pinkvegan's blog

one family's journey to live more compassionately

about me November 22, 2009

Hi, my name is Chay.  This blog’s first two entries started about my family’s journey into veganism and adopting a lifestyle that is more considerate to our health, our animals and our planet.  Mainly it was created for family and friends who are often curious about what we eat and how we prepare our food.  During Christmas 2009, I decided to challenge myself and complete all the recipes from 2 cookbooks, Tal Ronnen’s “The Conscious Cook” which Oprah Winfrey loved and Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s “The Vegan Table”.  That’s 250 recipes in 125 days.  The recipes will be rated by my family and either go into Made the Cut or Missed the Cut.

My husband, Eliot and I have 2 wonderful girls, Sage and Jazz.  My store pinkginger offers wonderful organic personal care products for women, men and children.


23 Responses to “about me”

  1. laura Says:

    Wow! I’m so glad I discovered your site (through!
    I’ve been transitioning from vegetarianism to veganism over this past year. Like you, I also collect cookbooks and was happy to see you are going to cook your way through The Conscious Cook and The Vegan Table. I will be following your thoughts and cooking the recipes you recommend. Unfortunately, my husband and 2 kids are still addicted to the meat and cheese crap so I’m hoping they will like some of these recipes. My husband is not very happy because I will no longer cook or even buy meat for him so at times, out of spite, he’ll refuse to even try a vegan dish I’ve prepared. Maybe this will persuade him.

    Thanks for all your hard work and testing these many recipes so we don’t have to!

    Sacramento, CA

    • pinkvegan Says:

      Hi Laura!
      Thank you for your comments. Not too long ago, I was in your husband’s position as my husband was the vegetarian turned vegan and I was the meat eater (gave up dairy a long time ago). After much research and talking about this with Eliot (my husband), I decided to go vegan. Since I am the cook in the family – I needed a challenge to fast forward my efforts at vegan cooking and next thing you know, I am blogging about these meals. I actually went through a grieving process, I found it emotionally more difficult to give up my past and traditions surrounding food then actually giving up the food itself. It was quite a huge ordeal for me and many heated conversations with my husband about vegan diet. In the end, I couldn’t turn a blind eye to benefits of a vegan diet, from all aspects – intellectually, spiritually and physically. There are many meals on my blog that I have cooked for my meat eater friends and family that are loved by all. Good luck and if you ever have any questions about vegan cooking or some of the emotional aspects that happen in families when one is a vegan and the other isn’t – would love to discuss, as I was that way the non-vegan wife for 4 years before making the switch to a vegan diet. I am going to blog about this topic in the future.

      Thanks again and good luck to you!

  2. debbie Says:

    I was very happy to learn of your blog( Like the commenter above I am also looking for good recipes to convert my meat eating husband to a vegan, or at least a vegetarian. I will not cook or buy meat either, but he takes that pretty well. I guess it helps that he gets fed meat at work 5 days a week lol. I think it’s great that you joined your husband in veganism. It gives me hope that one day my husband will join me. I look forward to following your blog.

    burbank, ca

  3. Amanda Says:

    Wow! Thanks for doing this. I’ve been a lazy vegan for a few years now, and my husband (who is also vegan) and I have begun to cook a lot more at home. I actually just ordered these two cookbooks today and then found your blog. I’m so excited to read through what you’ve already made and see your progress in the future.

    • pinkvegan Says:

      Thanks Amanda. Please do share your comments on these recipes as you test them out yourselves. Would love to have depot of comments on these two cookbooks. In addition – my goal is to have 50 recipes that will become family favourites, creating our own food ‘recipe’ traditions. If I do this right, in 5 years from now, I will be making these recipes without even batting an eyelash! (or whatever that saying is!)

  4. barbara Says:

    Just found your site thru VegNews. I bought both of these cookbooks about a month ago and have tried only a few recipes of Colleens (all good!) and none of Tal’s (they look intimidating) so this is motivating me. Thankyou thankyou thankyou!

  5. OrganiKooK Says:

    I have a pretty extensive vegan cookbook collection, in addition to a billion other cookbooks that I “veganize” recipes from. I have both books and I have cooked many recipes from both. I haven’t found a recipe that I didn’t like yet. They are all excellent. I highly recommend both books to add to your own collection!

  6. Barbara Says:

    I’m so happy to have stumbled on your blog! I’m sitting at my computer enjoying a glass of red wine (killing time while my beets steam for the Beet Bundt Cake), when I click on the VegTimes and see the link for your blog. I’ve already added PinkVegan to my favorites and I’ll be looking forward to following you as you cook your way through the recipes. I’ve enjoyed both your stories and the pictures. I cook from The Vegan Table all the time, but I don’t have The Conscious Cook yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Safety Harbor, FL

    • pinkvegan Says:

      Thank you Barbara. How did you beet bundt cake turn out? Have you ever made it with canned beets? If so, what’s the difference in taste?

      • Barbara Says:

        The beet cake was wonderful! I’ve never used canned beets before, so I can’t say how the taste would compare. I used part whole-wheat pastry flour and part unbleached all-purpose flour and added 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder to the recipe. The cake was rich and moist and was almost devoured in a day. I didn’t take a picture of the cake, but here’s a link to some pictures I’ve taken of recipes for Colleen’s next book, Color Me Vegan – check them out when you have a chance.

