‘Vegetariat’ is the combination of the words vegetarian and proletariat; not, as comes to mind with some of us mature people, Secretariat. (I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian, not an equuis-vegetarian!) Although raised in a traditional East-coast ethnic-influenced household, I have not eaten animals in about two decades. I don’t use a microwave or a food processor, and have prepared three meals a day for me and my two children for 18 years, give or take, while working a full-time job and a side job. Vegetarianism is worth the effort.
I became vegetarian for ethical reasons. I could not reconcile the injustice of setting traps for rats under our house with the fact that a few pet white mice were happily spinning on their wheel (dubbed a ‘poo-wheel’; anyone who has owned a mouse knows why) in our bathroom. As I sought humane methods of pest control, discovered the cruelty with which food animals are treated, and what overgrazing is doing to our planet, I could no longer condone animal torture and slaughter by consuming the animals. Having grown up completely influenced by Disney’s anthropomorphic animals (why didn’t Bambi’s mom come out of the clearing? Why?) I am a complete sucker for animals. I think strays mark gypsy signs on my gate. Now I have a 1.68-acre habitat dubbed Finch Frolic Garden. Because there are no chemicals of any kind used here, the birds, butterflies, lizards, frogs, insects, microbes and plants amaze me with their abundance.
I am also a foodie, thanks to my writer/award-winning cook mother and restaurant-owner and food lover father. I partake of almost zero dairy. Our hens are spoiled pets who give us eggs. I make my own vegan butter and mock meat, drink organic rice milk and mostly make or buy vegan cheese. I feel better for it dietarily and mentally.
This website is a combination of my mother’s influence on my love of cooking, my father’s restaurant professionalism, my children’s assistance, and my personal ethics and excitement over new recipes. I hope you find help, inspiration and fun when you visit!