January 29th, 2005

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this isn't a recipe, so i hope you guys dont get mad, but i was just wondering how you guys feel about the growing of your produce
i have been living on different organic farms for over a year now, i am mostly vegan, but when you are doing work exchange situations, some times you have to eat what is afforded to you in each situation. i heartily believe in vegan, and lately it has been much easier because i have found a very ideal farm to call home, and we are going to do a vegan organic plot this season to see how we can grow stuff without the use of animal bi products. (solely compost and kelp meal will be our amendments to the soil) i am VERY excited for this, and i just wanted to see what you all felt about the fact that when you purchase produce at stores, it is highly likely that it was grown with the use of bone meal or blood meal, probably from a large corporate animal production type of place, because these are the kinds of places that distribute bone/blood meal, and manure and chicken poo. this is especially true if you do not buy organic produce. any related thoughts will be much appreciated and mulled over thoughtfully

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first post here! name's emily, i'm 16, and basically a vegetarian slowly working toward a vegan lifestyle. i realize that i'll never be able to make the transition to veganism overnight, so i'm starting off with small things like trying vegan recipes.

so i tried to make vegan cheesecake.

basically, it tasts alright, but nothing like cheesecake...more like a custard pie. i know that it's probably too much to ask-- for a vegan cheesecake to actually taste like cheesecake, but i was wondering if anyone had any ideas.

the ingredients i used were: 12 oz. soft tofu, half-cup of soy milk, half cup of sugar, quarter cup of mixed strawberry jam and sugar-free maple syrup. all of these were placed in a blender and blended until smooth. then i put the liquid in a graham cracker and baked at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.

is there anything i could have done differently or any ingredients i could have added to make the texture a bit more cheesecake-like, and of course, a bit more of a cream cheese flavor?

Invention Sandwich

I had been studying all day and was starving, and there was very little left in the house to eat. The result of this predicament was so easy and tasty that I would highly recommend it even if the ingredients aren't the only stuff left in your house.

First, I didn't have bread, but I had a bread mix. I didn't trust this stuff, and it had been in the back of the cupboard forever. Upon closer inspection, though, it turned out that all the ingredients in it were natural and vegan, and that all you had to do to make it was add seltzer water. I did this, and it came out so yummy...I was really impressed. The stuff is called Quick Loaf, and they sell it in my local supermarket, which usually has a lousy selection, so I'd wager it isn't too hard to find.

Next, I made easy hummus by sauteing my last half an onion and a bit of garlic, and mixing that through the food processor along with a can of chick peas (drained), the last of my tahini (about 1/4 cup), the juice of a lemon, a little white wine vinegar (2 tablespoons, maybe), some salt and pepper, a little cumin, and about a quarter jar of kalamata olives.

Now, the trick is to slice the bread as soon as you take it out of the oven, so it's nice and warm. Spread it with a generous amount of hummus, top it off with alfalfa sprouts (or some sort of greenery--whatever's around), and drizzle a bit of oil and vinegar over it. Yum.
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