I discovered Ketty’s amazing blog Luminous Vegans during Vegan MoFo this year and instantly added it to my blog role. Ketty posts some seriously delicious looking recipes with gorgeous pictures and I love the sense of humor in her writing. If you aren’t following her blog already, get your butts over there now and do it – you won’t be sorry! Ladies and gentlemen…meet Ketty!
Location: Atlanta, GA
Where Can We Find You on the Web? luminousvegans.com (from there you can find my other social media accounts in the sidebar)
What encouraged you to adopt a vegan lifestyle?
True story, but I was totes that girl that gave the vegan lifestyle a shot because of a boy. The boy is long gone but thanks to the powerful documentary Earthlings, I became 100% committed to the vegan lifestyle.
You post some incredible looking food on your blog, what’s the biggest inspiration for your dishes?
Thanks! That’s really flattering seeing the goodness that comes out of your kitchen! I’m mostly inspired by the fact that I like to eat yummy foods :-). Most of my meals start off with a quick inventory of what we have on hand. I then try to find ways to make something interesting with what we’ve got. A lot of times this just means adding a tasty sauce or some cashew cheese to a dish. Or combining two dishes together. I also watch Food Network and read cookbooks and blogs to keep me inspired.
It’s date night – what romantic meal do you make?
Oooh, fun question! I’m thinking I would put my cheezy butternut squash filing in manicotti shells (a reader did this with the filling and told me about it). I would probably top it with a creamy, white basil sauce of some sort. I’d do something simple like roasted brussels sprouts on the side. For dessert I’d grill or bake some fresh fruit and serve it with my sweet coconut-vanilla cashew cream and fruit syrup. A lot of the fillings and creams for this can be made in advance so date night could be relaxed and fun.
You have two rescued greyhounds, tell us a little bit about them.
We rescued our two greyhounds (Miles and Nikko) in 2007 about three months apart from tracks in Florida. They each have very distinct personalities and idiosyncrasies that crack me up. Miles is actually scared of sticks. On walks, he will go out of his way to avoid fallen sticks/branches on the sidewalk. I imagine his worst nightmare would be a bunch of twigs and sticks coming after him. Nikko is more assertive than her brother. She acts like the queen of the house sometimes drinking out of our cups and sleeping on our bed all day.
What is your favorite restaurant in Atlanta and what do you order there?
Oh gosh, this is a tough question. That’s a good thing because it means vegan Atlanta is rockin! I think my absolute favorite though is Dough Bakery. There’s no other place in Atlanta where I can get an amazing sandwich packed with mock meats and cheese, a milkshake, soft serve ice cream, and any sweet I can dream of all in ONE place. They have weekly specials and that’s usually what I get along with a strawberry whoopee pie or whatever sweet treat catches my eye.
What has been your biggest take-away from living a more compassionate lifestyle?
I feel like my eyes are wide open now to everything! I don’t accept things at face value anymore. I question, I research and I educate myself on stuff (not just vegan related) because it is amazing how much is lurking beneath the surface. I’ve learned that there is always another side to things and it’s usually worth finding out about. I know I’m not perfect and I can always improve on my compassionate lifestyle. But I’m pretty proud of myself for being open and willing to learn, grow and evolve in this way.
Tell us a joke.
A neutron walks into a bar. He asks the bartender — “How much for a beer?”. The bartender smiles and says –“For you, no charge”. (I’m kinda a science nerd and this one was told to me by a fellow science nerd).
Thank you so much for taking time out to talk to us Ketty! Dough Bakery sounds amazing, I need to get myself to Atlanta!!