Vegan for a week

20140528-093226-34346947.jpgThis week is the last week of the Easter fast for Eastern Orthodox christians.  Our Easter is this coming Sunday.  I usually do the whole 40 days of fasting (strict vegan menu – no animal products of any kind) but with two toddlers with a fiance whose work is extremely physical, it’s a difficult to cook separate things for more than a month.

So I decided to do it this week as the last week of the fast.  I’ve been vegan since Monday 😀  Some things I have cooked so far:

Eggplant and green pepper spread

Roast 2 eggplants and 2 green peppers in the oven until soft and peel-able (is this a word?) 😀  Add 4-5 plum tomatoes peeled (dip them in hot water so you can peel them easily) Add everything together in a bowl and mash (or use a blender but not for too long, leave some chunks in it) Add 2-3 cloves minced garlic, vinegar or lemon juice, salt and other spices to your taste.  Spread on a piece of toast or use as a veggie dip.  It’s super yummy.  It’s a typical Bulgarian side dish/salad type of dish called “kyopalo” (scroll down to Bulgarian starters)

Crazy Wacky Cake

This recipe is amazingly delicious.  I made it with whole wheat flour and it was so yummy.   I’ll be making it all the time regardless if I am fasting or not.  It’s really good.

One-Minute Chocolate Frosting

Now this frosting on top of the cake above is so good.  I didn’t microwave but rather melted everything on the stovetop.  Mine turned into more of an icing than a frosting (it was more liquid) but it was still delicious.  Especially after it completely cools down on the cake.  My kids loved it!  And me too 😉


10 responses to “Vegan for a week

  1. I always don’t eat sweets for the duration of Lent, although for me it’s less of a belief thing, I just find it gives me a greater appreciation of the things that I love when I go without them for a while. 🙂 The kyopolou sounds really delicious!

    • Thank you. I think you’ll like it. 🙂
      I know what you mean about sweets. I have a sweet tooth and it’s one of the most difficult things to give up. Although I don’t indulge every day, sometimes I need a little pick-me-up to start the day 😀 One thing I absolutely try not to have is processed sugar. So in this cake I put maple syrup instead – both in the cake and the frosting. That’s why my frosting was liquid (more like icing) rather than thick regular frosting. 🙂

  2. Blessings to you this Easter and the recipe looks great. I am vegetarian so look forward to trying it!. I think being creative with herbs and spices when you cook vegan/ vegetarian is a necessity. Thank you for dropping in on me and I love your positivity!


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