Vegan Adventures With Mom
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it to you guys, but I am terrified of airplanes. No, not just flying. Airplanes. In the sky. I understand it’s not a rational fear- I think my bachelor’s degree in psychology got me that far- but it’s my fear all the same. I could let a tank of spiders crawl all over me, but an airplane flies over my house and my blood runs cold. So today my mom came to visit me because she had never been to a Whole Foods and wanted to go. I’m driving down the road to get on the highway and I see an airplane flying extremely low over the fields up ahead. It’s fairly far away and my mom assures me it’s a crop duster and I’m fine, but I start to get an adrenaline rush and know I’m freaking out a little. I was trying to keep an eye on this plane because I could see it was spraying the fields on either side of us in one swoop and I didn’t want any surprises. Pretty sure I’d passed where it was flying, I sped up a bit to put this whole ordeal behind me and BAM out of nowhere this thing is wooshing out from the corn mere feet from my car and way closer to the ground than I want to ever see an airplane in motion. Obviously, I scream and yell, “OH MY GOD,” and duck under the steering wheel, while driving mind you, all while my mom is laughing her ass off in the passenger seat in the way most people do at people facing their irrational fears. I was pretty sure I was about to die North by Northwest style. Turns out I lived. Phew.
After that adventure-packed start to our outing, we had a really good time. Whole Foods was magical as always, and I picked up a bit of produce, a neti pot(which all of my Twitter buddies convinced me I need), and some vegan glucosamine for my knee. My mom selected nothing for herself. How anyone walks out of Whole Foods empty handed is beyond me. I need to learn such self-restraint, I suppose! We had lunch at a Mongolian grill and I packed my bowl with veggie goodness and kung pao sauce, neglecting to take a picture. Next, we hit up Kohl’s, followed by Target, and finally Starbucks where I intended to use my birthday coupon. When I got to the counter I held up the coupon, “What can I get?” Her response was, “Anything- get a Venti, get 6 extra shots, get the most expensive thing you can think of,” and upon considering the prospect of me with 6 extra shots of espresso coursing through my veins, I settled for a venti soy coffee frappaccino with an extra shot. That baby would have set me back almost 6 bucks, but with my birthday coupon, I walked out the door without spending a penny. Sweet! What a fantastic day; thanks, Mom, for the goodies, lunch, and driving 6 hours in one day just to hang out with me!
Home just in time to cook dinner, I flipped open the Veganomicon to the recipe for Mac Daddy (page 195). Since I had all of the ingredients, I thought, what the heck, and made it. Convenient! I only used half the sauce, because I didn’t have enough nutritional yeast to make a double batch of Cheezy Sauce, and added a little chopped kale. We really liked this recipe and it’s very simple to make. I’ve seen a few negative reviews on this one, and here’s the thing for me. When I went vegan I became aware I couldn’t go into a recipe expecting it to taste exactly what the title was implying. If it does, awesome, and if it doesn’t , awesome still. My foodie mind is always happy to open up a new flavor file. With that being said, especially since Veganomicon tends to be one of the first books new vegans pick up, I wouldn’t recommend this be one of the first dishes you make as a vegan until you’ve established that you enjoy nutritional yeast and nooch sauces. And as they mention in the recipe, I wouldn’t serve it to your omni guests because it looks like a macaroni and cheese dish and they’re going to be expecting it to taste like what they’re used to. It’s like when you pick up a glass thinking it’s water, but it’s juice. Your taste buds aren’t thrilled with the unexpected surprise, even though they normally would like the juice.
Well, I’m off to rest my eyes from this darn computer screen. I’ve been nursing a major headache today. I hope you all had a great day!
What’s your biggest fear?