So, as you noticed, I stopped blogging. The reason is simple. I always envisioned this as a 6 month long project. And after 6 months, I just got tired of doing it. On one hand, I had conquered all of the major foods I wanted to, and it was getting more and more difficult to find weird things to eat (eg. vegan baklava, floral flavored foods, etc.). Then, I got distracted with a couple of other challenges / events. I spent a few months eating almost no processed foods (which is very healthy... and also, makes it nearly impossible to eat the remaining foods I needed to eat). I spent 6 weeks on an exercise challenge, in which I went to 30 Cardio Barre classes (which was 5 classes per week.... you should see my muscular legs!). I went to Australia! And yes, I took advantage of that to eat Vegemite, which I am happy to report is both vegan and quite tasty!!! So, that's what has happened to me lately.
|My husband discovered that he liked Vegemite too! He thought he hated it, but he was wrong. We were both so happy!|
|I'm just going to ask you one last time... please open your heart and stop insisting you don't like some foods and there is no way to change it!|
Although I am very proud of everything I learned to like, there are several foods and drinks that really stand out as being shocking success stories. I mean, I love beer now! Which is CRAZY! I drink beer more than any other alcohol now, maybe about 4 beers per week. I like all kinds, the whole wide range. Even though I was hoping to be able to tolerate beer, I honestly didn't except to love it the way that I do! And when I'm not drinking beer, do you know what cocktail I drink about 80% of the time now? Get this: Gin & Tonic! It is now my Go To cocktail. Never would have believed I would crave them so much!!! And really, how on Earth did I live so long without sauerkraut? Or radishes? Or Everything bagels? Or hot dogs with mustard and relish?!? These have become some of my favorite foods, and a year ago, I hated them all. Or at least I thought I did!!!!
So, I consider this project to be, more or less, complete, but I am going to go through the rest of my life with an open heart, an open mind and an open mouth! If I come across any exciting new foods, I will certainly mention them on this blog..... because this blog is going to continue.... but with a new theme for 2013....
The Gal Who Cooked Everything Vegan
It's no secret that I've been a cooking fiend for the past 15 years or so. I cook for about an hour, pretty much every day of my life. And I almost never repeat recipes, so I have an incredibly large repertoire of things I know how to cook. But there are so many things I still find daunting.... I think they will be too difficult, too frustrating, too weird, or quite often, too caloric.
Like every other woman in my age bracket, I recently got on Pinterest. After I understood how it works (I was admittedly baffled by it at first) and figured out how to find 8554 ridiculous new vegan recipes every day, I got hooked on it. I cook at least a couple of new recipes from Pinterest each week. But there is an even more common occurrence that happens to me when browsing through the recipes. I see something that looks delicious, and I want it with my whole soul, but I instantly think, "But I'll never make that!" In fact, I have an entire board in Pinterest dedicated to Vegan Things I Want That I Will Never Make (and please go and follow it if you are on Pinterest. I find some crazy, beautiful recipes I post on there!). But I finally stopped to think, "Well, why won't I ever make these things?!? What is stopping me but my own fear and laziness?!?"
So, this is my 2013 plan. At least once a month, maybe more if I get really inspired, I'm going to make one of the recipes from my VTIWTIWNM board. And I'll write about the adventures here. And I hope to help inspire people to get outside of their cooking comfort zone and try to make some new and crazy things!
1st one is coming very soon..... stay tuned!!!