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  1. NellytheVegan
    January 14, 2022 @ 8:32 am

    Thanks for the post and the enlightenment about the origins of soul food. In my case I’m Caucasian mixed race with English Romani and Welsh Romani Spanish Indian and North African DNA (what people call Gypsies {& an inaccurate description as we originally from India}) So our races have followed similar paths we were also enslaved and taken out of our homeland.. We were also experimented on alongside the Jewish people and other people of ethnicity… Its made me think whether the Romani dishes had the same origins. As I can think of two dishes that were made from scraps of food.. Thanks for the thought provoking post… I’d like to share this if OK? All the best on your vegan journey.. Feel free to contact me if you need any tips or help… Nelly 🥰

    • justaboutvegan51
      January 16, 2022 @ 8:03 pm

      Thanks for your insight. I certainly don’t want to diminish others who are the ancestors of enslaved people. It’s interesting to me that the stories of so many have been lost. Our food stories, though the food may be different, are stories of our cultures!

      • NellytheVegan
        January 17, 2022 @ 10:49 pm

        Hi there you’re welcome I really enjoyed the article and I don’t think you diminish anyone. You wrote an interesting and moving post about slavery.. In the UK we were barred from Shops and most establishments as a people. The signs were always no dogs no Irish no blacks and no Gypsies.. Some woul even say Gypos or Pikey (the equivalent to the N word) so I can see a familiar pattern.. our two races both suffered appalling treatment at times when it was acceptable.. While people can be awful I know there’s good people too. I’m naturally an optimist.. I’m a foodie too and love all foods around the world… I’m only plantbased nowadays but glad I am. For me I wished I’d gone vegan years ago! As I have food allergies and sensitivities there’s certain foods I can’t eat.. Especially if they contain sugar. As it causes an immune system reaction and sends my blood glucose levels out of whack.. I totally agree bout the lost stories of so many. as you say they’re stories of our cultures.. You’ve certainly taught me something I didn’t know and I’m all about learning new things too.. Thanks again for your insight and these interesting posts… Best Wishes

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