This is one in a series of food photo diary posts in which I track my food in pictures. I’m also counting my calories. Read all about it in this post or click here to view a detailed breakdown of my calorie intake in a nifty spreadsheet.
Last Sunday Tim and I tried to make vegan “tortilla de patatas”, aka a spanish omelet, spurred on by this photo and recipe at vegalicious.org. The recipe makes use of chickpea flour to bind the potatoes into an omelet-shaped food object.
The result? Nothing like a spanish omelet, and a sad waste of some really yummy fried potato and onion.
The lesson: vegan food shouldn’t attempt to imitate non-vegan foods. The result will invariably be less delicious than the original version. This especially goes for foods such as eggs, bacon, cheese and, well, anything that is inherently non-vegan.
Of course, I have a little dilemma here. Take veggie burgers, for example. I love veggie burgers, especially black bean burgers. I also love spaghetti and tofu “neatballs”, vegan crepes, and most recently, fruit with tofu- or cashew-based “cream”. Are these foods faking it? Or are these foods a completely different thing? All I know is I like them – isn’t that enough?
Food and Exercise Log
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Calories In: 1,448
Calories Out: 2,200
I definitely needed to eat more on Sunday given all the exercise (lots of walking and swimming). It’s no wonder I had a major snack attack in the middle of the day.
Bircher Muesli Mini Breakfast
When I awoke in the morning, I was struck by two opposing forces: hunger and the desire to swim. I compromised by having a little bite to eat, but not enough to cause my stomach to go wonky at the pool: about 1/4 serving of Bircher Muesli with banana, plus a cup of black tea with soy milk.
50 mins / 1750 meters
Calories burned: ~300
Vegan Buckwheat Crepes with Marmalade, Fruit and Cashew “Cream”
Two vegan buckwheat crepes filled with orange marmalade, topped with fresh fruit and cashew cream. Enjoyed with a cuppa decaf coffee with soy milk.
Three park walk with Tim, ~ 4 miles.
Calories burned: ~300
Vegan Spanish “Omelet” and a Big Salad
Black beans, satsuma, black tea with soy milk. Consumed at various points between lunch and dinner. No photos!
Black Beans and Rice with Sauteed Greens
Nothing better than a simple meal of beans and mexican rice. Served this with some cabbage sauteed with onion and garlic, then topped the lot with avocado, tomato and pickled jalapeno.
Grapefruit and Rooibos Tea with Soymilk