Saturday, July 31, 2010

When the Carnivore is Away, the Vegan Will Play

The White House (as in my last name is White, duh..) was hot with a flurry and fury of cooking and taste treats this afternoon. I dropped my two-legged beloved off at the airport to fly to his 50th high school reunion, and en route home, stopped at the organic market for provisions, and returned home to cook up a storm.

Gordon hates the smell of vegetables, especially vegetables cooking, so I try to do my cooking when he is not home. He will be gone for 24 hours ---- anarchy rules! veggies rock! dogs get to sleep in the bed! what fun!

Some might ask how we co-exist in a house where the vegan has to smell meat (yuck) and see dead animal carcasses plated, and the carnivore, who hates most things green, has to smell veggies....but it works well. We each prepare and eat what the other dislikes when we are alone, and when we are together, we savor each other, coffee, grainy toast (breakfast), and fruit, salads or crackers and wine. Since I work evenings - we eat most of our dinners alone --- morning coffee at local coffee shops (searching for the perfect coffee like they serve everywhere in France!) is our date time.

And if we are out, and hosts inquire what to feed us, or at restaurants for dinner --- a regular meal works awesome. My two legged beloved eats the dead animal and 1/2 the starch, and I eat the other 1/2 the starch and all the veggies. Works for us.

As I was cooking up my veritable storm of vegan delights, Julia Child came to mind -- a lesson from Julia: if you are going to spend the afternoon over a hot stove (especially in SW Florida on a hot summer day), it is beneficial to the project to consume alcohol.

My cooking drink of choice: for the name only was a beer from Smuttynose Brewery called Old Brown Dog Ale. Did I like it? Not really. Kinda bitter, I thought, and in the words of my beer aficionado pastry chef son, "Smuttynose isn't great with their flavor balance. Rogue's hazelnut nectar is a better brown." Ha! If I'd only known.

So sit back, relax, the recipes are soon to be posted. And since this blog, as most blogs, is in chronological order -- the recipes will be posted ABOVE this post, so you are actually living life in reverse...sorta.

blessings and delicious foods and drink to each wonderful one of you.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed the brisk blend of elegance and mischief in your post. I'm looking forward to basking in the glories of your coming culinary recipes.


The Story Behind the Garden of Eden Vegan Blog

For those of you who knew me prior to December 30, 2009, I was a veteran of the fast food culinary institute. My son, when he lived with me would ask if I had ordered the "Shabbat pizza" yet as the sun was setting Friday nights.

My idea of a good meal was a McFish sandwich, fries with extra salt, and a medium diet coke.

Everything was better covered in a rich creamy sauce and the idea of a naked baked potato was as foreign to me as walking naked in Manhattan.

In June of 2009 I decided to formally become a vegetarian. Although I had dabbled with this, it was not until I read Skinny Bitch that the gauntlet was thrown.

Now being a vegetarian does not sign you up for good health. I was proof of that. Chubby when I started, I indulged in pizza, french fries, cheese, cheese, butter, cheese, pizza......and became very over weight, tipping the Toledos at 200 pounds at 5'4". And taking an assortment of meds for cholesterol and GERD and who knows what else.

As the decade was waning, and with my 60th birthday approaching in the year 2010, there was a perfect storm that snapped my beak and got me in gear. The same friend who gave me Skinny Bitch, turned me on to the John McDougall website. At the same time, there was a Grand Round lecture at the hospital where I work on the book Eat to Live, and at the same time, I was tired of how I looked and felt and needed to make a change.

I regret that I did not start this blog when I changed my lifestyle, but it is better late than never.

My weight is down about 35 pounds, my size has gone from a tight 16 to a loose 12. And I am on no meds, although my vegetarian doctor and I will review my blood work within this month to see if I need anything (like b12) boosted.

I began as a Vegan Minus. Or what I call a Garden of Eden Vegan.

As you know, a Vegan eats no animals nor animal products - none. But then I subtracted oil, sugar, and processed foods.

That is a big subtraction -- but it is this subtraction that helped with weight loss, lack of cravings, increased energy, health, and vibrancy.

Now I am dabbling in raw foods and have signed up to learn with Russell James (google him).

I like the taste and health aspect of raw foods, but worry about the increased calories. So I will (hopefully) use the raw creations as a supplement to my Gan (Hebrew for Garden -- I am in a Hebrew mood today) Eden Vegan lifestyle.

My doctor said that I should write a book about this since most of her patients need it. I said, "Who, or how many, would want to do this?" We shall see. It has been easy (no cravings) and exciting as life and energy unfold before me, just as it was meant to be. (It didn't unfold over a fried fish sandwich, extra tarter sauce.)

Join me or not. Walk with me the whole journey, day trips, part of it, or not. This is my 60th year -- buckle up life, here I come.