Last we were living together I was a vegetarian. He's always been open to eating anything, and definitely had tofu and tempeh while we were living there, but he was definitely dismayed when he learned I would no longer be eating cheese or eggs.
So, imagine my surprise last week when he tells me that, if I cook/pack him food, he will eat vegan during the week. Okay. They say that it takes about a month to break a habit, so I saw his challenge, and raised it to 30 days straight. And so Vegan Challenge 2009 begins.
Today was the official starting date, although he technically ate vegan yesterday also, so he's already got an edge on the non-existent competition.
Our kitchen is still kind of in shambles, with pieces of it scattered across the country (our stuff that we had in Hawaii has been in storage since August 2007, and it is now in California waiting to be shipped to us here), but I finally broke out the few tools that we have, and made my first recipe from The Vegan Table. I mentioned it a week or two ago, and I honestly wasn't planning on buying it...but once I saw it, I had to. People, it is beautiful. Plus...TONS of pictures!! I'm way more likely to make recipes if there are pictures.
So, for dinner tonight we had the French Onion Pie.
Sadly, it was about as gloppy a mess as it looks in the picture. Maybe because I cooked my onions in a wok (again, making do with what I have), they were really wet, and the resulting pie was really wet. It tasted good, but it was not very pretty. And I think it goes without saying that I couldn't get the onions to caramelize...I can't even do that with the proper equipment.
The salad is nothing special but I just wanted to say "Oh my gosh the strawberries here are amazing" one more time.
If you're anything like me, you may be wondering why he agreed to do this. The impression that I get from him is that...he wants the challenge. It also may give him some insight into something that is important to me, but for the most part he wants to see if he can do it. He wants to see if he can eat vegan for 30 days, and more importantly, he wants to see if he can maintain or gain muscle on a vegan diet. I, obviously, know that it is possible, but he wants to see for himself, and why would I deter him?!? So here goes. We're also going to start lifting together again, so I'll post our workout tomorrow.
Also, I am behind on everyone's blog, we just got our internet hooked up today (and its not even wireless yet, I feel so lame). I'm also REALLY sorry if you sent me an email and it took me awhile to get back to you. You can expect me to be around with some regularity now though!!