Sunday, 25 December 2016

Non-Violent Christmas 2016



Gravy, mixed frozen vegetables, mashed potatoes, vegan meat, festive portobello mushroom wellington, herb infused roast potatoes.


Cupcakes, apple and cherry pie, chocolate bark, chocolate, cookies, failed pavlova, and brownies.


·         Fry’s country mushroom pie.
·         Coke float using dairy free ice cream.
·         Little Island’s coconut caramel ice cream. 


·         Festive Portobello Mushroom Wellington by Bosh https://www.facebook.com/boshtv/videos/1161685957243236/  . The recipe is in the comments. I couldn’t find chestnuts so I substituted cashew nuts instead. 


·         Fluffy one bowl sugar cookies by Minimalist Baker http://minimalistbaker.com/fluffy-1-bowl-sugar-cookies-vegan-gf/ I used flour instead of the gluten free flour and almond flour but this recipe is for gluten free cookies. I also added lemon juice into the icing, and I only baked the cookies for 7 minutes at a time as my father has a tiny convention oven and as you can see, the cookies are tiny.
·         Caramel sauce to put in chocolate: adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/easy-caramel-sauce-recipe.html
      Pack a cup of brown sugar, and add it to a pan. Mix 1 ½ tablespoons of melted dairy free margarine with 6 ½ tablespoons of dairy free milk, then pour it into the pot. Add 4 tablespoons of dairy free margarine, a pinch of salt, and a tablespoon of vanilla extract. Heat the pan to boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes, pour the contents of the pot into a jar, and then refrigerate for about 3 hours.
·         Failed pavlova…. There are four possible reasons it failed 1) I can’t do pavlovas and I couldn’t pre-vegan too. 2) I used a convention oven 3) I didn’t test the mixture with a toothpick 4) I made two instead of three like the recipe called for. But the recipe:  http://crazy-cucumber.com/make-vegan-pavlova-dessert-aquafaba-vegan-merengue-tutorial/
·         Apple and cherry pie: thinly slice about 3-4 apples depending on your tin. Add ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon into the pan with the sliced apples and cook until the apples are tender. In the tin you’re going to use, butter it up with dairy free margarine or oil, then put pastry. I used New Ways’ pastry, the one that’s been approved by the Vegetarian society. Add some chopped cherries to the pan, then scoop the solids into the tin. Use scissors to cut the rest of the pastry to make a lattice topping. Glaze with dairy free milk.

      Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night : D <3 nbsp="" o:p="">

Monday, 12 December 2016

Christchurch so far


So I left Japan on the 29th of November and have been back in my hometown since.




12 degrees, people in jackets, and grey skies. It's definitely a New Zealand summer : D




Coffee culture: a carrot muffin, a raw caramel slice, a bowl of almond breeze barista blend mocha, and a black coffee.


My childhood friend. 


Substitute beef with this in your pastas to make it vegan. 








My dad's injured but the dogs won't walk without him.



A mexican pie from Z (New Zealand petrol station).







The roses are in bloom.



Finally trying this. 


Lyttelton.



Someone's property but I just had to take a photo. 


Vegan options!!!


I made my dad and brother burgers. They admitted that it tasted like meat and had they not been told it was vegan, they wouldn't have known. 


Vegan pizza from Hell's pizza. I think I'm going to hold the jalapenos next time as it was too spicy! Good! But spicy!

 It's lovely living in Christchurch again and not being surrounded by millions of people.

And dem vegan options. It's definitely not a vegan world and I made a mistake with crisps (the number 635 is not vegan) but still, there are a hell of a lot more options than there were in Japan so : D 

The Shroom Room

My friend, her mother, and I went to The Shroom Room in Lyttelton today. I've wanted to go since I heard about it as it's a veggie cafe with plenty of vegan and gluten free options. It's pretty chilled and I recommend it : D

Hours are 8am-4pm.






I had an almond milk mocha, my friend had a tumeric cashew milk latte, and her mother had a cashew milk latte. 

I didn't even get to try the Breakfast menu as there was good food in the cabinet as it was. This was a filo I had that was filled with cashews, lentils, and spinach. 


I had a chocolate soy milkshake with soy ice cream, and a chocolate cake. My friend had a raw chocolate cheesecake.  

