I chuckled when I saw this news, knowing what it would mean when people found out what Otsuka is- a pharmaceutical company. That was going to anger people.
Pharmaceutical companies test on animals. Testing on animals is not vegan. Ergo, if Dayia is owned by a company that tests on animals, Daiya is no longer vegan. Right?
I submit, not so fast.
Full disclosure: I prescribe medications made by Otsuka. Right now, that only accounts for a handful of prescriptions that I write, but previously I prescribed a medication made by them on a fairly regular basis, because it was one of only two medications FDA approved for a condition that I treat. They don’t pay me to prescribe them. I don’t get gifts or trips or other extravagances. I have taken a dinner from them once (a bowl of quinoa and vegetables!), a pretzel once, and I might on occasion again, but that is the extent of my financial relationship with them.
Here’s the thing: it also says “as far as it is possible and practicable.”
I think most of us vegans recognize that there are some places where we can’t absolutely exclude animal products, unless perhaps we live off the grid. Tires, glues and fertilizers all may contain animal products, and those are some things that are pretty well involved in the infrastructure of modern society in a first world country.
We accept that, because if we live by a stricter definition, we can’t function, unless we are in all but the most remote part of off the grid: cutting our own timber, hauling it on wagons we made our selves with no rubber tires, finding heirloom seeds from somewhere that never used an animal fertilizer- there might be someone out there doing it, but it’s almost impossible for everyone.
I could go on, but I don’t want this to become an essay about how vegans are hypocrites. When people say things about how many field mice are killed the the vegetable fields are toiled, we rationally point this out, that veganism is about when it is practicable and possible.
Why can’t we accept this with pharmaceuticals?
I know that there is a sect of vegans out there that don’t believe that medication is ever necessary, but I don’t believe that represents the majority. I think that the majority understand that sometimes you need a medication. And I would sincerely hope that any vegan who is compassionate enough to love animals understands that mental illness- the type of illness that トラーニ Tolani レディース トップス Tシャツ【Cassie Top】Tribal– is just as real an illness as any other.
Because cute dogs are much more fun than ethical discussions.
While taking a walk on yesterday’s beautiful afternoon, I listened to ALPHA STUDIO レディース COATS & JACKETS 送料無料 Dark blue Full-length jacket this summer through an ethical lens. She concludes that because Ms. Grandin’s business is animal slaughter, and that consumption of animals can be linked to health issues, that animal cruelty is linked to psychiatric pathologies, and because of the cultural aspects of animal agribusiness, that Ms. Grandin is not a suitable speaker for the conference.
My professional background is as a music therapist, psychotherapist and psychiatric nurse practitioner. I specialize in the treatment of people with intellectual disabilities and autism. I have been working with this population in one way or another for almost 19 years. I feel strongly about this.
As Lee Ann points out, Ms. Grandin was not invited to speak because of her work with the cattle slaughter industry, but because she is a person with autism who has found a high degree of success in her field and is an advocate for people with the disorder. Ms. Grandin has a personal history of pretty extreme symptoms of autism, and even describes herself as “a little wild animal” in her book ジャンポールゴルチエJean Paul GAULTIER 裏地ロゴウールダブルジャケット 黒40【中古】. It was though these experiences and what she found helpful for her that she ultimately went on to design systems for keeping cattle calm on their way to slaughter.
I don’t like what it is that Ms. Grandin does to animals, but I appreciate the work that she does for autism.
Earlier this week, I saw a young child with autism who spent most of the time screaming at the top of his lungs while running around during his evaluation. His mother told me he was like that all the time. She asked, “do you think when he’s 25 I might be able to leave him alone so I can go to the grocery store?”
Although prescribing medication is the bulk of what I do these days, sometimes what I do has little to do with medication. Sometimes it’s about giving families hope. That sometimes really good things happen. That their child may grow and learn and be able to independently engage in some activities of daily living someday.
Temple Grandin gives hope. A parent can look at her, hear her story and think “there is hope for my child.”
