Hello everyone! Hello internet! Hello Mom! Hello me, rereading this for the 100th time!
I have been away from blogging from quite some time.
Well, that’s not even close to true. I have been dutifully reading all my old favorites, discovering way too many new favorites, and filling up my feedly with recipes that I MUST try out. And outfits that I love and want to wear. And DIY projects I need to do. I’ve been busy.
Really, I have been busy with work. It’s very hard to explain, so I’ll just say that I’m on call 24/7/365, and I never know what my schedule will be. I could get called in to work this afternoon. I could get called in to work tonight. Or tomorrow morning…you get the picture.
That has definitely kept me away from the blog for a while. Also, even though I didn’t have a huge readership, or cookbook, or my own domain name, or anything fancy at all….I felt a lot of pressure. From who? Myself. I felt like I needed to create all these recipes, because a lot of the bloggers I love do that. They create new recipes for me and you to try. But thinking about it, I also love a lot of bloggers that share what they eat/do, showing readers where to find the recipe (be it a cookbook or a magazine or another blog). And I think that is the niche that I belong in. I’m creative, sure, but a lot of what I make and eat is from a cookbook or a magazine or a blog. I make dinner up a lot, but it’s usually a simple simple simple meal, like a stir-fry or a salad or steamed veggies with bbq tofu/tempeh. (We eat that last one probably once a week in this household). So, I’m back at it, but I can’t promise anything original. But then again “There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” See what I mean? Marie Antoinette waxed poetic on these same thoughts over 200 years ago.
So, in food news, we’ve been trying to eat well lately. I went to the Atlanta Veg Fest (which was amazing!!!!) and ended up volunteering in the speaker room while Victoria Moran gave her talk. I loved every word she said, from “honorary legumes” to “voluntary minority” and at the end I felt reminded of part of the reason that I am vegan. She spoke about the wonderful wide world of vegetables and being able to eat so many things, simply from veggies and grains and spices and legumes that there was really no need for the over-processed foods we feed ourselves. Yes, sometimes you’re like, I really want food, but I don’t feel like doing anything, so I’ll just heat up this Amy’s Pizza. Or, if you’re like me, you’re like, I think I’ll have a few of these maple bacon potato chips and then you end up eating the entire bag. I mean, nothing is wrong with any of that stuff, so long as it is occasional. Or in moderation.
I’m no health expert or life coach or nutritionist, but I do love food. I know that those foods I listed (and the rest of the list….Oreos! Purely Decadent Turtle Tracks! Frozen burritos!) are convenient, and yummy, and vegan…but that doesn’t mean we should fill our plate with them at every meal, every day. Moran said at Vegfest (and I believe that she was quoting her book, Main Street Vegan), “‘Make your plate look like a Christmas tree, mostly green with splashes of other bright colors.”
So with that in mind, we’ve been trying to eat well.
We had sweet potato tacos last week for dinner. Super yummy. And I made cashew sour cream instead of using Tofutti (even though we had some in the fridge).
They were so yummy, just spicy enough, super filling, and quick.
Today for lunch I’m having a big salad.
I just mixed together kale and red cabbage, tossed it with some tahini and balsamic vinegar, and topped it all off with apple slices, smoked tofu, and pomegranate tendrils. I was starving after running around all morning. Which is why Rhett and I are going to spend the rest of the day just hanging around. I mean, who could resist this face…