December 12th, 2006
|11:38 am - Baking brownies and seeking the vegan cookie|
Last night, I went out shopping for groceries. I just needed a couple of things: milk, canola oil, and other odds and ends.
As I passed the bakery aisle, though, I thought about the craving Tina had been expressing for weeks: vegan cookies.
For those currently unaware of my living arrangement, I live with my vegan ex-girlfriend. It works out remarkably well, actually, despite the number of people who keep telling both of us that we're dooming ourselves to this or that terrible fate. We broke up almost two years ago at this point, and so far so good.
Living with a vegan roommate has had an effect on how and what I eat. I probably eat healthier by proximity, since I haven't cooked anything with egg in it for about three years, and I don't cook meat in the house (my initial reasoning was because I didn't want to use her dishes to cook meat, but it turned out that I really just like the fact that it's cleaner to never cook meat: no grease stains on the cabinets, no salmonella to worry about, etc.).
This also means that I have a really sharp eye for ingredients lists on food. Because Tina and I still occasionally share food and often make meals together, I tend to buy things that are vegan already. If I want to throw in something to make them healthy, like bacon, I can do that on my own (I do have pre-cooked meats in the house).
But in passing the baking aisle, I realized that I could slip down there and find some cookie mix that might just be vegan. I didn't have high hopes, but I knew that something might just be available.
So down the aisle I went, seeking out the cookie mixes.
Some cookies are automatically off-limits: most anything from Nestle, Hershey's, or other name-brand manufacturers. I give them a quick once-over and am happy to see the wonderful allergen lists that they now have, that include big bold statements of "contains milk" or "contains egg". I imagine that being vegan is much easier now that those quick-references are available.
I went digging instead through the cast-offs of the cookie world: the Kroger-brand mixes, the nameless ones that people avoid because they're "substandard."
There, I came across a lone package of "double fudge brownie" mix. Lo and behold, the mix was vegan! Sure, it required an egg, but that's easily replaced with a small thing of applesauce. They weren't cookies, but I didn't think Tina would complain.
I kept digging through the packages, looking for some cookies that would be vegan. No such luck, I was finding. I grabbed a bag of chocolate chip cookie mix, though, and found that, while the mix as a whole was not vegan, it was the chips that made it non-vegan. I suddenly realized that I had a mix that I could turn into a bunch of vegan chocolate chip cookies if I replaced the chocolate in the mix with chocolate that didn't involve milk. So I sought some (again, off-brand) chocolate chunks that didn't have milk in them out and figured I could trade out the chips.
Now despite the fact that this chocolate probably came from slavery in Africa (like most chocolate does), no animals were harmed in the making of the chocolate, just people (and who knows: maybe it's actually slave-free anyway), so I figure it's acceptable as "vegan".
When I got home last night, I told Tina that desert was on me, and went to work cooking my dinner and making the brownies.
I'll be making the cookies sometime soon, put I need to get a stick or two of margarine first. Then I need to separate out the offending chips and replace them with the non-offending chunks and I can bake up some warm cookies for Tina.
After I put the brownies in the oven, I said to Tina, "You know, I'm the best ex-boyfriend you'll ever have."
She smiled and said, "Well, you're the best one yet, but I'll let you know if you can't keep that title in the future."
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|Date:||December 12th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)|| |
You've gotta try some smoked tofu sometime. No jiggling, chewy texture. Last time I made something with it people were confused because they thought it was meat.
But as for jiggling, what are your thoughts on eggs? They jiggle quite a bit.
|Date:||December 12th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)|| |
"Jiggly," I see, is an incomplete description.
My mental image of tofu is that it's a big, white, slimy, jiggly block of what appears to be cheap weatherstripping foam. This may be, I suppose, unfair to most other forms of tofu, but it's my primary experience of the stuff.
(Every so often I'll ask Tina how she can justify the deaths of thousands of tofu plants each year, to which she replies that tofu doesn't grow as a plant, but is actually processed soy or something. I generally reply that the idea of "processing" soy is even more unappetizing.)
Eggs don't generally strike me as slimy or foam-like, which is why I can generally eat them just fine. Same with Jell-O, which is more "sticky" in my mind.
But yeah, if Cthulhu were a food, he'd totally be made of tofu. And probably whole wheat noodles.
|Date:||December 12th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)|| |
You obviously don't eat your eggs sunny-side up. :-)
And it scares me where you must get your jello.
|Date:||December 12th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)|| |
No, Pretty much only scrambled :)
I haven't had Jell-O since I was in the dorms, so it's been a few years. My memory might be faulty. We never had a lot of it as kids.
if Cthulhu were a food, he'd totally be made of tofu.
May I quote you on that?
|Date:||December 14th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)|| |
I insist that you do :)
|Date:||December 12th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)|| |
A big hubbub today (linked elsewhere in this thread) indicates that we shouldn't eat tofu because soy makes you gay!
Thought you'd get a kick out of it. After the requisite "WTF?!?!" moment.
|Date:||December 12th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)|| |
Yeah, I saw that over at Pandagon
First screaming broccoli, then gay soybeans.... I wonder what they'll come up with next.