Thursday, August 05, 2010

Don't Know Where To Start

I feel like I have dozens of things to blog about, from recipes and photos, to guest posts, to testing, to momma business.  Most of my days are so non-stop that despite having plenty of ideas and inspiration to write about, it's often a challenge to plunk my butt down to type out my thoughts!

With all that, today I'll start with appreciationGratitude to you kind people that left encouraging comments on my last post, and also on facebook, to keep my spirits up about my place in this world of vegan cookery.  Reading your heartfelt sentiments helped me put perspective on the matter.  And, in my heart of hearts, I fully realize that in these moments of disappointment, it is very much my 'ego' speaking (those of you that have read Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth will immediately understand).  At the center of what I do is my love of making good vegan food, my curiosity and quest to develop new and exciting recipes, and to share these creations with my family, friends, and you.  So, to those of you that expressed support, both through written notes and/or also with votes for me as an 'other' in the VegNews survey... thank you.

Okay, on to some food!  Not knowing where to begin, I'll start with the most recent photo I have, of a 'Kaleslaw' with Curried Almond Dressing.  The slaw is a combination of julienned kale leaves, grated carrot, julienned fennel and apple, and a sprinkling of raisins and chopped almonds.  The dressing is a raw dressing that I came up with months and months ago.  When designing this slaw I realized it was the perfect slaw dressing - bonus!  I have never been fond of traditional coleslaw.  Never been partial to green or red cabbage, raw or cooked.  With this, I'm meeting coleslaw halfway... we are now playing nice.

Regular consumption of nutrient-dense whole foods supports cellular regeneration, which rebuilds new body tissue.  This process is vital for every aspect of health and vitality.  (Source: The Thrive Diet, Brendan Brazier)

13 comments:

DJ Karma said...

Delicious looking slaw, and not sure what happened, but I think your work is amazing- recognized or unrecognized- keep it up!

Ruby Red said...

The slaw idea/combo is genius! I love new takes on raw kale salads! Oh, and I love your cookbooks too! A lot of my friends see lunches I pack and ask about what I'm making at home. Your cookbooks are always, always at the top of my list when I make a recommendation!

Meg said...

I missed yesterday's blog entry! I'm so sorry Dreena, I'm glad you received such an outpouring of support, I love your books and your blog, Eat Drink & Be Vegan! is one of my all time favorite cookbooks (the Celestial Cream alone makes it an awesome buy but it helps taht all the recipes in there are great. ;). Hugs from California!

veganspoonful said...

kaleslaw...how brilliant! I am not fond of coleslaw either - not the crunchy raw cabbage or the overly sweet, goopy dressing. I am, however, a HUGE fan of kale, and almonds. I can't wait to try this recipe, which I assume will be in your next cookbook?

Carolyn said...

This looks so amazing!! Yum! Since I love raw kale this is one I'd be using a lot :)

Carolyn

Keri - I Eat Trees said...

Kale slaw is genius!! I want some right now! I love your cookbooks- Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan has a permanent home right on my kitchen counter; only the elite get to live there! :)

Desiree Nielsen RD said...

12 days after the birth of my first child and the first time I have made it to the computer, I am starting to appreciate what a challenge it is to balance a family and a creative schedule!

The recipe looks amazing...I shall have to try it this weekend. I love kale but I am always looking for more creative things to do with it....

prideandvegudice.com said...

Looks delicious, minus the fennel of course! :) Can't wait to start recipe testing.

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Terry said...

I don't know about the VegNews selection rules, and why you weren't chosen, but I do know that I have all 3 of your cookbooks and love the delicious recipes!

Kaleslaw... I'm open to it, for sure. I've been loving your Kale smoothies, so if I'm game for that, then why not Kaleslaw? :-)

Erica said...

too bad you dislike cabbage coleslaw, i'd bet you'd come up with some amazing recipes.

Sabrina said...

I was pretty disappointed that you weren't included on the VegNews survey, but DID write you in on "other"! My very favorite cookbook author - how could I not!

Tanya said...

Kale Slaw sounds awesome. I want some!(of course, I'll eat anything with kale in it)