I sometimes feel like I am sure the gay community must have felt like in the 80's and 90's. People must have looked at them as this strange tribe that dares walk amongst normal folks. They must have poked and prodded at them to see if the gay could rub of and if it was safe to let your children near them. The more- progressive of the population would invite them to various social gatherings where they would loudly announce their arrival so that the other guests would just notice how forward thinking they were.
Vegans are now the flavor of the week for a progressive dinner party. I also love when you go to church and people from your congregation who have known you for years ask if being vegan is a religion. You then have to try and keep a straight face and tell them that- yes, but that you only sacrifice virgin cabbages on Friday’s.
It is so strange to me that the love of animals and our planet can illicit such confusion, resentment and often anger. Not that I am saying that vegans are peace loving tree huggers, I had to go and lookup the meaning of some of the things peaceful vegans were saying to strangers on the web in blog and Facebook comments, and let me tell you one thing, there are some angry people out there.
Even though we are the odd ones that stand out at a party I still love going to them, we always take our own snacks and food with, which invariably leads to at least one person trying our goodies and realising that they will not burst into flames and die a horrible death with a piece if Tofu or Hummus clinging to their lips. It also gives us the opportunity to speak to people and invite them to our home where we always try to make them a vegan dinner that they fall in love with. My wife and I say that every meal that a meat eater has at your home, not only saves the animal that they would have eaten at home, but also plants a potential seed.
My family loves a Sunday roast with all the trimmings but for me the best part of the meal was the gravy, deglazing the roast pan for the drippings is not an option anymore but out of desperation I think I have come up with a brilliant and simple gravy.
You will need
Two teaspoons of Bisto- (it’s a vegan friendly old school gravy powder)
Half a liter of water
Salt and pepper
A table spoon of vegan butter or margarine (here in the sticks our options are very limited)
And the Pièce De Résistance: a teaspoons of Marmite
Heat it pan and fry the chopped onion, add the Bisto and Marmite to the water then add to the pan store until it thickens add the butter.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Like I said- it is simple and gives hat rich yummy goodness that make a meal a Sunday roast meal.
Authors: Bronson James Turner and Esme van Eck-Turner
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