Monday, October 25, 2010

World Vegan Week ! And a recipe !

These next 7 days, from Oct. 24th through the 31st  is World Vegan Week !   A great time to explore how going vegan can alleviate so much suffering, help heal the planet and ourselves, and enjoy fantastic food at the same time :)
I had a special treat today.   A Brandywine tomato from the garden...a big surprise, since I had abandoned the plants weeks ago, and assumed any remaining tomatoes were not going to be worth harvesting.   Boy was I wrong !  I picked about 70 little Sungolds, and a nice big Brandywine and a few decent Celebrities.   So, to celebrate I made up a big batch of Tofu Salad, spread some on seeded rye bread, sliced up the Brandywine and had a feast.  Nice way to start the week !
Tofu Salad, aka Eggless Egg Salad or Happy Hen goes by many names, but the recipe generally goes like this:
1 Block firm tofu (the refrigerated kind, packed in water )
2 Tablespoons each minced red bell pepper, celery and onion
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup vegan mayo

Remove the block of tofu from it's water, break in half and gently squeeze and wring the water out of each half.  Crumble the squeezed-out tofu in a medium bowl.  Add all the rest and mix with a fork, lightly mashing the tofu against the sides of the bowl.   Refrigerate for an hour or so before using as a sandwich spread, a chip dip or a filling for a warp.   Curry powder is really great in this, as is fresh herbs like dill or basil.

Friday, October 22, 2010


This article, in the New York Times, is a poster child for the what is wrong with the welfarist branch of the  animal rights movement.   Why ?   Because it perpetuates the welfarist notion that using the animals is not the problem, it's how we use them.   Because it promotes shielding people from the reality that many billions of animals are brought into the world as commodities and slaughtered for our pleasure.  Because it ignores the fact that we do not need to eat animals, no matter how they were slaughtered.   It's still slaughter to the animals themselves.
“People don’t want to know too much,” said Marc Cooper, a senior scientific manager in the farm animals department of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in London. “It’s hard to sell humane killing as a concept.”

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