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A Week In Review

Posted Jan 22 2009 6:46pm

The morning after being subjected to watching my family devour that piglet's carcass, I needed a purging. Breakfast had to be scrambled tofu (yes, I love scrambled tofu), tempeh bacon, mashed sweet potato with collard greens and spelt toast.

Did I fail to mention that at almost every family gathering, someone always makes a comment regarding my veganism? This time my grandfather's brother, the revered doctor in the family, declared very loudly about whether or not I truly felt healthy with my vegan lifestyle because I seemed pale in comparison to all in the room. Everyone went silent. I was caught off-guard. Recovering quickly, I told him that on the contrary, I felt great and I went to stand between my two aunts, and asked all if I was paler than they were, knowing full well that I wasn't. At that point, my boyfriend is the first and only one to say that I look great because no one else wants to speak against my grand-uncle and though they might not think I look pale, they certainly do not agree with my food choices. They condemn me with their silence. In turn, their meat & dairy consumption may lead them to the 'promised land' of gout, high cholesterol and heart disease...

Well, there may have been an ounce of truth in my granduncle's observation, though his conclusions were unfounded and biased. I had been under an extreme amount of work stress the past couple of days. Stress calls for grilled 'cheese' except there was only one slice left...

Stress also calls for cookie consumption. These are the best vegan cookies from Alternative Baking Company. As you can see, I liked the oatmeal raisin.

The stress led to what I thought were terrible allergies which in actuality was a full-blown cold. I had a huge casting on Thursday where I had to video the casting in order for the clients to see more of the model's personalities & how they moved. Being fairly new to video casting and still trying to juggle another production in Los Angeles, I had tons of anxiety. And on top of it, I felt like total and complete crap.

My terrible cold asked me to make udon noodles & miso soup with wakame & tofu. Ever since I was a child, I loved to put corn in my noodle soups. I was feeling bad and I wanted corn in my soup. I bundled up (mind you it was the warmest day in weeks) and trekked out to get a can of organic corn and other groceries...

I also craved the swiss chard recipe in Myra Kornfeld's The Voluptuous Vegan. Swiss chard, olives, mashed garlic oil & lemon- delicious!

So being properly fortified, I proceeded with my cold remedy: lots of liquids, Emergen C, vitamins, saline warm water nasal rinse & eucalytus/sage steam inhalation- then off to bed. I was praying that I would better by the next day for my pressure-filled casting. I had a sense of peace because I knew that I would at least have yummy cookies to bring with me...the peanut butter/chocolate chip is amazing. I knew since I had scheduled 60 models for callbacks, 8 girls every half hour, three minutes a girl- I would definitely need two cookies for a pick-me-up.

I ended up not sleeping the entire night because I kept getting up to go the bathroom. My bladder must be the world's smallest. I had been keeping myself hydrated to kick the cold, but it resulted in me getting up at least three times in the middle of the night.

Needless to say, I was feeling pretty miserable, but surprisingly the video casting went really well. I meant to take a picture, but there was so much going on. The end of the day finally came around, exhausted and stuffy headed, comfort food was in order. Asian comfort food that is! I made soupy rice- which is exactly as it is named: rice cooked down with water, like a rice stew to which I added baby bok choy, spinach, mushrooms, flaxseed oil, liquid aminos, cilantro & fresh pepper. Soupy rice lends itself to be eaten with salty foods, like pickled vegetables. This is exactly what I needed.

A great accompaniment to soupy rice is chili beancurd which is lovingly referred to as 'stinky tofu'. It is fermented tofu and is extremely flavorful & potent which is why a little bit will do you just fine. It's really strong like a smelly cheese- an acquired taste, but so delicious.

After my comforting meal, I definitely felt better. Funny how when one doesn't feel well, one reverts to childhood meals. Soupy rice was definitely a staple when I was sick as a child, except that it was stewed with meats or eaten with salty fish. I love my modified soupy rice.

Now onto a weekend of rest and possibly just laying in bed and hiding beneath the covers a la Booboo. Ah, feeling better as we speak.

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