fat"( a GREAT show, btw) and Wendy, the hostess with the mostess has successfully lost 139 lbs due in large part to her veganism. Not long after I started listening to YAYF, I came across a little book titled Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. I had no clue until I got underway with reading it that it promoted veganism. Well, I took those little inspirations and ran with them. Back in February of this year, I went on a 30-Day "Challenge" and eliminated dairy, caffefine, alcohol, and sweets from my diet. I managed to lose 20 lbs in a month and hit my lowest weight in almost 10 years. Immediately at the end of the 30 days, I came down with strep throat and not long after recovering from that, I herniated two discs in my lower back and have been dealing with sciatica ever since. I became depressed and just didn't care, quickly putting those 20 lbs back on plus 20 more.

Well, enough is enough. I'm in my 3rd week of Weight Watchers and I'm recommitted to learning all I can about vegan cooking, foods, and resources. Here I will share my trials, tribulations, successes, and failures.

So...why reluctant?

Simple. I LOVE dairy. I adore chesse and ice cream in particular and have yet to find a suitable replacement for either. So I AM a reluctant vegan - but I'm working hard to stay committed.

So, thanks for reading and stay tuned!