Am I A Pain in the Ass? & Crunchy Coconut Vegan Bacon
I ask a lot of questions. I try not to be annoying, but I am curious about most things. Next week I head out to a very exciting vegan seminar called farms to forks. It takes place in a remote area of the country and accommodations are challenging. I decided to go the B&B route mainly because I couldn't find anything else. I haven't stayed in many B&Bs in my life, actually I think I have only stayed in one so I didn't know what to expect. While booking my room, I asked the gentlemen who owns the B&B a few questions. Here, is how the conversation went.
Him – I have one room left if you want it, and you will be sharing a bathroom.
Me – Oh! It doesn't have a bathroom.
Him – It doesn't have a private bathroom.
Me – Would I be sharing that with a man or a woman?
Him – A woman.
Me – Does it have a shower?
Him – Yes it has a shower, and the bathroom is off the kitchen.
Me – So I have to walk through the kitchen to take a shower.
Him – Yes.
Now I am picturing myself walking through a kitchen in my robe with a roomful of people. In my mind, I'm thinking – oh no I don't have a cute robe. Need to run to the mall.
Me – Can I get a photo of the room?
Him – The photos of the rooms are on the website.
Me – Oh yeah, I'll look at the website. Hmmm – how many people will be staying there?
Him – I'm not sure what the issue is with how many people will be at my BnB. This sounds like it may be an uncomfortable situation for you, and I worry you will be dissatisfied. So I think you should take your time and see if you can find another place.
Me (now panicking because I know there's no other place else to stay)
I didn't mean to offend you. I haven't stayed at many B&Bs so I was just curious. Your home looks beautiful, and if the room is available, I would like to take it.
Him – You didn't offend me. I just felt that you might not be comfortable here. You are welcome, if you wish to come.
Whew – I dodged a bullet. I sensed his disappointment that I was taking the room, but I had no where else to stay. Also, the place looks gorgeous so I am exceptionally lucky to be staying there. So I would love to know your opinion. Was I a pain in the ass? Do I ask too many questions??? On to food.
Read a lot of different recipes using coconut flakes to make vegan bacon. Could it possibly taste good? I didn't expect much and to my surprise, it was delicious. You could just eat it straight up, sprinkle on salads, soups or make some cheesy potato skins like I did and sprinkle it on top.
- 3½ cups flaked coconut
- 2 TBSP liquid smoke
- 1½ TBSP Braggs liquid aminos or soy sauce
- 1 TBSP pure maple syrup
- ½ TBSP water
- 1 TSP freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Combine liquid smoke, Braggs (or soy), maple syrup and water in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour in flaked coconut, using a wooden spoon to gently toss the coconut in the liquid mixture. Once the coconut is evenly coated, pour it onto a non-stick baking sheet and slide it into the oven.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, using a spatula to flip the bacon about every 5 minutes so it cooks evenly. This will burn if you are not keeping an eye on it. Don't make too dark. Remove when everything is a crispy brown (not dark brown). Coconut bacon can be stored in a sealed bag or container for up to a week, refrigerator optional.