VSU: BEHIND THE PAUSE! [Pisces Rising Vegan]

WE’RE BACK. Thanks for checking out our new interview series, where we’re highlighting vendors to shed some light on small businesses and individuals during COVID-19. See how the situation at hand is affecting our community, how they’re responding, how you can support…and what to eat! (recipes!) HANG IN.

(Each interviewee was asked to submit 3 photos: one food, one written recipe, and one current selfie!)

Pisces Rising Vegan
Brooklyn, NY

Laura Varley

HOW ARE YOU IN ONE WORD?
anxious

ONE WAY YOU ARE COPING..
Doing chopped challenges in my own kitchen! Being creative by baking and cooking with ingredients that have been in my kitchen, and trying to do a small productive thing each day— whether that is taking a shower or baking a loaf of bread.

ONE TIP FOR THOSE IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW..
Keep communicating with one another. Things are really scary, especially since food service can’t work from home + earn an income— communicate your needs to the close people in your life, be open to sharing feelings + thoughts + actions, try to help your brain to stop feeling like you are in this alone.

FAVE COMFORT FOOD..
Honestly three way tie— nachos, french fries, + cheesy bread :•)

ONE FOOD YOU CAN’T GET RIGHT NOW AND MISS..
San Loco guac-a-locos + a frozen margarita (made vegan, of course!)

YOUR SILVER LINING..
Seeing animals being able to return to water spots that were heavily polluted.

HOW CAN THE PUBLIC SUPPORT YOU RIGHT NOW? (OR if you’d prefer, your favorite charity to support!)
I’m still figuring it out! I think the best way for me would be to continually sharing my posts, talking about me, and keeping me in mind for orders in May + onward. I think I’ll be doing a raffle for some rewards that you’ll be able to be a part of for a small money contribution. Thank you to everyone who has already reached out!!

A FAVORITE RECIPE..
Basic Vegan Cookies~

1/2 c vegan butter~room temp (or softened coconut oil)
3/4 c sugar
1/4 c nondairy milk
1 t vanilla
1 1/2c flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

Optional add ins— nuts, chocolate chunks, dried fruit, spices, citrus zest. *if adding zest, massage into sugar before adding the sugar to the fat.

Mix fat + sugar till fluffy, with a fork or a mixer if ya got one. Add milk + vanilla, mix till incorporated. Fold in flour, baking soda, salt.

Add in any optional add ins.

Scoop and put on a cookie sheet, chill in the fridge for an hour. Bake for 8-10 minutes, flatten them out if desired. Let cool + eat!

THANKS, LAURA!

Stay cool!
VSU

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