VEGAN MOFO – What the fruit is that?!
The Vegan MOFO = The Vegan Month of Food was originally created by the Post Punk Kitchen, as an homage to NaNoWriMo (The National Novel Writing Month). Apparently they felt like writing a novel but could not get out of the kitchen because of the delicious vegan food they kept on preparing. (Check out their hilarious cooking-shows!)The Idea of the Vegan MOFO is to write as much as possible about vegan food and lifestyle throughout the month of November to show the world that a vegan lifestyle does not mean that you can eat nothing but fruits that have already fallen down by themselves (or rather due to the force of gravity) from the trees they grew on and which therefore are already dead and hence eatable.
Dear reader, Vegans are not Frutarians. Frutarians only nourish on fruits, nuts and seeds, which can be harvested without damaging the plant they grew on, like for example apples which fall from the trees. I always thought the Fruitarians were a myth which was planted by the film “Notting Hill”. In this film is a dinner scene, in which one of the guests (a young woman) declares to be unable to eat the dinner due to the fact that she is a Frutarian, which according to her means that she can only eat fruits and veggies that are already dead.
But back to Veganism. I have been a vegetarian for several years now and unlike some vegetarian friends I do not miss eating meat. Instead I find meat less and less appetizing. I also started to use less dairy products and eggs (I never really liked their taste) substituting them by non-dairy products, like for example the milk in my muesli. The only dairy-product, which I still often find delicious, is cheese. I cannot bring myself to substitute cheese by some kind of soy-cheese. So I started to search the worldwideweb in my phases of procrastination for vegan recipes that simply do not require cheese or vegan-cheese to be delicious. This is how I ended up on the PostPunkKitchen’s website one day. After enthusiastically watching their vegan cooking-shows I began trying out more and more vegan recipes and was positively surprised. Instead of occupying myself substituting dairy-ingredients, the emphasis was put on the non-dairy ingredients. I got to know new spices, ways of cooking and vegetables I did not know how to prepare before. After the cooking followed the baking. I have loved baking since I can remember, so I was eager to explore the world of vegan-baking. And what can I say, I cannot remember ever having prepared such delicious cupcakes and cookies! (Yes, I am exaggerating ^^ but this is my still enthusiastic impression at the moment ;-)
Ok, and what have my personal cooking and baking-experiences to do with Vegan MOFO?
Well, since I am still no vegan, ‘cause I cannot stop myself from eating cheese from time to time, I felt like the Vegan MOFO would be a great opportunity to consciously cook and bake vegan as often as possible, to share great recipes on the internet and to convince my friends and family that vegan food is everything but dreary and nutritionally unbalanced!
P.S. Feel free to mark/correct any (English language) mistakes I made! ;-)