Tuesday, 1 October 2013

On Being Vegan

There are quite a few things I love to do that are never really discussed on this blog. I've spoken about my paintings from time to time, but that's different. That's my career, as well as something I love (lucky me!). I love to tend my vegetable garden, and I love to cook. I made this muesli on a sleepy Sunday, as a kind of paean to the warmer weather. The sunny flavours of coconut, vanilla and dried pineapple work beautifully. I can almost never buy commercial muesli, as it usually either contains sultanas (I hate them!) or honey, which I don't eat, because my diet is vegan.

I don't think I've ever written about being a vegan for this blog, mainly because its one of those things everybody seems to have an opinion about. Especially about whether I'm doing it "right". Having been vegetarian since I was a little girl, and vegan for about five and a half years, I'm not really interested in being told what I'm doing right and wrong. Please note that I say my diet is vegan, because I believe in wearing and using secondhand wool, silk and leather for environmental reasons, rather than their synthetic counterparts. Yes, before you cry out, I know this makes me "not a vegan"! And no, I truly don't believe in buying new if I can help it, especially if that new thing is produced using petrochemicals and/or sweatshop labour. That's just my deal. It may not be yours, and that's okay too. I guess this is me waving my crusty hippie flag high! See my hairy armpits, hear me roar! (No really, I'm guilty of a one-sided underarm-hair-growing competition with my husband. He's winning.) 

I'm full of contradictions, like anyone, and I'm not afraid of them. I'm petite and kind of delicate-looking, but I have a filthy mouth. I love bygone eras, but abhor most of their values. And I am an animal lover who wears secondhand leather. There you are. It's out on the table. I'm flawed! I may or may not be vegan!

Thank god I make decent muesli, I guess?!

Here is the recipe for your lovely selves, in case you're curious:

2 cups rolled oats
¾ cup chopped macadamias

½ cup chopped dried pineapple (dried mango would work too!)
½ cup coconut flakes
¼ cup golden linseeds (or regular linseeds)
¼ cup chia seeds

Combine ingredients in a bowl.
Then add the following ingredients to a small saucepan:

¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

As the maple syrup heats, it will become less thick. When it does this, take it off the heat and stir the mixture through your muesli, coating evenly.
Lay muesli out in a thick layer on a baking sheet and pop in the oven for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t get too dark. When the muesli is a light golden brown, remove from the oven.

Try to resist spooning it straight from the baking tray into your mouth like I did - you’ll probably burn your tongue. Like I did.

And so this post is not an entirely vintage-free zone, here is a picture of me on my way to Aldi, wearing one of my favourite dresses, and a hat that's been in heavy rotation lately. I wore it first here. T
he dress has flappers on it! And 20's cars! And hot air balloons! I think I can safely say it's the perfect print. Too bad I am clearly kind of cranky/sleepy in these photos, haha. Oh well.

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