Sunday, 28 May 2017

What do you eat/ What do you use? Part 30


Water Drop Vegetarian Café’s Nutella slices are bomb! I haven’t had bibimbap in years so this was a treat. I do miss kimchi though.  



·       *   Cupcakes by Loving It Vegan https://lovingitvegan.com/vegan-vanilla-cupcakes-strawberry-vanilla-frosting/ I can’t find vegan strawberry flavouring (got carmine or cochineal) where I live, so I used lemon juice instead. Any oil like canola works fine in place of olive if you want to go cheaper. Joyline sprinkles appears to be vegan friendly.
·        *  These cup noodles are vegan and although are far from being zero waste, they’re good when you’re in a pinch. I found these at Moorhouse PAK’n SAVE but not sure how long they’ll be there.
·        * Vegan Rocky Road can be found at South City New World with the gluten free baked goods. They sell quick though. 



Ingredients:

300 grams of Angel Food’s cheddar alternative or 200 grams of Angel Food’s cheddar alternative and 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons dairy-free margarine (Olivani, Nuttelex etc)
2 cups dairy-free milk

1 jar pasta sauce
A box of lasagne sheets
A bag of spinach frozen or fresh
2-4 cloves of minced garlic
1 onion
1-2 courgettes
A big handful of mushrooms
1 can of lentils or 1 cup of soaked-overnight lentils
1 bell pepper
Spices, herbs, and salt to sprinkle to taste
1-2 tablespoons of tomato puree/paste (optional)
 


With Angel Food’s cheddar alternative, I was able to make the lasagne I used to make as a vegetarian carnist. Put three tablespoons of dairy-free margarine in a saucepan with 3 tablespoons of flour. Mix them together over heat. You need 2 cups of dairy-free milk; I used rice milk as it’s neutral. You want to slowly add the DF milk with the flour-margarine mix and stir often. Sometimes I end up just pouring the rest in, which means it’s just liquid and thin, but that’s okay, just wait for it to thicken, which it will with some heat and lots of stirring. Add a third of Angel Food’s cheddar alternative grated, about 100 grams, and about 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast – or just more cheddar alternative to taste (it’s cheaper to use nutritional yeast if you have some though). Once that’s done, start with the ragu. You can make it how you’ve always done it but if you have no idea and want one, then: fry some chopped onions and minced garlic in a frying pan with some water or oil. Add chopped pepper, mushroom, courgette, and whatever else you think would go with it. Pour a jar of pasta sauce; add spinach and lentils; season with herbs like basil, rosemary, thyme to taste; and add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like it richer, add some tomato paste or tomato puree or more pepper or both. You can layer it how you like but I put a layer of lasagne sheets, ragu, ‘cheese’ sauce, lasagne sheet, ragu, lasagne sheet, ‘cheese’ sauce, and then grated ‘cheese’/Gary on top. Put this in the oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the surface browns.     


Fry’s braai style sausages are my go to sausages. They’re found in the frozen section of supermarkets. I’m a big fan of Fry’s. 


This was not easy to make at all; the trick is to make them tiny so that they don’t fall apart. They might also be easier to make with a deep fryer if you have one. Anyway, if you miss doughnuts, these are great and hit the spot. Thanks Bosh 💗 https://www.facebook.com/bosh.tv/videos/1254397717972059/  


Nachos with chopped mushrooms, red kidney beans, diced tomatoes and onions. Angel Food’s cheddar alternative melts well. 


Finally went to The Origin on Cranford street and loved it! Oh the almond mochas are great: chocolately but not too sweet. The dumplings were tasty too, I’m surprised they don’t use onions or garlic. And the cake slices were pretty and delicious. It’s going to be a favourite.   

May 2017

Have been depressed lately and struggling to enjoy things so I'm back on anti-depressants to keep my moods in check. I also did a blood test before being put back on anti-depressants and found out I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is probably why I'm so depressed and exhausted. It's an autoimmune disease but it's manageable with medication that gives me the hormones in my thyroid I'm not producing, which I'll probably be on for life. I've stopped working to take it easy and recover, but all I want to do is sleep all the time. I really don't have a positive outlook for the future, but I've got to learn to take it as it comes and learn to enjoy things. It's hard because I go and see these pretty places and eat nice food, but it feels like it's not enough to feel content. I still feel empty a lot of the times but I know it's just being depressed, although sometimes it's hard to see that too as it feels like that's just how life is. Anyway, trying very hard to do things that are enjoyable even if it's exhausting. I avoid hanging out with people because I feel like a mood dampener and it's hard to act normal. I don't think working at a supermarket as a checkout operator did me favours. I hated it before I left for Asia, and I hate it now. I went to university hoping I could get a better job than a checkout operator, but I ended up trapped there again. In saying this, the job helped me get a car, which I got last month, and that has made life a lot more convenient. I've called her Zelda after Zelda Fitzergerald. She's a cheap manual Toyota Corolla hatchback, my favourite car. She does have a dent on the right-hand side but I think this adds character. She is also white and not red, but oh well, white suits the name. Surprisingly, I sat my full driver's licence and passed : O so yay!     


