Monday, November 15, 2010

Vegan MoFo: Cooking & Dad

When I was younger, my sister and I would often cook in the kitchen with my mom.  For my sister this came easily.  She is a natural and often throws things together and has an amazing outcome.  I'm a good cook but use a recipe.  I rarely deviate from tried and true.

My father has never been a big cook.  This summer when I was talking with him about being vegan he was so interested he decided to give it a shot.  I was a little worried as I know he doesn't cook much but at the same time very excited for him.  I have been getting some funny emails from him and mentioned if he ever wanted to write something for the blog let me know and I would post it.  Not 20 minutes later an email arrived so today I have the pleasure of a guest blogger, my dad, Bob.  He wanted to share his cooking experiences with everyone.

Hope you enjoy.

From my dad:

I usually stumble falter and fall in the kitchen. I am not totally inept or incompetent,  but I certainly can make a case for it.

Though not totally true, I blame it on upbringing.
I had an aunt with whom I lived, who would throw me out of her kitchen.  My  mother did all of the cooking while the guys (me included) worked the farm.So in my formative years, (until a ripe old age) I barely learned to boil water. If I couldn't nuke it I didn't eat it.

If I boiled water, I usually boiled it over. Thank goodness for that as it put out the fire from the paper towels that had burst into flames.

Even my dogs wouldn't eat my cooking.

And then, my daughter, bless her heart,  introduced me to veganism this past summer.  It is simple easy and delicious. We have eaten in restaurants,cooked at home, ordered food from caterers, bought vegan at stores, and all has been delightful. 

Vegan saved my life.

Now when it comes to the kitchen,  I no longer worry about  boiling water. I do most my cooking in a blender.

Keep up the great work dad!  I couldn't be prouder.  I'm so glad it's going well for you.  

Of course I wanted to share some food pictures too.  These are from a class I took with Spork Foods.  The food, as usual, was delicious.

Pumpkin Bundt cakes

Cranberry Cornbread

Mini bundts completed with chocolate genache

What has been your biggest kitchen aha moment?


  1. Great work, Bob! I really cracked up when he mentioned that he does most of his "cooking" in a blender now. That's hilarious! All kidding aside, though, it's awesome that he has taken his health and wellness into his own hands.

  2. Thanks for sharing this nice story; hooray for your dad, and compliments to you for introducing him to veganism! :)

  3. Great post!!! The mini bundts are delightful!