I hope you're all doing well. I've been pretty busy this last week, racing to job interviews, working full-time, working out, going to yoga, and watching True Blood with my sister (once you get to know me, you'll learn that time must always be made for vampires). On top of all that, I've got something new to make me busy, and even a bit of money: for those who may not know already, I have been selected to be Montreal's Vegan Food Examiner. I'd been looking around for jobs in my field (hence the job interviews this week), which would include really anything having to do with writing, translating, editing, proofreading, and so on. Potential employers have been asking me, "What is it that you want to do?" and it always struck me as a funny question to ask in a job interview, but it makes sense: why should they go through the trouble of hiring me if their job offers nothing of interest to me? So I answered this question twice this week in a formal setting, and again when I was recounting the stories to loved ones. What do you want? What a loaded question!
Anyway, I haven't come here to bombard you with existential issues; this is a vegan food blog and I have just introduced myself as the Montreal Vegan Food Examiner, so clearly this is not the time nor the place to discuss what I want out of my professional life (other than to eat and talk about food, because clearly that is what Examiner wants me to do. Zing!). But I would truly appreciate if, before I get to the true point of this post, you would skip on over to my page on Examiner.com and subscribe to my articles and mark me as a favourite Examiner. I have some exciting articles in the works, one of which will be an interview with a Montreal restauranteur, coming next week! So please stay tuned, and I am thanking you in advance for your enthusiasm, loyalty, and support. You guys are awesome.
Now, onto this post. Just a few days ago, I finished my recipe testing for Lindsay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore many of us have come to know--even at a vast or not-so-vast geographical distance--and love. (Holy smokes, did you see that she has a recipe for raw vegan ice cream? Yessir!) It was a process that started at the end of 2009 when she invited about a dozen of friends and people with whom she had collaborated on past projects to become her wild chickpeas, that is, her recipe testers. In the month of February, we all completed the last testing phase, submitting lengthy, detailed reviews to Lindsay every Friday like clockwork. We were glad, grateful, and eager to spend the shortest month of the year having our meals and snacks planned by her ingenious culinary mastery. I particularly enjoyed the last week of February, when a handful of recipes turned into set dinner plans for every evening that week. Thanks, Lindsay! We can't wait for your cookbook, and this post is dedicated to you!
Here come the photos :-) (not pictured here are the Smokey Black-Bean Enchiladas that provided the most welcome introduction to Mexican cooking ever.)