Saffron-Scented Risotto

The other night, I tried another successful recipe from The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. This time around, it was Saffron-Scented Risotto (Milanese). I’m a sucker for anything that includes saffron (despite it’s extreme costliness) and appreciate the effort and care that goes into properly preparing fluffy arborio rice. Moosewood Restaurant New Classics has a version of this recipe that includes dairy. But, this dairy-free version was good enough that I’m convinced dairy isn’t essential.

I was pleased with the taste: the saffron wasn’t overpowering and a delightful aftertaste and aroma stayed with me for hours. It got a thumbs up from my wife, as well. The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen is quickly becoming a new favorite on my bookshelf.

Anti-vegan media bias


After the so-called “vegan” parents (who used cod liver oil) neglected their child, now the accused murderer of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is being identified as a vegan animal-rights activist, even though it doesn’t seem to have any relevancy to his motive. Interestingly, according to this AP article, he doesn’t sound like a super-hardliner and Fortuyn had “reasonable views on the bio-industry… Fortuyn believed that new agricultural policy needed to be animal friendly.”

I never really noticed it before, but there is a pretty disturbing media bias in reporting anything to do with veganism.

Once a week vegan


I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while now, and I think it’s about time to start…

As you may know, I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian right now, though I’ve cut back heavily on the dairy and eggs. However, I see myself being vegan at some point in the future, and though I may not be ready quite yet to make the full transition, I’m ready to start doing it once a week, every week.

So, here’s what I was thinking—I’d like to make this sort of a group thing. Are there any non-vegans out there that would be willing to eat vegan once a week with me? If you don’t feel you have the discipline to do it yourself, a small group setting may be helpful. Or, what about my ominivorous audience—what would you say to going vegetarian for one day a week?

If this sounds the least bit interesting to you, drop me a line at one at and we’ll see what we can organize.