Monday, July 6, 2009

Airing of Grievances

I want to apologize for my absence. A piece of my laptop broke and I've been grudgingly using a Mac. I hope everybody had a glorious 4th! I made some bomb ass strawberry coladas, which is unheard of for me. I am not what one would call a mixologist. I have been known to completely ruin martinis and micheladas. Onto the good stuff...

While watching Food Network today, I felt this intense feeling. I was watching The Next Food Network Star and some show about tablescapes (you know the one) and feeling super bitter that FN does not take vegetarianism seriously. I'm about to get Kanye on y'all. FOOD NETWORK DOES NOT LIKE VEGETARIANS. Yeah. I said it.

If I have to watch another piece of asparagus get violated by a blanket of pork, I may just do an Excorcist style projectile vomit all over my television. The strange thing, y'all, is that Bobby Flay has the most vegan friendly show on there unless I'm missing something. Hear me out. He often has substantial vegetable sides that are completely vegan or easily veganizable. Also his marinades are often vegan. Plus, he never disrespects the vegetables by slathering them in butter and covering them in cheese. I have nothing but mad crazy booty love for Bobby Flay. My love for this man is ridiculous.

Anyway. I had this idea. Stop me if this already exists...Vegan/Veg*n Food Network. An online recipe and cooking show database with vegetarian and vegan cooking shows. No meat for you! I'm kinda sick of being considered a niche market. It's insulting. People want to see vegetable recipes that don't involve bacon and salads that aren't slabs of meat garnished with greens. Amiright?! Somebody who isn't as big of an artistic flake as me should totally make this happen. If we can't have a show on a television network, we damn sure should make our own network!

Also, I'm totally going to start doing an online show. I have too many opinions and too much time on my hands not to make this happen now. It will probably start out more as a video blog and hopefully become more awesome. More on this later. For now, I leave you with a fiery passion to change America's mindset on veganism and some Viva Vegan by Terry Hope Romero testing photos.
quicker red posole garnished with pickled red onions, avocado and cilantro

yellow rice with garlic

black bean and plantain pupusas covered in simple latin tomato sauce, rainbow chard with capers and raisins, avocado

un-tres leches cake!!!

Not testers...just me cooking it up:

brownie topped with homemade caramel ice cream

bbq sauce and rice recipes I'm working on

jalapeno and cilantro hummus recipe that my friend gave me


Mona said...

Do it! I love food network, because I'm really into looking at elaborate food, but there's only so much of people eating tempura bacon I can take.

Eddie G said...

I can't wait to see your video blogs :)

thinkoutsidethecage said...

yes there should be at least one, 1, veg chef on food tv. seriously. i was just thinking this too. i think we need a Vegan Rachel Flay. i need some good eats that can be delicious and complete in 30 minutes.

Amey said...

damn, great food shots Mo! Yes, the absence of vegetarian awareness on Food Network is just irritating. I never watch the FN for that reason. Like you said, I am tired of watching another giant slab of meat or whatever. I can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Mona-Yeah. As much as I hate the lack of veg people, I watch FN everyday because I can get some pretty decent ideas.

Eddie-Be afraid. I don't think the world is ready for just how obnoxious I can be. Hee hee.

Thinkoutsidethecage-That would totally rule!

Amey-Thanks. I have a lot of ideas as to what I'm gonna do first.

Andy Dufresne said...

Here here! I was JUST talking about this! Looking forward to hearing/seeing/reading more!

Mandee said...

We deffo need our own network, and I want it to be internet based so we can watch it here too :)

And that brownie topped with caramel ice cream has my name on it, YUM!

Mihl said...

Yes, same here in Germany. Food channels and food shows seem are so meat ladden it is ridiculous.

Those Terry testers all look awesome. Wasn't that cake super-fantastic?

Jen said...

a-men, sistah! say it loud and proud. i'll be looking for you on the internets.

aTxVegn said...

Yes, yes, yes! I watch FN all the time and it would be so great if I didn't have to imagine all that food in a vegan version. And there's no reason your vlogs couldn't be picked up by FN!

Your testers and dessert look fantastic!

dreaminitvegan said...

I'm hungry but after looking at all this delicious looking food, I am STARVING!!!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Homemade caramel ice cream?! Vegan Latina testers?! YES, PLEASE.
Oh, Food Network.. don't get me started!

kmouse said...

You'd be great in video blogs! I agree about Food Network being so meat centric. It sucks sometimes but I still tune in every now and then.