To put it in another context, if a therapist sees a patient who is seeking an abortion, most ethical guidelines of our major professional organizations imply that you keep your own value judgement out of the clinical discussion. In other words, don’t try to talk the patient out of having an abortion because you believe it’s wrong, because that would be violating an ethical code. These codes say it’s not about my values. It’s about my patient and what my patient needs.
Bringing it back to Ms. Grandin’s appearance at the upcoming AATA conference: she inspires hope. More specially, she inspires hope for a population with whom art therapists often work.
It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a music therapy conference, but I used to walk away from them inspired about my work and feeling optimistic about going out and providing great care. Great speakers can inspire that.
I’m sorry that Lee Ann may not feel inspired, but I hope her colleagues will.
I made the mistake of going to Chipotle for lunch. Usually this is not a mistake, but I had not yet seen the food part of Expo. You don’t think you’re getting a lot because it’s just little samples at each booth, but when you add it all up… OMG.
I’ve become a bowl kind of person. Makes me feel less bad about the chips.
Fortunately I looked at my Expo map before I finished eating and stopped. It was however, a lovely meal right on the water.
After many samples and a bag full to go, I headed back to the hotel. I will definitely need to go back tomorrow to finish seeing everything.
I did go out to dinner, despite that I wasn’t terribly hungry, because it’s not like I’ll get to come back to the area. I’m so glad I did! I went to インビクタ 時計 インヴィクタ メンズ 腕時計 Invicta 11853 Venom Men Watch in Clarksville… and it was amazing. More about that either tomorrow or in the next few days!
Although I’ve lived in the Northeast my entire life, I’ve actually never been to Pennsylvania (well, the airport once, but that doesn’t count). I didn’t travel much as a child (it took me until I was 30 to visit all 6 New England states, despite growing up in MA), and then as an adult a lack of money and time and a pretty significant like of the familiar have been obstacles. Money has gotten a bit better, time a bit worse, but I’ve definitely gotten more curious and willing to travel.
I’d been trying to figure out a couple of days that I can got to PA. I work Monday-Saturday, so that makes it a little tough, but I have the luxury of being able to take some time off work, so it’s just figuring when. Bonus points if I can combine it with some kind of educational/trade event!
I got a later start on my trip than I had planned, so it was nearly 4PM by the time I got there. All I had “eaten” earlier was a green smoothie, so I was starving by the time I got there. Given the time, I figured I would also take something to go for dinner when I got to my hotel.
These are the best vegan wings I have ever had. I am not kidding. They were chewy and crispy and delicious and hot. Did I mention hot? A little too hot for my taste, but that dipping sauce helped a lot.
I rounded out my meal to stay with this salad, which was amazing! I don’t know why I don’t eat fried capers more often, but they are so, so good. Crispy and briny! I’m not a huge fan of artichokes, but they were a nice addition.
I got to eat this later, after arriving at the hotel. I’m staying a bit further away from the Expo because I booked my hotel room too late, but on the plus side, this room has a kitchen. No oven, unfortunately, but if you don’t put the slices in the microwave for too long, (about a minute each) they don’t get soggy. Well, the thinner slice was, but what are you going to do?
The thin slice is pepperoni, and the other had roasted tomatoes. I love roasted tomatoes.
So, NYC. Yes, I go there often. I’m 33 minutes away by train- but I don’t go nearly as often as I should. Back in July, I went to a conference in Manhattan for the day. Lunch there didn’t look too vegan to me, so I made a quick run out to 【CROTON】クロトン メンズ腕時計 RT-159M-1 アナログ表示 10気圧防水 /5点入り(代引き不可)【ポイント10倍】 before, but this time was a different location (the one I’ve written about before has moved).
With all of the time that I spend at work, I have not been a creative cook at all, lately. I follow recipes, I make tried and true favorites, and I’ve been doing some canning/preserving, but nothing truly creative. That makes me sad.
I saw patients for the rest of the day and didn’t have much time to think about what to do for the challenge, but on my drive home, ideas started running though my mind. By the time I went to bed, I knew I was making some kind of plum sauce and pickling radishes, and using tempeh.
