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Second Helping

January 26, 2012

To anyone who thought I might have died, I apologize. It’s been a year since my last post. I suppose I could say I spent a year living rather than writing about living, but it’s not true. I worked on writing a novel. It was my first attempt at fiction and is far from finished.

Now, I want to write about food. It has become my hobby and only by allowing it to be a hobby have I been able to adhere to any measure to a plant based diet.

Our first efforts were lame and we limped along, learning as we went. You see, I only thought I knew anything about food or nutrition, much less cooking. We’ve started and slipped, cheated and started again. With each beginning, our efforts were more informed by trial and error.

I watch cooking shows for inspiration. I look online for recipes and pour over books on vegetarian and vegan cooking. Alas, there is not much. Even the most committed vegan is often liberal with the olive oil. So many of the low fat and “healthy” recipes I find are laden with butter, cheese, oil or all three.

Many of the recipes that meet the rigid guidelines I try to follow, are bland at best, mostly just too weird and often awful tasting. I have had some success however. Some meals have come together and as works of art on our plates, dancing a happy dance in our mouths.

I started keeping a food journal, just so I could remember what I’d cooked we liked and what I’d cooked we didn’t. The short term memory challenges apply to the kitchen, of course. I certainly haven’t kept the journal because anyone I knew wanted the recipes. While friends and family might be proud of our efforts, they have no desire to join us.

Maybe, though, there is someone like me who would love to know of someone elses efforts to cook without meat or dairy or any added fat. I love to see pictures of what a dish is supposed to look like.

I’ll do that here.

Of course, the chance that this blog will become strictly a plant based eating recipe site is slim. I am long winded, at least at the keyboard.

So, that is my new plan. At least for now. Lee and I will try once more to stick to it.

We usually slide first by way of cheese. I had no idea that was my real weakness. I always thought it was chocolate. There is no cheese in the house. The frig is packed with produce. Jars are full of bean and grains. I have a fabulous set of cookware that doesn’t require any oil.

I hope this time is the last time we have to start over eating this way. I hope I can stay away from the cheese!

Even in our spits and starts, our efforts have not been in vain. A stress test a month ago was “normal.” I was able to walk all over Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park a few months ago at the Pride Festival. The wheelchair gathers dust in the basement. I haven’t been in the hospital in almost a year. I am certainly much better. I give all the credit to this way of eating. Even our failings are better than what we use to eat.

If no one reads this, that’s okay. But I hope you do.

Here’s a feel good video,

James Morrison- super sweet

I’ll meet you in the kitchen soon.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Lynn Kelly permalink
    January 26, 2012 7:57 pm

    I love it! Am on the same (somewhat journey) although make side detours often. Have you looked at Lindsey’s blog? Happy Herbivore. Check her out.

    • January 27, 2012 5:24 pm

      It’s great to be back! I’ll check out Lindsey’s blog, thank you!…is it wordpress?

  2. Donna Hayden permalink
    January 26, 2012 8:31 pm

    I got so excieted to see you back I almost dropped my keyboard! Perhaps this year I can do a little better with my eating. You have inspired me in so many ways, why not food?

    Love you both a bunch!

    • January 27, 2012 5:40 pm

      and you inspire me my friend! My one culinary regret may be that I never had a slice of your lemon pie… We love you too!

  3. January 27, 2012 2:44 pm

    I’ve got some recipes on my blog you may like. We don’t use oil or dairy. I started my blog because I was sick of looking for healthy recipes only to find vegan junk food. Bring on the Whole Food Plant-Based Diet!!!
    Good luck in your journey!
    holly

    • January 27, 2012 5:42 pm

      Thanks Holly. I look forward to spending some time on your blog and sharing ideas and recipes. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Mary permalink
    January 27, 2012 4:02 pm

    Thrilled to hear from you! I can’t tell you how great you sound, and I’m so happy to hear the WC is gathering dust. What a turn your life has taken!

    This TV show made a huge impact on me: http://www.christinacooks.com/index.html
    Scour her site. Great stuff. We don’t get her show here anymore though…but maybe where you are. She’s vegan.

    My life changed, too. I’ve had 12 year old twin girls since August, but now we’re down to one. It’s easier, that’s for sure. i seriously wondered if I’d live through it, and although I still wonder, it’s worth it. Looking fwd to your next post! Sam is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!

  5. January 27, 2012 5:27 pm

    It feels a bit like emerging form a thick fog…one tiny step at a time. Thank for the website, we egt no vegan shows here that I’ve found. You gotta send me an email about the girls! so we can get cought up.

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