Friday, January 23, 2009

Living La Vida Carne

I´m here in Mexico for the San Miguel Walk. I thought it would be difficult to eat meat-free in such a carnivorous culture, but I´ve done quite well. Last night my hostess made grilled salmon for dinner. The day before I had tortilla soup (it is prepared with no meat here, but enough other stuff floating around to make a meal), and today for lunch I had homemade cheese flautas. I´m enjoying the local cuisine. Avocodos are a steal here so I´ve had homemade guacamole and tomatoe sandwiches twice! Tonight more culinary adventures await. Still have to try the local sopas and flan! Homemade bread is in great abundance. Eating my way through San Miguel- I´ll have to roll instead of walk! For my veghead kiddo, I left her stocked up with vegetarian frozen meals for the duration of my trip- unlike me she´s extremely committed to not eating meat and I was afraid she´d live off milk and cereal till I got back!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Adventures in animal-free eating

No, I didn't have tofukey for the holidays. I consumed the usual Christmas ham and New Year's turkey- BUT- I did enjoy discovering a recipe for vegan enchiladas and vegan spaghetti sauce, and vegan meatballs. I also had vegan tacos and Italian 'sausage' pizza. My thirteen year old has come along with me on this flesh-eschewing journey and it has been fun to have someone to do this with. Next week, we are planning a trip to the health food store together to load up on our next batch of new flesh-free meats to try. I'm also experiementing with cooking with tofu- totally new to me. I added some to the spaghetti sauce and really like it. Even my family ate the vegan spaghetti without balking (too much).

I'm in training for the San Miguel Walk(, scheduled for Jan. 24th in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I've booked my flight and look forward to the one day mountainous walk. Hard to train for the mountains when you live on the plains, but I'm doing my best.