Last Updated on January 17, 2021 by Nina Ahmedow
Bayramınız mübarek olsun! Happy holidays!
So I’m still in Athens.
Maybe you remember that earlier this year I said I was going to leave. But then COVID-19 happened so those plans got canceled.
I’m trying to see how the pandemic evolves so that I can re-assess my plans. But this gave me the chance to cook some nice Balkan food for bayram/eid.
There’s not really much else I can do here for the holidays anyway. Athens is still the only European capital that doesn’t have a mosque so even if I wanted to attend prayers that wouldn’t be possible.
But during the last few months I have really appreciated cooking different foods as a way to travel.
Cooking has really become a form of travel for me. But when I cook traditional Balkan food it brings me back to my childhood because this is the kind of food I grew up with. And when I veganize those dishes I feel like I am connecting the past to the present and future.
Because we can still enjoy our traditional flavors without the cruelty.
In fact, many cuisines have a ton of vegan dishes or ones that can easily be made vegan. Becoming vegan is not a Western thing and doesn’t mean you can only eat vegan burgers or salads.
In fact, ethnic minorities in Western countries adapt veganism at a higher rate than the majority.
So this Kurban Bayram which is a bit difficult to deal with as a vegan I have happily cooked and eaten vegan dishes.
Eid mubarak! How have your holidays been under COVID-19? And have you tried any vegan dishes?