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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Coming out to the family howd YOU do it? *Share your wisdom here!* on: December 12, 2006 02:54:45 PM
My dad served me a plate of curry chicken for dinner one day and I went to my room to eat it (I had a pile of homework to do that night), halfway through the meal I decided to stop eating meat. My boyfriend finished my plate and I returned to the kitchen, empty plate in hand and said, "thanks for dinner dad. It was really good but uhm, I've decided to be vegetarian from now on. It's nothing to do with your food though! So, I don't expect you to cook for me at all, I'll handle all my meals." Or something like that. My brother had been vegetarian for 2-3 years by that point so my dad said "Okay." He admitted to me 3yrs later that he never expected me to stay vegetarian for more than a week, hence his reply.

I had already been vegan for 6yrs when I met my in-laws. My fiance is vegetarian so it's not like they thought it was *that* weird that I'm vegan. They don't understand it but they are very respectful of it. They joke about it but the jokes are totally not mean-spirited. I never expect them to do anything special for me when I visit and constantly remind them that I am perfectly happy eating a salad or some plain vegetables or pasta with salt/pepper/herbs.

It was almost too easy for me.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Any ideas for using up bland shortbread cookies? on: November 01, 2006 05:52:48 AM
how about a spumone or a tiramisu?
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Yummy and heathy snacks on: October 25, 2006 06:02:41 AM
- ryvita or wasa crispbread with homemade (sugar free) jam or apple butter
- mango
- fresh air popped corn sprayed with pam and with a sprinkle of salt and nutritional year.. or whatever else you want on it.
- sliced strawberries in soymilk and jam

and if i feel like ive eaten too much or eaten crappy all day/week
- tea with a splash of soymilk and some turbinado sugar
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Cupcakes x6 varieties [pic heavy] on: October 22, 2006 08:24:24 PM
i need to get that book!

5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: vegan pumpkin pie? on: October 15, 2006 10:11:43 AM

6  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Eeek! Too Many Apples! on: October 12, 2006 11:43:14 AM
haha, i just got done cleaning my kitchen after cooking/baking apples all day.
i made apple butter, apple jelly, apple sauce, and apple cookies. i'd post the recipes but unfortunately they are from french websites. the apple jelly i made uses only the skins and cores so it was a good way to recycle the 'trash' from the other recipes.

7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Recipes for my new 'diet' on: October 12, 2006 11:28:29 AM
ok well my first tip then is to check out... THE MAGICAL LOAF STUDIO!
this will give you endless loaf options. and as always you can serve the loaf in slices with a side of veggies, in a sandwich (leftovers!), crumbled on couscous, as taco filling, etc.

also check out vegweb.com's beans/legumes section
all the recipes are vegan so you won't have to worry about eggs, dairy (not sure if you can have any?), meat. check the oils in the recipes and substitute for the kinds you can actually have right now. im a oil-idiot, i never know which kind are good/bad. i pretty much only use sesame and e-v olive oil.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Recipes for my new 'diet' on: October 12, 2006 05:43:17 AM
you can eat nuts and beans for protein, right?
i just want to make sure before i post recipes.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: it's fall! that means soup! post your favorites here! on: October 10, 2006 06:20:59 PM
Sick Day Soup (This soup is vegan but I guess you can make it with real meat or without any kind of meat or meat substitute)

1 cup broth (from cube, powder, packet, etc.)
handful chop suey from a can (I've got tiny hands)
handful frozen spinach
handful frozen broccoli (cut into small pieces if you've got the energy)
1 teaspoon chopped garlic (bottled is fine)
1/2 teaspoon curry paste (optional, any colour is fine)
1tsp to 1tbsp nutritional yeast (optional, but make sure it's NOT brewer's yeast)
some textured soy protein or ground 'meat' if you've got any... about a handful.

You can definitely use fresh veggies if you've got the energy! But sometimes you just want something quick and somewhat healthy when you've got a cold.
Using the rough measurements I've listed will give you a soup with very little broth so you might want to add more broth.

Defrost your veggies under hot water or in the microwave (if you don't mind using one). Drain and rinse your chop suey.

Bring the water to a slow boil and throw everything in there.

If you're using a mix of fresh and frozen veggies then use whatever mental capacities your sick brain is left with to figure out when to throw in an ingredient. I use fresh broccoli and cook it for 2-3 minutes before adding the other veggies.

I use fake ground chicken and add it at the very last second. If you use real meat cook it first in a separate pan!! Oh, and I use soup from a packet that includes a bit of noodles, so I guess you could add a little quick cooking noodles if you feel like it.

You might want to also add some ginger (fresh or from a bottle.. I don't recommend powdered ginger) or hot sauce.  or whatever else you feel like.

Serve with crackers or buttered toast/bagel.

...this also makes a good post-snowboarding/skiing/sledding soup.

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Canadian Foods on: October 04, 2006 06:32:33 AM
oh yeh! tourtiere!
my gran made me a vegan one for xmas last year, it was amazing and totally satisfied my craving. this year she's making it again and as of last night (inspired by this thread, i called her) she's also going to work on a recipe for vegan cretons!
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