I don't want to brag. But seriously. How great does that table look?
I had so much fun planning this thing! Planning, inviting....but mostly cooking. My idea of a perfect day is playing loud music, wearing pajamas and cooking, which is exactly how I got to spend the day of my soiree. I got up at 6am to go to the markets (only the finest, organic ingredients for my nearest and dearest!) I wandered the delightful Northey Street Organic markets near my house, chatted to some lovely people, grabbed a delicous bag of raw dates to munch on as I shopped, found lovely vegetables, fresh bread and other goodies; then went home and got to it.
I made Banana Bread, cupcakes, cookies, burgers and massive sharing plates! Not a bad effort. The most important thing for this day was that I wanted it to not be focused on being "Vegan", but instead just having lots of delicious food, that poeple wouldn't even necissarily think of as being vegan, just as being yummy. I have to say I think that was a success. I had lots of "is this really vegan?". Yay!
Why have a soiree? Well....I am going overseas. It's true. In a mere twelve days, I am leaving Australia indefinitely to go on massive world adventure to discover myself and pursue my dream career in the creative field.
Pretty exciting stuff.
I leave Australia for Auckland (New Zealand), then to Vancouver for one month, then Los Angeles, then New York (for three months), then Iceland and finally: the UK. The UK being my end destination where I will end my travels and start a new life. I cannot explain how excited I am for this trip. I am basically grabbing life by the balls and doing something I've always dreamed of, but put off because it just didn't seem possible. Well it is. I have spent the last 6 months working three jobs to save up enough money to travel comfortably, I've booked the tickets, packed my case and now all I have to do is actually go.
I'm excited about travelling Vegan. I have a feeling I'll quickly discover that Australia is one of the hardest countries to be a vegan in. Vancouver, LA and New York I know will have a lot of vegan-friendly areas and resturants. I mean for gods sake: half the celebrities in LA are going Vegan these days, Ellen even has her own restaurant opening up, so I'm sure in LA I won't feel like such an outcast. Iceland and New Zealand will be interesting! However I remember I was slightly nervous about going to Fiji and i never struggled to find delicious food. Yay.
At my soiree I had a few interesting Vegan discussions: including one with this lovely friend of mine who is a very eager-to-please kind of girl that I haven't seen in a while. She is absolutely delightful and was asking me all sorts of questions about being Vegan: if it was easy, what I have for dinners etc. I am so happy to chat about this with everyone and anyone, but I also have learnt to spot the warning signs. For example: not once did we get into animals. She didn't ask about the actual reasons WHY I went vegan, just about the vegan lifestyle. Why is this a warning sign? Because if she starts thinking: "oh yeah, sounds cool...yeah I could totally be a vegan" but doesn't have a real, clear resolve about the cause is she is fighting for: IT WILL NOT LAST. I promise. The moment she walks into an supermarket and buys a block of chocolate because it's "chocolate" and not "evil dairy", she is supporting the dairy industry and not even thinking about it. I am happy with anyone wanting to make changes and being curious about the lifestyle, but please just insure you are doing it for the right reasons, otherwise any and all dairy will tempt you. An easy life will tempt you. You won't read ingredients lists. But worst of all: if you talk about Veganism with people and you are not a serious vegan....you make us all look bad. Don't make vegans look uneducated or wishy-washy. That won't help this very, very serious movement in any way at all. The vegan movement is: a movement. It is a powerful idea and philosophy whose time has come in this fucked up world: and all our comrades need to be shining examples of why it IS important. We need to be taken seriously. It's too easy to laugh at Vegans as being anaemic, hippies who cry over ants being trodden on. No. We are serious, humane and logical THINKERS, who are taking action for the world of tomorrow and aware of the severity of this hole humanity has to get out of. When people go Vegan they should be aware of this......in my opinion.
I hope with my soiree I achieved showing a bunch of happy, lovely, intelligent meat-eaters, that being Vegan is easy and delicious. You can eat yummy food, feel full and not be deprieved of anything. I got a lot of people asking me for recipes! Success. And if you find yourself talking to someone about going vegan: be approachable, light and fun, but I think there is no harm in making sure that they are doing it for the right reasons. We don't need any more people out there trying and failing. When people fail at going Vegetarian or Vegan, it is a small travasty. That's one more person out there who can be telling others that it's "wrong" or "hard" or "unhealthy" to eat this way, which is simply not true. See my amazing pictures! None of this food was hard to make! Be lovely, be friendly, be serious and be delicious! We are all in this together :)
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