For Vegan MoFo, I’m doing a series called Back in Thyme, in which I travel time and space to other places and periods of my life. Today I’m hopping in the DeLorean and setting my sights on California…
Welcome to the third episode of The V List! In this series I interview vegans on topics like how they navigate romantic relationships with non-vegans, what is their favorite food that they’ve veganized, and what’s the best thing about being vegan where they live. Today’s episode takes us to Southern California, where we’re meeting up with Jackie from the blog Vegan Yack Attack.
I met Jackie last May at Vida Vegan Con. (You can see us above with Erin from Olives for Dinner and Kristy from Keepin’ It Kind.) We were able to spend a lot of time hanging out at lunches and in classes, and I was taken right away with her warm, down to earth personality, easy candor, and sense of humor.
I’d been following Jackie’s blog, Vegan Yack Attack, for a long time before then, where she has enticing, mouthwatering recipes and pictures so beautiful you feel like your fork could reach inside the screen and grab one. (If only…)
For Vegan MoFo this month, Jackie is doing a series on mac and cheese. So if you like foods that are salty, creamy, rich, and inviting, I know just the place for you…
But before you go, check out today’s episode of The V List!
CADRY: Hi, I’m Cadry from Cadry’s Kitchen, and I’m here today with Jackie from the blog, Vegan Yack Attack. Jackie and I met at Vida Vegan Con last May, and it’s great to see you again, Jackie.
JACKIE: Hi, my name is Jackie. I run the website, Vegan Yack Attack, and I have been for almost two years. No, over two years now. It’s filled with tons of recipes from healthy breakfasts to filling dinners and even some raw recipes thrown in. I just wanted to thank Cadry for having me on her Vegan MoFo interviewing thing. I mean, it’s pretty exciting. I don’t usually get in front of the camera that often. So excuse me if I’m kind of nervous. I guess we’ll get onto the interview then, right?
CADRY: Jackie, you have so many amazing looking recipes on your blog. What is your favorite recipe that you’ve ever veganized?
JACKIE: My favorite food that I’ve ever veganized are these things called golumpkis, or some people call them golabkis. They’re basically like a steamed cabbage roll, like stuffed, stuffed cabbage roll. And it’s an Eastern European dish. And my Polish grandmother used to make it for my family and I whenever we’d go and visit her in Michigan every summer.
And I hadn’t had it in years up until earlier this year when I decided that I wanted to finally veganize it. And I’m so glad that I did. They turned out so, so good. And I’ve had a bunch of other people make them. They’ve really enjoyed them. I’m just glad that I can fill that void in my diet, as well as help other people too. And it’s funny, because apparently there are a lot of people looking for Eastern European vegan recipes, because that’s a pretty highly searched recipe on my site.
CADRY: So is that your most popular recipe on your blog?
JACKIE: It’s not the most popular recipe on my site. The most popular recipe on my site is this little recipe called the Hangover Smoothie, Hangover Cure Smoothie. It’s really simple. It has dates, and coconut water, and bananas. I think there might be some peanut butter in there too. And it’s all these foods and liquids that have hydrating properties, lots of potassium to pick you up from maybe that rough night out. I’ve definitely heard people saying that it helped them out. So if you ever need the Hangover Cure Smoothie, you can definitely find it on my site.
CADRY: I know you have a significant other. Is he vegan?
JACKIE: Is my significant other vegan? No. I actually became vegan in the middle of our relationship, and he is still an omnivore. You know, big on hamburgers and Italian food. I would say that was certainly the hardest part, is the hardest part about being vegan. Because there’s compromise in relationships, and then there’s compromise on top of that, which is this. So finding places to eat out isn’t always the easiest. But it’s definitely been a learning experience And obviously if you have any questions or any tips on that, you can ask me. Or if you have any tips for me, everything’s greatly appreciated.
CADRY: Is there a food that a lot of vegans like that you dislike?
JACKIE: A food that a lot of vegans like or are just infatuated with that I pretty much can’t stand is fresh ginger. I know that sounds totally bizarre. I can do ground ginger. It’s totally not as strong, but if you put a good knuckle of ginger into any juice that I’m drinking I’m pretty much gonna be pissed off at you. I just can’t handle it. It’s just too spicy for me. I’m not sure why it is, but that’s just how it is. So if you ever decide you want to make me a little treat, don’t put ginger in it. Or grapefruit. Don’t tell my mom. She loves grapefruit.
CADRY: What do think is the best thing about being vegan where you live?
JACKIE: I would say, I mean, I’m from Southern California. So the best thing about being vegan where I live is that there are so many choices to choose from literally. There are so many restaurants, and so many natural foods stores. Like I have Sprouts and Whole Foods. Trader Joe’s isn’t necessarily one of those, but it’s so, so awesome. And I have all three of those within six miles of my house. So I feel super, super lucky to be vegan where I’m at. And I think that has certainly aided in my journey as a vegan.
CADRY: What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
JACKIE: My favorite kitchen gadget… It’s hard to decide, because I love, love kitchen gadgets. I mean, I love my toaster oven, but one thing I could not live without is my Blendtec. And I’m not kidding you guys. If you just have a standard blender, and you’re deciding you want to get into like cashew creams and all of these sort of, kind of, kind of like rough on your blender recipes, it is so worth the investment to go get a Blendtec or just whatever, a high powered blender. Cause I’m not sponsored by them or anything. (Although, hey, hey, Blendtec.) But really, so worth it. I use it every day, if not twice or three times a day for certain recipes, just cause it’s so easy to puree damn near anything in it. If you’ve seen there videos – iPhones? I don’t eat iPhones, so I don’t blend them. Plus, it’s a pretty costly smoothie. But so worth the investment for a really strong blender.
CADRY: Jackie, thank you again for coming on the show today. You are always so hilarious.
JACKIE: And thanks again, Cadry, for having me. It’s really exciting. I hope I get to see you soon! And good luck with Vegan MoFo!
CADRY: And everyone else, we’ll see you next time.
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