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Sunday, 18 February 2018
After missing last year, I summoned the energy to go along and was thrilled by the creative images on offer, despite the crowds and queues. I managed to get along to the Exhibition Buildings and the State Library. Here are some of my snaps of the video projections.
The actual cycle through the video was fast, moving along to pulsing insistent dance music with lots of colour and movement. There is a dome behind the two towers but I guess logistically it was hard to include it.
Read about my previous visits to White Night:
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
More vegan scrambles on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Fried rice with tofu scramble (gf, v)
My breakfast burritos (gf, v)
Roasted vegetable tofu scramble (gf, v)
Spinach, sundried tomato and chive chickpea scramble (gf, v)
Tofu scramble (gf, v)
Chickpea hummus scramble
From Simple Vegan Blog
400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 pinch kala namak (black) salt
6 tbsp hummus
1 tsp sesame oil
Mash chickpeas. Mix in remaining ingredients and mash a bit more. (I used a spoon to crush and stir.) Mine was very lemony so I would only add 1 tbsp and check before adding the second. And of course check seasoning.
Heat a frypan on medium heat. Swirl around sesame oil and then add chickpea mixture. Cook for about 5-10 minutes, leaving to crisp up in places but should still be quite soft. Can be kept in an airtight container and reheated.
On the stereo:
Fictions: Jane Birkin
Sunday, 11 February 2018
I grew up eating meat but have been vegetarian for more than half my life. My husband eats meat but eats mostly vegetarian at home. My daughter has been vegetarian since she was born.
What happened when I accidentally ate meat
We went to a pizza restaurant for dinner last year and I was busy trying to avoid stuff on the pizza that my daughter would not eat and hence not paying attention to the fact that my husband's meat pizza was really similar to my own but with meat. I ended up taking two bits of his pizza and then stopping to work out what on earth was on it. Ugh meat!
I thought that was the worst of it. Turns out it was worse to have a daughter who was furious at me for eating meat. In that contrary way that is so typical of kids, she took comfort from my husband who is not vegetarian. She was so angry and unforgiving of me. "But dad ..." I spluttered in bemusement. Apparently I was meant to be vegetarian always even if he wouldn't. The next morning when she was still upset I sat her down for a talk.
What vegetarianism can teach children about life
I told my daughter some home truths off the top of my head. After some consideration, I have added some more to share here:
- You will at some point in your life eat meat by mistake.
- You will have friends who are vegetarian and decide to change and eat meat.
- You will meet people who say they are vegetarian but are more flexible than you about this.
- You might one day eat meat in the name of kindness.
- You might fall in love with someone who eats meat.
- You might be told by a doctor you need to eat meat for health reasons.
- You might one day decide not to be vegetarian.
The experience of the accidental meat pizza made me understand that being vegetarian could teach my daughter lessons about chance and change, about being tolerant of difference, about being prepared for the unexpected. An individual does not have to be made in your image for you to accept them and to treat them kindly. And people will not always be the same. (Thanks goodness!) Someone you respect might act in a way that appalls you. Someone you dislike might do something that makes your heart sing.
Vegetarian children can be seen as different. It can be tough. Their mothers are always asking other mothers not to feed them meat. The vegetarian child is the one is asking what is in their food. However, they are not the only ones to stand out. Others might be different for a whole host of other other reasons. I hope being vegetarian and learning what it is like to be the odd one out can also help my child be tolerant of others whether it be because of what they eat or the colour of their skin.
Being a kind vegetarian
There is a lot of talk about vegetarian (and vegan) kids being kind to animals and being role models to meat eaters. I agree but this is only the tip of the iceberg because it's complicated.
Being a role model as a vegetarian is not just about being kind to animals but also being kind to humans. When I went vegetarian, I had many discussions about not wanting to make others feel uncomfortable because I was vegetarian. Mostly this means not making too much fuss when people mistakenly slip some meat stock into my meal but once on my travels it meant eating a bowl of beef stew made by a woman who did not speak English and had been incredibly kind to me. A kind vegetarian is far more likely to make others want to follow their footsteps than a judgemental one. And a kind vegetarian will probably be fed better!
It is all too easy for vegetarians to judge carnivores as not being kind because they eat meat. Yet I see a lot of kindness by the meat eaters about me who are brilliant at recycling, volunteering their time to help others or standing up for the vulnerable and disempowered. They are not bad people and they do some things far better than I do. Being vegetarian is only part of the big picture.
My daughter does not hang out with many vegetarians. Most of her extended family and friends are meat eaters. Some years ago, I had to caution her against trying to convert her friends. The idea of her trying to convert them to be vegetarian is as disturbing as the idea of them trying to feed her meat or teasing her for being vegetarian. It does not mean she does not need to be able to tell people why she is vegetarian but I want her to try to be kind when she does.
