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The Purpose Of the VBMC Project

The Vegan Black Metal Chef Project has 2 main purposes.

1) Help answer the question "what do vegans eat"/show vegan cooking in the most informative and fun way possible while making some great music to go along with it.

2) Help people bring consciousness to their lives and actions.

The first will be addressed with of course the videos and various articles under the "Feed Your Body" category.

The second will be addressed with a series of articles and videos under the "Feed Your Mind" category.

My Greatest wish is that you find this useful. Thank youall for all of the great support.

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Fast Vegan Pizza And Vegan Hot Dog Rolls

Once again, more doable veganism.

Here we are making 2 types of fast vegan pizza using some store bought pizza dough and crescent rolls. These are fast to make, cheap, and really easy.

You can also use the crescent rolls (or either) to make vegan hot dog rolls.

I like to dip the pizza in a garlic dipping sauce made from melting vegan butter together with garlic powder, and if I feel like making it, to dip the vegan hot dog rolls into a vegan cheese sauce (from the nacho and taco episode)

Here is the full cost analysis of this meal. If you want to skip the technical details, I will put the bottom line at the top.

My actual cost (via watching sales) was cheaper than this but this is the full price cost.

Summary:

Vegan Pizza (pizza crust or crescent rolls):

Total price of a pan of pizza – 4.85 (no vegan cheese) – 6.45 (with vegan cheese)

A pan feeds 2 for a total of ~2.43 dollars per meal (no vegan cheese) – ~3.23 (with vegan cheese) dollars per meal

 

Vegan hot dog rolls:

My Cost per meal (eating 3) is 2.46 + any ketchup, mustard or vegan cheese sauce made

 

 

Full Cost Analysis

Pillsburry crescent rolls: 2.59 for 8

.32 per crescent roll

 

Pillsburry Pizza crust: 2.59

 

Vegie dogs: 3.99 for 8

Approx .50 per dog

 

vegan chick’n patty 3.99 for 4

approx 1.00 per each vegan chick’n patty

 

Tomato sauce: 3 jars for 7 dollars @ sams club

approx 2.33 per jar

maybe 8-10 uses

.3 – .23 cents per use

 

Bell pepper: 1.50
0.37 for 1/4 of it

 

1 whole pan of vegan pizza

2.59 for crust
1.00 for vegan chick’n patty
.30 cents for tomato sauce
.37 for a quarter bell pepper
~.20 for bananna peppers
~.12 for 1/4 onion
~ .10 for a jalipino

~4.68 with no spices, ~4.85 with spices

with 1/4 – 1/3 pkg of vegan cheese add 1.00 – 1.6

Total price of a pan of pizza – 4.85 (no vegan cheese) – 6.45 (with vegan cheese)

A pan feeds 2 for a total of ~2.43 (no vegan cheeese) – ~3.23 (with vegan cheese) dollars per meal

4x crescent rolls: 1.28
Sauce and toppings (1/2 that of the pizza) – 1.05 (with vegan chick’n patty .55 without)

Total for crescent roll pizza: ~2.33 (no vegan cheese) ~2.83 (wih vegan cheese)

Vegan hot dog rolls

.5 per dog
.32 per roll

.82 per dog roll

I can eat about 3 in a meal so my cost per meal is 2.46 + any ketchup, mustard or vegan cheese sauce made

The main reason I used the vegan chick’n patty was because I got them buy one get one free.

The crescent rolls were also on sale!

My cost was even significantly less than what was calculated, but even at full price… this is still pretty cheap.

Vegan Dim Sum Feast

Here is the first vlog episode on my series of “Do-able Veganism”

The purpose of these are to show what you can just go into the store and purchase things you might not have known was vegan, or possibly never knew existed.

This is not meant to show a full “from scratch” meal, as very few people eat each and every meal completely from scratch.  I will also start doing a cost analysis on the food to break it down on a per meal cost.

This episode focuses on Vegan Dim Sum.  Dim sum (also called Yum Cha) is a range of Asian dishes including but not limited to steamed buns, dumplings, spring rolls, and other “tapas” or “light bites” that are often served during specific days or times of days at some restaurants.

