Hey all. I didn't mean to disappear for so long but I've been sort of busy. I've mentioned this before, but my mother works for a local councilwoman and she signed me up to table at a health fair they were hosting today.
The fair was at a senior center in a pretty traditional old part of Queens, so I wasn't sure what to expect but I drew up some literature - the vegan food pyramid, some mini recipe zines, and a flyer with recommended vegan nutrition and lifestyle books and websites (including this ole here blog - totally a reputable source.) Ha, I also snagged some extra copies of PETA's 25 Reasons to Try Vegetarian from a local food store. Obviously I'm not affiliated with them and I don't agree with everything they do but I thought it would be good to include some animal rights info along with the more nutrition and food-geared stuff I already had. And if that didn't win 'em over, hell, I'd bake some brownies.
This is actually from a couple days ago baking something else. G was apparently in a "steal into the kitchen and take photos of maud in her sleepwear, covered in flour" mood. But anyway, I'm sure this is how focused I looked while baking the brownies too.
Fueled by this (banana, spinach, protein powder, frozen cranberry) smoothie, I headed out with my materials.
The cookbooks were a mix of ones that had good nutritional information along with pretty pictures. "Healthy and tasty!" was kind of the motto of the spread, including the brownies with no oil (from The Joy of Vegan Baking.) The sourcebook has some really good information about health issues and dietary needs for vegans. And while the brownies disappeared, not much literature did. Very few people actually showed up, although one woman who did was already a vegan so we talked for a while. Other than that, I was mostly approached by student volunteers and other tablers. But either way, it was a cool experience and maybe somebody will walk away a little bit more knowledgeable about veganism.
And more vegan food of late:
Itty Bitty Carrot Cake cookies from Oh She Glows. I was going to bake these to bring in along with the brownies but I didn't have enough time. Therefore, all for me. These are awesome, if a bit heavy on the raisins. I'm not a raisin hater like some people are but I'm kind of picky about them, especially in baked goods.
Tomorrow G and I are going out to Long Island for his cousin's engagement brunch. I wonder if there will be anything we can eat. I wonder if I will be able to walk in the shoes I found.