Thursday, November 23, 2006

Is it Christmas already?

Here in Australia we don't celebrate Thanksgiving - I really have no idea what the point of it is, although I gather that it is another religious celebration that has been transformed into an opportunity for companies to make a lot of money (I'm a firm atheist - I feel sorry for all the Christians for whom December 25th actually means somthing). So anyway, it's been kinda weird seeing all the other blogs I visit giving Thanksgiving menus etc, but cool to see what you're all doing to convince your doubtful relations of how delicious vegan food can be! Plus I love the fact that some of you, such as Urban Vegan are 'adopting' turkeys! Too cute! But now to get to the point of this post's title - since we don't have Thanksgiving, I think the shops feel they need to get in super early with all the Christmas stuff. I mean, for goodness sake! It is still more than a month till the big day and the shops are already covered in decorations, playing chirstmas music and having christmas sales. So much consumerism.
I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year. Normally we spend it with my mum's family then see Dad's on boxing day but since we are now living in a different state to all of thoes people, that won't be happening. Instead, Mum and I are going to a Salvation Army christmas lunch and helping out with distributing food to the homeless or anyone else who wants to drop in. (Don't think my Dad isn't a nice guy - that just isn't his idea of a fun way to spend Christmas or any other day). Should be a cool new experience and hopefully I'll meet some nice people. The lady in charge already knows that I won't handle meat, by the way, so I'm guessing I'll be plating veggies or doing dishes.

Now, onto food. Here are the FLOGs for the last two days:

Breakfast - Watermelon.Green smoothie with mango, banana, coconut water, water, spinach and silverbeet. Two apples.
Lunch - Apple. Yummy salad with baby spinach, tomato, sundried tomato, mushroom, red capsicum, avocado. Note the big black blob in the picture of this above? My cute doggy Casper had a sniff just as I took the photo so I had to share it!)
Snack - 1 kiwi fruit, 1 banana, 1 tiny plum, two apples.
Dinner - Walnut Burger from Shazzie's Detox Your World, with Real Toast and Mayo #2 from Juliano's RAW and lettuce and tomato.
After Dinner - Juice of two oranges mixed with young coconut water.

Breakfast - Green smoothie with chard, silverbeet, peach, banana, water, young coco water. 1 tiny plum and two apples.
Lunch - 1 apple. Living Fudge from The Raw Gourmet by Gabrielle Chavez. (I have this on loan from the library and this was the first thing I made. It was yummy but VERY unphotogenic!) With celery sticks and chinese cabbage.
Snack - 1 kiwi fruit, 1 tangello, 3 apples.
Dinner - ABC Soup from my recipe with a bowl of sprouted chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and corn scraped from the cob (oh god I love fresh corn!)
After Dinner - Juice of two oranges.

This is what I had for lunch back on Saturday that never quite made it to this blog... but the recipe is here on my recipe blog. Yes, I finally put another recipe there! Try not to fall off your chair!

Now last of all is my bit of daily activism. At the beginning of this year I went to a 'Wildlife Extravaganza' with presentations from a number of charities that work with endangered wildlife including sunbears, painted dogs, rhinoceroses and orangutans. All of the presentations were heart wrenching and touching but the orangutans really got me motivated, probably because (from what I could gather anyway) they are not as at risk as the rhinos but they stand a better chance of being saved if we start doing something NOW! For christmas my parents are adopting an orangutan for me (I chose Bulan, if you want to check her out at the site) and I am also getting into letter writing. Obviously those links take you to an Australian organisation, but whichever part of the world you live in you can still help out.
The greatest threat to orangutan survival is the palm oil industry - habitat is cleared for palm plantations and loggers receive bonuses for killing any orangutans they come across, using whatever means possible. (Including shooting, stabbing and covering with fuel then setting alight). The orphaned orangutans are sold as pets or for entertainment and must endure lifetimes of mistreatment. The Australian Orangutan Project cares for and rehabilitates orphaned and injured orangutans, funds habitat restoration projects and more and it is through them that I'm 'adopting' my orangutan. I'm so happy that my christmas present is going to make life better for orangutans!

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful day (and Thanksgiving if you celebrate it)


At 4:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

me and you need to make the same raw recipes and then compare our photos!

Can you teach me to link to you on my blog

oh check this out too

At 4:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry that last post was from me SUVINE fruitarian girl

At 12:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the United States, Thanksgiving is observed in commemoration of a meal shared between the Native Americans and the recently settled Pilgrims in 1619. Today the celebration is thought of as an opportunity to give thanks. For the religious, that may mean thanking God, or another higher power, but I think it is also just a reminder to be grateful, for life- family- friends- everything.

Unfortunately, the European settlers ultimately exploited, killed, and disenfranchised, most of the Native Americans (even those they once broke bread with).

At 7:23 pm, Blogger Candi said...

Your food list looks so good!!

We're not religious in any way, but celebrate Thanksgiving as a family tradition. This year, we adopted a turkey, like you mentioned, and it's really nice to have such a great program growing each year!!

Anyhow, your volunteering is very admirable! Good for you for helping out so much!!!!

At 4:35 am, Blogger jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

My boyfriend and I celebrate the our family traditions of a 'traditional' meal, vegan style, and have a blast cooking it and eating leftovers for days, ala as we did growing up. (We're both atheists as well).

At 7:04 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanksgiving is definitely not a religious holiday at its origins. It is simply a day to give thanks. Yes, it is sad that giving thanks involves eating a dead turkey.

At 12:51 pm, Blogger pretty smart ideas said...

Thanksgiving is a holiday for giving thanks for all the good things we have - that can be whatever it is that you hold dear. Just like you, in Australia, we have a very bountiful land.
The "first Thanksgiving" was simply a carry-over of the Harvest Home celebrations in Europe when the harvest was over. The colonists had a double reason to celebrate: they had survived very harsh conditions and managed to make a liveable place, as well as taken in a successful harvest. As they were religious refugees from an oppressive English government, which did not allow them to practice their faith as they wished, they also thanked God for their deliverance.
Thanksgiving is not commercial except in we all want to buy our turkeys, sweet potatoes, corn, and bread crumbs to make our delicious dinner and celebrate our families and/or friends.

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At 6:51 am, Anonymous prettysmartideas said...

Well, yes, Anonymous, many of us in
America do consider Thanksgiving to be a religious holiday,as well as a family holiday. The very very first Thanksgiving, not the famous "first Thanksgiving" took place on a beach in what is now North Carolina - Queen Elizabeth I instructed her explorers to bow down and give thanks to God, should they reach land safely. They did so.
It is alright if you need to express anger and bitterness, and lash out against any and all, but, do you really want to do that in a public venue which is not about anger and bitterness and lashing out against whoever might be close by, but, rather, about sharing recipes for interesting and healthy food?

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