||Healthy vegan snack, vegan peach cobbler, stray
cats, and so on.
||Vegan pizza and brownie as well as experiences
at several vegan restaurants.
||New soymilk product and vegan ramen noodle, and
||Stories about the meeting with Japan Vegetarian
Society chairpersons, vegan wedding meal, and experiences in
Kyoto and Vietnam.
||Attended Japan Vegetarian Society's meeting,
delicious vegetarian food in YOKOHAMA China town, wasting time
and money on staling foods, and trip to Penang.
||Experimenting some vegan breakfast recipes, receiving
an e-mal from the reader, pondering bug's life, and so on
|| Tried a macrobiotic restaurant in Tokyo, and
the trip to Laos.
||Struggling to get a vegan flihgt meals at Malaysian
|| Having vegan wedding plates again, business
trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, and busy days.
|| Nayonnaise discovery and some food disasters.
||Life is going on.
|| Attended a meeting on refugee issues in Japan
held by Amnesty International Japan
||Fresh soy milk and fasionable fake leather sneakers,
||A conversation with my husband over a TV show
and "Meatarians vs. vegetarians."
||A trip to the U.S. for research. Had an opportunity
to attend a fantastic vegan wedding of my friend's.
||A thought on eating whale meat.
After traveling around the U.S. past three weeks, I couldn't
stop experimenting on EnerG egg replacer for Sunday brunch
pancake. During the travel, two of my American friends treated
me wonderful vegan pancakes using EnerG, so I decided to add
the box to my heavy luggage with tons of books.
Both of my friends used commercial pancake mix (vegan), soy
milk, and EnerG. Since I couldn't find vegan pancake mix at
a supermarket, I followed the recipe on the EnerG box. The
consequence was a kind of disaster. Compared to my former
pancake experiments using cornstarch as an egg replacer, the
color was better. However, the texture was too chewy, not
fluffy at all. I didn't see the bubbles on the pancakes when
I baked them, too.
My husband was generous enough to help to finish those pancakes.
| Went to Osaka to attend Japan Vegetarian Society's
annual conference. I was invited as a panelist to talk about
my experience with a non-profit vegetarian group in Baltimore.
One of my co-panelists was from Brahma Kumaris and another was
the chairman of JVS. In front of about 70 people, we discussed
how non-profit group can work to improve vegetarian situation.
After the panel discussion, we enjoyed the gathering with other
participants as well as vegan buffet made by a professional
French chef. (Actually, he used some honey so not all of them
were VEGAN.) Among more than 20 kinds of dishes, I was impressed
by vegan soba soup noodle, gazpacho style somen noodle, and
baked pineapple with vanilla sauce. I missed to try most of
fake meat plates because I was too busy talking with people.
They were relatively more than middle-aged, somehow business-related,
and the ratio of men was high. I wondered where vegetarian movement
in Japan would go from this point.
| Stayed in Kyoto after the conference of JVS.
With my friend, I had lunch at HANBEY FU, a traditional Fu (Japanese
wheat gluten) and yuba shop/restaurant. The lunch set, MUSHI
YASHINAI, cost 3,000 yen, didn't include any meat and fish (I
doubt they used fish extract soup in some dishes though) but
its volume was so full that I never felt hungry till 8 at night.
Before coming back to Tokyo, at the food court of Kyoto station
building, I bought dried yuba, several kinds of pickled vegetables,
and fu sweets that my carnivore husband loved.
| I wanted muffins at midnight and started baking
them vegan. Checking through several recipes, I decided to use
non-vegan one substituting eggs for EnerG egg replacer, because
it was with simplest ingredients. The result was great, and
I was so happy with fluffy, healthy muffins. Now I've got guts
to challenge vegan pancake again.
| Finally! I had perfect vegan pancakes!! This
time I took the recipe in "Vegan Meals for One or Two" by Nancy
Berkoff, R.D., and substituted EnerG for silken tofu. I changed
some ingredients of apples and cinnamon to blueberries. Anyway
it worked. How wonderful to have fluffy, golden brown pancakes