New Brighton


Watching duck hunters shoot ducks at Lake Ellesmere aka Lake Polluted. There were so many decoys that someone joked that the reason the duck hunters relied on hunting ducks for food was because they wasted the money, that could be used for food, on decoys. When discussing the toxicity of the lake and the unsuitability of consuming ducks shot there, another person joked 'then we see him go to his family and his children have three heads'. Oh, and they were shooting at ducks before sunrise, which is against regulation. Urgh we humans have to kill and maim everything. 


Went to the Botanical gardens with Sophia:


Mona Vale


Star snuggles are nice


Visited Yuki Pie, but she was mostly outside

Star ball


Spice ball 


Went for a drive to the hills


Storm's paw. Cat paws make teddy bears. 




Sleeping Maltese dogs compilation


Sumner Beach

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter

What vegan bunnies eat for Easter.

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Happy Easter! - Or Happy Holidays if you don't celebrate Easter ^_^

I had to make a request to my supermarket to make hot cross buns without gelatine, which is in the glaze, but Baker's Delight do vegan hot cross buns. I love having hot cross buns toasted and with dairy-free margarine. It's the first time in about four years that I've had hot cross buns as they don't celebrate Easter in Asia.
I got the Moo Free and the Sweet Williams chocolate from The Warehouse. 

 




I used this recipe http://www.thebuddhistchef.com/recipe/vegan-pancakes/ but halved, and layered it with things like Pic's peanut butter, dark chocolate drops, Hershey's chocolate sauce, and bananas. Yum!

Not long ago, I saw Beauty and the Beast with a friend at the cinema. We both enjoyed the film. Prior to going, we ate at Waterdrop Vegetarian Cafe in the temple on Riccarton road. They had plenty of options and I spent too much money there ^_^



Yes I am a hypocrite for being anti-uncertified-palm-oil but then buying an Oreo muffin....

The nuggets were made out of bean curd but tasted like chicken nuggets.


I got this at Vegetarian World on Yaldhurst Road : D they come frozen but they're tasty heated in the oven. 


Grilling garlic butter on your burger buns is bomb and I recommend it.


Went to Welcome Vegetarian Cafe near Riccarton road a couple of weeks ago and got my Chinese food cravings fixed.

Other than that, I've been lazing around in my free time, talking to my boyfriend who lives in Europe, usually in the company of one out of five cats. I'm also working on getting a cheap car.

  

His sister recently gave me this pin and I've been obsessing over it; I wear it as a necklace and frequently stare at it. It's from this store on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/sailxon ... I stalked her on instagram and she seems quite involved with Sea Shepherd so hurrah! I'm proud of it. 



Go Vegan!


For the Animals 
• Because whenever they are treated as products rather than the sentient beings that they are, they suffer http://www.nationearth.com/earthlings-1/
• They are here with us, not for us. 
• Just because they are different from us, doesn’t mean that they aren’t sentient nor intelligent in their own way https://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos/10154770111524475/
Like us, they have: a brain, a heart, eyes. Like us, they seek comfort. And like us, they don’t want to suffer.

For the People
• We could distribute resources better to feed a lot more people https://youtu.be/Hvdgz536ZLE
• There are antibiotic resistant bacteria that are continuously adapting which start in farm animals and transfer to humans. We'll be wiping ourselves out with avoidable deadly infections.https://youtu.be/mUYhAJ6MDrc?t=3m12s

And for the Planet
• Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate destruction https://youtu.be/dSjE8xw_-Dg
• 75% of fisheries have either been exploited or depleted. We pull an estimated 2.7 trillion sea animals from the ocean in a year. The ecosystem of the ocean is extremely relevant to us because without the phytoplanktons, we’ll have 50-80% less oxygen. Since 1950, we’ve seen a 40% decline in phytoplankton. To quote Captain Paul Watson, ‘If the ocean dies, we die.’

Sunday, 26 March 2017

What do you eat / What do you use? Part 29


• Here is the recipe taken from this site http://beamingbaker.com/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookies-vegan-gluten-free/
But I made alterations:
INGREDIENTS
Dry Ingredients
• 1 cup rolled oats
• ¾ cup flour
• ¾ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
• ¾ teaspoon baking soda
• ¾ teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon of salt
Wet Ingredients
• 1 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter (I used salted and it was pretty salty!)
• ¼ cup oil (I used canola)
• ½ cup sugar
• ¼ cup maple syrup (maple flavour syrup works too)
• 2 egg replacers. I used Orgran but flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax + 6 tablespoons warm water, whisked together, set for 5 mins) works too. Or ¼ cup of applesauce = 1 egg. Or half a ripe banana is 1. 
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or essence
Add-ins
• ¾ cup vegan chocolate chips (Pam’s dark chocolate is vegan. Sweet Williams does vegan milk chocolate and they’re found in the Gluten Free section)
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Smother a baking tray with oil or margarine (I use Olivani) so the biscuits don’t stick. 
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: oats, flour, coconut, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients: peanut butter, oil, sugar, maple syrup, vegan eggs, and vanilla.
4. Add the dry mixture to wet mixture. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir and fold until you get a cohesive dough. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Scoop 2 tablespoon-sized cookie dough balls onto the cookie sheet, spaced evenly apart. Flatten to desired shape--these cookies won't spread too much. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
6. Using a flat, heatproof spatula, carefully lift the cookies off the baking tray and place onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool. Enjoy!
• St Pierre’s Sushi does vegan. It’s also cheaper than the others : D 
• Ernest Adams Apricot Choc Cookies.


