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Last night HBO premiered a show called Death on a Factory Farm. This is a small segment. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, and am not sure if I’ll be able to stomach it, but I do have a friend recording it for me.  Has anyone else seen it?  What were your thoughts?

Viewer discretion advised on the clip below…

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Vegan Betty Crocker

vegan-cheesecake-16 I never used to bake. Ever.  I think there were 2 main things that kept me from baking: 1) baked goods only lead me to eating more junk food, and 2) eggs.  Eggs gross me out – always have.  Every time I would eat them in my pre-vegan days, I’d feel sick afterward.  Of course I couldn’t taste them in a cake or anything, but I didn’t really like working with them anyway.  On top of it, I never really felt a need to “prove” myself as a baker – I just didn’t care.

Well, folks, times have changed. I LOVE baking now.  I can’t stop doing it.  My friends and family are shocked and my boyfriend has started calling me Vegan Betty Crocker.  It’s gotten sort of out of control.  I’ve made 2 cheesecakes, strawberry shortcakes with vegan whipped cream, (those recipes are divine!) and a chocolate cake with vegan cream cheese frosting in the last 2 weeks.  If I keep this up, I’ll be HUGE in no time.

But, back to the reason for this post: Lemon Cheesecake from the Joy of Vegan Baking.  YUM.  You see, cheesecake used to be my favorite dessert.  There is this trendy little cafe not far from where I went to undergrad, and sometimes I’d go down there, get a piece of cheesecake and a latte (how yuppy is that??) and study for a couple hours.  As a vegan, I’ve missed cheesecake, and was doubtful that I’d ever have really good cheesecake again.  All the recipes I’ve seen online are tofu-based, and that just didn’t appeal to me.  Then I found the recipe for Lemon cheesecake in the Joy of Vegan Baking. I tried it out this week and it’s getting great reviews from my omni family! You NEED to try it (I can’t find it online, so you might have to buy her book – but it’s a great investment).

There is nothing more satisfying that getting a bunch of omnivores to declare how delicious your VEGAN baking is….and yes, that might be part of the reason I bake now.  What can I say? I’m competitive as hell!

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The Romain Rolland quote I posted last week has been on my mind a lot lately:

To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.

It rings so true to me.  Sometimes it just floors me that people are eating the flesh of sentient beings everywhere I go, and yet if I say anything about how unnecessary or disgusting it is, I’m the crazy one. People look at you like you are either a) a complete idiot, or b) off your rocker.

Here’s a great example:  This past weekend I went to a charity gala. The menu was very meat-centric: chicken, shrimp, and really, really rare steak.  While my boyfriend was kind enough to call ahead and make sure they had a vegan entree prepared for me, we somehow ended up right next to the buffet line. Directly behind me was a man cutting the pink flesh of what had once been a beautiful cow.  It grossed me out, and I thought about it all night.  I looked around and saw people take big helpings of animal flesh without once giving a thought to the fact that it had been a living, breathing, feeling being not long ago.  Not even the blood pooling on their plates made them think of it.   Here were a bunch of good people gathered together, celebrating and raising money for a great cause that helps families with seriously ill or injured children, and I was the only one there who requested a vegan/vegetarian meal.  I guess it shouldn’t surprise me, but it did.  The chefs were all wondering who the vegan girl was, and brought my special meal out as everyone sat down (it was great, incidentally – and one of my table mates commented on how delicious it looked!).

Anyway, Romain Rolland kind of hit the nail on the head with this one.  We veg*ns are sometimes looked at like space aliens or something, but I think it’s important that no matter how odd some people think we are, we don’t give in to the pressure, or start to question why we’ve made this lifestyle choice.

Stay strong, vegans!

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To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man. For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal. But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse. If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous. And that is the unpardonable crime.

~Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize 1915

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