Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours in Barnes & Noble, my favorite bookstore. I enjoy just hanging out there, reading magazines, checking out books, and sipping my favorite hot cocoa. I often have interesting conversations with complete strangers.
But yesterday afternoon, as I wandered about the store, I didn't feel like gabbing. I found myself in the cooking aisle, looking for a bread baking book called Bread Alone. While I didn't find it, I found an entire section on Vegetarian & Vegan cooking. Armed with an armload, I curled up at a table and spent about 2 hours perusing them. I found a recipe for homemade vegetable broth, something I have been looking for. I found recipes for Scotch broth & Minestrone (both meatless).
In the course of my time there, I read three Vegan cookbooks, and got some ideas of how to incorporate more variety into my diet. See, I've been struggling lately, with coming up with balanced and tasty meals. I gave up cheese (& ice cream) for Lent, so suddenly I've had to be more creative with my cooking. Can't just dump cheese on it and call it good. In reading those cookbooks, I received new hope that this lifestyle, living vegetarian, is not only possible, but enjoyable.
I now have a renewed hope, and my menu plans are full of interesting possibilities. Now if I could just stop craving pizza..... (mm...red pepper & pineapple).