The last thing I do at night before I hit the proverbial hay is plug in my energy depleted iPad. One of the first things I do in the morning after swinging my legs out of bed is unplug my re energized iPad. I will admit, it usually is within reach wherever I am in the house during the day.
So, it sounds like I have a “staying connected” addiction. But this is not really so. My iPad does not have 4G capabilities, so I don’t have internet everywhere I go. I don’t have a Smartphone. I have a little Samsung that lays mostly in the bottom of my purse, either closed or out of juice. My family will tell you that it annoys them that I don’t answer my cell phone when I am out and about. It is not because I am trying to stay out of touch. Most of the time I don’t even hear it ring. The odd time that I do , I spend too much time scrambling to find it and to open it (flip phone) and to click the answer button. By that time, the caller is usually long gone-probably a family member, annoyed at me once again.
But I do use my IPad to check my e-mail, to keep track of my appointments, to research topics and websites that interest me and most importantly, to network on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest. I network for 3 reasons. One is to create interest in my website and to encourage people to read, to comment and to pass it along and another is to connect with family and friends who may live far away. Lastly, I like to connect with the online vegan community and exchange ideas about what being vegan means to all of us.
So, this morning was no different. I headed into the office to unplug my iPad and start my morning routine. Alas, the iPad was not plugged in its usual place. It was sitting on the printer, beeping weakly with 6% charge. Bummer, there will be no sitting comfortably on the sofa with a cup of coffee and foamy almond milk, perusing and choosing what to pay attention to. Why not? Because there is no electrical outlet close to my chosen place of comfort. Gotta do something else until I can revive my iPad. My husband is still asleep, so there will be no sitting and chatting, even though I think that would be nice. And unlike my daughter when she was a little girl, I am not sure that prying up his eyelid to get his attention is really all that nice or appropriate LOL!!!!
After thinking about some of my options and scanning the kitchen while I was feeding the cats and perking some coffee, my eyes landed on a never been perused Vegetarian Times magazine. It comes in the mail once a month and I almost never look at it. Why?-because there isn’t that much in there for me. I have a subscription only because my granddaughter’s school was having a Magazine Selling Fundraiser.
It is a food magazine in which the recipes rely heavily on chicken’s eggs, cow’s milk and plant based oils. The first two I reject for ethical reasons and the third for health reasons. But, I thought, what the heck, let’s give it a go. There were no surprises in the recipe department except for some interesting and no added fat suggestions for serving butternut squash and a tasty looking plant based vanilla pudding, both of which I may try.
But what surprised and interested little old vegan me were some of the articles and adverts. I would like to pass my vegan surprise and interest along to you in case you may find it helpful.
1) How to buy Vegan Wine:
Betcha some of us don’t know that wine is not always plant based.
Many wine producers use filters to clarify wine for our viewing pleasure while we are indulging our imbibing pleasure. These include gelatin, isinglass (fish bladders), chitin (crustacean shells), egg whites, and milk proteins. The winemakers are not required to list these “ingredients” on the label even though there may be nonhuman animal residue in the wine itself.
Up and coming plant based filtering agents are bentonite clay and carbon.
Wines labelled “natural” are naturally suitable for vegans, while those labelled organic are not necessarily so.
Frey Vineyards has an advert in the magazine for their organic wines, many of which are vegan friendly. They are available online in the States and may be available in Canada and Europe thru Frey’s distributors. Check Frey’s website for details.
I get the skinny on vegan friendly wines from Barnivore, a great online site which covers beer and liquor as well. If it isn’t 100%plant based, I don’t buy it for my home or drink it when I am out. Yellow Tail Red Wine by Casella Winery is a suitable choice.
My hubby loves bread pudding, but it is filled with chicken’s eggs. This is a plant based, vegan friendly recipe for bread pudding. Yep, it is high in fat and has Earth Balance in it, which I don’t use anymore, but I think oil could be substituted or omitted entirely. Could be fun for a special treat. Let me know what you think if you do try it out.
3) What’s in Store for the Future of Mock Meats and Vegan Cheese?, by Greg Dollarhyde (Chief Energizing Officer of Veggie Grill Restaurants)
Mock Meats (their term, not mine): …”stable demand, but the growth is in whole foods with short ingredients lists and creative, fresh preparations. Mock meats are attractive since they can emulate flavor and textures pretty well. However, if you are an old hand at vegetarian eating, your path will probably be taking you toward fresh preparations of veggies, beans and supergrains.”
Vegetarian times, November 2014, page 62
I was so happy to read this because we rarely buy plant based meats, and never those that remind me of a chicken’s breast, or a cow’s leg. We do eat lots of veggies, beans, grains and fruit.
4) What Are Need-to-Know Findings About Animals, by Jane Goodall, PHD
Jane talks about the intelligence, personalities and emotions of other species. While I don’t believe that we need to prove their intelligence in order to grant them the right to agency over their own lives, I do admire Dr. Goodall for her work and commend Vegetarian Times for including this article in their magazine.
Annie’s Vegan View
I prefer to support magazines and cookbooks that are nonhuman animal friendly in perspective and in deed.
I will not be renewing my subscription, but I will check out their website from time to time.
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May all beings be happy and free.