No shoe strings in em, I did not win em

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In my search for cool vegan sneakers, I think I’ve found the holy grail (well, they don’t come from a very vegan-friendly company, but…): Adidas
Superstar Hemp
. Even the upper is hemp.

I was going to get these Ipaths, but they’re impossible to find (even Ipath’s own online store only has them in 11 1/2s) and I was told by a local store to “check back at the end of January” to see if they had them in stock. But these old kicks of mine need replacing and there’s a Journeys in the mall by my work, so hopefully tonight I’ll be walking home with a new pair of eco/animal-friendly Adidas.

The jury is still out whether or not I’ll rock them Run-D.M.C. style or not.

UPDATE: Though I had to special order them (they had sizes 8.5 and 9.5, but not 9), I did get to check the shoes out. They are super sweet.

In addition, I called Adidas to verify that they’re vegan. After a little checking, the rep told me that they couldn’t guarantee that any of their products (even the ones like their running shoes that use synthetics) were 100% free of animal products. “There may be small traces,” he said. After seeing the shoes, the main part of the shoe is hemp (including the Adidas logo), from what I can tell. And it seems to me that the toe is made from the same material as the sole, a rubber of some sort (which I also realize may not be vegan, in the same way that tires aren’t). So, even if Adidas can’t guarantee they’re 100% free of animal products, it seems to me it’s about as close as any other hemp shoe I’ve seen.

Moroccan stew

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Last night we made Saffron-Spiked Moroccan Stew from the Compassionate Cooks web site (I’d love to check out their DVD but $20 + shipping for a cooking DVD? A bit pricey for my blood.). It’s a simple dish to make, but the blending of spices, including the oh-so-expensive saffron, with the traditional fall vegetable, the sweet potato, resulted in a very flavorful cold-weather stew. We ate it over whole wheat couscous, but it can also be served over rice.

A funny side note: a few months ago we froze a bunch of peppers from the CSA since we couldn’t keep up with the rate they were coming in. I took some out last night with the intention of using them in the stew. I defrosted them for a few seconds in the microwave and promptly forgot about them. Today, I was talking to my wife on the phone during lunch and she asked, “Did you want these peppers in the microwave?” The light bulb went off in my head and I realized that I didn’t add them to the stew. Oops.

Looking Back at Tofurky Day

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It’s a little late to ask, but here goes anyway: How was your Thanksgiving?

I read with interest a number of stories over on VeggieBoards about how people either had a great Thanksgiving because of a supportive family or a really bad one because of family that couldn’t help but make fun of the person not eating Turkey. Mine was pretty uneventful. Yeah, I had to deal with a dead bird, but thankfully it’s not something that I’m ever forced to deal with at home.

My cousin—who’s 20 and has been vegetarian since she was 7-and-a-half—and I ate Cranberry-Braised Tempeh. The dish itself was OK—I particularly liked the sauce—but wasn’t one of those blow-me-away dishes that might convince a meat-eater that tempeh really is pretty good. However, my grandmother tried a bite and said, “That’s not bad,” even after warning me she probably wouldn’t like it. I guess that’s sort of an endorsement.

I also made cranberry sauce which went over very well and a vegan pumpkin pie recipe that I got from Terry at the farm. The pie came out a little squishier than I would have liked, but not as much as my previous attempt using a recipe from Sinfully Vegan. Terry’s tasted excellent, though, so once I perfect the firmness, I’ll post it to the recipe section.

Oh, and how could I forget? The Saturday before Thanksgiving was a celebration with the turkeys at Poplar Spring (and they’re all turkeys over there! :) ). Somewhere around 150 people came to the potluck… there was so much good food. Plus the turkeys got treated like royalty. Even the ones that bite me when I try and pet them.

So, the next holiday season is upon us and there’s so much to do in the coming weeks. Let’s try and not get too stressed about it, OK?

And sign the Petition for Poultry over the HSUS site, too. Let’s try and get the government to consider chickens and turkeys animals.