Today is an important day. Today I am changing the name of my blog. I am changing from Vegan For Meat Eaters to Happy Food Ninja. This is important as I am not only changing the name, but the focus. I will continue to highlight comforting vegan food, but will at times post non-vegan recipes. I am also going to shift from posting simply a brief recipe, to posting both a recipe and discussion. I am hoping to support you in the development of your own style. I want to teach you how to develop flavor, especially in vegan and vegetarian dishes, that will provide comfort and satisfaction. With this in mind most recipes will continue to be vegan food that meat eaters will enjoy.
If I am going to continue to focus on mostly vegan recipes why am I changing? Good questions. I have been thinking about the focus of my blog for a long time. I am personally no longer vegan, though I continue to eat a primarily vegan diet. I would like to be able to post some of my non-vegan recipes, but most importantly I would like to teach you to be comfortable cooking and following your instincts in the kitchen. My plan from here on out is to post a recipe, or general guideline, then talk about how I make choices to create a final product. I am calling it without a recipe, however, it is more cooking by the seat of your pants. Besides, my new name includes the title ninja and I’ve always wanted to be a ninja!
I will start this process by posting a recipe and discussion tomorrow. I have chosen tomorrow as my go date as it is Mother’s Day. My mother has been a huge influence on my cooking and experimentation in the kitchen. She has also been instrumental in supporting me through all the changes in my life, and has always been a role model for being unafraid of trying new things. She might not know how to do everything, but that won’t stop her from trying. Through cooking I believe she has instilled that lack of fear in me which I hope to pass on to you.
Let’s start out with a quote from my mom: “I always follow the recipe, unless it is wrong.” While recipes are often right for the person who created them, you might want to add your own style and I want to encourage that. We will start tomorrow with a recipe passed on from my mother to me, and one I will pass to my daughter. A recipe that is both a staple and one to delight. Stop back tomorrow at happyfoodninja.com