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HAPPY 2010!

What a year 2009 was!  I met a sweet boy to cook for an a regular basis, started a home-business in South Main, celebrated my one year vegi-versary, graduated from university (finally), and started a little blog!  And while the act of actually blogging went by the wayside as the months grew colder, my kitchen continued to be my laboratory where tongue-teasing dishes were devised, developed, and devoured (…as well as occasionally dumped).

Where is this blog going in 2010?   Your guess is as good as mine. But I can tell you that my head has been swimming with different themes, flavors, and styles of cooking (or, “uncooking”) that I’ve been wanting to dive into.   Also, I’d like to tackle some do-it-yourself home projects (my new loft apartment is a tad sterile-looking and in desperate need of some hand-crafted homeyness), so don’t be too shocked if you see the odd knitting needle around here.  My hope is that in 2009 Home Veganomics will become a place to share delicious, sustainable, compassionate, and cozy ideas in a variety of forms!

I wish you all the very best, and look forward a year full of possibilities 😀

Yours,

Laurakins

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January 2, 2010 at 6:44 am 2 comments

Guess who got to be one of 5 taster-testers for Sarah Kramer?

ME!!

Obviously, I cannot disclose this recipe, as it is Top Secret stuff until she publishes her next book.  However, I’m sure there are no legal snafus with me posting a tantalizing picture of the results:

Sarah Kramer's top secret veg curry

Sarah Kramer's top secret veg curry

If you are wondering how I managed to get into Sarah Kramer‘s Inner Circle, I can tell you in one word: Facebook.  That creepy?  Maybe.  If you are awake Tuesday morning (September 8th) at 8:45 am, she is going to be on Canada AM….it’s times like these I really wish I had cable.  Le sigh. 

Speaking of vegan celebrities, I had the surprise and pleasure of seeing my Letter to the Editor published in VegNews Magazine this month in defense of the lovely Kris Carr, and her cancer-related conversion to veganism (p 23, Sept/Nov issue).  Someone wrote a nasty review of her article, accusing Carr of being an inferior vegan compared with so-called “elite vegans” who made the switch to veggies entirely out of compassion.  I sent in a retort over 3 months ago, and totally forgot all about it.  As I read the 1st few lines of it, I thought, “amen, sistah!” until I realized that it was me who wrote it!  It was so cool to see my name in print in my favorite magazine- I’m going to make a point of writing more letters to editors!

Giddy over my two favorite Veggie Starlets,

Laurakins

September 6, 2009 at 6:40 am Leave a comment

Hello!

Welcome to my humble blog!

I am celebrating my 1 year “veganniversary” this month and thought that it would be fun to start up a food blog with recipes, tips, links, articles, and other stuff that I’m into.  Since I didn’t really cook before becoming a vegan, my 1st year was loaded with learning adventures.  I did several cleanses, bought a zillion vegan cookbooks, threw out all of my carcinigenic “beauty” products (see Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database ), stuffed a holiday tofu (disaster) , did a raw food stint, and met a wonderful boy.

It’s been such an eye-opener learning about the environmental degradation associated with industrial agriculture, the numerous heath risks of the high animal protein diets, and finally giving a sympathetic ear to the cruelty this system is based on.   All of this aside, my own point of entry into veganism was nothing heroic.  I just wanted to cook a romantic dinner for a cute vegan boy I met to impress him with my domestic prowess.  Little did I know that several veggie pot-pies and curries later, I would fall in love with the cuisine (and become rather smitten with him!).

Up until now, I’ve kept a pretty low profile on the vegan front.  Reactions can range from those who are totally accepting of it to those who look at me like I’m insane, so I tend to dodge the issue for everyone’s comfort.  A few years ago, I remember meeting a girl who told me that she was a vegan and can recount my own baffled reaction.  What? Are you serious? No meat? No cheese? I could never do that.  Been there.  And then there are the people who assume I must be protein deficient.  I can handle those conversations, that is if they are actually interested in hearing the other side of the story. But then there is a whole other class of reactions that make me really upset.  They go something like this:  “Oh. Wow. I thought you liked food.”  Part of me wants to tell them how small-minded they are to make such a comment, but I hold my tongue.   Perhaps these people imagine that a vegan meal is just their typical meal minus eggs, milk, and meat.  Which wouldn’t leave much, maybe a sad plate of rice, mashed potatoes and over-cooked broccoli. If they only knew how diverse, creative and delicious vegan cooking can be.  That’s what I hope this blog will demonstrate, anyway.

xox

Laurakins

August 9, 2009 at 4:59 am 3 comments


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