Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog ‘Punk Wok’! This is my first post and hopefully one of the first posts here that you will read.
The goal of this blog is to bring you vegetarian food recipes that are simple, cheap, easy, and (for the most part) healthy. I will be focusing primarily on the food itself rather than any specific vegetarian ideological views as I am aware people eat vegetarian for a variety of reasons whether they be moral, health-related, or religious (and occasionally even meat-eaters are looking for some healthy recipes to add some variety to their meals.)
The majority of the recipes featured here have been either created or heavily modified (or simplified) by me, all other recipes will be linked to their original source to give credit where it is due. All studio (and kitchen) photography featured here is original and exclusive to this blog (this blog actually began as a food photography project and grew from there)
Thank you for taking some time to check out my blog! Although I have some big plans in store for the future, this site is a work in progress so for now I will just be focusing on posting the recipes and tips along with quality photos. If you have any feedback or questions, let me know here in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!
By providing food preparation tips and utilizing a D.I.Y. ‘punk-rock’ approach to my recipes I intend to discredit a few of the major misconceptions about eating vegetarian:
1. Eating a plant-based diet is expensive.
This simply isn’t true if you know where and how to shop for your food supplies. It can actually be much less expensive.
2. Vegetarians only eat salads.
A lot of people attempting to ‘go vegetarian’ think this because salads are one of the few all-veggie menu items that they are familiar with.
3. “Where do you get your protein?!?!?”
Beans, Nuts, & Spinach are just a few good sources of non-animal protein.
4. In order to eat vegetarian you must first be a pretentious, self-important, yuppie hipster.
This is kind of a joke but unfortunately this misconception definitely exists. In reality people go vegetarian for a lot more reasons than to get attention, (Medical dietary restrictions, religious beliefs, and the simple desire for a healthier diet to name a few.)
A bit of (obligatory) info about the author:
My name is Jason, I am at the time of writing this 28 years old and living in Atlanta (I moved down from Boston MA in 2012). I am not a chef, have never worked in the food service industry, and really have no culinary training whatsoever. I am an editorial photographer by trade. I have also (again at the time of writing this) only been a vegetarian for a couple years.
Although all of this may seem like a bad thing for the author of a food blog, I believe the exact opposite when it comes to what this specific blog is setting out to accomplish. Nearly all of the recipes featured here are fairly recent self-taught experiments that (in my opinion) worked out enough that I wanted to share them with other people who also have a minimal experience with food preparation or vegetarian cooking. These are recipes for beginners, people on a thrift store budget, or people simply looking for something simple and easy that isn’t gross or bad for you.
I personally became vegetarian a couple years ago for selfish reasons. Mainly as an effort to eat healthier as well as to help myself get back in shape after eating macaroni and cheese every night while in college. After a couple months I had not only lost the weight but I also had more energy, mental clarity, and just generally felt good. I also realized that in the process I had essentially ‘opted out’ of the destructive factory farming system, this also felt good and made me want to keep going.
I had not felt that kind of sense of ‘sticking it to the man’ in a little over a decade since I bought my first D.I.Y. locally-produced punk-rock album back in highschool. Sure it sounded like it was recorded on an answering machine from the 80’s but it also sounded infinitely more ‘real’ than whatever manufactured profit-motivated ‘rap-metal’ group was being marketed to my generation at the time. I decided to adopt this D.I.Y. approach to my new found love of cooking. A couple years later with a few reliable invented or modified recipes and generally positive reactions from the people that I cooked them for, I decided to create this blog as a place to share them.
A pre-dawn test shot from Thursday’s shoot at the Costco southeastern distribution center in Atlanta. I will post some of the actual photos from today’s shoot when the project is complete, approved, and edited.