In March 2010, I travelled down to Buenos Aires, Argentina — the meat capital of the world — and became a vegan.
I went down there to visit these two crazy characters (aka my sister in law, Kimmy, and brother, RyGuy)
I had always thought that Vegans were those very pale, undernourished kids with dark rings under their eyes who worked at Whole Foods. Boy, was I wrong!
Enter, Marisa (on far left) and Randy (on far right) who are two of the most fabulous Vegans I know! They are not pale (evidenced in picture) and they were super active runners – just like me!
If Randy and Marisa could do this… maybe I could too?
While I was in BA, Kimmy and Marisa took me to a vegan cooking class with infamous Chef Dan:
We learned to cook traditional argentine food… vegan-style. Which is pretty impressive in a country where Earth Balance and tofu are not readily available.
Marisa and Kimmy cooked some amazing vegan dishes for us while I was there visiting and I started to get the hang of what the vegan diet consisted of and how to put dishes together. Marisa made an incredible “hamburger” and Kimmy made a delicious mijo salad. I’ll share both recipes with you.
Since then, I’ve banned all meat and dairy products from my house and only cook vegan at home. I cook from cookbooks by Tal, Alicia, Karen and Robin. Yep, because I’m on a first name basis with all of them. Them? Not so much with me.
A little over a year later, I’ve managed to perfect a couple of my favorite vegan recipes and will begin sharing them through this blog. I hope you will cook along with me and share your favorite recipes as well!