What do you eat/ What do you use Part 26


I adapted my recipe from https://kimberlydioszeghy.com/2013/12/04/sometimes-i-say-dumb-things/ as I didn’t have some of the ingredients. Mix 2/3 cups of canola oil with half a cup of dairy free milk, and one teaspoon of vanilla. Then add one cup of sugar, half a cup of brown sugar, four cups of flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of baking powder, one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of nutmeg, one teaspoon of cinnamon. Wrap it up or pop it into a reusable resealable bag and freeze for at least an hour. This batch melts easily so take a bit by bit when you roll it. I used my hands to press the dough flat and using a cookie cutter, but I’m sure it’s fine to add flour to make it less sticky and use a rolling pin. I had a mini oven at the time, but I heated it up and only had the cookies in for a few minutes at a time to keep the softness as my cookies were tiny. For the icing sugar, I put three tablespoons of water, one tablespoon of cocoa powder, and just added icing sugar to desired texture and spread that on the cookies.   

Thursday, 3 November 2016

What do you eat/ What do you use Part 25


Pumpkin Cookies - http://www.asaucykitchen.com/vegan-chocolate-chip-pumpkin-cookies/ I didn't have any chocolate chips but had pumpkin puree and coconut oil to use up so.... I do think you can sub coconut oil for a neutral one if you don't have any. I also just used sugar and flour instead of coconut sugar and GF flour. Comparing to how they're meant to look and mine... mine resemble rock cakes =/ but I like cookies soft ^_^ so nya

Spaghetti with some cabbage on the side - make spaghetti how you usually make it but to make it vegan, sub the beef mince for soy mince. It's that simple. I love spinach and feel like the more vegetables, the better and so I added spinach, green pepper, and mushrooms. I topped it off with nutritional yeast.

Roasted Autumn Vegetable Soup - http://www.thebuddhistchef.com/recipe/roasted-autumn-vegetable-soup/ 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

What do you eat/ What do you use Part 24


Pumpkin latte – brew a cup of black coffee and add a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin puree, a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some vanilla essence. Put in 3 tablespoons of a sweetener and mix it up. Add the mixture into some frothed up dairy free milk to taste. To froth dairy milk without a frother, warm it up and put it into a blender or shake it in a container for about 30 seconds. Add some dairy free whipped cream if you fancy it. I had to make do with coconut cream, which didn’t hold out too well. Put some chilled coconut cream into a blender with some icing sugar, to taste, until you give up.

Pumpkin pancakes – in a bowl, mix ½ cup of flour, ½ cup of dairy free milk, 3 tablespoons of sugar, ½-1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree.





For vegan day, I went to T’s Restaurant in Jiyugaoka (exit the main exit and go straight until you’re in front of Miami Garden, then turn right and go straight. After you pass two Mizuho banks, look for Luzu on the left, and T’s Restaurant is on floor b1).
I had spring rolls; Doria of the day, a cheesy dish with rice, pumpkin, and onion; caramel crème brulee; and T’s Parfait.
I highly recommend T's Tantan and T's Restaurant. Both have amazingly delicious food and their cup ramens are sold in most Natural Lawsons.  


