VeganMOFO day one

So here, it goes my first attempt at Vegan Month of Food for 2014!  The idea behind this is to blog every week day for one month.  It is going to be a challenge for me, because along with coming up with 20 – 30 blog posts, my classes are starting!  I am a part time student, and only taking two courses, but I expect there to be a lot of work involved.  Additionally, I am starting an internship in a small library, and of course, there is my part-time job. September will be a busy month!

Although not everyone who participates in vegan MOFO has a theme, I thought it would be helpful when creating posts.  After some thought I decided to focus on cooking in the Swabian region of Germany. Why this topic? Well it is the region where my parent’s and all of my relatives are from. Most of my memories of visiting are from this particular area.  I also have a small cookbook that I have been hanging on to for the longest time, but never really use. I believe it was a gift many years ago. Now that I have been vegan for a while, I think it might be time to say goodbye to it. I felt like this is the perfect time to recreate some childhood favorites.  The other challenge will be to dust off my German reading skills so I can translate recipes into English, and converting measurements, and temperatures from metric.


Summer update

nasturtium   I can hardly believe that so much time pass since my last blog post.  This past spring I began working toward a Masters in library science.  Suffice to say it has kept me very busy with reading and writing research papers.  I am however very hopeful that this is only the beginning toward a truly fulfilling career.  So far I have been enjoying my classes, and have begun making connections with others in the field.

Summer has been going by very quickly as usual.  My veggie garden is doingYellow tomatoes very well this year, it may be the best year yet. I planted dragon lingerie beans, snap peas, kale, cucumbers, two small blueberry bushes, and a gooseberry bush.  Additionally, I have some tomato plants in pots.  Unfortunately for me though, someone has stolen all of the berries.  I blame the adorable chipmunk that has been spotted  around our house lately.  I did manage to get some of the blueberries before they disappeared.

This year we are members of a CSA collective that gives us veggies, as well as fruit, and shiitake mushrooms.  I highly recommend joining one.  It is the best way to enjoy seasonal vegetables, and fruits.  This website Local Harvest will help you find one.  Thanks to the fresh strawberries and rhubarb we received early in the season I was able to make a delicious pie!  strawberry rhubarb pie