The Return of "Frugal Vegans…" & delicious-ness, Hoarded

November 4th, 2010 12:08 pm by Kelly Garbato

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During last year’s VeganMoFo, I launched a new series about how to live frugally as a vegan. The idea was to both offer helpful tips for those vegans looking to save money, while also providing a counterpoint to the idea that veganism is necessarily expensive. Loosely titled “Frugal Vegans…,” the series unfortunately fizzled and died with October, in part because I don’t do a whole lot of food blogging outside of VeganMoFo. But hey, look on the bright side! VeganMoFo is back, baby! And with it, “Frugal Vegans…”

As a sort of refresher course, here are the topics we covered last year:

(I also have an entire category dedicated to frugality, though it’s mostly comprised of the posts listed above.)

Today’s tip is short and sweet: hoard your deliciousness. By which I mean…well, go see for yourself: http://www.delicious.com/easyvegan/recipe

easyvegan's delicious tags (recipes)

Now look. I’m all in favor of supporting one’s favorite vegan cookbook authors and chefs (especially those who are also vocal advocates for oppressed animals, both human and non!). And you can and should support them by purchasing (and promoting) their cookbooks (and blogs, podcasts, appearances, etc.) when possible. But not everyone can afford to buy a new book every week, month or even year. Libraries rock – and, imho, borrowing cookbooks from the library, thus increasing demand for these titles, counts as support – but not everyone has ready access to a library or library services.

Luckily, there are plenty of recipes and ideas to be had for free online, as is amply evidenced by VeganMoFo. (Speaking of which, have you seen the tragically awesome RSS feed bundles yet? You will never leave the house again!) Just search for “vegan recipes” (over 4 million hits on Google!) – or hop on over to my blogroll of vegan foodies for a more whittled down version – to get started.

But how to keep track of all this vegan nom? delicious to the rescue! With delicious you can bookmark, tag, sort, share and comment on your favorite links.

  • You can create an account dedicated solely to recipes, or use a larger account and segregate your recipes from all else by assigning them one universal tag (i.e., recipe).
  • Don’t stop there! Use additional tags to help you further sort and browse through your recipe collection.

    For example, tag the recipes based on:

    • Ingredients – What ingredients are most prominent in or necessary to the dish? (e.g., peanut butter, apples, chocolate)
    • Mealtime – For which meal are you most likely to prepare this recipe? (e.g., breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert)
    • Type of dish – Into which general category of food does this recipe fall? (e.g., cupcakes, dressing, soup, beverage)
    • Skill level – Based on your own level of culinary expertise, how difficult a recipe is this? (e.g., beginner, intermediate, advanced)
    • Availability of ingredients – How likely are you to have the necessary ingredients on hand? Does this recipe require any advance preparation or extra shopping trips? (e.g., staples vs. special order)
    • Ethnicity, culture or country – Does this dish originate from or contain the culinary elements of a certain country or culture? (Italian, Indian, American, Ethiopian)
    • Holiday – Is this recipe specific to a certain holiday? (Halloween, x-mas)

    If you cook for any of your nonhuman friends, you can even add a tag specifically for dog food or dog treats (etc.)!

  • Once you’ve bookmarked the vegan food tubes to your tummy’s content, use the tags you developed to browse your virtual cookbook. Don’t stop with one tag, though; combine tags to make finding the perfect recipe a snap.

    For example, let’s say you’re in the mood for cookies – something chocolaty, to be exact. But seeing as you just polished off that quart of vanilla brownie ice cream you made the other day, you should probably shoot for a recipe that at least has the pretense of healthfulness. Hello, rolled oats!

    Use the “+” sign to combine your desired tags – cookies+chocolate+oats – to look up all the recipes that fit the bill (e.g., http://www.delicious.com/easyvegan/cookies+chocolate+oats).

  • delicious also allows users to organize tags into groups called bundles.

    In the screenshot below, you can see a view of all of my tags (well, from K to R, anyhow); those that are highlighted in gray belong to my food and recipes bundle.

    easyvegan's delicious tags (tag cloud)

    (Clearly, I missed a few. Pie crust and pierogies, I owe you both an apology!)

    The bundle feature is especially helpful for those who manage multiple types of links in one account.

  • Additionally, delicious lets you keep separate notes for each link. I usually use this feature to comment on how a recipe turned out, what (if anything) I might do differently the next time around, etc.
  • You can also use the “share” feature to, well, share links with other delicious users. Let’s say your omni sister is also on delicious; if your vegan feminist arguments for animal rights aren’t enough to convince her to give up milk and eggs, perhaps some yummy vegan cupcake (not-) porn will do the trick?
  • Finally, a caveat: if perchance you meet a recipe you super♥ on the internets, be sure to print a hard copy and/or save it to your machine, in case the blog or website on which it’s hosted ever goes under. Heartbreak, I’ve been there. Learn from my bads so they weren’t suffered in vain, mkay?
  • Starting tomorrow and continuing every Friday throughout November, I’ll be sharing a roundup of all the recipes I bookmarked on delicious the previous week. Brace yourself – it’s about to get hot and hungry around here.

    Of course, there are similar tools available on the interwebs; delicious is just the one I use and am most familiar with. What about you? How do you save, file and organize your favorite electronic vegan recipes?

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    2 Responses to “The Return of "Frugal Vegans…" & delicious-ness, Hoarded”

    1. Thank dog it’s Friday Food! » V for Vegan: easyVegan.info Says:

      […] As promised, today I bring you a monster link roundup of all the yummy recipes I bookmarked with delicious during the past week. Though the series title is shamelessly lifted (“borrowed”) from Stephanie, this Friday Food is different in that it includes recipes published at any time in the history of the intertubes. I do a lot of browsing and surfing – even more so given the massive Vegan MoFo blogroll and RSS feed bundle – and thus, not a little backtracking. Most of these recipes are newish – many posted just for Vegan MoFo – but don’t be surprised if you stumble upon one from 1999. In which case, par-tay like – well, you know the drill. […]

    2. Friday Food: Sharing is Caring! » V for Vegan: easyVegan.info Says:

      […] to feature those veganmofo posts that focus on saving money. After all, this whole roundup is an outgrowth of my “Frugal Vegans…” series, so it only seems natural to include my fellow […]

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