Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In Ode to the incredible, UNEDIBLE egg.. Recipe set 39

Doesn’t that pic just give you the warm fuzzies?   "Look ma, it’s where my egg came from!"  (Maybe if you have chickens as family this is correct) – but for most people, let’s find out, in a hen’s point of view, what really happens?

I’m going to be a bit dark here first, but occasionally, we have to remember what we're REALLY doing this for.  The animals who don't have a voice.. not our thighs. 

From the Hen:
"I am battery hen. I live in a cage so small I cannot stretch my wings. I am forced to stand night and day on a sloping wire mesh floor that painfully cuts into my feet. The cage walls tear my feathers, forming blood blisters that never heal. The air is so full of ammonia that my lungs hurt and my eyes burn and I think I am going blind. As soon as I was born, a man grabbed me and sheared off part of my beak with a hot iron, and my little brothers were thrown into trash bags as useless alive.
My mind is alert and my body is sensitive and I should have been richly feathered. In nature or even a farmyard I would have had sociable, cleansing dust baths with my flock mates, a need so strong that I perform 'vacuum' dust bathing on the wire floor of my cage. Free, I would have ranged my ancestral jungles and fields with my mates, devouring plants, earthworms, and insects from sunrise to dusk. I would have exercised my body and expressed my nature, and I would have given, and received, pleasure as a whole being. I am only a year old, but I am already a 'spent hen.'
Humans, I wish I were dead, and soon I will be dead. Look for pieces of my wounded flesh wherever chicken pies and soups are sold and my eggs, in your breakfast”.

I need a moment.

Ok, the vegan chick is back!

Now onto my next veganization.   As you know it’s asian month, and we’re going to travel to Taiwan for this next group I’m doing, as an ode to the incredible, inedible egg. 
Without further ado – lets visit Egg Drop Soup and Egg Tarts!

I have had both, and I can say the originals were very good.  So, as a now vegan I want to try my hand at putting together the vegan versions, because, well, I can!
I’ll be doing this on Friday, in the comfort of my own home.  It will be my dinner and dessert, and it will maketh me happy and warm. (Well I’ll probably already be warm, I hear it’s supposed to be upper 80’s.)
So, let’s do some numbers and some names.

Egg Drop Soup                                                    Sun Drop Soup
 1 cup                                                                         1 cup
Calories 73                                                                 52   
Total Fat 4 g                                                               1.5       
Cholesterol 102mg                                                      0
Sodium 730mg                                                           148 
Total Carbohydrate 1.7g                                             3.4    
Dietary Fiber  0 g                                                       3.1    
Protein         8                                                             4.6
WWpts – 2                                                                   1

Egg Tarts                                                              Tofegg Tarts
  1 tart                                                                          1 tart
Calories 133                                                                 112   
Total Fat 6.3 g                                                              1.4       
Cholesterol 50mg                                                              0
Sodium 70mg                                                              42.5 
Total Carbohydrate 17g                                               5.2    
Dietary Fiber  0 g                                                        3.2    
Protein         2.9                                                           1.6
WWpts   4                                                                      2      

So, there you have it.  And for a little ‘religious' information.  Did you know that most Taiwanese vegans and vegetarians  are so because of Buddhist practices?  And just for the fun of it, what does Buddha himself have to say about all of this?

"When we bring mindfulness to the dinner table, it suffuses the rest of our life as well. We become more sensitive to the well-being of animals, of the environment, and of ourselves and our families. We are more aware of the choices we make in all areas of our life. We enjoy food more, know that, while the obtaining of even plant foods necessitates some suffering, the amount and kind of suffering is dramatically reduced when we leave meat off our shopping lists and out of our kitchens. We become more aware of how meat consumption feeds violence and anger."

So with that, let’s get ready to start out next veganization!  Friday, here I come!  Anyone want to taste-test with me?  I’m open!

Music enjoyed while blogging:
Subsonic Radio
Current Craving:
Fried ‘unchicken’
Current Motivation:
Stopping the war on our hens.

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