I have to own this!
When Jaki and I arrived in the Vancouver greyhound station after a very long and sketchy (there were at least 4 people recently released from prison sitting next to us) bus ride with multiple delays from Seattle, I told Jaki that nothing would make me happier than if Julia was cooking up a delicious russian meal for us. To my delight, when we walked in the door to their basement apartment which was super tidy and very cosy looking, Julia was pulling fresh baked bread out of the oven and had a onion, tomato and pepper ragout bubbling on the stove and a tray of sliced eggplant ready to go in the oven. To top it off, she’d already started a bottle of red, and informed us that she wanted our help making sweet potato fries and a mango tomato, sprouts and baby arugula salad straight out of The Thrive Diet, a book which I consider to be an excellent resource not only for vegan athletes, but also in general nutrition, by vegan athlete Brendan Brazier who developed some of the products I use and love.
Jaki made some curry spiced ketchup, and by the time everything was done and we’d cracked open the 1.5 liter bottle of wine that Jaki brought back from Seattle, we had a true feast! Julia’s four ingredient bread, while made with white flour, was amazing and tasted just like a french baguette. We ate the fries more as a sort of poutine, with ragout and curried ketchup on top. This was actually my first home cooked vegan meal since become a Vegan, and it did not disappoint!