Thursday, January 4, 2007


Hello and welcome to my blog. This is my first post. I was planning to start this days ago, but my computer wasn't functioning. So, I have many pictures to post. I am a 16 year old vegan who lives in Texas. I am a junior in high school. Yesterday was my first day back to school after winter break. I am very health conscious, and I care about the environment and animals. When I go to college, I think I will study biology or chemistry.

I love to cook, and that will probably be the main focus of this blog. Sometimes, though, I am too busy with schoolwork, UIL math competetions, and volunteering to cook interesting things, so I just have plain beans or grains and raw or steamed veggies. Here are some things I have made the past couple of days. I know, I'm not a great photographer.

This is a stirfry I made. I thought it would be great, but it was just ok. It had a sauce made of fresh orange juice, Bragg's, garlic, ginger, kombu, and thai chiles. The tofu was marinated in this and then baked. The veggies were onions, carrots, lemon grass, zucchini, more garlic, mushrooms, and a pound of mixed frozen vegetables.

This is a raw apple pie I made from Delights of the Garden by Imar Hutchins. The crust is made of unsweetened dried bananas, dried pineapple, and dates. The filling is apples, dried pinapple, lemon juice, and apple pie spice. It was delicious, even though it was made with nasty, mealy apples. My omnivore parents loved it too.

This is Spiced and Roasted Winter Vegetables from a flyer from Whole Foods. This photo is aweful, but this is so delicious! Here is the recipe:
2 winter squash, sliced in wedges
2 parsnips, sliced in 1 inch pieces
2 sweet potatoes, cut in wedges
2 carrots, sliced
2 red onions, cut in wedges
3 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into wedges
8 cloves garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon pepper
4 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
6 whole star anise
Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large mixing bowl, mix the vegetables and pepper. Put in a roasting pan covered with a sheet of parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes. Add last 3 ingredients and bake for 10-15 more minutes until vegetables are tender.
The original recipe called for salt, oil, sugar, and butter, but I left these out. This is so good it doesn't need any of that unhealthy stuff! If you make the amount in the recipe, this makes a HUGE amount. I only made half and it was still a lot. What you see in the photo is probably less than a quarter of the amount I made, after making half.
There was another recipe I took a picture of, but the picture isn't so pretty, this post is already long, and I want to go to bed, so that's all for now. I will try to post again tomorrow.

1 comment:

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

Thanks for stoppin by m'blog, Cherry! You may just be my new hero..if only I'd hopped on the vegan wagon at 16!! kudos to you!

Once my lazy butt gets all the new blogs I'm finding to check out moving I'll be sure to link your site to mine so others can see what a great job you're doing.

I plan to come back again and again. That apple pie sounds scrumptious. sigh...just one more vegan cookbook i now may covet. ;)

nice to 'meet' you!