The steamed buns are often filled with some kind of filling similar to the dumplings.

I am a huge dim sum fan so I hope you learn something or get some inspiration from this.

Lets say you get the various things in this video.  You do not always have to eat them all as a dim sum meal just like this.

Other ideas would be to use each individually as a side dish to another main course.  Since they are so easy to make, they are a good candidate for a side dish.

You can also fry up some spring rolls, cut them up into bite size pieces, and just toss them into a noodle stirfry (such as in episode 4).  They add an amazing contribution to a dish just eaten right in it.

The dumplings can be quickly tossed in soup to give it more substance and flavor.

 

Here is a cost analysis of this meal:

Spring rolls $5.99  (24 per package)

cost per roll – .25

 

Buns: 2.29 (6 per package)

cost per bun – .38

 

Dumplings 4.99 (30 per package)

Cost per dumpling – .17

 

Total cost of the meal in video: 2.826

 

Total cost with sauces… – Around 3 bucks

 

Vegan Waffle Fry Nachos

Here is another Easy Vegan Recipe that really should be illegal.  I mean seriously… vegan waffle fry nachos?

 

First of all, make the nacho beans and vegan cheese from episode 12 (Ultimate Nachos and Tacos)

Then mix them together.

vegan refried beans and vegan nacho cheese vegan beans and nacho cheese mixture

 

Fry or bake some frozen Waffle Fries, add salt, and dig into that shit!

Holy fuck… Unholy Decadence.

vegan waffle fries and bean dip vegan waffle fries nachos

 

 

 

 

 

Bagels and Burgers from The aByss

Here is a meal idea for a twist on the standard burger or vegan “chicken” sandwich.

This will use what you learn in Episode 10 and apply it as a quick way to make a vegan burger awesome.

(Note: I typically only eat one of these as a meal, but here are 2 examples)

Start by putting the frozen vegan burger or vegan “chicken” into the toaster oven for about 12 minutes

Vegan Burger and Vegan Chicken Patty in Toaster Oven

Next, if it is the burger, take it out and put in your frozen bagles – for another 8 – 10 minutes

(for fresh bagles, they do not need as long to toast)

Leave the “chicken” patty in if you are making that

Frozen everything bagles in the toaster oven

For The Buffalo Burger:  Heat up a pan and pour in some buffalo sauce and a bit of earth balance (just like episode 10).

Do not use a crazy amount of earth balance though or else it will be too salty.  Throw your burger in and saute it for a few minutes.

Buffalo Burger in a pan

 

Turn the heat off on your pan and smear some veganaise on your now toasted bagel.

Veganaise on a toasted everything bagel

 

Plop on some lettuce and your buffalo burger.  Freak out at how amazing it is.

Lettuce for the Buffalo Burger Buffalo Burger Almost done

 

Buffalo Burger Complete

 

 

For the Vegan “Chicken” Sandwich… Again get some vegainaise on an everything bagel.  Then put some “Fakon” bits on there (I used Bacos).  You can also get some pepper in there if you want.

Everything Bagel with Veganaise and fakon bits

 

I like to top this with lettuce and a slice of red bell pepper

Vegan Chicken Sandwich with Red Bell Pepper vegan chicken sandwich complete

Yum

vegan chicken sandwich and buffalo boca burger

 

 


Some advice to overcome “creative blocks”

This is a response to an email I received on asking advice to overcome creative blocks.  I felt it worth publishing here.

 

“Creative blocks are a natural part of this process as anyone who does anything creative knows. One is not ‘on’ all the time. Here are a few of the things I do to get myself out of a rut.”

 

Have a purpose -Why are you doing what you are doing? Be sure to begin with the end in mind on what you want. This purpose does not prevent blocks, but gives the power to get through them. If you are not enjoying what you are doing and do not have a purpose for doing it, life is going to suck. Yes your life.

 

Keep on Keeping on – With that said purpose in mind, when blocks arise… do something, do ANYTHING to just keep hacking at the problem. Even if it is something uncreative, there are usually creative and uncreative parts of any project. Keep doing whatever you can while you think of a solution.

