Mike and I thought – both apart and together – about this prompt a lot. We discussed many options, and we each pondered many more. It seemed an impossible choice – sandwiches are pretty much Mike’s favorite food, and we’ve both eaten so many amazing sandwiches that we had no idea how we’d decide which one was the best ever. Breakfast sandwiches, with eggy tofu and bacon and melty cheese and runny Vegg yolk? Grilled macaroni and cheese (this was a contender)? The bacon cheeseburger from Arlo’s in Austin? Buffalo chicken hoagies? Chicken parmesan on grilled sourdough? A vegan Cuban sandwich? Homemade seitan pastrami with mustard and spicy garlic dills? We went on and on, around and around.
Hi, there. Mike here with my first Vegan Mofo post. The lovely and talented Sarra has been keeping us on the level for the last three days, but here is my first offering. Today’s prompt is weird food combinations, which is admittedly a challenging topic. The rise of fusion cuisine has rendered the notion of weird food combinations nearly obsolete. If you can imagine a combination, some trendy chef somewhere has already put them together, and her peers are rapidly following suit.
There will be a post from Mike along in a couple of hours, showcasing our weird food combination dinner. But I couldn’t pass up a chance to talk about a weird food combo that I have loved since I was 17 years old (I’m 42 now, so that’s a quarter-century… dang). Just so you know: there’s nothing healthy after the cut.
Barbecue. Chicken. Pizza. With two kinds of garlic, two cheeses, bacon, and jalapeno. Heck yeah!
I’m going to start with a disclaimer – the way I did this, it wasn’t quick. It was easy and it was really delicious, but I definitely took the long way around. However, it’s incredibly easy to make quickly, if you want or need. Pizza time!
Good morning! Okay, it’s not morning. But it was when I made this breakfast! I thought about doing a fancy breakfast, or an involved breakfast, or a showy breakfast, or even a vegan take on a traditional Americana breakfast (my favorite!), but I ultimately decided to make and photograph (and eat) a usual weekday breakfast. Indeed, if you already follow my Instagram, you’ve seen variations of this breakfast before. Neither one of us has a big morning appetite, and Mike is a big bread-lover, so weekday breakfasts are usually something starchy and an excellent cup of coffee – well, an excellent cup of coffee if you’re me; Mike waits until he gets to work to have coffee, so it’s 1) not good because it’s 2) Starbucks.
Hey! Welcome to our blog, Fake Meat & True Love (we hope you think the name is on the right side of the cute/nauseating line)! We are Mike and Sarra, a couple of vegans from Seattle who are head-over-heels in love – with each other, with food, with cooking, with our old-lady pit bull and fussy tortoiseshell cat, with farmers markets and social justice and all animals and, yes, fake meat. We’re trying our best to make the world a better place, and ethical, intersectional veganism is the best way we know how to do that. We know that veganism is not a diet but an ethical stance, but we also know that food is a big deal – it’s what most people think of when they think of veganism, it’s one of our earliest and most primary pleasures, it’s necessary for life, and it’s fun. We were both very passionate about food before we got together, and that passion has expanded and deepened along with our relationship. We’ve been sharing our food photos with our friends for a couple of years now, and we’ve been talking about starting this blog for ages; finally, here we are. We’re sure we don’t have to tell you the “why” behind another vegan blog: vegan food is better for animals, better for the planet, better for humans, and, frankly, delicious. It is our sincere hope that by providing a glimpse into the life of the glorious food (and love!) that we share, we can simultaneously encourage people to think about more just and ethical choices, as well as join all our fellow vegans in demonstrating how exquisite and rewarding a cruelty-free life can be. We love being in vegan communities! Plus, hey, sometimes there will be dog and cat pictures, and who doesn’t want more of those?