A2 Vegan

A middle aged vegan living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a small mid-west college town.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Fast Food Vegan Pizza!!!

Discovered that two pizza joints near me don't use any dairy in the pizza crust! It is possible for me to get either Marco's Pizza or Cottage Inn Pizza now. They both offer veggie pizzas....by asking them to leave off the cheese I can get a a vegan pizza....YAY!!!!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A few of my favorite online vegan shopping sources

Not much going on today but I was starting to feel I was neglecting this blog. So I decided to post a couple of my favorite online sources for vegan products.

The Mail Order Catalog for Healthy Living Believe it or not they actually have a vegan whipped cream in a can! Haven't tried it yet but am putting it on my list.

Food Fight One of the few places I can find a vegan oyster sauce. The bottle is huge...at least a pint of the stuff but costs less than $2! Plan on trying the vegan marshmallow creme soon.

Vegan Unlimited Very swank looking site. Please don't be put off by that...they have a lot of great products for gift giving too!

Vegan Pangea Products Seems like this place has been around forever! Think it may have been the first site I ever ordered from too.

I have ordered from these places with good results. If I have any complaint it is the cost of shipping can be more than the item I want. So I usually wait until I have a list of items to refill or give a try.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Happy Birthday to me!!!!

Well, another year on this earth! Wish I had something really deep and significant to say about it. Don't though. Just a little confused about how I got this old. How the H did that happen?

I didn't go to bed until 5 am and slept till 3 pm so I am more than a little disoriented today. Body is trying to tell me that I am too old for that kind of behaviour but I am doing my best to ignore it.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Vegan Sugar Talk

There is a lot of confusion about which sugar is vegan and which is not ...and why. Basically that white refined sugar available in every grocery store is made from plants. These plants are either sugar cane or sugar beets. So if sugar is from a plant why can it be un-vegan? Processing! Bone char is used in the refining of some sugar canes.

According to Wikipedia:

"Bone char, also known as bone black or animal charcoal, is a granular black material produced by calcinating animal bones: the bones are heated to high temperatures in the absence of air to drive off volatile substances. It consists mainly of calcium phosphate and a small amount of carbon. Bone char has a very high surface area and a high absorptive capacity for lead, mercury, and arsenic.

Bone char is used to remove fluoride from water and to filter aquarium water.

It is often used in the sugar refining industry for decolorizing (a process patented by Louis Constant in 1812). This leads to worries from vegans and even vegetarians, since about a quarter of the sugar in the US is processed using bone char as a filter (about half of all sugar from sugar cane is processed with bone char, the rest with activated carbon). As bone char does not get into the sugar, sugar processed this way is considered parve/Kosher. Vegans are of varying opinions over whether such sugar can be considered truly vegan"

As beet sugar is never processed using bone char than you think it would be easy just to buy that, right? Nope. Usually, no where on a bag of sugar are you going to find if a sugar is from sugar cane or beet, let alone if it is cane sugar if bone char was used in processing. Supermarkets buy from who ever is giving them the best price at the time so it could be either cane or beet depending on which vendor had the best price.

So how do you find out? Go online and search for beet sugar manufacturers around your area. In my case one of the industries in Michigan is growing and processing beet sugar. Both Big Chief and Pioneer sugar is created from beets and available at least locally.

Does this mean I am advocating the use of refined sugar. Errr...no not really. However, I like to entertain and some omnis are convinced that vegans live a life of deprivation. Haaaa! I like to sneak in dishes that most people think that a plant based diet couldn't possibly provide...like angel food cake or lemon meringue pie. It's like this, if I have to literally sugar coat something to get people to even sample a vegan diet...I am going to give it a try. That being said I probally have had the same 5 lb bag of sugar in the cupboard for at least 3 years.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Vegan Angel Food Cake?

I found a recipe for vegan angel food cake! I haven't tried it yet and have no idea how it would turn out but here it is:

Angel Food Cake
Cakes - Plain

• 4 ounces / 1 cup self-raising flour
• 2 ounces / 4 tablespoons cornflour
• Pinch of salt
• 8 ounces / 1 cup soft brown castor sugar
• 1 x 200 gram / 7 ounce block of tofu
• 8 fluid ounces / 1 cup soy milk
• 2 heaped tablespoons chickpea flour
• 4 fluid ounces / 1/2 cup oil
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place the tofu, sugar, gram flour, oil, vanilla and lemon juice into a blender and blend well. Add the soya milk gradually.
Transfer to a large bowl and fold in the flour.
Spoon into a greased 9 inch / 23 centimeter cake tin (the sort with a detachable bases and loosenable side is best) and bake for 45 mins at gas mark 4 / 180C / 350F until golden and firm to the touch. Cool in the tin.

I haven't been doing a whole lot lately. Laid off for now and have been scheming to take over the world.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Ahhh Sleepy Saturday!!!!!

Well, I probally should be doing something. Instead I am having a sleepy Saturday. Yawn.....

Tomorrow I definately got to get in gear. Maybe get a few more pictures for this blog, huh? Some groceries in the house wouldn't be a bad idea either.

Today the girls and I are taking naps and snacking when we feel like it. I even managed to burn baked potatoes. Try to do that sometime.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

This is my eldest, Lacey. She is helping me install some computer stuff. She thought she was being quite helpful. Sigh.....
This is the youngest (and twice the size of her older sibling), Maggie. She could care less about helping but she does love having her picture taken.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Grub: Ideas for an Urban, Organic Kitchen

Frances Moore Lappe (author of Diet for a Small Planet, Democracy's Edge, and coauthor of Hopes Harvest) and her daughter Anna Lappe (co-author of Hope's Harvest) will be doing a national book release for "Grub: Ideas for an Urban, Organic Kitchen" by Anna Lappe & Bryant Terry in Ann Arbor, Michigan!!!

Ann Arbor Peoples Food Co-op's 35th Anniversary Gala Celebration is combined with the event!

April 2: Welcome Frances Moore Lappe! Reception and book signing 7:30 pm to 9 pmApril 3: National Book Release- "Grub: Ideas for an Urban, Organic Kitchen" Anna Lappe & Bryant Terry. At Shaman Drum Bookstore at 6pm

April 3: Frances Moore Lappe, Anna Lappe - Talk and Book signing. Crazy Wisdom Tea Room 7 to 9 pm

April 4: PFC Annual Meeting & Social- 5:30 Gala Celebration 7:30 pm featuring Frances Moore Lappe and Anna LappeReception following: Michigan Theater
Tickets $20 or $15 for PFC Members
Purchase tickets at PFC, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore or A&L Wine Castle
Contact 734-994-4589 for scholarship ticket information

I'm so excited! I am going to meet one of the women who changed my life! Frances Moore Lappe!!!!! YESSS!!!!!