A celebration of light and hope
Hello lovely people,
As always, hope you are all staying well and safe. ❤️
This past weekend was St. Lucia Day, a Swedish holiday meant to bring about hope and light during the darkest time of the year. During a year that has been so difficult and unforgiving, this day was a reminder for me that it is possible to hold two things at once; to hold grief and hope and see that both are important and true.
To honor the holiday, I veganized this recipe for St. Lucia buns — a delicious, lightly sweet saffron bun—with the help of oat milk, Tofutti sour cream, vegan butter, and flax eggs and the result was delicious. These gorgeous buns are a traditionally made and eaten during the winter holiday season, but can really be made anytime you’re in need of something comforting.
Aside from these Swedish buns, here are a few things to check out this week:
- As part of Teen Vogue’s end-of-year Brighter Sides series, politics editor Lucy Diavolo wrote about this historic year of activism and organizing. “I hope I’m not alone in feeling that 2020 has shown glimmers on the horizon that a better world might actually be within reach. The old world is dying. A new world is being built right now. A better world is possible, but it is not inevitable,” writes Diavolo. Read the full piece here.
- If you’re getting into some holiday baking projects this year, here’s some vegan baking FAQs to help you along the way. And if you’re in need of baking inspiration, here is a list of FIFTY vegan cookies, bars, and more that you can explore.
- The last (😭) episode of Hrishikesh Hirway and Samin Nosrat’s Home Cooking podcast was released this week and if you haven’t been following along with this heart-warming podcast throughout the pandemic, I definitely recommend catching up on it. Cooking inspiration abound for non-vegans and vegans alike!
- A definite bright spot in recent snowstorms has been watching all these precious dog videos 🥺💖
Sending you light and hope,
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