Once every few months, I make tempeh from scratch and freeze it (freezing is the easiest way to get it to stop fermenting, so it works out any way). I pulled a couple of blocks out of the freezer before bed, and let the thoughts keep coming. I would not be so good at this if I were really on a television competition!
In the morning, I did a quick pickle of the radishes and some of the jalapeño. I used a hot vinegar solution so that I could melt the sugar I used; so this had to go in the fridge early enough so that it would be ready for dinner time.
Figuring out how to use the oolong was the biggest challenge, and I used it four ways. First, I roasted the remaining 1 1/2 jalapeños in the oven with a bit of the dry oolong tea, sort of akin to smoking them (I do have a stovetop smoker, but my burners were otherwise occupied with other projects). I used the brewed tea to thin out my butternut squash puree, as the liquid in the plum sauce, and to steam the tempeh and the radish tops.
Plums were easy: they are the major ingredient in the sauce, which also contains the roasted jalapeños.
As you’ve figured, the jalapeños went into the sauce and the pickle.
Finally, the radishes were the primary ingredient in the pickle, and the greens were used in the final dish as well.
Overall, this is a spicy dish, but it is tempered by the sweetness of the plums and squash. A tartness was added with a bit of rice wine vinegar in the plum sauce, as well as the white balsamic in the pickle. The pickle was not overly salty, and the tempeh brings an umami flavor to the plate. It’s a balanced plate. I feel good about this.
Layer the jalapeño and radishes in a 1/2 pint jar.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
Pour the hot liquid into the jar, filling to the top and cover.
Once the jar is cool enough to handle, put in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Plum and Jalapeño Sauce with Oolong Tea
1 1/2 Jalapeños
1 tsp Chai Oolong blend
4 Italian Prune Plums
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/2 cup brewed Chai oolong blend
2 tbs vegan sugar
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbs tamari
Preheat oven to 450F. Take two pieces of aluminum foil, about the same size. On one, place the tea in the middle. On the other, put the jalapeños. Fold up the jalapeños, and poke a few holes in the foil. Place it on top of the tea on the other one and fold it up into a neat package. Place it in the oven at 450F for about 45 minutes. You might want to do this a lot earlier than the rest of the sauce. Bonus: it will smell really nice if you’re woking in the kitchen preparing other things.
Chop up the prunes and discard the pits. Add to a small sauce pan. Don’t peel!
Remove the jalapeño from the foil. The tops will fall right off- discard as much of the seeds as you like, then add it to the plums.
Add the ginger, garlic, tea, sugar, vinegar and tamari.
Cook over medium high heat stirring frequently for about 10 minutes.
Add the cooked mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more tea if needed to thin.
Butternut Squash Purée with Chai Oolong
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
splash of tamari
2 tbs brewed Oolong Chai
Add the squash to a steamer basket and sprinkle tamari on top. Steam for 10 minutes.
Add the steamed squash to a high speed blender with the tea; blend until smooth.
Plum and Jalapeño Glazed Tempeh with Picked Radishes and Butternut Squash Purée
1 recipe Radish and Jalapeño Pickle
1 recipe Plum and Jalapeño Sauce with Oolong Tea
1 recipe Butternut Squash Puree with Chai Oolong
4 oz homemade tempeh
1 bunch radish greens
Brewed Chai Oolong blend
Preheat oven to 450F.
Using a steamer basket in a pot of boiling water with 1/2 cup brewed Chai Oolong, steam the tempeh for about 5 minutes. Fresh tempeh is delicate and does not need to be steamed as long as the packaged variety.
Remove tempeh from the steamer basket.
Coat with the Plum Sauce and lay on foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 450F for 5-10 minutes, until the sauce is darkened in color.
Meanwhile, steam the radish greens with the same tea/water as the tempeh.
Add butternut puree to the serving plate.
Place glazed tempeh on top.
Top with greens and pickle.
Truth be told, this was a complicated dish, but it was fun. If you’re spending the day cooking other things, this really isn’t much of a bother, as none of the components take a long time to make. The only long part is giving the pickles enough time to cool and absorb flavor; you could shorten this by using a liquid sweetener instead of the granulated sugar and not heating the liquid, but the flavor will be different.
