So it has been a long time since I posted…I know (tsk tsk). Believe me when I say I’ve been cooking, I’ve got the Instagram posts to prove it; however, consistently blogging is much harder than I anticipated. Hate to be one for excuses but I truly have had a lot going on that has unfortunately made it hard to keep up. Being a full-time working mom with a one year old is no joke, and to top it off I continue to have those crazy migraine headaches that make it a real challenge to get to blogging. That all said I apologize, and being one who’s indifferent to New Year’s Resolutions want to start getting better at these posts beginning December. I am openly inviting any and all who are interested in keeping me accountable to do better. In return I would love to reciprocate the same to any who would like to be involved. Just shoot me a quick note at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect further.
And kuddos to all the moms out there who do it all, especially those single moms! Ava has two parents at home and it’s still difficult. Toddlers require a lot of time and attention is an understatement. I see why the rich have nannies and housekeepers LOL. Anyways we are still in the fall season, which means apples, pumpkins and all things warm and fuzzy i.e. my Bearpaw Boots (haha I know, I know they are just so comfy).
Now back to the point, I’ve been making mainly pies and cakes lately. Per a number of local requests, yesterday I made a vegan cake. As one who is far from vegan you may ask why? Well the long of the short is that it was Michael’s great idea to suddenly try a vegan diet for one week. He had spoke with a number of larger guys at the gym that had shed some serious pounds simply by going the vegan route with their diet. But back to his request you should have seen my face…like whatttt?! No cheese, meat, fish, turkey bacon, or honey. You gotta be kidding me. Power to the Vegans out there as it is such a restrictive diet to me, or so I thought. So crazy enough for me I decided to go for it.
Make it publicly known, This African Cooks very first vegan recipe (yes, in life) was a vegan cake with pumpkin puree. It was so darn good! I mean I couldn’t tell the tell the difference between this and regular dairy filled cake. To top it off, Michael said it was the best cake he had ever ate! And if Michael says it then it must be true, because after all he thinks he’s a food critic LOL (now I’m going to hide and hope he doesn’t notice that I’m talking about him on here). Sadly, however, my vegan diet lasted only one meal…so pitiful, I know. Reason being my pantry and fridge were not really prepared for it (haha). This meant both a lack of non-animal byproduct foods and too much animal byproduct foods, including meats. I’ve heard for many it has to be a gradual process, where you go from eating everything (except pork of course…yuck!) to pescatarian, to vegetarian, and finally vegan. I’m quite certain this is how it will need to go down in my household if it is ever going to stick long term. Additionally, it goes unsaid, but the next time I attempt going vegan I need to make sure I have all the necessary ingredients available…duh! Also know I will be trying to incorporate more vegan and vegetarian meals to my recipes on this blog. I am well aware that there are many out there who follow these wonderful diets and I want to make sure you can also enjoy the flavors I create. Anyways, everyone seriously needs to try this cake; it is divine.