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meals 002 Ugh… noticed as I was mixing up the corn fritter batter for tonight’s Vegan Vursday that it may not contain milk, but DOES contain three eggs (I tripled the recipe because we like corn fritters a LOT).


Apparently this vegan thing is not as easy as it sounds!

Too late to fix it for this week… so we are having roasted root veggies (beets, carrots, potatoes) alongside non-vegan egg-based corn fritters.

Elisheva objects to calling it “Vegan” anyway… she doesn’t mind eating non-meat, non-dairy food, just doesn’t want to give it a big fancy name.  To her, I think, vegan means unpalatable bland tofu-based food.  But maybe that’s a good thing.

Maybe the kids get used to a whole palette of delicious non-meat, non-egg, non-dairy-based foods, they will come to realize that responsible eating doesn’t have to be stodgy or tasteless.

Of course, it’s only one meal a week.  But still, one vegan meal, times six people, times 52 weeks a year.  If everybody did it, it would make a real difference – somehow.

POSTSCRIPT:  Okay, the fritters were not vegan.  But the roasted veggies were, and they were utterly out of this world.  I don’t rave about my food that often, and I mean it ALMOST literally.  Beets, carrots, potatoes, and one onion.  A little bit of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, a sprinkle of garlic powder (I prefer fresh, but that’s not an option right now unless I buy Chinese… and no, I have no clue where the powdered stuff comes from).  Simple – and delicious!


  1. we ate vegan tonight, too. Vegetarian sushi. Fun for kids to assemble! (Frittata, not vegan. But vegetarian, at least ...) Kudos to you for making a difference one week at a time!

  2. just a question really. or maybe more like a curiosity. no disrespect whatsoever, it's just that i've always wondered this thought and now you have a blog about it so i thought i would ask. hope that is ok.
    in the Bible, there are many stories where the wonderful prophets/sages conducted sacrifices for G-D, and they all involved animals [lamb or calf]. so something made these biblical people think that G-D wanted the animals to be killed. i was curious as to how a vegan lifestyle can coincide with what the Old Testament says. nobody ever sacrificed a carrot stick or a celery stalk.
    and for the record, i have dipped my big toe into the vegetarian lifetstyle thru-out my life.

    thanks if you have an answer.

  3. S,

    No disrespect taken.
    In fact, not all the sacrifices involved animals; there was a meal-offering (in Hebrew, korban mincha) that allowed people to "sacrifice" a mixture of flour and oil. Also, burning the incense mixture could be considered a type of sacrifice.
    I should point out that the word "sacrifice" is a very bad translation. The Hebrew word "korban" means "drawing close." It means an offering which brings us closer to God. With no Temple, that usually means prayer.
    That said, the Torah is very clear that we are meant to care for the animals and use them for our own needs, including rituals which help mend our relationship with God.
    The frailty of animal life is sometimes a very good reminder that our own lives are ephemeral and only meaningful if they are dedicated to a holy purpose.
    Hope this helps answer your questions!

  4. Great corn fritters - I love them too! And great response to that last question - I guess I learned something today!

  5. thanks so much for your prompt and intelligent response re vegan and animal sacrifices.
    greatly appreciated!


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