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Report by Clodagh Gray about the vegan cookery demonstration that happened in the women’s residential community in Dublin as part of Buddhist Action Month:-
Following on from last week’s screening of Cowspiracy and building on the link between sustainability and adopting a more vegan friendly lifestyle, our very own resident chef (although he is too humble to accept this!) Pat Timlin led a vegan cooking demonstration in the Women’s Buddhist Community as part of BAM on Sunday the 21st of June.
Over 21 people – vegetarians/vegans/meat-eaters (pre-vegans?!) – gathered in the women’s community at approximately 1pm with rumbling bellies to sample Pat’s culinary and cruelty-free delights. Having made the leap to veganism just over ten months ago I opened up the event saying a few words on what inspired me to swap my knife for a fork! Pretty soon after I came to the Dublin Buddhist Centre I became vegetarian. A month or so later I went to visit my sister in Liverpool who had become vegan independent of me (coincidence?!) around the same time that I became vegetarian. She raved about a book The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony by Dr Will Tuttle, a vegan activist and Zen Buddhist monk, and insisted I read it. Always taking my wiser big sister’s advice I did just that. Once I had read the book there was no turning back for me. As well as the issue of sustainability he clearly articulated the connection between Metta, Compassion and Karma and adopting a vegan lifestyle. By looking and altering something so simple but profound as our ritual daily meals we each have the opportunity to have a positive effect on the planetary crisis as well as our own spiritual health. And we can start as soon as lunch - how amazing is that!!
So Pat donned his apron and explained to us that by preparing and eating vegan meals we did not have to sacrifice or give up anything and in fact would be gaining a whole lot more! If you don’t believe me just look at the marvellous menu below. Can you really tell me that you will miss your cheese, cream and chicken with such delights below like colourful curry, gorgeous guacamole, fantastic fennel and vivacious veg chilli. You don’t have to skimp on side dishes either with perfect Paratha bread to mop up that leftover curry. And for those of you with a sweet tooth don’t fear - Pat and his death-by-chocolate mousse and banana bread are here! Words CANNOT describe. And, just in case I haven’t sold this enough, you don’t need to be Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen to put these dishes together - all quick and easy and with the whole three course coming in under €10 per person it certainly won’t break the bank. With lots of lovely chat, Metta and positive emotion we all left the Women’s Community inspired and with full and happy bellies on Sunday evening.
So if you are thinking about living a more vegan lifestyle what more inspiration can we give you? Don’t forget it is not about being a ‘perfect vegan’, it is about making a more conscious effort to think about our interconnectedness with the earth we live on and all the beings we share it with.
Vegan Cookery Demonstration Menu
Fennel, Radish & Broad Bean Salad
Quinoa Tabbouleh with Pomegranate and Fresh Mint
with fresh Guacamole
Potato & Cauliflower Curry,
with Pilau Rice
and Paratha Breads