Sunday, December 14, 2008

On Feeling Like a Deadbeat Vegan Dad

I really have been neglecting the blog lately what with all my extra time going into finishing up the cookbook. I am starting to feel pangs of guilt, like a negligent parent. I miss the regular postings and interaction with you all. I also feel bad that I have not been offering any ideas for the impending holiday season.


On the cookbook front, things are moving along nicely. I have shown the draft to my inner circle of 7th level vegans, and a friend from grad school is copy editing as I type. I have also received a kind offer for help with the cover photography. More on that later.

Things have been plenty busy around here, even without a book to finish. Much time has been spent shovelling the ludicrous amount of snow that has fallen. *sigh* And to think that winter has not even officially started.
I also baked up a bunch of lemon currant rolls for the Christmas bazaar fundraiser for the boys' school.
Business at the bakery is brisk, and I feel like I am honing my baking craft. I have also been trying to make soy yogurt. No success so far.And, I do have a few recipes to post. I will get to them this week.

24 comments:

shelby said...

Don't worry about it...I know you must be super busy! Just post when you can. I can't wait to see your upcoming recipes =)

And EEK!! I'm sorry about the snow. Well I guess if you like snow then congrats but ew I hate snow.

Alida Saxon said...

What sort of sugar are you using to feed the cultures in the yogurt? It has to be enough to substitute the lactose effect from milk... All I know is it can't be honey for its antibacterial properties.

Those bread loaves look gorgeous.

Jamie said...

Have you tried this for the yogurt?
http://www.soymilkquick.com/soyyogurt.php
I just started making my own milks (soy, nut, whole grain, etc) and i love experimenting with the new milk maker! I bought the tofu and soy yogurt mixes, but haven't tried it yet!

VegSpinz said...

No guilt, Vegan Dad! Hearing about your life is exciting enough...that book sounds like quite an accomplishment!

Arundathi said...

that bread looks amazing. can't wait for you to post the recipe! :-) good luck with the snow.

Dennis the Menace said...

it's great that you have so many things going on..... don't feel like a negligent parent! sometimes priorities shift, that's all... i love going through your archives, great job on being so consistent throughout the entries....

can't wait for the finalized cookbook :)

Veg-a-Nut said...

Don't feel bad you have so much going on. Your book is very important to you and we are all excited to be able to purchase it. Your sons school is so lucky to have you baking for the fundraising!

Look forward to your book and your posts when you hve time.

thamesarino said...

I have recently found you here and love looking through your blog... I am not a vegan... but I eat like one during the day with my kids and the three nights a week that my husband works very late... hopefully that doesn't offend you... because I love the few recipes I've seen so far...I actually found you through flickr..anywho... thanks for having this blog b/c I've gotten a few really good ideas for dinner from you! : ) have a nice night!

mado said...

Don't feel bad! It's definitely the season - it makes everyone feel so rushed; even the most inane things scream for our attention.

The snow in Ottawa has been unbearable as well, though right now it's melting and making slippery roads and sidewalks... All we can hope for is sun for the holidays, right?

Those rolls look so yummy! Are you going to post a recipe or is this one of those secret family recipes? HAHA!

Cheer up, remember theres a ton of cookies and other Christmas goodies to look forward too!

maddy
maddymaba.com

Vegetation said...

Awww you're not a deadbeat blogging Dad, happens to all of us at times :) It's just nice to see you when you do post.

The rolls look yummy and I'm loving the snow (that being said, I don't have to shovel it!).

Good luck with the yoghurt!

Anonymous said...

Screw those pangs of guilt, Vegan Dad. You've got your own life to lead away from the blog.

Live to blog, don't blog to live.

Love your work.

Jimmy

Nate said...

I'm curious about the soy yogurt experiments... I thought I understood that the tang came from Lactobacillus bacteria, which - as the name suggests - only eats lactose? Although, maybe it will go for any sugar..? Keep us posted!

And no worries on the blog, I think everyone (me, anyway) is too busy themselves to complain!

Alexis said...

Your beautiful bread and rolls get you a pass for all the recipes we are missing!

Heather J. Chin said...

Wow, those lemon currant rolls look delicious. I'm sure they were a hit at the school!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

I'm looking forward to your cookbook.....those lemon rolls and bread loaves look incredible!

Emily said...

http://www.bryannaclarkgrogan.com/page/page/1999382.htm

I use that as the basis for my soy yogurt; I also have this link to my blog for it: http://offeringstobrigantia.blogspot.com/2008/10/soygurt.html

p.s. I really liked the seitan with apple squash chutney!

Kelly said...

I know you are exceptionally swamped right now, but wanted to let you know I gave you an award on my blog because I so enjoy reading yours. Thanks for taking the time to share your recipes and stories.

Kelly said...

I know you are exceptionally swamped right now, but wanted to let you know I gave you an award on my blog because I so enjoy reading yours. Thanks for taking the time to share your recipes and stories.

DJ said...

How much snow??? Those lemon-currant rolls look absolutely delicious!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Vegan Dad, you're not "neglecting" the blog, you told us you'd be focusing on other stuff for a while! Love the snow pic. For folks with little to none, it's cool to see. Awesome rolls and beauty bread. maria

Chris said...

Dude... I know how you feel but you'll get over it. I posted almost every day for about the first year of my blog, then I scaled back to about 3x per week, now with a baby in the house I'm lucky if I post once a week. And what I consider a "quality" post happens about once a month it seems...

You're still churning out a helluva lot of awesome content and if I only have time to check one blog this is it.

Suto2 said...

I make soy yoghurt all the time with a handy little maker I got on Amazon. It has 7 little glass jars. I set it up overnight as it takes about 13 hours. I can't find a vegan starter though, they all seem to have powdered milk in them. You can try it with a scooop of commercial soy youghurt with active cultures. It comes out runnier than commercial youghurt but its really, really yummy. You save one jar for the next batch as your starter.

Sarah said...

There is a really good how-to on soy yogurt making at http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/. I've used it a few times and had great luck, I also went ahead and did the extra step of straining the yogurt with cheese cloth because I like it to be thicker. Good luck!

Chaos Mom said...

i hope you figure out the soy yogurt thing...i have tried the store bought soy yogurts, but they have so much SUGAR in them!! not only do i not want to consume that much sugar all at once, they make them taste sickly sweet. i tried making regular dairy yogurt once...it was um...unpleasant. i'd love to try making soy yogurt.