gratitudinal december – cooking talent

I am grateful I can cook.

Yesterday I spent a good portion of the day baking cupcakes, making frosting and whipping up a shepherd’s pie (all vegan, of course). The goodies were for the birthday party of my friend RockerChick. Various people tasted my wares and made yummy noises, unable to believe the veganness of it all. Put a big ol’ smile on my face, let me tell you.

This isn’t the first time I’ve made vegan food for the consumption of omnivores. It won’t be the last. I really love introducing people to good, hearty vegan food. Though I still sometimes fall down on my vegan eating (I had a cupcake that RockerChick baked, which I know wasn’t vegan), I still really enjoy vegan cooking. I love the challenge of figuring out how to take traditional comfort food and make it entirely my own with no animal products. I frequently do internet research or use the cookbooks that CuteFilmNerd has given to me to give me ideas of how to proceed. Despite the strong prevalence of meat on Food Network, I’m still addicted to it because I can usually be inspired to try something new, like an olive salad inspired by a Bobby Flay episode about muffulettas.

I moan about how my creativity seems to have left me, but that’s not entirely true. I’ve simply found a new canvas for it. A canvas that makes other people smile and make yummy noises (especially CuteFilmNerd). And that makes me happy.

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