Vegan MoFo 2012 fail and maple pecan French toast

November 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Posted in VeganMoFo | Leave a comment
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Finished maple pecan French toast by ‘Vegan Bites’

I seem to be incredibly good at failing at Vegan MoFo! As I have said before, my life is super busy, especially now that I work days. I write and edit for eight hours a day, and I am lucky if I can read or write after that!

I will be participating in NaNoWriMo, but that doesn’t mean you won’t hear from me! I plan on finishing out the rest of my Vegan MoFo dishes (about eight or nine posts) and then maybe trying post a day from The Daily Post. I don’t know if I will do this EVERY day, but it will keep my creative juices flowing.

See, I wake up early to run, and then I get ready for work. At work, I write, edit, blog, talk, meet, etc., etc. At 6 p.m., I go home. When I am home, I sometimes go to the gym. Maybe I cook dinner. Usually I am glued to Netflix, this time around watching “Gossip Girl.” Before I know it, it is late and I need to sleep. I catch up on blog posts on Google Reader as I drift into sleep.

Sometimes I need to do chores. Or go to events. Or meet with people. Or travel.

When do I have time to write? Well, I do but I am HORRIBLE at prioritizing.

So, onto the foods!

From Vegan Bites, which is a cookbook for single vegans, there were a few recipes that caught my eye. Since veganism has taken off so much, sometimes the recipes in cookbooks are just … all the same. I know how to make certain dishes, but for newbie vegans, these cookbooks are GREAT.

I saw a simple recipe for French toast, my ALL-TIME favorite food from the past.

Waiting to be placed in the pan

I will say that it is hard to make a quick vegan French toast. Usually the batter takes some time to cook, as was the case with the maple pecan French toast. I don’t mind too much, as long as it cooks through.

The ingredients were simple, but low in fat or calories this is NOT. It was 700 calories for the serving size of two slices.

Would I try this again? Sure. I have my Magic Bullet blender, a plate and a frying pan. That’s all you really need for this.

What is your favorite breakfast food? I miss brunch sometimes, because not many local places offer great vegan options.

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The line between vegan and extremism

May 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I am taking a pause from writing my recent entry after a long conversation with a co-worker in the work parking lot.

See, the other night I watched the movie “Year of the Dog,” which stars Molly Shannon and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.

Without giving too much away, Peggy (played by Molly) is a dog lover and owner and ends up as a vegan and animal rights activist.

You would think, “oh gee, Bethany, you would LOVE this movie!” I mean, Associated Press film critic David Germain named the film the No. 10 best film of 2007.

Well, yes, it was good to see a vegan movie BUT the tone was completely off and offensive.

First of all, whereas they brought up some of the issues with the meat industry and the treatment of animals, both farm and domestic, the script threw in the one-liners that gives vegans dirty looks, such as “meat is murder.” Whereas this is what I believe, at this point Peggy was a vegan for all of a few weeks. And her little niece, not even 5 years old, asked why Aunt Peggy wasn’t eating meat. The looks the parents gave Peggy when she said it to the little girl was “she’s nuts.”

That was the problem I had with it all. When Peggy talks of the horrors of animal experiments, fur coats and the meat industry, everyone except her vegan friend (only one) gave her the “she’s crazy” look then laughed it off as if she’s the weirdo in their life that can be barely tolerated.

That is until she snaps and tries to kill someone. This is when her veganism, or as I see it veganism in general, went from an innocent “hobby” in their eyes to the extremism they feared in the back of their minds.  They made it seem like this: That veganism was just a hobby, like when a teenager decides to be Wiccan or Buddhist or they go goth. But if gone too far, it can alienate and hurt.

It’s obvious that all vegans do not condone violence, as our premise is that animals should not be experimented on, tortured or killed. So why would the creator of “Year of the Dog” think it was wise for the main character, now a vegan who is clearly upset with what is happening to animals, to try committing murder so “he could feel what it’s like to feel hunted” and make everyone think she needs some mental help? I’m not sorry for being vegan and I do not need to be in rehab for wanting to save animals!

At the end they try to “right” this bad vegan view in the span of less than 5 minutes. The damage has already been done. And even the way that Wikipedia writes it doesn’t sound like the ending was convincing enough: “She must follow her soul. She abandons her former life and heads off to the protest, content that this is her greater reason for living.”

Being vegan for two years now and in a world where vegans are definitely more accepted than before, I don’t know what it was like just a few years ago when veganism was an even harder path, especially without the Internet. Nonetheless, vegans are still persecuted. We are still looked at like we’re “crazy.” And this movie did not help, by a long shot.

I can’t find the specific clips but here is the trailer, though it doesn’t really show what I am talking about:

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