Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Enjoying your (vegan) food

Spaghetti with "meat" balls in Italy:
Italians don't eat spaghetti with meat balls,
but my sister-in-law made it for us

A couple of weeks ago I came across this quote from chef Jamie Oliver: “Stop being a vegan and start enjoying what you eat.” Until that day I thought he was an "OK" chef who sometimes cook vegetarian (and even vegan) meals at his show 30 Minutes Meals. I don't know from when or where this quote came from and I won't spend this post talking about him (I already read some posts about the topic in the internet). What I really want to say here is that most of the people I know that truly enjoy their food are vegan.

I'm reading a lot about food to write my thesis and also its relation with culture. It's clear that the post-modern days pushed away people from the kitchen and from dinner tables too. Most of the people I know who aren't vegan don't know how to cook or just know a few basic dishes and a lot of them eat out or take away or ask for some fast food/pizza delivery. Yeah, I know, there are vegan people like that too! But I'm just talking about my experience and the people I know (and believe me, I know a lot of them).

vegan gorgonzola
also made by my sister-in-law

Becoming vegan still means that you should learn cooking and eating more at home. Even with more and more vegan options in restaurants and coffee shops it's still better (and more trustful) to eat at home. I know that my interest on cooking is not the usual one, I really enjoy spending time in the kitchen, but as everybody there are some days that I don't want to cook too. But there is no situation - even when I'm tired as I'm being these days - when I do not enjoy the food I'm preparing or just eating. For me, eating is one of the biggest pleasures in life and I do enjoy what I eat and I take time to do it every single day.

How many people do you know who spend more than 30 minutes in their kitchen preparing (and enjoying) their food and another 30 minutes eating (and enjoying even more) their meals in this crazy world where everything is fast and furious? Between these people, how many are vegan?

perfect vegan dessert plate

GO VEGAN. I'm sure you will enjoy your food.


Tea and Sympatico said...

Gosh, that's disappointing to hear about Jamie Oliver, he's always seemed one of the more veggie friendly tv chefs. I'm totally in agreement with your comments about vegans and food. The majority of vegans I know are really into food and cooking and probably each a much wider range of foods than non-vegans. Mr Oliver should check out last years Vegan MoFo site, that might change his view, lol!

Clarissa said...

How did she make this gorgonzola cheese?!

Glauce said...

Have no idea, she found the recipe in a vegan Italian blog that she always read.

Clarissa said...

Awesome. I would really like to try it! :)


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