Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Monday, July 27, 2009

If Only Christopher Columbus Had Had A Navy Bean Soup Recipe

By Kris Russell

'Goodbye England' ' and 'Hello America'. Once my family and I had taken the decision to lift up our roots and head to the US for a new life, it didn't take us long to make the necessary changes. We were all very keen to embrace opportunities available in the New World, and quite rapidly found ourselves living the life ' and being a part of a real neighbourhood.

One of the things we most wanted to do was to try to fit in. Standing out as foreigners didn't really appeal, and we all wanted to not only embrace the whole concept of the American life, but we wanted America to embrace us too. When in Rome.. and all that. So we all tried hard to understand the local customs, the traditional activities, and even the food. My wife and I both love cooking, and to us food is very important.

For many years we've been very happy to cook traditional British recipes, everything from Fish and Chips to the old Spotted Dick. But now we were in the US we wanted to introduce our family to traditional US recipes. At first we were slightly stumped, knowing that we couldn't very well feed our kids on steak and chips every day. What we needed to do was to find out as much as we could about healthy, delicious recipes we could enjoy making in our new home.

So we spent quite a while trying to identify just what makes a traditional US recipe. We were looking for recipes that were very much part of America, taking in its history and culture as well as local foods and popular dishes. We had started making a lot of friends, and wanted to be able to offer them local recipes and typical US meals, not so much to make them feel at home, but to help them feel that we were trying to feel at home ourselves.

Our search for traditional US recipes was predominantly carried out online, and we found a huge number of US recipes we had never heard of, and were very anxious to try. We came across a Navy Bean Soup recipe which sounded fantastic, as well as a Ham Navy Bean soup recipe. These sounded ideal, not just because they were delicious and healthy, but warming too. As the weather was chilly even by the standards of an Englishman used to the somewhat inclement climate of the UK, we felt that it would be ideal to find recipes that were warming.

Well, our first attempt at following the Navy Bean Soup recipe was, though I say so myself, superb. The whole family loved it, including our kids. We tried the Ham Navy Bean Soup recipe shortly afterwards, and this went down a treat too. Mind you, it was all very well having two successful dishes to our repertoire, but this might become somewhat tedious over time. However, I had another look at the website we got the Navy Bean Soup recipe from, and had quite a surprise.

The website from where I downloaded the Navy Bean Soup Recipe had a number of others available, two hundred other recipes to be precise. I figured that two hundred traditional US recipes would probably be about enough to see my family through the winter! They sounded just as appetizing as the Ham Navy Bean Soup recipe, and when I saw the price I was astonished, 200 recipes for just $10!

To be able to pick up two hundred delicious, traditional US recipes, each as enticing as the Navy Bean Soup recipe, and as easy to follow was great, and for $10 there's simply no argument. I ordered a pizza the other day that cost more than that! I know that the $10 I spent on those 200 recipes was appreciated by the whole family and I think our new found friends from the local neighbourhood are quite appreciating it too!

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