Veganism

Go Vegan: for the animals, for the people, and for the planet. Veganism is not about perfection, but doing the best we can to not support animal cruelty and exploitation. I hope one day, we live in a vegan world, and then we can drop that title and live in a decent world in harmony with animals. Why Vegan Health We don't need to eat animals and their by-products to live healthy lives so that's why it's unnecessary to kill animals for food. A whole-food plant-based diet with enough calories is adequate. ‘It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.’ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed... A plant-based diet is also approved by the British Dietetic Association who are experts on nutrition, ‘Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of life and have many benefits’. https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/ve... Nutrition Facts articles and videos are not opinions because they are backed up with peer reviewed studies which you’ll see in ‘cited in’. Research from Pub Med - The U.S National Library of Medicine also shows a whole-food plant-based diet in a positive light. We do need to supplement B12 vitamins and vitamin D, but omnivores also get deficient in both, and it's standard for farm animals to be supplemented so it's not natural to get it through meat anyway. Animals are also forcibly inseminated and are mutilated for being emotional beings, which I argue is also unnatural. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a... http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/pl... Animal suffering Whenever animals are used as products or are exploited, they suffer. It's completely unnecessary to eat meat in places with an abundance of grains and produce available, and it's unnecessarily cruel because we are not obligate carnivores. Please think of the animals. The dairy industry in New Zealand kills over 2,000,000 male calves a year. As for eggs, male chicks are culled by being ground up alive when they’re a day old. These are both results of them not being profitable. Animals shouldn’t have to earn their keep when we’re the ones forcing them into existence. They also shouldn’t have to endure the hardships and pain we force upon them for our own palate. It is never humane to immobilise animals by putting a bullet in their heads, or gassing them while they scream; only to stab their necks while they’re fully conscious and drain them of their lives. It's not compassionate. They shouldn’t be suffering for a momentary pleasure. They are not things or products; they are living sentient beings. I recommend the film ‘Earthlings’ but if you are unable to watch it, this Australian film ‘Lucent’ is available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAr... The environment Animal agriculture is also the leading cause of climate change, deforestation, dead zones in the ocean, water depletion, species extinction, and so on. How? This film makes it easy to understand how and a lot of research went into it. http://www.cowspiracy.com/ If there is no time, look through the facts http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/ and if you doubt the sources, click on them first and you’ll see that the sources are valid and come from experts in their fields. 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.’ Anti-biotic resistant bacteria Not only that, but there are anti-biotic 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=3m12... Alternatives There are many alternatives. The more people that go vegan, the more alternatives there will be. Check out Ben and Jerry's with their dairy-free ice cream. Look into Impossible Foods, Gardein, and So Delicious. On Pinterest and Youtube there are recipes and cooking tutorials. https://jp.pinterest.com/search/pin... Live and let live The most important part is that we have no biological need to exploit and inflict suffering on living sentient beings. To quote Edgar’s Mission, ‘if we can live happy, healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?’ 'It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery.' -Percy Bysshe Shelley Forcing your beliefs ‘Vegans always force their views on others’ – to the dear carnists that say and/or think this: If you had a friend that was brought up believing that they needed to stab dogs and eat them to survive, would you just be idle about it? Especially if that friend had pretty good morals overall despite supporting dog cruelty. What if you found out that the dogs that friend ate were not only killed unnecessarily for something as momentary as a meal, but also that the dogs suffered before they were slaughtered and/or during their slaughter? Wouldn’t you try to prove to that friend that they can be healthy without eating dogs; that there are plenty of other delicious things to eat; that dogs are wonderful creatures worthy of at least respect; that dogs suffer before becoming a meal? What if that friend told you to stop pushing your beliefs on them? How would you feel? The reality is that animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate destruction. All animals suffer in some way when we use them as products. They are not products, but living sentient beings. There are a lot of other stuff we can eat that doesn't cause suffering. http://vegankit.com/ http://www.onegreenplanet.org/ Zoos including water zoos aka aquariums. Animals are living sentient beings capable of feeling happy, love, scared, bored, lonely, excited, stressed, pain, and many other emotions. Animals should ideally live in their natural habitats or ones similar in cases where their habitats are destroyed by human activity. To keep them imprisoned especially in tiny enclosures to live out their lives as ornaments for human entertainment is cruel; they did nothing to deserve it. If you want to do some conservation work, then work in conservation; if you want to support conservation, then support conservation. Zoos exist simply for selfish human pleasure and for money, but they will masquerade their existence as conservation or education for monetary gain. As for education, zoos merely teach people that animals are there for their own pleasure and entertainment and this teaching is detrimental to the welfare of animals. If you genuinely love and care for animals, you will put your money into wildlife conservations or support animal groups and not places that force innocent animals into depressingly mundane lives to exhibit stress, depression, and boredom. Freedom should be the right of all sentient beings. Respect and love all animals.

Monday, 31 October 2016

What do you eat/ What do you use Part 23




Jack sushi bowl – shape some rice with rice vinegar into a head. Add cut out seaweed to make the features. As for the vegetables, use whatever you like. I used: roasted sweet potatoes marinated with maple syrup, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and some herbs; julienned carrots and cucumbers; diced avocados; and some strips of seaweed. I also put in some vegan tartar sauce (which you can sub with vegan mayo) with a bit of chilli powder and a few drops of sriracha sauce mixed in.  



I tried to make a vampire.... but my partner thinks it looks more like a sunflower monster. The general consensus is that it's a sunflower monster... so it's a sunflower monster haha.



Nice cream – if you’re in a situation like me where your local supermarket doesn’t have dairy free ice cream, or you’re out of money, here’s a vegan hack: put two chopped frozen bananas into a blender and add a tablespoon of coca powder with a little bit of dairy free milk to help it blend easier. You can also add a tablespoon of peanut butter if you fancy. It tastes similar to ice cream.

Nachos – for the sauce, I added soaked overnight lentils into a pot of pasta sauce, with some chopped mushrooms, and some diced green peppers. I then put in some pepper, salt, herbs, and garlic powder. Another idea is to use soy meat or red kidney beans. As for the cheese sauce, I used this recipe, which I recommend, by the Happy Pear https://thehappypear.ie/recipe/vegan-nacho-cheese

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

What do you eat/ What do you use? Part 22


Pancakes: ½ cup of dairy free milk, ½ cup of flour, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, and ½-1 teaspoon of baking powder (depending on how fluffy you want them). The Mickey Mouse pieces were cut from Piano Jordbærgelé, jelly found in Scandinavia. As for in New Zealand, they’ve apparently stopped stocking Gregg’s jelly time so use the cruelty free shop online if you’re in doubt of your local jelly packet mix. For the custard, I used vanilje saus by Freia, also found in Scandinavia. In New Zealand, Edmond’s and Home Brand’s custard mixes can be made vegan by using non-dairy milk.

