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I wanted to wrap up saving time in the kitchen week with something a little more fun than a relentless push for efficiency, so here’s a great way to make more elaborate meals while getting to spend time with friends:

The book I mentioned is called The Millennium Cookbook: Extraordinary Vegetarian Cuisine [affiliate link], which is actually a vegan cookbook, but it’s not one I’d recommend for your first vegan cookbook ever, since it’s a little fancy pants, but that brunch was pretty darned tasty.

By the way, the concept I’m introducing in this video is called “stacking” and it’s an alternative to multitasking.  Multitasking has been shown to suck majorly for humans, mostly in business environments but also pretty much everywhere else.  We’re just not as good as computers at it, and even though the “it lowers your IQ more than marijuana” study has been discounted, the productivity experts I’ve studied seem to advocate one thing at a time.  Of course, a kitchen environment usually means a lot of bouncing between tasks that are all happening at the same time (you chop the celery while the onions cook and somehow you’re also mopping up a spill, etc) but bringing in friends can at least reduce some of that.

Where stacking comes in is the layering of complementary tasks together, so one doesn’t take away from the ability to do the other – think going for a walk while listening to an audio book, versus checking your email while having dinner with your family. In this case, you’re cooking a great meal and spending more time with friends (although the two are separate if you’re bringing the food to someone else’s house, the actual meal is a combination of your efforts.)

What else, in the kitchen and in your life, can you do at the same time without sacrificing the results of each activity?


The best of 2010

December 23, 2010

OK, the original plan was to push right through the holidays, and then I got… the flu.  Not The Swine Flu, but something nasty, and forming complete sentences, while standing up, while using an audible voice, well, that was too tricky.

I’m better now, but I think I’m going to take this as a hint, slow down a bit for the holidays, and come back strong in 2011.  Lucky for me, the last video’s ask for the best videos so far makes for a nifty list to round out the year, so here’s some stuff that other people found really helpful and you might enjoy also:

No matter what you do at this time of year, I hope you and your family do it well, and let’s focus on an amazing 2011!


Successful veganism isn’t about the food

December 10, 2010

Erin called me out in the comments about last week’s newsletter, thinking I was advocating a progressively more restrictive vegan diet (and again Erin, thanks for the feedback and it’s not your reading, it’s my writing that’s to blame for the confusion.) The truth is, you could eat nothing but mashed potatoes and vitamin pills […]

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Are you tired of defending your veganism?

October 26, 2010

So it’s outreach week, and like I said yesterday, just being vegan around other people can be a form of outreach. Unfortunately, that includes when you’re sick, run down, or just tired, and you can end up spending more time defending yourself and your diet than actually getting better! I don’t think there’s anyone watching […]

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Vegetarian vs Vegan groups

October 14, 2010

Conrad asked me what I thought about vegetarian groups as opposed to vegan groups.  The truth is, I don’t really worry about it much.  Bonus lesson: I didn’t mention this in the video, but I can’t control their messaging any more than I can control Ford ads on TV, and I try not to worry […]

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Hypothetical conversations with non-vegans

October 4, 2010

The more I think about this as I edit the video, the more irritated I’m getting, but if I reshot this one I’d just end up ranting. Oh, and I’m wearing something with colour. Don’t be alarmed: What’s your take?  Is there value in these discussions?  If not, how do you get out of them? […]

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Dealing with ludicrous (to you) objections

September 20, 2010

I call this “shaving cream activism” for reasons I explain in the video, but here’s how I deal with the “I can’t possibly go vegan because of X” objections, where X can range from the plausible (“I have a weird set of allergies”) to the bizarre (“my commute makes it impossible?!?”) They’re all frustrating as […]

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Giving away non-vegan food

September 16, 2010

This came from a Facebook comment about yesterday’s post on throwing out all the non-vegan stuff. Giving away things you’re no longer comfortable with is certainly less wasteful, but isn’t it a little weird? Like you’re saying hey, this is wrong for me to eat, but you already do wrong stuff, so here, take care […]

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Did you throw out all your meats and cheeses when you went vegan?

September 15, 2010

Inspired by a comment by James on our “good for you/bad for you binary diet” post, I want to take a quick survey – it’s quicker if you skip the 4:30 video below, but then I’ll be sad: When you went vegan, did you throw out the animal-based foods in your kitchen, or did you […]

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About the name Staying Vegan – part one

September 10, 2010

Let’s try something new: Our site’s name confuses people sometimes – they say they could never go back to eating animals, but then why does the vegan population stay the same size? I think we choose to stay vegan more often than we choose to go vegan – a lot more often. Spend 3 minutes […]

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