Daiku and I love making food from scratch - from grinding spices to baking bread, there is a definite satisfaction in seeing a meal come to fruition after some loving labor. However, life sometimes gets in the way for us, as I'm sure it does for many of you. On one busy night recently, we pulled out this "Naturally India" brand dehydrated simmer sauce to make a simple Indian-style meal.
It had everything we look for in convenience food: all-natural and vegan ingredients with no chemicals or preservatives, minimal and recyclable packaging, and a reasonable price.
We followed the recipe on the box, and voilà- an easy curried potato dish with tomatoes, onions, and peas, served over brown rice. We were pretty amazed by the tangy flavor- maybe from the green mango powder listed in the ingredients. Not bad at all for a meal out of a box. There were actually two sauce packets in the box- I look forward to the next time we pull this out for a quick and satisfying meal.
Another meal on the go, this time at the school cafeteria. I usually teach off-campus, so it's a rare occasion when I eat at school, but on this day, I couldn't resist- they were serving vegan grilled cheese sandwiches! I overheard a student in line behind me ask person behind the counter how you can make vegan grilled cheese. "What's in there?" he asked. The worker responded, "vegan cheese." The student was intrigued and picked up a sandwich to try, even though there was regular grilled cheese and even grilled cheese with ham also available. I hope he liked it- score another point for veganism!
My lunch was rounded out by some Tuscan roasted veggies (the black olives added a really nice flavor), a tossed salad dressed with olive oil and vinegar, a Silk soy yogurt, and an unsweetened raspberry iced tea. Who says cafeteria food has to suck?
Finally, some vegan wish fulfillment. While at the library doing research last week, I came across these medieval French illustrations in a journal. While I'm sure that at the time they represented a world order gone awry, they now strike me as pretty funny examples of wish fulfillment- not the wish for harm to come to humans, but the wish that humans would look seriously at how we treat animals and to think about our lack of empathy for their suffering.
In the first drawing, above, there is a mule whipping a human along as the human buckles under the enormous load on his back.
In the second drawing, a fish is fishing (humaning?) a person out of the water using a hook, while a small cat hunts a lion and a fish swoops in from the sky and snatches a bird out of the water.
The final, and most disturbing one, shows a cow butcher preparing to fillet a human, hung upside down by his feet to bleed.
I found these illustrations charming, and a tiny bit vindicating. Still, why must our relationships with others, human or animal, always hinge on power and dominance? Is there another way...?
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One year ago today: On 18 September 2006, I was blogging about our neighborhood street fair - that's coming up again very soon!