I have a recipe for my current favorite freshly squeezed juice later in this post, but first, I want to thank those of you who commented on my post from last week, Vegan Food: It’s Just Food. You offered so many comments that were inspiring and poignant, along with those of you who had me laughing out loud. One of the best parts of the blogosphere is finding other kindred spirits and getting to hear their wisdom and insights. I know many people don’t go back to read the comments, and so I wanted to share just a few highlights.
About familial reactions to “vegan food,” Joey said:
“Too right! This reminds me of a conversation between two of my nieces. ‘I like vegan food,’ said one. ‘It’s just food, isn’t it?’ said the other. Quite so. (I like to think I helped them to this conclusion with copious helpings of vegan cake…)”
Along the same lines, BurbankVegan noted:
“With regard to my being vegan, my nephew said, ‘I’ve had vegan food before. It was pretty good.’ It struck me as odd that there was ‘vegan food’ at all. You ate a banana once and it was pretty good? I guessed he was talking about eating at a vegan restaurant. But at least he liked it. :)”
“What a terrific post! I was once a person who probably thought much like some of those you described above. It was sheer lack of knowledge and/or no interest in learning another way. But once I opened my mind and educated myself, it’s really kind of funny how true it is that vegan food is regular, real food. Simple as that.”
I love the last line of this comment from Andrea:
“Another great post! It does always seem odd to me that so many people don’t seem to realize that fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, seeds, beans, etc. are vegan. It’s also unfortunate that so many don’t know how to eat these naturally vegan foods without mixing them with animal parts, and that seems to be the problem. I remember attending a Christmas party once where even the green beans had bacon — not one dish was animal-free. Maybe people are afraid of vegan food because they are so unused to eating it. They believe food flavor comes from animals, and they are so afraid of being deprived that they won’t consider making the most of foods in their delicious vegan state. The first time I made a vegan Thanksgiving dinner, I was shocked to discover that the fabulous smells I associated with the turkey being cooked, was actually coming from the stuffing!
I get so tired of people feeling sorry for me, or superior because they enjoy sophisticated foods like fois gras and caviar and I don’t. I don’t feel deprived to be a vegan — I feel blessed.”
And this comment from Maggie Muggins had me chortling aloud:
“Yes! I don’t come across it too often but it drives me nuts when people assume it’s going to be gross because it’s vegan. I’ve had people email about making cakes because it was for someone lactose intolerant and asking me if my cakes tasted ‘weird’. Mostly I found it funny since how do they expect me to respond? ‘Yup, I’ve got the weirdest tasting cakes in town!’ lol
Me and my husband have a running joke whenever we feed someone something vegan for the first time, the response is usually “wow, this actually tastes really good.” So whenever we cook something new for each other, we usually respond with “this is Actually good.” ha ha. I mean, really, what a rude thing to say to someone, like ‘hey, I thought this meal you went out of your way to make me was going to be disgusting, but it ACTUALLY tastes good.’ sigh.”
Finally, this comment from VeganLisa offered some inspiring advice:
“I love this post! I’ve had all of the experiences you mentioned – especially at potlucks. But over time I’ve won over my friends and family and created a Vegan Bake-Off that over 600 people attend annually. We just have to keep putting great food out there – be it a fruit plate, hummus and pita or an extravagant vegan wellington with chickpea gravy. The more we enjoy amazing vegan food the more people want to come to our potlucks.”
There were so many interesting comments that I didn’t copy here for the sake of space, but if you’re interested head over to the original post to read them for yourself. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, wit, and wisdom with me. It’s a real pick-me-up!
Speaking of pick-me-ups, I’ve been loving this carrot and apple juice for that afternoon slump. Instead of reaching for something caffeinated or sugary, the carrots and apple add sweetness while juice from celery, green leaf lettuce, and cucumber keep it hydrating and mild. Depending on your juicy hankerings, it serves one to two. I’ll admit it’s not the prettiest shade of juices, but don’t let looks deceive you! Plus, I find it gives me just the kick of energy I needed to finish out the day.