Holy shit, you guys. There have been holidays and trips, and I have not willingly eaten any animal products! "Willingly" being the key word there, hence the asterisk in the first sentence. I had a very disturbing incident the last time I visited Mari in Rochester.
My friend Bethany is marrying a man who is the same kind of Indian I am. He repeatedly asked if he could make me this vegetable curry dish. I asked repeatedly if there was milk or butter in it, but he assured me it would be vegan.
You know where this is going.
Stupidly, I ate it and then asked how he made it. He was explaining how to make it and said "then I add buttermilk ranch..." His fiance, Mari, and I all turned to look at him in disbelief (me, more in irritation). His fiance then chewed him out for feeding me dairy after I'd specifically asked.
If it was an accident, okay fine. What bothered me was that he seemed as though he thought I was overreacting. I haven't had dairy in going on three months now. If you cut out all dairy for an extended period of time, you will develop a lactose intolerance (humans aren't actually meant to consume dairy, but that's besides the point).
Here's the thing: even if you don't agree with someone's food restrictions, you still need to respect them. It doesn't matter if it's a personal choice like veganism, a religious choice like Islam, a diet choice like low carb, or a food allergy like lactose intolerance or Celiac disease.. If someone specifically says they don't eat a specific item, don't fucking feed it to them. It's not cute or funny or a joke; it's rude and disrespectful, and you could seriously make someone very sick.
Anyway, now that we're past that unpleasantness, I've been feeling great. 98% of the time, I literally have no desire to eat anything containing animal products. I went out to eat for Valentine's Day and did some research beforehand and ate vegan. Wasn't even a problem. I also found out that our movie theater doesn't use real butter, it's just a flavored coconut oil. I can have popcorn at the movies!
I taught my first vegan cooking class. My January one was unfortunately cancelled, but I taught last month. I made a vegan spicy "tuna'' sushi roll that I am absolutely obsessed with!
1. Prepare sushi rice.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sushi rice
- 3 TBSP rice vinegar
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
a. Rinse sushi rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
b. Add rice to boiling water. Lower heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
c. When rice is finished, stir in other ingredients gently, to combine and release the stickiness of the rice. Set in fridge to cool.
2. Prepare the tuna.
- 2 large roma tomatoes
- 1.5 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 TBSP kelp powder
- 1/2 TBSP Sriracha
- 1/2 TBSP sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp minced ginger
a. Cut slits down the sides of tomatoes.
b. Carefully drop into a pot of boiling water just until the peel starts to come loose. Immediately remove with a slotted spoon and and put into an ice bath to stop cooking process.
c. Slice flesh away from the slimy insides and into small 1 inch chunks.
d. Combine other ingredients into a marinade, add tomatoes and stir well. Set aside.
3. Prepare your roll.
a. While your rice is cooling and tomatoes are marinating, dice up your other fillings. For this particular roll, I prefer cucumber (with peel) and carrot. Slice them into thin strips.
b. Lay down your nori sheet on a rolling mat or a sheet of plastic wrap. Carefully spread rice evenly over the sheet of nori.
c. Add your filling in rows, taking care not to overfill or it won't roll up nicely.
d. Slowly roll up the sushi, making sure to press it tight. Cut into eight slices, and serve with desired garnish, my preferred toppings being pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce.
Anyway, I just wanted to give you guys the update that I'm doing a great job on my veganism. While I am feeling pretty great, I really do need to make more of an effort to eat healthier. I eat a shitload of carbs and sugar right now. I'm busy, and if I ever do go out to eat, I can usually only have fries. I'm hoping to petition some restaurants to switch their veggie burgers to the vegan Gardein ones.
I'm also considering starting a vlog on YouTube; I'll let you know if that ever takes off. In my next post here, I'm going to post some honest reviews of vegan food products. No one has paid me (yet), and I'll never promote something I don't actually stand behind.
Have a great day!