For Christmas I received a vegan cookbook I had really been wanting. It is "The Mouthwatering Vegan" by Miriam Sorrell. The recipes look delicious and the photos are simply divine. So since I am going out to get groceries today, I think I will pick a recipe that I want to try and make sure I have everything I will need to make it.
I love trying new foods and new recipes. When I make a recipe for the first time, I usually follow it to a "T" so that I can taste it just as the creator intended. After that, when I'm making it again, I usually tweak a few things here and there to adjust it to my own taste and to make it my own. Unless of course I fall in love with it just as it is.
I don't usually cook from a recipe. (Except when baking. I am NOT a baker.) My grandmother and mother didn't either. So when I was learning how to cook growing up, I learned how to be creative, how to taste my food as I was cooking it and determine what it still needed. There were no old, family recipes handed down to me. I just learned by watching my mother cook and then trying to do it myself. It taught me to be adventurous in the kitchen. I don't have a fear of failing with it. If it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out. It's not a tragedy. I just know not to do it that way again next time.
How many of you browse through all the recipes on Pinterest? A lot of you, right? I know I can get stuck looking through posts on there for literally hours if I allow myself to. But I like to try my hand at making dishes I see, whether it's online or on television. I watch a lot of cooking competition shows, like Top Chef and Food Network Star, not just because I enjoy the shows themselves but because I watch what these chefs and cooks are doing. What techniques do they use? What ingredients do they choose? I can't tell you how many little things I pick up from watching them. And since becoming vegetarian, I love taking dishes with meat in them and figuring out how to recreate them without it and have them be just as pleasing and delicious. I accept the challenge. ;)
- Cari Ann
- Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
- I have been an Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian for a few years and am considering making the switch to a full Vegan diet. I decided to become a vegetarian because I could no longer disassociate the meat on my plate from the loving, kind and peaceful animal it had once been. I have always been an animal lover, so I guess this was a natural progression. I am not a diet or nutrition expert by any means, I am just a woman on a mission to eat better, feel better and live better.