Episode 92 – Icelandic Vegans, Part 1
17 Mar 2017 at 6:27am
Okay… It’s been quite some time since our last episode! And you’re wondering why. Right? Of course you are.
And you deserve to know:
IT’S BECAUSE BEN IS A BAD PERSON!
There. I feel better now that I got that off my chest. I’ve been putting it off… and then having put it off so long made me feel bad… so I hid from feeling bad about putting it off… which meant I put it off longer… and longer…
…and LONGER. Until FINALLY (today) I decided “No more!”
And I grabbed my microphone and I did what I was born to do. Talk about veganism and animal rights!
So today’s episode is one I’ve had in the works for quite some time. Having returned from Iceland last summer, I really wanted to interview a bunch of vegans in Iceland, considering veganism is hugely on the rise there and — in my opinion — Iceland is becoming one of the countries with the highest percentage of vegans. Seriously, it’s got to be in the top 12 or 15 at this point.
And so instead of waiting until I had a whole bunch of interviews done, I started with two very dear friends of mine — and ended up with two whole hours of content. And I said to myself “That’ll do, Ben… That’ll do!”
So let me tell you a bit about today’s guests:
Ársæll Hjálmarsson is a fellow drag queen (a member of “Drag-Súgur”, the only drag house in Iceland) who went vegan this past Autumn.
Oh and since he didn’t mention it, I will… here is his drag alter-ego, Aurora Borealis:
You can also see Aurora Borealis (Ársæll) and Drag-Súgur in this commercial for Gló, the healthy, vegan-friendly restaurant in Iceland. I am SO proud of them, AND of Gló for using drag queens to promote their restaurant and store!!!
Our next guest is my dear friend Bára Halldórsdóttir. Hers is an interesting journey to veganism, as it started with chronic illness (Behcet’s Disease) which at first seemed like a barrier to going vegan — and in going vegan ended up bringing her much relief from some of her symptoms!
Here is the Vegan Ísland (Vegan Iceland) Facebook group we mentioned, and the exposé (all in Icelandic) that was on the news about egg laying hens.
You can follow Bára’s social media here:
Also, I talked a lot about food in this episode since I did a lot of cooking for both Ársæll and Bára, so I figure I may as well link you to the two recipes we talked about the most:
Isa Chandra’s Chickpea Cutlets:
So… this is a recipe I’m still kind of developing… So don’t be mad if this doesn’t turn to gold. Just experiment and make it your own.
15oz can of unsweetened coconut milk
Feel free to substitute things if you lack certain Ingredients. Make this your own.
And I like to serve this over noodles with some kind of vegan (duh) meat, pineapple, broccoli, and freshly roasted cashews!
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