Vegan Action #77

    The Submission Hold show got me all warm and fuzzy about being old.  The show was not super crowded, just enough people and a few little kids.  Kids at shows are so awesome and it sets a really comfortable tone (this was not at a bar or club).  It felt like community.  I am now at the age where some of my friends have kids and live as they always have but they are also raising a child or children.  It is so frustrating that we are so inundated with society telling us we have to grow up some time and conform like everyone else (if we haven’t already conformed).  It’s so inspiring to have friends that are starting families and are still vegan, still go to shows and protests, etc.  I know it must be challenging to be punk and get married and/or have kids.  Not just because of the ideas of mainstream society but from other punks and peers.  I know not everyone gets married and has kids or wants to but it is important to recognize you can do it and do not have to give in to societies’ expectations and definitions of parents or families.  It’s important for us to recognize that people define the punk lifestyle in different ways and it’s up to us to try to respect the choices that people make for themselves.  I am thankful for the people out there that I admire who are maintaining their ethics and lifestyle.  And most importantly, sticking to your convictions!  As I get older I see more and more people give up and give in and I get so inspired when I meet the punks over thirty.   People like CBL keep me smiling and also knowing that Submission Hold tours with a 3-year old, Adam and Alyssa have raised Bella vegan and Carol brings Acie to shows, keep me inspired.  I would be lost and sad without these other folks so, thank you to the punk moms and dads out there for being awesome and strong.  I also need to thank the bands that played the first annual Vegan Action Benefit Show (set up by Devon and Chris BL).  Thank you to My War, Light the Fuse and Run, Human Racist, Envenomed, Aphasia and The Scarlet Letter, we appreciate the support.  Please visit www.vegan.org. thanks. -krissi Get in touch:  p.o. box 4288 richmond, va 23220 or krissi@vegan.org.  

Two of my favorite fall time foods:
Neal’s chana masala:  Sauté two onions and 1 tbsp fresh chopped garlic, 1 tbsp fresh shredded ginger, and 1 tbsp of whole mustard seed.  Once soft, add sliced carrots, two cans of chick peas, 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 4 boiled potatoes.  Stew for 10 minutes or until carrots and potatoes are soft.  Add 2 tbsp curry powder and cumin, cinnamon and garam masala, salt and black pepper to taste.   Stew for another 5 minutes.  Add 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro and let sit for a few minutes.  Serve over jasmine rice with fancy saffron if you have it.

Lickin’ the Beaters Fudge 1 cup sugar, 1 oz pure unsweetened chocolate, a pinch of salt, 1 cup soymilk, 2 tbsp margarine, 1 tsp vanilla, cup chopped nuts if you want.  Grease the sides of a large pot and combine sugar, chocolate, salt and soymilk.  Heat over medium heat, stir continuously until the sugar dissolves and the mixture boils.  Cook until it is 238 (or it forms a ball when dropped into a glass of cold water.)  Do not stir while it is boiling!  Take off heat and stir in margarine.  Let it cool to a lukewarm temp and beat in vanilla and nuts if you choose.  As it thickens it will start to lose it’s gloss and you can pour it into a greased pan.  Chill for 15 minutes before cutting and eating.  You can do this.