Vegetarian Awareness Month

Today is the kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month, a month centered on vegetarian food in all its glory. It starts off with today’s celebration of World Vegetarian Day. This is a great opportunity to take the pledge to go vegetarian for one month!

There’s a lot of different campaigns out there challenging people to ditch meat – or animal products all together – this month, and offering support (recipes, information etc) to you while doing so. Here in Finland we have for example Lihaton Lokakuu (“Meat-free October”) and Vegaanihaaste (“Vegan challenge”).

I also personally challenge you, try it out! It doesn’t have to be perfect, this is not a challenge that you can fail. It’s just a challenge for you to step out of your comfort zone, getting to know vegetarian food, making a change for the animals and the planet, and hopefully also having some fun in the process!

vegan bbq

Maybe you choose to go full-out vegan for a month, maybe you choose to only cut the meat out of your diet for a month, any way you decide to accept the challenge, it will still make a difference to the animals and to our planet, and probably most of all to you. When you are “forced” to look for alternatives of the foods you normally eat, a whole new world of food – food you never thought existed – will open up to you.

The Vegetarian Awareness Month will culminate on November 1, which is World Vegan Day (and coincidentally my anniversary as a vegan!). Then I suggest you eat some vegan cake! At least I will.

 

Birthday celebration

Yesterday we had a small celebration of R’s birthday here in our home. We had some friends over – some of them I had the privilege to meet for the first time – and of course we had food. R had planned which foods to serve, kind of like a mini-buffet of different foods, mainly finger-foods, and I made a birthday cake.

It’s very rewarding to make food when people appreciate it and find it interesting, especially if it can change someone’s perception of vegan food being boring. Then it’s worth all the time and effort it took to make it! Here are some pictures of the food we served, among with a fresh salad and spring rolls:

DSC_0253#Marinated tofu with red bell pepper & “Frankenberger” sausage with olives

DSC_0252#Toasted bread with a vegetable and cashew paste

roasted vegetablesRoasted vegetables with vegetarian meat balls

lavash rollVegetable roll lavash

DSC_0251#Waldorf salad

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Four years vegan

Today is World Vegan day.

It also happens to be my fourth year as a vegan. I didn’t know about the World Vegan Day back in 2008, so the choice of date was a complete coincidence (but an interesting one). I had already eaten mainly vegan food for some time before the 1st of November; in school I had changed my diet to a completely vegan one and at home I had exchanged products containing dairy and eggs into vegan alternatives. On October 31, however, there was a school party to which you had to order your meals long time before, which in my case was a lacto-ovo-vegeterian one. It didn’t feel great to eat that meal after mainly eating only vegan, but I made a decision: That would be my last meal containing dairy and eggs, the day after I would go vegan – all the way.

World Animal Day, October 4

Today is World Animal Day. This celebration of the animals was first started in 1931 to highlight the bad situation of endangered species, but nowadays it’s “a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them”. The date, October 4, was chosen since it is also the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

The mission statement for World Animal Day is:

  • To celebrate animal life in all its forms
  • To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
  • To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
  • To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives

This day is celebrated all around the world, and you can find out if there is some event going on in your city on the World Animal Day website.