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Creating New Traditions

November 28, 2009

 

 

 

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.

 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2009 3:29 am

    Glad you liked my seitan recipe! You are definitely right, a lot of vegans actually don’t like it because it is TOO meaty! It is something I love to serve to omnivores though, because it blows their mind when I tell them they aren’t eating meat.

    Such a lovely photo, the mashed potatoes look incredibly fluffy!

  2. November 28, 2009 2:46 pm

    I’ve only had “chicken” fried seitan once at a wonderful vegan restaurant in L.A. an it was so good. I must try this one.

  3. November 29, 2009 4:23 pm

    Oooh, that looks delicious! My Ex-Pat Thanksgiving was a bit dissapointing, but do I ever intend to make up for it over Christmas!

    Can’t wait to hear about the new projects!

  4. November 30, 2009 11:52 am

    Happy Independence Day Barbados! Will you do anything special to celebrate? Is it like Independence Day in the US, with barbecue and explosions?

    Your Thanksgiving plate looks delicious!

    • Taymer permalink*
      November 30, 2009 12:10 pm

      yes we have a big parade with a marching band. We watch local plays on tv. We wear or blue and yellow and black clothing. We eat conkies which I will post sometime in jan since I do not have the ingredients with me now. We eat the national dish which includes fish , not me lol.It is a quite day after the parade. The next day radios blast xmas music which causes a big fit for the older people who want to still enjoy independence day. Thanks about the thanksgiving plate. I do not know it but I wanted to do something close to it to join in.

  5. Sunshine permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:17 am

    lol…jus wanted to let you know as predicted, I turned on my radio this morning and there was the Christmas music! (Though I am pretty sure I heard some prior to today!!!)

    • Taymer permalink*
      December 1, 2009 9:36 am

      lol i will go to launch vob Internet radio to listen to some now as i am listening to accuholidays.I want to hear local music. Exams are here Sun. Do well as usual.I love the feeling after Xmas exams … that violated feeling or even hangover feeling I used to get … do not listen to me

  6. Sunshine permalink
    December 1, 2009 5:12 pm

    lol no worries i kno what feelin u mean…i would describe it more as a spent feelin like u’ve given it all u have and u just want to get good food (if u can handle it!) and sleep

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