Two days passed on my Alabaman visit, one-and-a-half days to go. As I suspected, I’ve spent much of my time down here answering questions from my curious relatives who spy my green smoothies, my brown rice cakes, my curry, and my kale chips. Most of the inquiries concerning the ethical and health implications of a vegan diet have sprouted from my Gran and my aunts, while I hear the more straightforward “What on Earth are you eating?”-type questions from my uncles and cousins. Some of my relatives seem incredibly receptive (my Gran even admitted that she’d like to attempt vegan baking), while others remain dubious (one of my seven uncles took one look into my cooler full of food and demanded “Is there anything edible in here?”).
Nonetheless, I’ve managed to avoid the holiday gorge-fests so akin to the American lifestyle, follow my usual workout regimen everyday thanks to my grandparents’ treadmill, and enjoy weather about 40° warmer than Madison—not too shabby of a Christmas. Upon my return to the midwest for the final week-and-a-half of my winter break, I plan on practicing yoga four times per week, transforming my kitchen into an extravaganza of vegan baking for belated Christmas gifts, and blogging up a storm. Hopefully, I can accomplish the latter two tasks with the help of my new Kindle Fire, for which I immediately fell head-over-heels in love and on which I downloaded five new cookbooks for under $50—what a deal!
I read through the first few pages of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials while on the treadmill yesterday and became intrigued with her Korean heritage in which raw and fermented food commonly appears. Ani also protests against extensive use of dehydrators, which bodes well for those of us without an Excalibur! Eager to further delve into the health problems of the Standard American Diet (SAD), I look forward to reading vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Foods and sustainable-agricultural maven Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, the former of which promises energizing and wholesome recipes. Rounding out my Christmas cookbook haul, I bought two more raw food cookbooks, forever entraced by the magic of un-cooking. One of my favorite bloggers, Sayward at Bonzai Aphrodite, contributed to Rawesomely Vegan! (which hasn’t been released in paperback yet but is available on the Kindle) and another of my well-loved blogs, Choosing Raw, highly recommended Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet.
Comment Provoking Questions: Did you recieve any cookbooks for Christmas? What was your favorite Christmas gift? Did you travel for the holidays? If so, to where and with whom? How about your Hannuka or Kwanzaa presents?
Until next time, Ali.