• I tried this recipe http://www.tworaspberries.com/vegan-chili-pineapple-sweet-potato-burgers/ but it didn’t quite work out as a burger for me maybe because mine was too liquid. The ‘patty’ was better on its own but enjoyable. I also recommend the spread, it’s good! So I had the patty with some hummus, recipe from The Happy Pear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep5CdVvKIo8 and some salad; I used grated carrots and cabbage.

• Frankenstein Monster’s soup... is a recipe taken from Kalel’s youtube/website http://www.peacezenlove.com/home/2016/10/15/what-i-ate-today

• The tacos are super easy if you have access to a taco kit. Just buy one of them, and add what you like. I usually use lentils and tiny pieces of mushrooms with the sauce, but you can just use mushrooms, or lentils, or soymeat, or other faux meat… you can also use this cheese sauce I was too lazy to try from the Happy Pear https://thehappypear.ie/recipe/vegan-nacho-cheese or guacamole; mash an avocado and had some lime juice and diced tomatoes without the seed.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

What do you eat/ What do you use? Part 21




• Hawaiian pizza. I made the bases first. 1 recipe yields about 4-5: put a teaspoon of yeast in a cup of room temperature water with a pinch of salt and/or sugar and leave for 5 mins before adding a teaspoon of olive oil to the mix. Then mix in flour until eventually you can’t use a spatula and you end up mixing the mixture with your hands. I used less than a kilo of flour, maybe 700 grams? Cover a bowl containing the dough with plastic wrap on it and place somewhere warm, such as sunlight, for about an hour so that the dough rises. After that, put ¼ or 1/5 of the dough in an oiled tin, about 1cm or however thick you want it but remember it’ll rise, and pierce it with a fork so that the base will rise evenly. Bake it for about 10 minutes, less if you plan to put toppings on it straight after and want the dough to be soft; then mix some tomato puree with herbs to add on it, and put whatever toppings you like. I used some non-dairy cheese, Jeezly Original by Astrid Och Aporna; too many pineapple pieces for my liking; and some Gran Chorizo by Wheaty. If you have some non-dairy cheese or some vegan cold cuts at your local supermarket, give it a try. Other suggestions is to try a nut cheese recipe online and/or to concoct your own vegan meat using soy meat marinated in sauces like sweet chilli sauce, soya sauce, and powders like garlic powder. In New Zealand, I hear Angel Foods is a good non-dairy cheese brand.
* Jelly and custard. This was brought to me from Scandinavia… they really know their stuff, don’t they the Scandinavians? The jelly is Piano Jordbærgelé, and the custard is vanilje saus by Freia. In New Zealand, Edmond’s and Home Brand’s custard mixes can be made vegan by using non-dairy milk. As for jelly, they’ve stopped stocking Gregg’s jelly time apparently. Use the cruelty free shop online if in doubt of your local jelly packet mix.
* Moussaka, a Greek dish that my partner veganised. I don’t know the exact recipe but he did use béchamel sauce. But there are loads of vegan moussaka recipes online. This seems close enough and I’ll attempt the recipe of the link I’m posting at a later date, probably when I’m in NZ https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes/main-meals/moussaka






* Brownies - http://www.leannebakes.com/2011/08/allergy-friendly-vegan-brownies-dairy.html I halved the batch because of the size of the tin I have, and then only baked it for 20 minutes instead of 25 because I prefer brownies slightly gooey rather than cake-like – with custard. I used vanilje saus by Freia. In New Zealand, Edmond’s and Home Brand’s custard mixes can be made vegan by using non-dairy milk.
* Dinner with food that needed to be used up. Raspeballer is a Norwegian potato dumpling dish. I had an instant raspeballer pack but I’m sure there are recipes online like this https://veganinternational.wordpress.com/tag/komler/ it’s yummy with gravy on it. I think I should try the recipe because I think recipe foods turn out better than packaged ones. I also had firm tofu marinated with a sauce mix – 3 tablespoons of soya sauce, 1 tablespoon of sweet chilli sauce, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder – for over 15 minutes, and then fried. The spinach is easy, just chop up a bag’s worth of spinach, and add it to a teaspoon or two of minced garlic browned in a tablespoon of oil. Add some soya sauce, garlic powder, and salt to taste and voila. It’s done in a few minutes. The Surkål was from a packet. It’s like sauerkraut but not as strong, maybe sweeter and I prefer it. Here is a recipehttp://www.grouprecipes.com/122346/norwegian-sauerkraut-surkal.html . The mixed vegetables speak for itself, place however much you want in boiling water until a desired texture is accomplished. For the gravy, I haven’t found any vegan gravy mixes yet, but in New Zealand, Home Basics and Bisto gravy mixes are both vegan. If you cannot access them, I used this recipe which was delicious http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13799/vegetarian-gravy/

