I am back. Apologies, explanations and some interesting Vegan food
Many people have contacted me asking me when was I going to start back blogging..and I kept telling them in 2 weeks and the 2 weeks turned into 4 and 6 and 8.
I have been stressed out after embarking on a big project and then I really did not want to be cooking and rushing to blog to be honest. I needed my space and time away from the food and that is what I did. Not only did I stop cooking I went on a diet and started to eat differently and with that change the blog will be moving in a different direction. There will still be food porn but there would be lower carb recipes on the blog as well. I do not do that low fat thing as I need all the fat I can get in my diet meaning cold pressed oils. It is very easy for vegans not to get enough fat in the diet so I look to see how I can add some extra cold pressed oils to my meals
Many vegans and vegetarians are overweight and some are obese, some are slim and healthy and some are underweight. There is no poster person for veganism even if society wants us to think that way. When I went vegan( 5 years ago) I was around 230 pounds on my 5 feet 7 frame and in 8 months I exercised and ate healthy and I was 130 pounds. Not only did my peers not recognize me but people came up to me saying I was their inspiration. I somewhat felt obligated to these ppl and I started to worry about my weight worrying if I could continue being slim. Fwd to present day…now I am going to come down hard on many people including myself. Just because you are vegan does not mean that you should indulge heavily in sugary and high simple carbs meals. I think the problem with many of us is that we cannot go buy a slice of vegan cake easily so when we come up with a recipe for a dessert or someone puts one out there we go like ” shit I deserve that cake and all of it”. Many of us do not look at portion size and many of us do not care about quality protein sources and this is where the problem starts. Some of us throw away everything we learned about food and think because we are vegan the rules do not apply to us. I found myself in this situation briefly and those pounds started to creep on again. I took sometime to look at how I ate and made some changes and I am happy to say I am at a healthy weight now. Here are some rules I follow to keep me on track. Most of you know this already and do not have any weight issues so please ignore. THIS IS NOT DIET ADVICE I AM SHARING WHAT WORKS BEST FOR ME.
1. No white flour in my everyday meals. I would indulge once a month in something made with this.
2. Brown rice, quiona, bulgar in small quantities and only following a workout where I did strength training
3. Quality multivitamins tailored for vegans
4. No juice and low juice. Juices are a bunch of sugar even if it says sugar free so drink those in moderation.
5. Green tea after every major meal
6. Sugar free daily life and indulgences once per month or every 2 weeks in something sweet
7.No white rice, potatoes in my everyday meals
8. Slightly reduced carb breakfast. Low carb lunch and dinner.
9. Moderate exercise.
10. Loads of water
11. You know the usual fresh organic veg when I can get it because if I cannot get it I have to eat the pesticide soaked one or go without.
This is my way to keep my weight constant and still feel like if I am not starving myself …I know how bitchy I can be with a reduced carb diet…where is my rice dammit.
So I went home a few weeks ago AGAIN yes and I picked up lots of things on the way and I will blog about them separately.
Here are some interesting things I cooked up for the last 2 weeks
Here is a chickpea and raisin stew. Yes you heard me right. OMG. I went to this restaurant in Barbados called the Balcony located in Bridgetown and basically it is in the middle of a department store and it is a buffet with a salad bar. Usually you can have a vegetarian meal with mac pie and stuff there but when I got there low and behold I saw a brightly orange chickpea stew. I almost passed out from joy. As I was serving myself the stew I noticed these brown granules in the stew and I looked closely and it was raisins and I said YUCK prompting stares of other customers. I went back to my table with my stew and salad and I showed my husband who looked up from his newspaper and said oh interesting it should be good Taymer…….raisins in a savory dish like chickpeas?????….ughhhhh….
When I took a taste of my stew it was the most amazing way I had chickpeas not only were the chickpeas well cooked but the raisins worked well with this dish. Be sure to use fresh tumeric meaning the root veg to make your stew bright orange.
Here is a snapshot of some I made for myself the other day
My husband introduced me to Tabbouleh recently and it is something I eat every couple of weeks now with less bulgar than what is in the photo.
So I went to this “posh” farmers market in Barbados and I bought about 12 usd in produce for my parents and 12 usd gets you a lot of things at these farmers market.
I was so inspired with such fresh produced (even fresh onions) that I made my parents a nice rice dish called Veg Rice in Barbados and I made some sticks of vegan chicken strips and marinated them in some cool marinades I picked up at the market. Here is the almost totally organic dish I made for my parents.
Finally in food here is a cake I took to a party last weekend. The good thing about being vegan is that you can bake and take desserts you can actually eat to other peoples houses and you are not trapped with a whole cake to eat. This is my rum cake with buttered rum glazed and walnuts. It is not a health cake at all it is a cake so you know what that means so I knew not to overindulge.:)
So would you like to take a peek into my fabulous life? OK it is not very glamorous but I do go to some sexy destinations during the year:)
I went there last week Friday for the day and I must say it has the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. It looks like a freaking screen saver and I am from Barbados so saying that is something big. Vegan scene sucks so much. Trust me to go into at least 2 supermarkets to see if they had tofu. I did a day of research before and saw some ok options kinda low protein but hey it is for one day…When I got there most of these places were closed or they were out of their homemade veggie burgers so I settled for a industrial veggie burger at this beach bar and no comment.
Anyways here is a pic of me at one of the many beautiful beaches on the island of Anguilla.
Ok here is a garden I went to in Barbados called Hunte’s Garden. OMG. I was expecting a mad hatter or something to come out from behind the trees. This place is whimsical and the staff was so lovely.
OK FOLKS THAT is a wrap
Want to know how to make vegan yougurt that does not look like a slimy mess and really taste better than the starter? Stay tuned.
Want to soak your own beans and learn how to use that elusive pressure cooker? All that and more is coming up. in the next post.