Explaining why others eat meat
There have been times when my daughter has been very concerned about people she cares for eating meat. After all if it is not right for her, why should it be right for others!
So how do I explain to her about others eating meat? We have talked about different people making different choices but also people being brought up to understand eating meat in different ways. We can make choices for ourselves but not for others. My daughter finds it odd that I ate meat as a child but for me that was my normal. Being vegetarian is her normal.
I couldn't find much on the web about this topic. There is plenty else online about other issues (compassion and nutrients) related to bringing up vegetarian or vegan kids. So I hope this post will be useful. If you want more reading:
For more general reflections about being vegetarian you can read my "On being a vegetarian" post.
reflections on being a vegetarian.
I liked this Mothering discussion about explaining vegetarianism to kids in a non-judgemental manner.
I am interested in No Meat Athlete's attitude towards navigating vegan life in a non-vegan world.
And I like the sound of this book about Herb the Vegetarian Dragon by Julie Bass that ends with meat eaters and vegetarians living together. (I haven't read it but would like to.)
I would love to hear about your experiences of otherness and tolerance, either as an individual or as a parent and I would love to hear how you have approached it.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Sweet Potato Lime Taquitos with avocado dipping sauce.
It was the first time I had made taquitos. And a busy day. So when I took over from my mum in rolling up the sweet potato, it cracked horribly. My mum had read the recipe more closely than me and told me I had to microwave 2 corn tortilla for 45 seconds so it rolled without ripping. Far more time than I expected. The resulting taquitos were really good but had to be fried before the lunch and heated up.
grubs and my sister to bring a fruit platter. Fran focused on the platter rather than the fruit and made a platter with a bit of everything - cheese, rice crackers, vegies, strawberries and lamingtons. It was rather spectacular. Grubs are not spectacular - even when made to be a bit of round and a bit of square - but they never fail to delight me.
Crisp coconut and chocolate pie. It was rather rich and looked almost as good as Martha Stewart's. However the coconut crust was too thick compared to the filling and once we cut a piece it was rather crumbly over the filling. I think if I make it again I would like to make it a slice to cut smaller pieces and perhaps to put some condensed milk (and use unsweetened not sweetened coconut) into the base to stop it being so crumbly. I also think I would like something to soften the topping a little and maybe sweeten it a bit as it was quite bitter. Mostly I would love the time and opportunities to experiment with the recipe!
More brownie recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Candy cane brownies
Chocolate beetroot brownies
Chocolate brownies with chikpea flour (gf)
GF Donna Hay Brownies (gf)
Tim Tam brownies
Vegan brownies with optional dulce de leche swirl (v)
Zucchini brownie with smoked walnuts (v)
Fudgy Chocolate Raspberry Brownies
From Coles Magazine Summer 2018
395g tin of condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 cup plain white flour
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup dark choc chips
1/2 cup white choc chips
Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin.
Mix condensed milk, butter and vanilla in a medium saucepan over low heat (you don't want the mixture too warm) for about 5 minutes or until butter melts.
Stir in flour, coconut, brown sugar, cocoa and baking powder in the saucepan. (I heated my butter over medium heat and so my mixture was too warm and I had to transfer to a bowl to cool it enough that it did not melt the choc chips. Fold in raspberries and choc chips.
Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 25 minutes. Turn off oven and leave for 5 minutes before removing. It should be soft but slightly browned and showing a few cracks. Cool in tin and then cut into squares.
On the Stereo:
Foreign Affairs: Tom Waits
Sunday, 4 February 2018
After half a week of the school term I have missed two of Sylvia's swimming lessons, gone to gymnastics before classes start and got to the shops after all the uniforms in Sylvia's size sell out. No matter.
I am at least more organised with making sure Sylvia gets to school with a neat (albeit short) uniform, a healthy lunch and her hat. (Actually she reminded me about the no hat no play policy at this time of year.)
My February kitchen is very summery with cool drinks, fragrant basil and vegies and dip with some sweet treats like the honey photo above. Sylvia had a new bee toy and only wanted food with honey as well as hunting out anything in the house related to honey.
That Place, a patisserie tucked away in Belmont. We both had hot chocolate, I had a lovely beetroot and carrot cake, and Sylvia had a cinnamon scroll. All so good we took away a salted caramel lamington and a nutella pastry, plus a home made marshmallow (which I assume wasn't vegetarian but did not ask).
bread but it was a cold night and in the morning the dough had a long way to go to get to the usual level in the bowl. So I left it and was busy by the time it was ready, so it waited a bit more.
I am sending this post to Sherry of Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen event, that was started by Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, If you would like to join in, send your post to Sherry by 10th of the month. Or just head over to her blog to peek into more kitchens.