People are passionate about their food choices. I have heard so many people say “I would die if I had to give up (insert meat, eggs, or dairy product here)”. Now, that’s passion – you’d give up your life for bacon? Seriously?
I personally don’t want to give up kale but if it was a life or death situation I think I’d find away to accept spinach instead. However, these exchanges have taught me that instead of focusing on what being vegan removes from our lives – let’s celebrate what remains.
Most people eat vegan most of the time without even realizing it. By focusing on the vast array of delicious plant foods you can appeal to people’s palates without engaging in a political debate. Once they are full – it is much easier to talk about ethics.
Recently, I joined a book club. Not a regular, let’s all dissect the author’s description of melancholy on pg.29 book club, but more of a Best of Book Club (or the book report club as it has been called). We basically get together and talk about our favourite reads – or warn each other about disappointing diatribes masquerading as terrific tomes.
I digress, just to say that it seems people are as passionate about their favourite authors as their favourite foods. In fact, my friend who has a book review blog gets far more death threats in her comments then I’ve ever received on my vegan blog. The internet is an interesting place.
Last week, I had the chance to host our monthly gathering. Many of the members are new friends, who haven’t yet been exposed to my vegan culinary creations.
In case our debates about protagonists and author’s voice became heated and required additional sustenance I turned to Angela of Oh She Glows who always creates incredible vegan dishes. The bookclub gathering was the perfect excuse to try her Stawberry-Oat Bars.If you can come up with an excuse (like – you’re hungry) then I highly suggest that you whip up a batch.
It was a simple spread. It didn’t take long to prepare. And no one seemed concerned about the lack of animal parts.