In 2007, I was out to eat more greens, start a garden, start composting and get more involved in my local Veg and Sierra Clubs. Two years later, I am still chomping on kale, expanding my garden, working hard with the clubs AND getting a second composter! Yay and thank you, Mum and Dad :) One unexpected goal was leafletting for the first time (which I did before Thanksgiving - not sure if I posted about it, but how AWESOME it felt - to be handing out vegan info during one of the most cruel holidays of the year!). I also attended my first Animal Rights Conference and did my first (two!) vegan presentations.
Roasted Cauliflower (with olives) - I never knew cauliflower could have so much flavor!
Roasted chestnuts - a pain to peel but soooo worth it!
Spanikopita - lots of folding = lots of yumminess!
Sushi - no raw fish here - sushi means sweet bite of rice!
Rice pudding - basmati here
A pot pie without chicken??? Yes, and it was good, too!
A cheesecake to die for!
Phyllo dough isn't that scary!
Roasted beets - one more veggie I now LOVE!
Injera made from teff flour
The wat that goes with the injera
Faustess Cupcakes - many steps but worth every one!
Raw food is just rawsome!
No animal was harmed in the making of these seitan ribz...
Mini muffins aren't any harder to make than regular ones! And, they're perfectly bite-sized :)
So, what's up in 2009 for this vegan librarian? Well, I think in this economy I could stand to pinch a few pennies when it comes to my food budget. So, I resolve to make more meals that use up my pantry items (like I've actually been trying to do these past few months) and require fewer esoteric (or expensive) ingredients. I'll try to post the estimated cost of each recipe, and help show the rest of the world just how cheap and easy we vegans are! ;) My second major resolution is to be a better vegan. Sounds silly, but it's hard to be completely vegan in this society, with animal products hidden in so many things. I'm on a mission to veganize my makeup (yes, cow urine in a lot of it) and hair products. Of course, I will also continue to make recipes that "scare me," (samosas, cinnamon rolls/buns, Twinkies, roasted brussel sprouts, waffles) as well as eat plenty of greens, raw foods and do more gluten-free baking! Happy New Year, everyone!!! (P.S. - I just posted yesterday as well, so make sure to check it out - the Best of 2008!)