Month: May 2014

Diary of a Mother Hen – Day 16

This I vow:

If these are faces, only a vegan could love, I must work harder still to help others to be vegan. I must assure that your faces remain present in the minds and hearts of others who would eat your headless bodies or take what is yours. I must open eyes so that others see who I see.



Smoky Garbanzos

It took me 15 short minutes to whip up a batch of these, and then I burned my tongue digging in a little too soon. They are that good!

– Linda Nelson

Smoky Garbanzos

Olive oil cooking spray
1 can garbanzo beans
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 450. Spray a 8 inch baking pan with the cooking spray. Add all of the other ingredients to a medium bowl and toss to coat the garbanzos.

Pour them into the baking pan in a single layer, and bake for five minutes. Open the oven, toss the garbanzos again, and spray lightly with the cooking spray. Return to the oven, and time again for five minutes. Continue in this way until the liquid is absorbed and the beans are golden brown. It took me 15 minutes, but ovens vary, and these are too good to burn. Watch them carefully!

I made these after feeling a hankering for coconut bacon. Having no coconut, I used a little imagination.

Diary of a Mother Hen – Day 15

We’re still unsure whether Harumi is male or female. We believe she is an Easter Egger, and it is difficult to determine for awhile.

We won’t be disappointed if she turns out to be a he. We won’t withdraw the sanctuary this little bird has been provided because we can’t get what we want. We won’t place her in a macerating machine or dump her at a shelter.

What we want is very simple. We seek long, happy, protected lives for every one of Triangle Chance for All’s rescues, and female or male, it makes no difference.

Harumi is free to be who she or he is. We won’t harm a feather on our sweet friend’s head. We will protect her from the big, harsh world with unconditional love.

– Linda Nelson

Vegan BBQ and Microsanctuary Debut!

Join us for a Vegan BBQ lunch and tour of our microsanctuary! We’ll have Seitan BBQ, Cashew Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw, and dessert. Please let us know when you RSVP whether you need gluten-free options.

Saturday, May 23, 2014
11 AM – 2 PM
$25 per person
RSVP to for directions
Proceeds benefit TCA residents and future rescues

**For the comfort of our residents, attendance will be capped at twenty guests.**

We will have treats for the residents (chickens), but if you would like to bring your own, they really enjoy blueberries, fresh corn, strawberries, fresh peas, melon, sprouts, and kale.

Diary of a Mother Hen – Day 14

I will always remember the moment I saw my son for the first time. I was flooded with love for him as I acknowledged my responsibility.

I changed radically with Ian’s birth. I wanted to be worthy of being his mother so I left my shy self behind. This wasn’t easy for me, but it was necessary if I was going to be the best advocate for Ian as he grew. I wanted a better world for him to live in so I knew I had better go about changing it, and, first, I had to change myself.

Love is a call to action!

I felt a similar flood of feeling when Rosemary and I picked Harumi and Kotori up from the shelter. I wanted to be worthy of taking the place of their missing mothers. I want a better world for them, too.

Now I can hear the voices of many saying, “but, Linda, they’re chickens! How can you compare your love of your son with what you feel for them?”

Isn’t this a mere deflection from the matter at hand? Doesn’t calling my love for my son into question draw attention away from their lack of concern for sentient and suffering animals?

Harumi and Kotori need loving care and concern especially since someone has eaten their mothers!

My work to promote veganism and to save the lives of animals has changed me as profoundly as my son’s birth. In fact, they are part of the same whole, and they can’t be separated.

Love is a call to action!

– Linda Nelson