Credit Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
Remember when I made a resolution to try every single Sweet Aha! flavor?
Well, I did it!
Every St. Patrick’s Day for as long as I can remember, I’ve always eaten corned beef and cabbage. Regular meaty version as a kid and now a vegan seitan version. It’s the only remotely St. Patty kind of a thing I do all day (this is what happens when you don’t look good in green and you don’t drink).
This year I’m expanding my repertoire and made Irish mashed potatoes. Also known as colcannon, it’s a classic Irish dish of mashed potatoes with cabbage or kale. And cream. And butter, lots and lots of butter.
Could you be Vegiterranean?
Yes. Yes, I can. You can too. It’s easy with the latest book in for review, The Vegiterranean Diet by Julieanna Hever. It’s like the Mediterranean diet but better; it’s a whole foods, plant base update to the long-standing Med diet.
The beginning sections of the book covers the history, science and nutrition (complete with tables, charts and references), the myths and benefits of the Mediterranean diet and how it can be improved upon, thus becoming the Vegiterranean Diet. Primarily by debunking the myth that it’s olive oil, red wine and fish that’s the main benefit of the Med diet when it’s actually the whole food way of eating that’s truly beneficial.
Why, hello there.
Today, I’m reviewing a sampler box of Nakd bars from Natural Balance Foods. If like me, you’re clueless about them, you’re in for a delightful surprise. If you haven’t heard of them before, it’s probably because they’re an UK company that’s been making its way across the pond to the US.
Happy Lunar New Year!
Traditionally, a vegetarian dish called jai, also known as Buddhist’s delight, is eaten on the first day of the new year. I’m not actually breaking with tradition as one doesn’t eat jai all the livelong day (I guess you could but I’m not going to). For breakfast, I made a sticky rice ball.
In Chinese, it’s called ci fun tuan, a sticky rice ball/roll made of steamed glutinous rice with a savory filling. While it’s a popular Chinese breakfast item for those on the go, I didn’t grow up eating it on a regular basis.
I never thought I would be swooning over vegan cheese. I remember a time when non-dairy cheese was disgusting to put it mildly. But now thankfully, we live in the era of artisanal vegan cheese.
Ever since I heard about Miyoko’s Creamery, I’ve been anxious to try their cultured nut-based cheese. I had read through Miyoko Schinner’s vegan cheese making cookbook, Artisan Vegan Cheese. But deep down I knew I’m much too lazy and impatient to make my own nut cheese.