Today has been such a fabulous day - hopefully an indication of how awesome March will be! The big picture is of my vegan gulab jamuns. Mmm, I’m really enjoying being vegan. The food adventures have been amazing and I think I may be getting the hang of cooking. Alright, let me start from the beginning of today.
I had my favourite class this morning: torts. It was brilliant as always - and once again I ran for the bus to make sure I would be on time (although, I don’t think I actually needed to run this time, so maybe I was just overcompensating).
After class, chatting with people somehow led me to break my water bottle. It was quite the kerfuffle and one of my first thoughts was whether I should be concerned about liability for hurting someone with the broken plastic pieces…#lawschoolbrain
I had a radical law meeting. Apparently my cynicism was/is at a point that I wasn’t permitted to be the one leading a discussion on “what’s missing from the law school?” Somehow, I ended up remarking “but many of my friends are law schools” #badjokes
I hadn’t packed a proper lunch (I had half a dragonfruit), so I went home instead of attending my next class (sometimes one needs a break). I had burger buns (that’s what I had at home) with vegan cream cheese. It’s Tofutti brand, herbs and chives flavour. I actually found it quite good, but I wish there was a herb and garlic flavour, which is my favourite. I think if I just sprinkled garlic powder on the plain flavour, I would be super happy.
I also had a smoothie with it! My god, I’ve used up half of a fairly large tin of almond butter, almost entirely in smoothies. At least it is good almond butter made from just dry roasted almonds, no other ingredients. And almonds contain calcium & protein & happiness.
After this quite yummy lunch, I went to the beach with my awesome friend & her puppies (see this post). It was so much fun! I’m absolutely in love with Victoria, it’s such a delightful city and the ocean is so fabulous. On our walk there, we paused at this taco stand and I had a vegan taco! It was so delicious, but next time I’m going with the spiciest instead of second spiciest #drool.
My friend said she thinks she should plan her hang-outs with me to include food every 10-15 minutes because I’m a total food addict - she noted how she’s seen me looking at pictures of food on Tumblr *WHILE* eating food. The decision to going vegan has somehow exacerbated this tendency, probably because I’ve been trying harder to cook.
I had such a great vegan brownie from Bubby’s Kitchen. It was so moist and delectable.
My dinner plans were to hang out with one of my vegan friends and make dinner together. It was so much fun! We made aloo gobi sabji (potato and cauliflower sabji). The cauliflower was small, so it ended up being mostly potato. But it was quite delicious - I was struck by how yummy it was. We had it with some roti (Indian flatbread) that my mom had packed with me to Victoria out of the freezer (it contained some spinach and daikon, god I love daikon).
Best part of the food today: vegan gulab jamuns. My god, these are amazing! I found two streams of recipes veganizing gulab jamuns: one set tried to replace milk powder with soy milk powder but the one I chose tried to emulate the outcome but used totally different ingredients. Check it out here. It was honestly better than any non-vegan gulab jamuns that I have had (and I have had quite a few, I love them) - who would have thought? But I think the key is that it’s made using ground up almonds (fabulous) and I used coconut milk instead of almond milk/water which probably gave it an awesome kick - also there were pistachios in the centres. Apparently, veganizing can potentially mean more deliciousness. How revolutionary! My friend couldn’t even imagine how gulab jamuns could not be vegan (she hadn’t had non-vegan ones). I’ll need to give some to other people to try to verify deliciousness - maybe have this recipe peer-reviewed…#academicbrain
The one thing I’m going to do different next time is probably purchase cardamom powder or de-shell it before grinding because I ground up cardamoms and the shells didn’t grind up completely so there was some pieces remaining. I would also use a deeper pan for the syrup because I couldn’t properly soak the gulab jamuns (they were still super yummy). I think the remaining ones that I put in the fridge may actually be more fully soaked up for tomorrow. I’m also going to coat them with shredded coconut.
Gah! I’m so happy right now! And I’ve been menstruating, which usually isn’t a fun time for me but I haven’t had cramps or discomfort this time around. It’s amazing! I’m not sure why exactly I feel so fabulous. Obviously, I’ve made a number of diet changes recently (i.e. going vegan or eating spoonfuls of almond butter). It may just be Victoria weather. It’s so awesome.
Well, I’m so tired, time for bed. <3