Mexindian Summer Salad

While I love to cook, the summer heat causes me to avoid using the the stove and oven as much as possible. Instead, I opt for fresh produce that I can chop and mix without applying heat. This isn't too difficult when you cook with mostly beans and vegetables.

This one has a really nice sauce that has two of my favorite spices: paprika and turmeric. I love this combination. It's a really accessible way to quickly introduce heaps of flavor and depth. Especially if you're not that comfortable with combining a lot of spices. This simplifies it, but still keeps it interesting. 

It's easy to put together too. Just combine all ingredients and let rest in the fridge overnight. This allows time for the tomatoes to release their juices, the acid to wake up the spices and the starches from the beans to thicken the sauce. 

Vegan cooking is a unique situation. Traditional techniques don't necessarily work. We have to approach the ingredients from a different perspective in order …

Lamb and Pig in your Mac and Cheese

Let's badger the FDA until they have to do what we want. The government and its plethora of agencies are all pretty useless.

I can't believe it's 2011 and vegetarians and vegans still have to wonder what's in their food. Mystery chemical ingedients and presrvatives have many possible origins both animal and vegetable. Naturals flavors can be pretty much anything. Cyanide is a natural flavor. Cheese is the a big issue for vegetarians. 99% of cheeses just list rennet or enzymes with absolutely no indication whether they are derived from plants or mammals. You would think cheese makers would be proud to say their cheese is vegetarian. Are they all dim? It would sell more cheese. Don't they want to sell more cheese?

So in protest I've decided to send an email per day to the FDA continually making the same simple request. That food labeling standards be updated to indicated whether animals or animal byproducts were sourced.

Now if each vegetarian and vegan does this, sends one email per day to the FDA requesting animal ingredient disclosure, they will be inundated and overwhelmed and the media will pick up on the story and people will tweet about it and it will spread through facebook and the truth will finally be exposed and they will have to do something.

write to the FDA once per day and politely request all food labels clearly indicate any animal derived ingredients. everyone needs to keep sending their same email once a day until the labelling rules are revised. tell your friends. you don't need to be a vegetarian to want stricter food labelling policies.

even meat eaters can be unwittingly consuming animal byproducts they are opposed to eating. Pork, lamb, beef, any animal can be hiding in seemingly innocuous foods. Candy, cake, vitamins, yogurt, bread. You name it, dead animals might be in it.

We all have a right to know what exactly it is we are eating and feeding to our children. When it comes to something as vital as food full disclosure is essential.

write to the FDA. just a few sentences. I want food labels to show animal ingredients and animal byproduct ingredients. Something along those lines. Keep sending the same simple email one each day until something changes. Tell your friends to do the same.

And don't forget to praise them on the great job they've done all these years. Ecoli adds flavor.