Gone Vegan

Lindsay Hutton discovers the politics and pragmatics behind a meat and dairy-free diet.

I must apologize; I've took a few weeks off from this blog to take care of some things around here. These are mostly of little interest to you, dear readers. However, post-Festivus/Xmas will breathe some new life into this blog, mostly with a vegan advice column. As such, you can send queries in relation to vegan and vegetarian health, lifestyle and culture to me at mslindsayhutton "at" gmail "dot" com. 

I get a fair amount of reader feedback, so I figured I might as well post your queries here. Obviously, I will leave out all of your personal information, or most of it, anyway. 

In the meantime, I would imagine those of us who celebrate Xmas should be heading out in the next day or two to amass armfuls of groceries to build up a glorious holiday feast. 

Here are a couple of my favourite holiday dishes, tried and tested by yours truly: 

Roast Portobello Mushrooms with Chestnut Stuffing (though really, any stuffing will do...)This is an excellent framework to build a vegan or vegetarian holiday feast from. Use your favourite stuffing recipe, risotto, or simply a melange of roasted vegetables and beans, whip up a batch of mushroom gravy, and you're good to go. 

Pumpkin Baked Ziti (from the Veganomicon, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero) via GoogleBooks... a crowdpleaser at any holiday throw-together get-together. 

Beet Bundt Cake via Epicurious. I know, I know. Beets in cake. I was surprised, too. Delicious, nonetheless.