Author: Singing Vegan

Recipes | Vegan Cheeses

Perfect Vegan Cream Cheese

Rarely have I had to experiment so much to get a recipe right. I’ve made cream cheese before from cashews, and the results were good. However, I can’t get raw cashews where I live, and the process is pretty long and involved. I can, however, get excellent tofu. I knew there had to be a…

Condiments | No Oil | Recipes | Salads

Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

It’s COVID-19 time and we’ve been staying at home for almost six weeks. I’ve been cooking almost every day. In fact, in six weeks we’ve ordered take-out meals exactly twice. All this time at home has me making dishes I haven’t made in years and trying some dishes I’ve never made before. That’s the case…

No Oil | Recipes | Salads

Avocado Slaw

Coleslaw is easy to make and can take a variety of forms based on the dressing. This version features my Creamy Avocado Dressing mixed with finely shredded cabbage and carrots. It’s the perfect companion to a Mexican or traditional Guatemalan entrée. This dressing keeps well in the refrigerator for a day or two. If you…

Health and Fitness

Learning to Sleep Again

I’ve had cats all my life. Unfortunately, their ability to sleep never rubbed of on me. My struggle with insomnia began after the break-up of my first marriage in 1988. Yes, 1988. I would fall asleep with no problem but wake up around 3am. Staying awake for two hours or more during the night was…

Desserts | Recipes

Maya Spiced Brownies

I recently had a craving for Mexican chocolate brownies. After looking at a number of recipes, I found one that looked promising on mom.com. Unfortunately, the recipe had several typos and a horrible layout. I have no objection to ads on a blog, but don’t cover the recipe with them! The recipe was pretty good,…

No Oil | Recipes | Sauces

Instant Pot Mushroom Gravy (Vegan)

This year some friends hosted a vegan/vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. It was a lovely gathering with a table full of vegan-friendly dishes, and the first time in years I didn’t make the whole Thanksgiving meal myself. Ahhhh. Among the dishes I contributed were a cashew-based “cheese” ball, pecan pie, and sweet potato dish made with pineapple…

Cuba | Travel

Cuba: Day Trip to Viñales

This is one of a series of articles about our trip to Cuba. Click here for a list of all the Cuba-related articles. After a week in Havana, we were ready to get out of the city for the day. Viñales is a World Heritage Site, and one of the few places that can be…

Cuba | Travel

Havana: Music!

This is one of a series of articles about our trip to Cuba. Click here for a list of all the Cuba-related articles. One of the reasons we decided to stay in Havana for our entire Cuba visit was to experience as much music as possible. Armed with my friend Ken McCarthy’s list of venues…

Cuba | Travel

The Vegan Traveler: Havana, Cuba

This is one of a series of articles about our trip to Cuba. Click here for a list of all the Cuba-related articles. Cuba has two distinct economies, and that really shows up in food and restaurants. (You may want to read my section on money in the Preparing for Your Trip post before you…

Cuba | Travel

Havana: Where To Go and What To See

There are many ways to explore Havana. Lots of tourists opt for a tour in one of the gazillion restored 1950’s American cars–we didn’t do that. We found Havana to be a great city for walking, and we walked at least 5 miles or 8 km a day–some days double that. This is not meant…

Health and Fitness

My 10-Year Veganniversary

This month marks 10 years of me being vegan: my veganniversary. I stopped eating all animal products cold turkey (pun intended) and I’ve never looked back. I feel better, look better, and am healthier than I was 10 years ago. When I switched to a plant-based diet, I was 47 and already had arthritis in…