        Double Chocolate Mint Granita
      • pinkvegan Says:

        Wow, wow, wow! Those pics are just mouth-watering, delicious pics! You took them? Wonderful, wonderful job! When is Color Me Vegan available? You are making me soooooo hungry. I like your additions to the cake and I’m going to try it your way next time just to compare. Thanks for reading!

      • Barbara Says:

        I believe that Color Me Vegan is available in the fall of this year (a future blog for you perhaps…). I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I had as much fun snapping pictures as I did cooking, but my fiancé insists that he had the most fun eating everything. I look forward to seeing what you fix for dinner tonight. 🙂

  7. Kim S Says:

    Found you through Colleen’s newsletter. This makes me feel so clean and good after reading the Julie Powell meat blog. My bf and I, after 3 decades of vegetarianism between us, went vegan last spring and are loving Colleen’s cookbook, due to the simplicity and elegance of the recipes and, of course, the wonderful pictures. We make a lot from the Horizons cookbook too (heavenly restaurant in Philly) and Sarah Kramer’s books and are finding that we constantly buy and devour cookbooks.

    We are wine lovers too, so I will look around for possible wine recommendations from you. We also like very dry fruity whites, which go well with the Thai flavors we are in love with.

    • pinkvegan Says:

      I would love vegan & organic wine recommendations! Is there an easy ‘trick’ in determining whether wine at the liquor store has used fining agents that use animal by-products? Or do you do the research beforehand? I too, like Kramer’s books but not as much as Colleen’s (shhhh!). And I have never heard of Horizons (must look it up!). I love watching cooking shows, Julia/Julie movie, I only wish that there was atleast one vegan cooking show on The Food Network! I think there is in the States but not in Canada. Anyways, thanks for reading my blog!

  8. Chay: I just found your blog and am really enjoying reading it. One of the older entries asked about yam oven fries. I use sweet potatoes (the yellow not orange) and they are just dry enough that they get nice and crispy and their sweetness really comes out. They are so excellent dipped in hot salsa or mild (for the girls) and served with veggie burgers and a nice chocolate smoothy; a healthy fast food meal. I have Colleen’s book so look forward to trying some of the dishes you recommend. Thank you. Harriet

  9. Megan Says:

    Hi Chay,
    I’m having a great time following your blog, seeing the pictures of things not pictured in the cookbooks and hearing your family’s ratings. This is a great blog to follow Julie and Julia, but for us vegans! I have often thought about doing something like this. I have a large collection of cookbooks that I have only started collecting in the last two years of being vegetarian and now vegan, for almost a year. Learning to cook and being vegetarian went hand in hand for me with the realization of what I was actually cooking. My husband was vegetarian when we were married and then transitioned into veganism, with me slowly following. With all these great recipes, there is no need to eat meat! I think it simplifies the recipe not to have meat and I feel better for not having to prepare it. I am glad that I have access to all these great resources as I learn to cook and be a better vegan. Thank you so much for putting the time into this blog!

    • pinkvegan Says:

      Hi Megan,
      You are very welcome! I am loving doing this blog. This is going to be such a useful tool for me and fun to read in years from now as well. And I agree with you, there are so many great meals without meat. We probably have a lot of the same vegan cookbooks, have you purchased Millenium’s cookbook – that’s one that sits on my shelve and scares me slightly…lol!
      Thanks again for following!

  10. ewlake Says:

    Fun blog! Question for you: where do you purchase your Gardein products? Our Whole Foods stocks the prepared products (Santa Fe chicken-breast-type, bbq rib-type), but not the plain, unseasoned “breasts.” The deli used them to prepare a vegan dish at Christmas time, and I was able to buy a few in bulk from them, but they are not buying them at the moment. Apparently, Whole Foods in unable to stock this – perhaps because it is a Canadian product?? They are TERRIFIC! I was able to create so many wonderful dishes that vegan and ominovores alike enjoyed. Can’t find an online seller – not even on the Gardein site. Any help would be most appreciated! Thansk!

    • pinkvegan Says:

      Hi there! Like you, I cannot find unseasoned gardein products anywhere! So I cheat, i buy the seasoned ‘chicken’ gardein and (hold your breathe) rinse it under the tap to try and take away as much seasoning as possible and then pat it dry. I am about 500km away from the closest Whole Foods but our local ‘country’ grocery store stocks 1 type of gardein product and another local health food store stocks about 2-3 types of gardein products. I have yet to see unseasoned but I may just ask for it and see what happens. I find if you ask your grocer to carry it (especially if they are small), they will order it when they order their next batch of Gardein products, I’m going to give it a try – will let you know if it works! Thanks for your comments!

  11. Karen Says:

    I am so glad to have found your site. I have been following ‘1000 Vegan Recipes’ blog and trying recipes in that book and now I can get ‘The Vegan Table’ and follow your site as well. It’s so much easier to be inspired to cook when you can see the recipe made already and hear how someone else felt about it. Thanks!

    • pinkvegan Says:

      I agree, I love to read about recipes from people who have tried them first. Some of my readers who I have friended on facebook make recipes from Colleen and Tal’s book before I do and I anxiously await their own reviews 🙂 Thanks for following!

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