|The 'Pinked' Elf|
What do you get when a disorganized, never-plan-ahead, impulse shopping, and aging vegan (that would be ME..The Elf) links up with an uber-organized, nutritious recipe creator and resource for vegans everywhere, nationally known and respected food blogger, photographer and generally all ‘round great gal (that would be The Expert…aka Susan Voisin)? As different as we are, Susan and I both are recent breast cancer survivors, so there is an increased awareness of the joy of life as well as the role plant based nutrition plays in our overall health.
Well, The Elf got to thinkin’ the other day about how to add some variety and life to our eating lives; vegans can get in cooking ruts just like anyone else and while Big Solid is easy to please, there are just so many times one can offer a tofu scramble or bean/rice and kale before it begins to get old. So, the light bulb went off and I thought of that movie ('Julie and Julia') where Amy Adams played a blogger who decided to cook her way through Julia Child’s sentinel work, The Art of French Cooking. Hmmm…so I got in touch with Susan Voisin (The Expert) to see if she would be interested in being the other half of this effort. I would cook from her wonderful site/blog, FatFree Vegan Kitchen at least twice a week and record how we (me’n Big Solid) fared. http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/
This link should get you to the document where Susan’s blog is mentioned and supported:http://mydoctor.kaiserpermanente.org/ncal/Images/New%20Plant%20Based%20Booklet%201214_tcm28-781815.pdf
This challenge which we cleverly call “The Expert (that would be Susan) and The Elf (that would be myowns-Elf)” will get the Elf to focus on planning rather than a sudden awareness at 4 pm that I have NOT a CLUE what to fix for supper AND a chance to prepare low-fat, well-rounded meals. In addition, there will be an Elf-fort on preparing a LIST of ingredients to buy, STICKING with the list and NOT running to the grocery store on a daily basis. That SHOULD result in a decrease in the amount of money spent on food and more money that can be spent on ME!! And last but definitely NOT LEAST -- this will hasten my recovery from what I call 'VitMi-phobia' or my terror of fully utilizing my newly purchased VitaMix. Yes, I have made some smoothies and some hummus but I seem to be paralyzed with fear to go beyond that. I am besieged with a barrage of 'what ifs'...what if I blow it up? what if I break it? what if I run it on High too long? what if it spins off the counter? It took me forever to save up for it so I really need to get over mys-Elf and use it. See how excited I was when it arrived?
Stay tuned…”The Expert and The Elf” is about ready to launch!! Wish us well and we’ll do the same!