Archive for May, 2007

Since when do vegans want meat? A baby on the way. and a happy mothers day ramble.

by on Saturday, May 12th, 2007

I was doing my usual online Friday surfing and came across a doozie, this blogger posted on his marketing blog about the uprise in gourmet meat, and how this is due partly to the demand from household mothers, hippies (apparently hippies are big meat-eaters) and VEGANS. what? obviously this blogger doesn’t even know what a vegan is? my word. I hope i don’t make such a blunder on my blog, if i do, please shoot me. lol.

On to more positive news, i found out recently, my youngest brothers wife, is with child, this will be their first and it is going to be a girl. She is 26, an elementary teacher from a suburb of Chicago, he is 27, and works for a mortgage firm, so they are both pretty young but i think they are as ready as anyone else could be. I am so happy for them both and they are elated and will do better than my parents did, as every generation tries to do better than the one before them. My parents were, in fact, good parents and although i mostly lived a pretty sheltered life, if nothing else, this contributed to my safety as a young child and then as a teen and also it contributed to my knack for sheltering others and my protective nature, i also grew up terribly religious (hi to all JW’s out there) and only hung out with those that were not “wordly”. Of course we had our crazy days and times, and what not, but all and all, and despite any shortcomings i had a good childhood and that is only, BECAUSE of my parents.

For this Mother’s Day, i would like to give credit to both my parents for:

  • atleast providing a spiritual foundation, from which i could then choose to expand on or not
  • spending a lot of quality family time together (maybe too much) when my siblings and i were kids
  • my dad for providing, guiding, and safekeeping us
  • my mom for nurturing, caring and loving us

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there who know, understand, love and support their families and even to those moms that don’t.

5 Cool Summery Things To Do in May

by on Thursday, May 10th, 2007

This month there is no shortage of events to attend and one of my favorite summer activities is to attend a groovy (yes, i said groovy) festival like this one in Memphis, that runs May 7-12, with food vendors, live music, and Elvis everyhwere, and i do mean everyhwere. Every year they feature a different country, and this time around the country of note is Spain. This fest isn’t particularly vegetarian, as Memphis is known for their barbeque, but there are a few vendors that will have rice, veggies, salads, and did i mention Elvis.

If speed is your more your game, then you can catch the Indy 500 on May 27th in Indianopolis, or watch it at a TV near you. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin there is the annual Family Kite Festival, where they launch 500 kites at the same time and in Miami, Florida you can “shake it, till you break it” at their Dance Festival which runs for 10 days starting June 20. So shake them dust bunnies off, and get out this May.

Veggie Blogs #1

by on Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

My SpicyPage friend, Greg Lunger, noticed i made it to the number 1 spot yesterday on the Spicy homepage and made a nice mention about it on his blog. I joined SpicyPage less than a month ago and i highly recommend this site for anyone who has a blog or is thinking of starting one. Thanxs Greg for the mention. See you at Spicy.

*Correction the social networking site greg referred to was not SpicyPage, it was BumpZee.

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Australian actress the ambassador of animal club

by on Monday, May 7th, 2007

Abbie Cornish, an Australian actress who become well-known since Ryan Philippe split up with Reese and start dating with her instead. Abbie Cornish has starred in some great movies like somersault, Candy with “Health Ledger” and her latest movie “stop loss” where she met Ryan Philippe and fall in love to each others.

The interesting fact about Abbie Cornish is that she is a vegan since she was 13 and still until now. She was born in Hunter Valley, the rural state of Australia in 170 acres where made her grown up surrounding with the animals and nature.

She’s the first child from 5 children in the family who started being a vegan. What’s more, she’s also an Animal Club Ambassador. Anyway, there is no report that Ryan is a vegan too but since he starts dating with a girl who has very strong feeling of love to the animals, he may soon.

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

by on Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Vegetarian Chili
(serves 6)

1 tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large green pepper, chopped
3 cups water
1 cup kidney beans (pre-cooked or canned)
4 large ripe toamtoes, chopped
1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
Pepper to taste

In a large pot saute the onion, garlic, and green pepper in oil over medium heat until the onion is soft. Add water, kidney beans, tomatoes, corn, salt, chili powder, and pepper. Cook 25 minutes longer.

Variations: Add hot peppers, other vegetables such as carrots and celery, or add 2/3 cup bulgur (cracked wheat). Pinto beans maybe used instead of kidney beans.

Total Calories: 118
Fat: 3 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Iron: 1mg
Carbohydrates: 15 grams
Calcium: 28mg
Dietary Fiber: 5 grams

Reprinted from: Meatless Meals for Working People, by Debra Wasserman and Charles Stahler. Page 135.