• Pumpkin Soup. Add more coconut milk unless you’re okay with pumpkin paste like I was at the time; I added more coconut milk the next day to make it soup. I also used buttercup pumpkin as butternut wasn’t available. The recipe is by#lovingitvegan http://lovingitvegan.com/roasted-butternut-green-curry-soup-with-garlic-bread/
• Store bought falafel, toasted pita bread, salsa, Pam’s Tartare sauce, tomato, spinach leaves, hummus, red onion, and Sheese’s strong cheddar style (found at South City New World. Sheese is pretty hit or miss though. I loved blue cheese and strong cheddar pre-vegan, so Sheese is a good alternative to me).
• Nutter Butter Bites found at the international section of supermarkets.
• Alpro’s Custard, found at Countdowns.


The Shroom Room has my heart.


The Indian Place next to the Food Court off Countdown Moorhouse is accommodating to vegans.



·        *  Curry that serves 8 (I had to freeze half). I had about 4-5 potatoes, a bunch of kale, some peas, maybe two cups of chopped mushrooms, some cloves of garlic, a bit of minced ginger, an onion, curry powder, 3 cubes of vegetable stock, and a can of coconut cream. I fried the garlic, ginger, and onion together, then added some curry powder. After they had browned a little, I added water first, then the potato and mushrooms, the can of coconut cream, then filled the pot right up so the vegetables were covered. When I tasted it, it tasted like water so I added the vegetable stock and maybe 3 more tablespoons of curry powder. I boiled it then put it down to a simmer and left it about 15 minutes until the potatoes were soft. I added the kale and peas, although I recommend adding the kale earlier. When the peas are ready, the curry is ready. I had the curry with basmati rice.
·        *  This was a rice ball that looked to me like it had a moustache. It had inari (fried tofu), corn, carrot, avocado, edamame (premature soy bean), and red bell pepper. Most sushi places in New Zealand sell at least one vegetarian (vegan) meal. Sad to say that this is not the case in Japan as in Japan, sushi is incredibly unpopular without some form of sea life involved. In saying this, I did find cucumber maki (rolls) at times but it wasn’t as flavourful as kiwi vegetarian sushi as it was just cucumber… New Zealand sushi, by the way, for your information, are called maki (rolls) in Japanese. Japanese sushi is usually shaped rice with something added on top.
·         * Pumpkin recipe again http://lovingitvegan.com/roasted-butternut-green-curry-soup-with-garlic-bread/ with a lot more coconut milk, which I ran out of, as I used a whole buttercup pumpkin (couldn’t find butternut). I also made the garlic bread with Olivani spread and it was good! I used Loving It Vegan’s recipe, only I didn’t use tin foil. Instead, I oiled the tray, then baked it for about ten minutes at 180 degrees, then grilled it for a minute or two. I love Loving It Vegan’s food.
·         * Tara made these delicious and popular brownies. She and Charlotte made A Guide To Vegan https://www.facebook.com/aguidetovegan/  on facebook. She uses this recipe dusted with icing sugar http://allrecipes.com/recipe/68436/vegan-brownies/


I think the most ethical way to shop is through second hand stores. But I also want to be a walking advertisement for organisations I support, like Sea Shepherd. Luckily, Sea Shepherd is of course an eco-conscious and an ethical organisation and that’s why I love them. I think it’s bizarre that an organisation fighting for the well-being of this planet is painted as an eco-terrorist group. The haters just want to see this world burn and everyone suffer in exchange for some people getting money or tasting the depleting sea life. 
Go here to find out more about them http://www.seashepherdglobal.org/



·         I used the vegan brownie pictured below, some So Good vanilla ice cream, and some Hershey’s chocolate sauce. You can also add Joyline sprinkles.
·          All of Pam’s popcorns are accidentally vegan. Yes! Even the extra butter ones. They do use certified sustainable palm oil but as a friend pointed out, it’s better to support companies that use sustainable palm oil than to support companies that use an uncertified something else which also causes deforestation. I buy products with sustainable palm oil and have boycotted ones that use unsustainable palm oil.
·         Vegan brownie found at New World South City in the fridge with the gluten free stuff. 


·        *  The Walkers London chocolates pictured above are accidentally vegan and found at New World South City with the Easter products.
·         * Vego is amazing! Those chocolates were sent to me from Europe as a gift though through this site https://www.rootsofcompassion.org/en so it’s harder to find in New Zealand. Alternatively, you could get Vego and my favourite, Go Max Go Foods bars, from http://www.thecrueltyfreeshop.co.nz/ for cheaper shipping but they’re expensive. Stick to Sweet Williams, which is a New Zealand company, for cheaper vegan milk chocolates. Or better, Whittaker’s 50% cocoa chocolates and higher are affordable and cruelty-free.