 

Keep learning something new in your field every day – Seriously, take some time each and every day to sharpen your skills even .001 percent. Years down the road when you have amassed a lot of skill, .001 percent at that level is a lot compared to the person just starting out. Its effects are compounding. Watch youtube videos in your field to get inspiration.

 

Liberate yourself to acquire the tools you need to have the most fun – If the tools are hardware, software, or education (or all of them), liberate yourself to spend the time, money, and energy required to obtain them.

 

Have fun in life – The rest of the valley prepares one to climb the next peak. If you are constantly climbing peaks you will come to hate them rather than enjoy their victory. Eventually you may see a peak that is too hard for you to climb at your current worn out level.

 

Learn how you work best – I have learned that my body has visceral reactions to deadlines concerning creative projects. Every time I have a self imposed or not self imposed deadline, I waste more energy thinking about how stressed I am than I put into the projects. If you enjoy what you are doing (not trying to avoid it) then you will still get things done in a timely fashion.

 

Alternate creative activities throughout the day with something mechanical if possible. – Doing constant creativity can usually lead to burn out, but if you mix it in with something mechanical, even monotonous uncreative work that keeps leading you toward you goal it provides a good brain break.

 

Veganism Is Cheap pt1

One myth that you hear all the time is that “veganism is so expensive”,  ”Oh if I could just afford to be vegan”, “Veganism is just a rich folks thing” etc…

 

If you buy only prepackaged convenience food (which you will get sick of within a month or two), or you attempt to buy every analogue vegan meat and dairy product on the market, and every vegan analogue snack food (especially the one with no nutritional value)  than this could be true for you.

 

I have no problem with buying some analogue meat and dairy products.  If they are thought of as components of a meal as opposed to meals themselves they really shine.  Not to mention Soy/Almond/Coconut milk lasts a very long time in the fridge.

 

Instead of thinking that veganism means buying every type of meat and cheese substitute,… instead think…  ”what new can I try today from my own or any other culture in the world”.

 

If this is your mindset, all of a sudden veganism is incredibly inexpensive.

 

This article will not even get into numbers yet, lets just analyze the ingredients from a few VBMC episodes to see how expensive veganism is.

 

 

Episode 1: The infamous vegan pad thai dish.

 

The ingredients include: Tofu, Bean Sprouts, a tomato, Peanuts, Siracha and Chili powder, Garlic and Garlic Powder, Green Onions, Sugar, Tamarind Paste or Tamarind Soup Base, Salt, Rice Noodles, Cilantro, A Lime is optional, Vinegar

 

Is anything in there even remotely expensive?

 

 

Episode 2:  Easy meal ideas of the ages.

 

The ingredients in meal 1:  A can of baked beans, a can of corn, some potatoes, earth balance, salt, garlic, sugar, green onion.

 

The ingredients in meal 2: Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, bell pepper, canola oil, truffle oil, rice, some soup seasoning, salt, pepper

 

The ingredients in meal 3: Pasta, mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, garlic, red wine (cheap resealable red wine), soup seasoning, salt, pepper, earth balance, bread, Italian seasoning.

 

WAIT A SECOND! Truffle oil is like 15 bucks!!!!

 

Yes truffle oil is 15 dollars for a small bottle.  However you use so little of it each meal that the bottle lasts me about a year making this dish as many times as I would ever want (and sometimes I eat it a lot!).  If something costs 15 dollars a year for many uses… its cheap.

 

It becomes obvious to see that none of these ingredients are expensive!

 

 

Episode 3: Tempura asparagus sushi.

 

Ingredients include: asparagus, nori (seaweed sheets), jasmine rice, salt, sugar, vinegar, flour, white wine, garlic powder, panko bread crumbs, asparagus, bell pepper, seaweed salad, avocado, and various other shit I do not usually use but this sums up what I typically use.

 

Nori purchased at an Asian store in bulk is about 10 dollars for 100 sheets.  That is only 10 cents a sheet!  Panko also purchased in bulk is very inexpensive.

 

Once again, nothing is expensive!  The seaweed salad my be the only item even semi approaching anything to be considered expensive depending on how much you buy.

 

 

Please do this exercise in your mind for the rest of the episodes.  Except for the tofurkey, nothing in any episodes are remotely expensive.

