Creating New Traditions
The holidays are here for some and are approaching for others. As a vegan the first order of the day is to avoid meat and animal products but how does that really affect my cultural traditions over the years? The answer is A LOT. Sometimes we hold on to traditions because we feel safe and it reminds us of times when life was much simpler. This holiday I plan to create new traditions but not deviating so much from the authenticity of Barbadian cuisine. I have been planning menus testing recipes to perfect the perfect holiday dish. I have not settled on a protein choice yet but I am looking as a seitan enriched with tofu something along that line. Recently, I came across this recipe by the Natasha from the Voracious Vegan blog for her seitan fried chicken and I decided to give it a try as I rarely get a chance to do other recipes from other blogs, since I am so busy testing for my own book. The results were very good especially when biting into it hot out of the frying pan. Junky? Not too much YES a little just a little I lied! Did it taste like chicken? It actually tasted like chicken legs (sorry for the gore) in a burger from what I remember. There are some vegans who would not like to re hash that taste including me but this recipe was a good intro to seitan and would be nice for non vegans to try. Anyways I will be slowing down on post for the holidays as I am embarking on some new projects which I will share with you once there are finalized and I am already in holiday mode. I will be still a good friend to post some recipes for non traditional vegan holidays..See there is an establish vegan holiday tradition! Look out for that soon and try Tasha’s recipe for Seitan Fried “Chickin” especially if you never tried seitan before. I gave my husband this plate for a post workout lunch and he was happy camper. I made some slight adaptations to her recipe which was adding some poultry seasoning inside the gluten flour and seasoning the cooked seitan steak with Bajan seasoning before battering and shallow frying. For me I need Bajan Seasoning in Chicken styled dish and you do not need to follow suit.
Well I hope my American Readers had a good Thanksgiving s (we do not do that here in the Caribbean only on a small-scale to please American immigrants or should I say expats ..so why am I called an immigrant or even worse an alien, geez they didnt even call the V’s aliens just “Visitors” ,if I live in another country…someone help me out with that one? Anywhoo do not want to start any trouble. It was just a thought I wanted to get clarified.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY BARBADOS. BARBADOS CELEBRATES IT’S 43RD ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE ON NOVEMBER THE 30TH.