Vegan Peasant Round up for 2013

Welcome to our Vegan Peasant Round up for 2013. 2013 maybe the best vegan year yet so 2014 can only get better with talk of the first vegan supermarket chain Veganz coming to London, mainstream media addressing unsustainable meat consumption and the veggie curious eating more plant-based meals. I can’t wait to see what happens in 2014. Enjoy!

Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice

Korean Food

Korean food maybe a trend for some that’s set to take the capital by storm, but for those in the know it is here to stay. While there are no dedicated Korean vegan restaurants in London yet, temple cuisine is an established part of Korean cuisine due to the introduction of Buddhism. A number of dishes are naturally vegan or can be veganised like bibimbop, pajeon and kongjang. And if you’re feeling adventurous you can even make your own kimchi.

 

Sriracha

Last month the California Department of Public Health shut down the sriracha factory for a period of 30 days. At first the residents of Irwindale, where one of the factories is based, complained about the smell and now regulators say they must comply with some dubious safety regulations, as sriracha is a raw product. Note that this product has been on the market for more than 30 years. Now fans of the red rooster chili sauce are facing an impending #srirachapocalypse. Someone, anyone tell me – have you ever known a hot sauce to go off?

 

Ms. Cupcake

Ms. Cupcake’s first book Ms. Cupcake: The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town came out in May 2013. The art direction, photograph and bombproof recipes made it the highlight of any cookbook collection. If you didn’t grab yourself a copy then I implore you to do so now. In case you were wondering it’s not all cupcakes. Bakes, cookies and wonderfully inventive slices are all represented too.

 

Is 2013 the year vegan went mainstream

Or the year of the celebrity vegan? Not that I follow celebrities mind you, but they are pretty hard to ignore when they are posing naked for a PETA campaign. Nevertheless, it was hard not to notice Beyonce and Jay Z’s 22 day vegan diet. Especially when Beyonce walked into a vegan restaurant wearing some other animal’s skin. While witnessing such a scene maybe incongruous and somewhat off putting you have to remember that not everyone has embraced the vegan lifestyle, some people are transitioning and some people are on a cleanse. In all fairness they never said they were going vegan that was the media’s doing. Jay Z’s statement mentioned the words plant-based and spirituality.

Note: Al Gore also went vegan this year to very little fanfare.

 

Get more fermented foods into your life

I’m sure you already know all about probiotics, the live microorganisms that are similar to the good bacteria that reside in your gut. When your body is overflowing with good bacteria it keeps the bad bacteria at bay and makes it harder for the illness causing bacteria to take root. It’s a good job so many of these friendly bacteria-laced foods are so yummy: kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, miso, tempeh and my person fave kimchi.

 

We should all be feminists

“I’ve never thought it made sense to leave such a crucial thing, the ability to nourish one’s self, in the hands of others.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston

This 30-minute talk by one of my favorite authors is awesome so you should listen to it. The entire speech is quotable. Of course, I had to find the food quote in order to include it in this round up.

 

Horsemeat Scandal

In the winter of 2013 all hell broke lose when it was discovered that phenylbutazone laced horsemeat was being sold as beef to the unsuspecting UK supermarket consumer. As I couldn’t feign collective outrage with the rest of the cow eaters and mystery flesh eating public I just hoped the ‘crisis’ convinced a few people to go vegan.

 

Guardian link bait

I usually don’t go in for new year’s resolutions, but I’ve decided that in 2014 I’m going to spend less time surfing news sites. How can this article titled: Relax, it’s no longer weird to be a vegan be anything other than click bait? This article may have been conceived just for the pleasure of trolls, but we know the guardian can do better because last month they ran: Peak meat: is animal consumption falling out of style in the US?

 

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