 

I personally feel I eat like a king for around 2 dollars to 2.50 a meal on average.  And that is because I do not skimp on anything.

 

Year 1 is complete!

Thank you everyone for making year one of the Vegan Black Metal Chef so damn fun and awesome for me.  I have had a great time making the videos and songs/look forward to an even better year 2.  Every day I attempt to grow a bit in every way to make the videos and the music better and better.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them.  If you dig this shit, please consider getting an Album, DVD or Both.   I try to keep shit super cheap and work off of numbers.  The support with this and even just sharing the videos will propel year 2 onward and upward.  Thanks in advance for everything to all of the fans.

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Why Veganism Is The Best Single Action Anyone Can Make

I can hardly think of another way a person can make so much of a difference in the world than going vegan.

 

One lifestyle path,  not needing the actions of anyone else which has innumerable consequences

 

This article will not site any studies, lay out any disputable statistics, or otherwise suggest anything subtle and hard to detect. When looked at from even an “armchair” perspective, the conclusions are obvious.

 

Vegansim can solve or help significantly solve several of todays most pressing problems.

1) Cost of Health Care

2) World Hunger

3) Greatly aid in cutting back pollution

 

First of all lets think about the cost of health care. Now its well known that one can be a junk food vegan and that all vegan food is not necessarily a “health food”. There are vegan cakes, pies, “n-ice cream”, fried food, sugar, preservatives, snack crackers and cookies.

 

Having said this however, ask yourself this question. Would the cost of health care be far less expensive or far more expensive if everyone in your country were vegan? The answer is still obvious. The cost of health care would plummet.

 

If everyone switched to a plant based vegan diet and brought consciousness to their actions, it is my opinion that incidences of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, along with many other preventable illnesses would be drastically reduced.

 

Something strange might arise, health care might become so inexpensive that there might be an abundance of resources to treat all those with genetic and less preventable illnesses of all types.

 

The debate of universal health care in the united states and other countries is a heated one where people try to distribute extremely limited resources and expensive treatments. The cost of funding this is already astronomical and growing.  Even if we only lessened the incidence of heart disease and obesity, just imagine the cost savings.

 

One does not even have to be a “health nut” while on a vegan diet to overall eat much better and be far more healthy.

 

 

 

Second of all, veganism helps solve the issue of world hunger and the increasing cost of food.

 

People in western countries only enjoy the amount of meat they currently eat at the current price because of intensive factory farming of animals, and the use of agricultural land to feed these animals that could be feeding many times more people.

 

Just think about how much more a cow or even a chicken has to eat to make a relatively small amount of food for people. These cows are not being fed grass and grazing upon the open hills, nor are the chickens eating various seeds and insects from the ground. They are both being fed corn and soybeans (among other grains and even ground up pieces of cow and chicken). These plants could be used much more efficiently to feed people instead.

 

This would create a large surplus of some plant based foods decreasing the prices around the world dramatically. Again, no studies or statistics are needed because its so obvious.

 

If everyone in India and china adopted the same diet as Americans (as they increasingly are), the current american food model would quickly become unsustainable.

 

What if this simple action of veganism not only decreased the food prices for everyone in the world… but helped cure one of the most disgusting problems of all… The sad truth is that currently people in the world do not starve because there is not enough food. They starve because they can not afford the food that is available and all around them.

 

Lastly bring your attention to the cutting back of pollution and use of energy and water sources in general.

 

Weather you care or believe in human caused global warming or not is irrelevant (I for example personally do not believe in it). Everyone on the other hand wants to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and have energy be affordable to do what they want with it.

 

The obvious fact is, there is tremendous waste in the consumption of animal products as opposed to a vegan diet. All of the fuel, water, and human labor used to manufacture and transport the food to animal farms, the fuel, water, and human labor to manufacture and transport the animals to make into food for humans would be conserved. The lakes of animal manure and factory farm waste, no more.

 

Animals must eat may times the weight in food to produce the same amount of food for humans. This means that all of the inefficiencies and use of resources that go into this process is horridly wasted in relation to its plant based alternative.

