I’ve learned that most people in the IT industry, um, eat poorly. In my first “real” post-college job, I shared an office with a guy who had a Snickers and large Mountain Dew for breakfast just about every morning and some sort of fast food value meal for lunch at his desk. He and my then boss would debate for most of the morning on what fast food they were craving that day for lunch … and I usually picked it up grabbing a salad for myself. Yup, early days of trying to impress at the office I don’t miss. Anyway, one of the things that can be really tough on a high-raw vegan diet is going out to lunch with co-workers and it’s something I rarely do. We can never decide on where to go and co-worker food allergy limitations get in the way when we do. But yesterday we did go out to celebrate a birthday to an Asian buffet. Back in the day, I loved these style buffets for the price and selection of decent food right up until I got a nasty case of food poisoning from one that ruined a weekend. Fortunately this place had no complaints in that area yet on Yelp and I was able to make a pretty vegan plate.
Edamame, seaweed salad, vegan sushi and vinegar marinated raw veggies with plenty of wasabi. I went with 3 other co-workers and my plate was the greenest – big surprise, I know. The one guy in the group loaded up with meat, meat and more meat, including fried frog legs and I felt green watching him eat them. As a kid, I converted a decorative oriental pond we had in our backyard to a rescued frog habitat where I put all the tadpoles I could save from a nearby drying up creek and watch them grow into frogs and takeover the backyard. Good times, but I never once looked at them as food!
This buffet also had a Mongolian stir fry bar that was also gross – anyone could help themselves to piles of raw meat sitting out at room temperature and have it fried up with other ingredients of choice. But overall it wasn’t a bad experience and didn’t cost more than a salad from Whole Foods – granted, the food from Whole Foods is slightly better quality. :-P But I didn’t feel like I wasted money paying for a buffet and only eating vegan options.
This week was hell for both hubby and I at work, he working lots of overtime and me scrambling to meet start up deadlines with half our department on vacation. We were fried last night and didn’t feel like going out. I cracked open Kristen’s Hemp Recipe book and decided on trying the hemp seed curry sauce. Only, in her recipe, it’s served with carrot slices and cilantro. I drowned raw cauliflower chunks in the sauce and served on top of a salad.
The sauce was so thick and creamy, it coated the entire salad as a dressing once tossed and made a great dinner. The curry flavor was strong and packed a nice bite I really liked, but may not be so pleasant for those sensitive to curry.
Dessert was simple – ripe, fresh pineapple chunks.
I always buy pineapples thinking I’ll try a new recipe with them, but rarely ever do, I usually end up eating them raw because they’re so good as is. That’s a huge part of raw to me though, appreciating amazing foods in their natural form.