"The short answer to have I ever thought about it?: A lot of the meals I make for me lean towards vegan, but because of my name I could never have become one. The long: For me personally I try to eat a balanced healthy diet. Sometimes that includes dairy and eggs and bottom feeders (seafood). It was the diet that I developed for myself when I was 16 and it just kinda works for me. I know most of the arguments pro and cons and I have never been truly convinced that veganism is for me. I am a strong believer in the environment (as Jeff and I learn more we have even gotten a bit hippyish), animal rights, nutrition and local food. Even though Jeff and the babies eat meat, I make sure it is hormone and antibiotic free, as well as knowing the source and farm. I drive restaurants crazy because in this day and age I expect them to know where IT comes from. If they don't I don't order it. So that is part of the long answer. I know by definition this does not make me a vegetarian, that is usually why I say a mostly veg diet"Here is a vegan recipe for my cousin.
Mark Bittman's Simplest Dal, with Celery Root
from "How to Everything Vegetarian"
- 1 cup dried red lentils, washed and picked through
- 2 tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 4 cardamon pods (yes they made a huge difference)
- 2 cloves (also made a difference)
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds (I used dark)
- 1 tsp coarsely ground pepper
- roughly 1 1/2 cups peeled and 1/2" cubed celery root
- 2 tbsp peanut oil (optional)
- chopped fresh cilantro for garnish.
- lime wedge
Put all the ingredients up until salt (salt goes in when done), in a sauce pan large enough to hold everything plus water to cover by an inch and a half. Simmer until Dal is soft about 30 minutes. Add salt and oil when done and check seasoning.
I serve it over cumin flavoured basmati rice, a hefty squeezed of lime juice and garnished with chopped cilantro leaves.
photos by me with help from my assistants, Billie & Elijah.