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Going Vegan (or Vegetarian)

Posted in Introduction on June 30, 2010 by Cooking For Mark

Earlier this month I decided to become a vegan. Shocked? So was Mark. It all started on a Monday morning when Mark had to go to the office downtown for a couple of hours, so I decided to go with him so we could go to Pike Place Market afterwards. Since I had a couple of hours I went to Barns & Noble to pick up the sequal to The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo. As I passed the Best Seller section an odd book caught my attention:Skinny Bitches. Reading the title made me laugh so I picked it up and browsed. Right away I noticed something that drew my attention. I didn’t notice it was a book promoting veganism, but rather, I noticed there was a heavy amount of cussing–I liked it. Before I knew it I had read the entire book and had simultaneously made my decision to leave my meat-eating past behind. When Mark picked me up, I excitedly told him of the exciting news. He was not too happy. Actually, I’m pretty sure he was a bit scared.

When I got home a few hours later I went to and forced myself to watch those horrible videos. I will never eat meat again. Milk, eggs, and cheese, on the other hand, I cannot live without, yet. So, veganism will have to wait.

Although most recipes I make will be vegetarian (with the exception of some seafood recipes), I will post alternatives for those of you who want to add a little cruel protein in your dish 🙂



Posted in Introduction on June 30, 2010 by Cooking For Mark

For the past couple of years I have developed a hobby for cooking and recently, baking. OK, it’s not just a hobby, it’s an obsession. When I have something “new” I want to experiment with, my whole world becomes a blur. I can’t sleep or think about anything else. Mark (my fiancee) often complains that sometimes I don’t listen to him. He will tell me a story, and although I look like I am paying complete attention to him, I have no idea what he is saying. It’s almost like an episode of Family Guy, except I’m Peter imagining beer while Louis “babbles”. It sounds a bit mean, but I don’t do this to him ALL the time. Plus, when I am finally able to create what has been in my mind, Mark benefits since I make it for him. Win-win, I think.

I decided to start a blog so that I can document most of the things I make. Mark always gets upset when I make something he really likes, because I don’t write it down. This might be a reason why every dish I prepare is always new and unique. I hardly ever repeat recipes exactly as I made them. Yes, it may be because I don’t remember them, but I think it’s a good thing. Anyways, I am going to make an attempt to write them down, and not repeat the recipes too often. We’ll see how it goes.