Why the camels? Read on…
Twenty posts in one month. And not just any old month, but the holiday-heavy month of Elul. Eighteen of the posts were recipe posts – which you can find (including subsequent years of Vegan MoFo), under the Vegan Mofo Category Tag.
Want to know what I learned from participating in this challenge? Sure you do!
- I learned that I am really not a food blogger, nor do I have any aspirations to BE a food blogger.
- I also learned however, that food posts are what bring the traffic, you hungry foodies, you. Lots and lots of traffic, Facebook followers, email list sign ups… and ultimately, clients. Little Catch 22 right there.
- I discovered that I can cook a gazillion dishes on one single day, photograph them, write the posts, and then set everything to automatic and go on vacation with my family. I had a few moments of scrambling after wi-fi in the middle of the Arava Desert, but mostly everything handled itself without me. The implications of that as a solo business owner are pretty exciting!
- I met lots of great new blogger friends, found amazing new recipes, and generally fed off the massive sea of creativity a challenge like this inspires.
Now, before I slip back into blog obscurity, want to see some vacation photos? Sure you do!
We spent the better part of last week down in Eilat, Israel’s swanky (or, something) resort at the very northern tip of the Red Sea. It is a tiny triangle of land, as south as you can go before hitting the Egyptian border to the south, the Jordanian border a few miles across the sea, and the Saudi Arabian border a few miles down sea.
Eilat’s major claims to fame are the incredible coral reefs and brightly colored fishes, so naturally my part-dolphin family snorkeled until our lips were all stretched out and highly salted. It were divine.
Then we dragged our children at high speed behind a motorboat in a super deep sea filled with sharks. This is considered good parenting, by the way.
Just kidding about the sharks. Sort of. Apparently they keep them out of the swimming area with a net, heaven help.
We hiked through this amazing canyon at dusk and I was sure we would get lost in the gathering dark, be eaten by jackals, or kidnapped by white slavers. I am so fun to vacation with!
Then, one day we woke up and said “Let’s go to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan!” and so we did just that.
Those stickers on our chests were from the tour organizer Fun Time Tours. So basically I was a Western woman, walking around in a Muslim country with a sticker on my boob that said, “For A Fun Time, Call…” I am not even joking.
This was my second trip to Jordan, the first being right after Jordan and Israel signed their US-brokered peace treaty in 1994. Well, the Jordanians have done very well since making peace with Israel! Everything looked beautiful, the economy seems to be thriving, there are tons of tourists, and the Jordanians we met were warm and friendly, calling us “cousins” and “neighbors”. (At least to our faces).
The Red Rose city of Petra is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and rightfully so. It is spectacular!
Now, in keeping with the theme of Vegan MoFo, I have two vegan vacation items to share – one good, one bad.
First the good: I had an amazing vegan lunch in Jordan! When the guide found out I was vegan, he brought the chef out and they showed me exactly which dishes I could eat. Rice stuffed veggies, all kinds of salads, and hummus. Kind of amazing that all that can fit into my stomach, no?
The bad: While we were in Eilat, we saw one of the massive ships that transport cows and sheep live from Australia to Israel to become dinner for Israelis. In 2012 alone, Israel imported 64,000 cows and sheep from Australia. Not only is this unspeakably cruel and inhumane, it has also generated 50,000 tons of greenhouses gases in just last year alone!!
All so that people can eat animals that they do not need to eat for survival. We have plenty of healthy food we can thrive on without using this gross amount of animal flesh.
I don’t write much about animal rights on this blog, but it IS the reason I am vegan. I was literally revolted seeing the piles of meat served at dinner each night and the people, many overweight, probably many on high cholesterol meds, thoughtlessly shoving into their mouths the suffering of so many animals. Not only unnecessary, but also causing human suffering and the destruction of our planet.
In the past month I have showed how easy and delicious it is to eat plant foods only. Any dish made with meat, chicken, fish, dairy or eggs, can also be made vegan. Travel anywhere in the world and you can find great things to eat made of plants. There is no good reason to continue eating animals and many, many good reasons to stop. Veganism is our future and our hope.
Thank you all for being here through my 2013 MoFo adventure. I’ll be going back to once or twice a week posting with more content, less recipes. I hope you will stick around!