 

Just think for a moment of all the meat consumed in the world. All the fast food restaurants, all of the slow food restaurants, all of the grocery stores, everything of that nature. Each bit of meat, dairy, and all animal products represent a mountain of wasted resources. Who knows, with such inefficiency eliminated… there might just be abundance for all.

 

This is of course just the tip of the iceberg. It does not even touch on such obvious topics as the hormones pumped into meat, non objective topics such as ethics, resistant germs from antibiotics, etc..

 

There are many other grave problems in the world such as human trafficking and things of that nature that need to be solved. However many of these problems can not be solved without policing, changing of other peoples actions and many things beyond ones immediate control.

 

In comparison to things like this… all of the problems mentioned in this essay are really an easy fix in which you are either directly part of the cause or directly part of the solution…

 

What could you possibly have more control over than what you put in your mouth?

 

 

Behind The Video: Episode 8 – Yule Log Cake

This episode Originally aired on chow.com as a holliday special.

I was somewhat against doing anything with baking because I do not consider it my main strength nor do I really care much about making fancy cakes or cookies.

Then I realized I do enjoy eating these things and make them fairly often, so why not show the world that making tasty vegan deserts does not have to be a rediculious process.  There are a few cake mixes and icing mixes available in normal grocery stores in the US that are vegan.

I mean, if you are actually going to cook from scratch, you reallly have to grow your own wheat (from seeds) harvest them and grind them on your own millstone, along with getting all of the other cake ingredients in a similar fasshion.  To some degree we all use preprepared items to make food.

Of course if you want more control over the outcome, you have to start with more basic ingredients.  Since all I really care about is having a few good sweets to eat, this does the job for me.

The main thing people wonder about vegan baking is how to bake without eggs.  For this I use EnerG Brand Egg replacer.  Egg replacer is usualy some kind of mixture of various starches (potato starch, corn starch, etc…). There are several egg replacers on the market and have even been told by some baking friends that you can even use applesauce insted of eggs.

I find that I use much more than the recomended amount on the box from an incident when first using this product.   I have found that I have never had a conesquence from using too much, but it fell apart when I used too little.

Other than that, I love German Chocolate Cake, so that is what is made.  Focus on having some fun with this.

Behind The Video Episode 7: Indian Feast of The Gods

As you can probably tell from this video, I’m a huge fan of Indian food.

My only regret was not having enough time to include some Indian bread which is almost mandatory with this stuff. Nann, Paratha, Puri, etc… The shit dreams are made of.

This video show you how to Make some Vegan Dal (indian style lentils), Vegan Pakoras (spiced fried vegetables), and Vegan Aloo Palak (Indian style spinach and potato).

Lets start with the Dal, the easiest of the 3 to make.

You can make the dal and rice as an easy meal by itself.

This is as easy as putting the dal into boiling water, adding seasoning and simmer. I like to use about 4 times as much water as the dal. You can also add things like onions or tomatos or peas here, or simmer them in some oil before you add the water and dal.

I like to make the dal fairly soft, to me the only thing that can ruin dal is if they are undercooked and too hard. Even if you leave them on the stove for a long time… it is difficult to ruin them with overcooking.

Next on to the pakoras.

Here is the only step with crazy ingredients. You will need some chickpea flour and rice flour. These can be obtatined at almost any indian or most asian stores. Sometimes chickpea flour is called Gram Flour.

Go easy on the rice flour as it can taste shitty in large amounts. Once you mix together some chickpea and rice flour, add an equal amount of regular flour. This may not be traditional but it tastes great.

Again add the indian spice mixes, salt, and garlic to taste.

You will be frying these all throught the cooking so as you do everything else just remeber to go back to the deep fryer occationially to tend to them.

Finally the Aloo Palak.

This is also a very easy dish to make once you know what you are doing.

I was not careful of how I cut the tomato, the onions, and did not even bother to cut the garlic. This is because everything is going into the blender in the end so it does not matter.

Sometimes I like to add a can of drained and rinsed red beans after the blender stage along with the potatoes Give it a try, see how you like it.

Everything else in the video is hopefully self explanitory. Indian food is often an amazing vegetarian staple. Explore this realm with these concepts. You can apply many of the techniques to several indian dishes.

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