I really wish I had time to make something like this more often!
Vegan restaurants have come and gone to the New Haven area since I moved to NY, and one of the ones that came is アイコ アイコ 事務用回転イス(ハイバック肘付き) MA1535FG2REBK, a few minutes east of New Haven, in Branford.
Unfortunately, they have fairly limited hours, in the evenings and on Saturdays most of the day, so I didn’t think I was going to be passing by during business hours. I try to travel when the traffic isn’t so bad… but, I ended up leaving the Cape later than I had originally planned, and got to Branford just after they opened for the evening. Woo-hoo!
Since it was early, I wasn’t ready to eat yet, but they do have take out!
Came with an apple butter and a vegan sour cream, just in case you can’t decide.
There were so many options for an entree it was a little crazy. I was in a potato mood, so pierogi was it. I figured they’d travel well. They did!
My only complaint is that this restaurant didn’t exist when I lived in New Haven! I would have been a regular visitor. Then again, it’s only 1.5 hours away from here… so who knows? Another road trip, perhaps? I really want to go back to this place!
To wrap up my travels to the Cape, I just want to recap all the new places I tried, as well as mention a few standbys I didn’t get to this time around. This is by no means a comprehensive vegan guide to Cape Cod, and covers very little of the lower Cape, where you’re likely to find some other vegan options!
Green Lotus has been around for about a year, which means it was on the Cape the last time I visited this winter, but I didn’t get a chance to go. But a couple of Cape friends had mentioned it, so I really wanted to go this time. My first full day on Cape, my mom and I were out running errands and decided to stop in for lunch.
See? Gray clapboard. The building is *very* Cape Cod.
I was a little overwhelmed by the menu, since there were so many choices! It’s scary when you can have just about anything on the menu. I’m a creature of habit, so this was a bit hard! When I go to a restaurant, vegan or not, I tend to find one thing I like and order it over and over again. Since I had decided that I was going to blog about Green Lotus, I made myself get something different every time. You’re welcome.
I got a Buffalo Tempeh sandwich on my first visit. It was delicious.
My mom got vegetarian sandwich that she loved. I am lucky to have a veg-friendly mom, but she wasn’t just indulging me- she said she’d go back to this place for lunch when she’s nearby! That’s pretty high praise from my mom.
Very similar to the previous day’s sandwich, with Caesar instead of bleu cheese, and including croutons.
Some of the kids where I work have been trying to get away with “crouton sandwiches.” They pick up a couple of slices of bread, slather them with mayo, and put croutons in as the filling. There’s a part of me that’s totally grossed out by that, but I have to say, croutons are delicious in this Buffalo Caesar sandwich.
After taking a day’s break since Green Lotus is closed on Mondays, I went back again. This time I picked up a sandwich for my brother, too, but his had dairy cheese, so no picture. I almost didn’t get a picture of my sandwich, either, as you might be able to tell from the mostly-eaten wrap here.
I’ve never been big on horseradish, and I wasn’t even thinking when I ordered. It was a surprise when I bit in! But a good surprise. Really.
Fortunately I had a Diet Coke, but before that, I had myself a smoothie.
I like places that give away what’s left in the blender to other customers to try!
This was far sweeter than I was expecting, but that’s okay, especially since I didn’t get to any of the ice cream places serving vegan options beyond sorbet on the Cape. I couldn’t see any sweetener used in this, so I’m guessing that it’s the almond milk. Very good, and very dessert-like.
The staff is friendly, and they work very fast to get your meal ready. My only complaint is that every time I asked for no onions on my mom’s sandwich, they forgot. Except perhaps the last time, because they forgot to put that one in my bag, and I left without it. They were very quick to refund my money on that one though (I was already 30 mins away when I realized), so it’s good to know that they take care of their mistakes.
So there you have it! My favorite restaurant on Cape Cod. It’s so good to know that the Cape is hospitable to more and more vegan-friendly establishments!
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