Veg Friendly blog

I am a child of the 60/70’s.  Hippie days, long hair, barefoot, jeans, make love not war, respect mother earth, peace, love, be one with your universe…..

As a young couple of the era Tom and I tried to be close to nature, and as self sustainable and with minimal negative impact on the earths resources as possible.

When we moved to Colorado in 1976, we gave up smoking (well we gave up smoking cigarettes), it was quite a bit later that I gave up on pot.  We gardened, we canned, preserved, or froze all our own food.  I made all our breads, tortillas, pitas, etc.  We raised and butchered our own chickens and rabbits.  Got eggs from our chickens.  Got goats milk from a friends farm if we did the milking, I made our cheese from the goats milk.  Grew and dried our own herbs.  I even sold herbal vinegars and oils at farmers markets.  I made Tom’s shirts and my wrap around shirts and halter tops.

At some point the raising and butchering was more than my conscience could deal with and I went vegetarian.  Which then moved me to being able to cater in both vegetarian and vegan fare.  The Vegan was by far the most sought after,  I was one of very few that could cater in Vegan in Colorado Springs, at that time!.

As time went on, and as we bagan to travel it became somewhat troublesome to find things I could eat, I also happen to be lactose intolerant.   I always found it humorous when I would tell  servers that I didn’t eat meat or dairy and they’d say, No worries, we have chicken.  Or they tell me that something I ordered was a bad choice because it either had eggs or mayonaise, because we all know that those things are dairy????

Anyway,  the more we travelled, the more often I compromised,  a bit of pork in a sauce,  pork fat in the beans, or ham or bacon in the beans,  pick the meat off the nachos, etc.  Once home I’d revert to my old ways.  But it happened more and more as we travelled more and more.  Then there were the office environment jobs  –  Slowly I just found myself compromising more and more.  Then it got to be where I ate animal but with great infrequency, then I was eating fish and seafood with some regularity, then when I wanted to lose weight it was chicken and veggies, to many carbs in beans…

So now I am a meat eater, a carnivore.  I don’t like it – don’t get me wrong, I enjoy meat sometimes, in fact sometimes I crave it.  It’s my head, and my body that don’t like it.  I can’t get my head around and feel comfortable with the animals commitment to my ability to both eat it and wear it!  And I know my body reacts differently after I have had meat; tired, sluggish…

Nancy over in Mazatlan recently wrote a lovely post about her being a vegetarian, and offered up a number of her personal  resources.

So I was thinking about starting a Blog for Veg friendly recipes and resources – a bunch of us could have access, be partners on it!  It would be great for us here in Mexico where some of the resources and conveniences we were accustomed to are not available.  It would be recipes with stuff local, stuff available.

What do you think?   Anyone interested!? 

 You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy a veg meal. 
 I frequently prepare vegetarian meals for my meat eating friends, so far no complaints, well at least after the meal – there have been a few comments prior.

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About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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13 Responses to Veg Friendly blog

  1. Nancy says:

    Wow, Debi, I am just catching up on my blogreading and saw this! Thanks so much for the nice comment and link.

    I think a lot of people have bounced around a bit over the years – the movies and books out there now can help bring them back.

    I get grossed out even by a french fry that has a fishy smell from being fried in oil previously used to fry fish, that kind of thing. So for me, it's easy to not eat meat and fish products as my gag reflex sets in!

    I wish I lived nearby, I would love to participate in your Vegie group. Maybe I should start something over here?!? We'll talk!

  2. igsbloor – I don't know who you are! And can't tell from either your blog or profile. regardless – my email is my blog name at gmail.
    debi

  3. lgsbloor says:

    Hi Debi….Please come to my vegetarian housewarming on the 24th of October, I'm right down the street on Calle 70. I lost your email address or I would have sent you a proper invite!

  4. Calypso says:

    We are vegetarians for many years (not vegans however). We are in total support of your suggestion – Write On!

  5. unseenmoon says:

    I rarely eat beef. Been that way for many years. Eat mostly chicken, but I'm not averse to pig. Gonna eat pig mañana. Every night, my wife and I eat a big salad that I make, and I make very good salads.

    This routine is real loose, apart from the evening salads. I'm mostly a chicken vegetarian. I recommend it.

  6. Ron says:

    I would love some good vegetable recipes!!

    I am a carnivore and do not feel bad about that. I enjoy cooking meat and am very good at it.

    People enjoy eating the meat I prepare. I have pescatarian friends who delight in my smoked salmon :), for example. My specialty is slow-cooked, smoked meats.

    I do like good tasting food and would love good recipes!!

  7. orangelynn says:

    Great idea. We never cook animals in our kitchen. It would be fun and helpful to share vegetarian recipes and ideas that are relevant to our area. I'm in.

  8. Eric and Mary – yauza, that sounds fabulous. I hink I'd just add some cilantro, in fact I'm going to write that recipe down and have it someday real soon.

    Debi

  9. Eric Chaffee says:

    I have a friend, raised on a farm, who declines to eating anything with a face. And another who has been vegetarian for 40 years who says it's simply about aesthetics — for him, eating meat is ugly.

    I've raised and butchered my own critters (faces), and therefore appreciate the position of avoidance. But I confess to being a lazy omnivore. It's simpler to allow more choices. Yeah, pathetic. But it's where I am at present.

    We had an awesome chilled lunch dish today, which recipe Mary found online: garbanzos, sweet red peppers, sweet corn kernels, scallions, cumin, lime juice. Very sprightly!

    ~eric.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Count me in…I am tired of fixing meals around the revolving meat selection…You know my household will try just about anything…except pulpo.
    Leslie

  11. Nancy – fabulous news, we'll tawk!

    Anonymous – That sounds fantastic! A vegetarian restaurant in my hood. Who are you? That is inviting us to your house???

  12. Anonymous says:

    I'd love to participate in some way, I plan to open a vegetarian cafe/gallery on San Sebastian Square as soon as I can get the right space….meanwhile, I invite you and Tom, and anyone else who fancies a tasty Veggie nibble, to stop by Mi Casa for a little house warming, as my house is finally finished! I'm planning on October 24th evening…

  13. Nancy says:

    I would love to learn more about the local vegetables and how to prepare. As you well know my partner is a tad on the picky side but has done quite well with many of the meatless dishes you have prepared and we try to go without meat frequently…even bacon! Count me in!

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