Vegan Grandma

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Life Before Humans Appeared

What was life like for the animals before humans appeared on the earth?

I found the following on the website of Rhode Island vegan Awareness, where you can read the full article.

"Take a moment to imagine cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys as they were before being held captive thousands of years ago. Imagine their freedom as they roamed the forests and wooded clearings of various continents, built families, slept comfortably in forests, raised young, and searched for food. Imagine their lives before setting eyes on human beings."

"Most of us grew up not thinking much about the animals we ate for dinner. If we did consider them, we most likely envisioned pastoral scenes of animals grazing, nursing their young, and sleeping comfortably with their companions. Today their short lives are filled with enormous suffering and deprivation; cruelty that is illegal if done to companion animals like cats and dogs. Farmed animals feel stress, loneliness, sadness, and joy, just as our companion animals do."


"I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals." - Henry David Thoreau

Vegan Onion Corn Bread

I made this vegan corn bread today, and I really liked it. It’s easy to make. The recipe comes from Good Time Eatin' in Cajun Country, Cajun Vegetarian Cooking, by Donna Simon, published 1995 by Book Publishing Company, Summertown, Tennessee, p 90

Vegan Onion Corn Bread
serves 4 to 6

3/4 cup corn meal or corn flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup oil
1 cup water or low-fat soy milk
½ cup sauteed, chopped onions

Mix all the ingredients, and place in a hot, oiled skillet. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden.

Variation: For jalapeno corn bread-substitute 2 to 3 tablespoons shredded jalapeno, depending on how hot you like it. (I didn’t try this. I don’t like things too spicy hot.)

I also made Jackie’s pickled radish recipe with some daikon radishes. It was very good.