Thursday, December 2, 2010

Surprise Vegan Cookies

I didn't have such a hot day at work, and was a little bitter about popping round the grocery for the supplies to make Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping (which was so wonderful I retract all bitterness), but the little market by my house always cheers me up and I ended up buying some Late July Dark Chocolate Covered Sandwich Cookies Sprinkled with Organic Peppermint as a treat.

These cookies caught my eye because they were featured above the Westsoy Chocolate Peppermint Soy Beverage I've been wanting to try, and were covered in crushed candy cane. I've learned to check the ingredients since you never know what might be vegan or not, and I was rewarded! So I purchased the (kind of overpriced) little box and went on my way.

Then, while I sat in my parked car, in a nearly empty lot, I watched a woman attempt to pull into the spot next to me, but pull into my car instead. Luckily, there was no damage.

I got home to find that my dog had torn up the trash and spread it all over the house, then relieved himself in the dining room, before settling onto the couch for a nap.

At this point, with the way things were going, I was afraid the cookies might be poisonous.

I forged on though, and tried them! They are a wonderful treat. The box opens up a bit, I guess to be like a bowl, and the cookies are individually wrapped, which I'm not too excited about. They are basically fancy Oreos, dipped in chocolate, dusted with candy cane bits.

They're a bit pricey, but they're cute, and tasty. If I had to give a coworker a holiday token, this would be a pretty good option. They also work if you've had an annoying day and don't feel like baking, and feel that you are entitled to a treat despite the cake in your refrigerator and the three batches of cookies in your freezer.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vegan MoFo 2010 Is Over. Now What?

Vegan MoFo is over! I'm pretty sad about it. I actually enjoyed posting daily and it seemed to be just the kick in the pants I needed to blog consistently. The one thing I didn't do enough of was read other blogs, but I commented as much as I could and found some great new ones that way. Also, since December is a slow month at work, I'll be able to go back and comment on what I missed.

So now what? There are two things that can help you cheer up a bit:

First, right before MoFo, I posted that I intended to blog more on veganism as a movement and activism for that movement. As a compliment to The Month of Vegan Food, I am going to do a Month of Activism. I do hope you'll read it, contribute what you know, and get some good ideas.

It's not as catchy, but it is important. I'm waiting until January to do it though. I figure with so many December holidays, and possible MoFo burnout, there has to be a bit of a break.

Also, it will give me time to do some reading and resource stockpiling. I'll be participating in Erik Marcus' Meat Market Book Club (it starts today). I'll also read a pile of books on the subject that I've collected, and be leafleting for the first time. So exciting!

Second is the launch of Vegan Corner. If you've still got the writing bug, head over there and start reviewing your favorite vegan locations.