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Baking Bug

I’ve been hit with the baking bug.  Though, to be completely honest, I’ve been hit with it since becoming a vegan and having to make my own food.

I’ve baked a ton of desserts over the past 10 months.  There are no favorites when it comes to baked goods, at least for me.  I love them all.  I’ve made pies, cakes, brownies, muffins, cookies and more.  Even though one of my main reasons for going vegan was to be healthier, I cannot deny my sweet tooth its cravings.

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The past week in particular, I’ve baked everyday.  It probably started because of “Pi Day” on the fourteenth, but I think that’s only half the reason.  The other reason being that I’ve just been wanting sweets lately and my housemates have also wanted sweets (even if they are vegan sweets).

The good thing about my housemates is that they encourage my vegan diet, and they actually request a few of the meals and treats I have made.  Though there is no way they will ever go on a vegan diet, they don’t object to eating vegan treats and meals every now and then… but it does happen more often than you’d think.

Today though, I was craving cookies.  So I made my favorite kind of cookie – oatmeal raisin.

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Well, I had to skip on the raisins since we didn’t have any and no one was home to drive me to the store to get some.  But they taste just as good.

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Stop the Stereotypes

Stereotypes seem to be everywhere.  Like, really, they’re everywhere.

Growing up I lived in a nice town in Connecticut, so people always assumed I was a fancy, rich kid… well okay, that’s kind of true, but I never acted like I was better than anyone because of the town I grew up in or the fact my family has money.  But over the last two months I’ve experienced a new stereotype…

… for being vegan.

When people see that I promote myself as a vegan they automatically assume that I’m an animal rights activist who will start preaching to them about not eating animals because it’s not right.  Well, news flash, I’m not exactly an animal rights activist… I’m just trying to be healthier than I was before.  Not to say that saving animals isn’t a bonus to being a vegan, but to me that’s all it is – a bonus.

So just stop with the stereotyping, it’s just not cool.

And it’s annoying.

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Possible Project

So with trying new vegan recipes and starting up this blog I have been toying with the idea of doing a blog with vegan recipes I try and posting my thoughts on them.

Then I realized how many vegan food blogs there are and it seems silly to start another one.  So I threw the idea aside to figure out something else to try aside from this blog where I blog about anything and everything.

Only a few hours later, as I was helping my housemate Lindsey make dinner, I came up with a (possibly) great idea…

Do a food blog that’s Vegan vs. Non-Vegan with her.

See, she recently graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has been cooking since she was young.  The only problem I’m having is trying to convince her to collaborate with me on this project.  If I can get her to do this with me, I think it’d be a real fun project for us.  And I’d also get my brothers Sam and/or Ian to take pictures of the food or at least teach me skills in food photography.

I hope it all works out, ’cause I’m kinda excited to do this.

sly


2 Months Vegan

It is two months to the day that I started my vegan diet, and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

Vegan chocolate chip espresso cookies.

Vegan chocolate chip espresso cookies.

When I first decided to go vegan my friends and family thought I was crazy. I am a guy after all, and guys like their meat.  However, I’ve never been one for meat, with the exception of chicken and fish meals, but I haven’t had either in the last two months.  My siblings especially thought I would quit this diet after only a week.  It’s not that they don’t believe I can stick to something I want to do, it’s just to change eating habits can be somewhat drastic, especially starting a vegan diet.

Coconut-avocado key lime pie with cashew-macadamia crust

Coconut-avocado key lime pie with cashew-macadamia crust

Of course, starting my diet wasn’t easy.  Even now I still get tempted when it comes to seeing my friends snack on the foods I used to love eating, but I still get to enjoy foods I used to eat, I just have to change the recipe such was when I have pizza or cake.  Which is another good thing from going vegan, I have had to learn to cook a lot of the food I’ve been eating.  Not that there is really much to cook since there’s no meat involved, but for making vegan hot foods or pastries, well, you get my point.  So there’s a lot more work involved with being on a vegan diet, but for me it’s most definitely worth it.

So here I am two months later and honestly, I feel so much healthier.  Without a lot of the junk that is in the foods of my old eating habits, I feel like if I were to go back to those foods I’d get sick.  Yep, going vegan was one the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life.

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