Sunday, November 7, 2010
HUMBLED AND WOW-ED
Hello and a warm welcome to all from 'WOW' (Words Of Wisdom). I am so thankful to Sandy and Pam for starting this fantastic blogging group so as we can all be introduced through our blogs and find other common interests -- I am also equally grateful to be today's 'BON' (Blogger Of Note).
Many thanks again!
To all who may be new here -- my name is Jo, married Mom of two grown children (no grandchildren yet) and self-proclaimed Bohemian.
So, come on in, take in the incense and grab a cup of herb tea -- just be careful not to get tangled in my door beads.
Clearly I'm heavy into kitsch!
This is my vegan blog, "Rabbit Food". To set the record straight -- as there is still some confusion out there between vegans and vegetarians: a vegan is a person who doesn't eat meat nor dairy. I also don't use or wear animal products of any kind for moral reasons.
MY START IN BLOG WORLD:
I began blogging about a year and a half ago when my husband, Ed, and I were going through bankruptcy. It was a dark time in my life and I found blogging gave me the outlet I needed. In other words, a place to vent, negate and bemoan. Hey, it's what I do.
In January of this year, our bankruptcy came through and I began my "The End Of The Rainbow: Life After Bankruptcy" blog (you can get to that blog from the blog button on my sidebar) in which I focused on our new lease in life (for the record, our bankruptcy wasn't due to negligence nor credit card debt).
While times are still indeed tough, I find that I am nonetheless filled with immense gratitude in thinking about how things were last year compared to today. So, a few months ago I decided to share my love of veganism and enlightenment by also starting "Rabbit Food: A vegan Blog".
Ed and 'B' (our son) aren't vegans or even vegetarians, so I can say with all honesty that this is a non-judgemental blog as we are a family that's all about acceptance of others. Ed will go out of his way to take me to my favorite vegan restaurant in Santa Monica (Real Food Daily) just as I have no issues with buying, preparing and/or cooking meat and dairy filled dishes for Ed and B. I just personally choose not to eat them.
Ed and I:
Why I became a vegan:
I started reading about fur being used in clothing lines which lead me to PETA's website to learn more about the fur, meat and dairy industry. From there I read all I could and made an educated and very personal life choice to no longer partake in the consumption or wearing of animals (although I never did wear fur). That was over three years ago.
I try not to bog down my blog with sad facts about animals -- however, if you would like to know more, feel free to ask me or click on PETA's button on my sidebar -- but instead I simply share my love of recipes, interesting facts and finds.
For example, did you know Oreos are vegan?
In addition to veganism, I am also an advocate and fundraiser for those who are afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis (I have a good friend who has MS and who got me pro-active in it's cause): I am about to embark on my 4th consecutive year participating and volunteering at the MS Walk. I am also an aspiring writer which lead to my third blog "Stranger Than Diction" (which you can get to from my profile page), where I am in the midst of my original story of fiction titled "More Than A Feeling" which takes place in the fictional seaside community of Aigean Bay, Ca. in the late 1970's -- I will be posting a new chapter this week. My love of family and rock-n-roll is at the heart of this story.
So, enough about me. Feel free to poke around (I'm afraid I still haven't figured out how to post links on here!) and find my recipes for vegan cupcakes, banana bread and pumpkin pancakes...perfect for Autumn!
Thank you so much for stopping by -- I am blessed.
P.S. I would like to leave you with an easy vegetable noodle soup recipe courtesy of vegweb.com (only slightly altered) -- enjoy!:
~1/4 cup cholesterol free oil
~4 teaspoons garlic, chopped or minced (jarred is easy and perfectly okay)
~1 onion, chopped
~4 celery stalks, chopped
~2 red potatoes, chopped (no need to peel them)
~6 carrots, chopped
~2 leeks (my favorite veggie!), chopped & soaked in cold water to clean & remove grit -- then drain
~1 can of chick peas (also known as garbanzo beans) -- drained and rinsed
~6 cups of water
~4 cups (2 cans) of vegetable broth
~6 ounces of whole wheat/whole grain linguine, broken up
~Thyme, rosemary, black pepper (to taste) and two bay leaves
*Heat oil in large soup pot. Add garlic, onion and leeks -- fry for 5 minutes.
*Stir in celery and carrots and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
*Add water, veggie broth, potatoes and spices. Simmer for 30 minutes.
*Add chick peas and linguine until noodles are done.
*Discard bay leaves.
**Serve with Wheat French bread or Keebler Club Crackers (yes, those are vegan, too!).
Serves four people with enough seconds for all and then some! Enjoy!