Monday, 3 October 2016

People are jokes

You're self-righteous for openly opposing violence against animals - living, sentient beings with complex nerve systems; beings that are capable of a variety of feelings from comfort to suffering.

It's more harmful to say words out of frustration at the people supporting animal abuse than to pay for animals to suffer.

Triggering people with images of things they support is worse than them supporting the activities behind them.



People are jokes.


Sunday, 14 August 2016

What do you eat/ What do you use Part 20

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S             * Sushi, or in Japan, makizushi: I used brown rice but any kind is good. I just boiled a cup of rice in 2 cups of water with some rice vinegar, and then let it simmer until the water was gone. Add more rice vinegar to taste and then pop it in the fridge. I don’t have a bamboo rolling mat, I just used my hands. So spread the cooled rice onto a nori/seaweed sheet and add some vegetables in a corner or spread it out if you want the rolls to be thicker. I added mayonnaise (if you can’t buy vegan mayonnaise, here: http://www.thebuddhistchef.com/recipe/vegan-mayonnaise/ ) julienned carrots, cucumber, red capsicum, and avocado. But of course, you can fill it with whatever.

·                      * Summer rolls. There are loads of recipes and variations, but here’s the one I followed: http://www.kitchenbowl.com/recipe/D7EQnecEou/vegetarian-summer-rolls-with-tangy-peanut-dipping-sauce?_branch_match_id=292288651078630396
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*                     *   Peanut Butter Banana smoothie: 2 ripe bananas, one frozen banana previously chopped, a tablespoon of peanut butter (Skippy’s doesn’t have palm oil) and dairy free milk in a blender. I usually have it so that the liquid covers half of the bananas in the blender. Add a teaspoon of chia seeds if you want some omega-3 in your life. I’m going through a peanut butter banana smoothie phase right now.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Yokohama adventures and the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum


If you find the blue line, exit out exit 8. Then turn left at the intersection and then turn right.

It costs 310 yen to get in and here's a link to more information.










They do have this particular rule where you must order a bowl of ramen when you go onto a shop. They usually offer mini bowls of ramen so that you can try more than one. But it got awkward when my friend was full and I went to get a second bowl of ramen. She ordered a drink, but I ordered some ramen and the waitress kept saying she had to order a bowl otherwise she couldn't sit inside. She brought her drink outside and I sat inside but that wasn't okay either. In the end, the poor waitress (I think this rule is stupid) gave up and my friend could have her drink with me inside while I had my ramen. 

·         This website helped me immensely: http://www.halalmedia.jp/archives/4385/report-of-shin-yokohama-ramen-museum-by-kika-san/ I took a picture of the choices and went in.

So there are three vegan options at the museum altogether. 



Komurasaki’s mini vegetarian ramen  むらさきは野菜だけで作った王?ラーメン



Mini soya sauce ramen from Casa Luca カーザルカはベジ醤油ラーメン

We landed at Sakuragicho station. The Pokemon Invasion is from the 7th until the 14th of August.



Cosmo World





There were a lot of fish jumping out of the water near here. How messed up is it that people were recording it with their phones, but then go and pay for fish to be killed and then eat them? We 'love' animals but then our actions show we hate them or at least have no compassion for them.

Speaking of which, I wrote this on facebook:

‘Vegans always force their views on others’ – to the dear carnists that say and/or think this: If you had a friend that was brought up believing that they needed to stab dogs and eat them to survive, would you just be idle about it? Especially if that friend had pretty good morals overall despite supporting dog cruelty. What if you found out that the dogs that friend ate were not only killed unnecessarily for something as momentary as a meal, but also that the dogs suffered before they were slaughtered and/or during their slaughter? Wouldn’t you try to prove to that friend that they can be healthy without eating dogs; that there are plenty of other delicious things to eat; that dogs are wonderful creatures worthy of at least respect; that dogs suffer before becoming a meal? What if that friend told you to stop pushing your beliefs on them? How would you feel?

The reality is that animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate destruction. All animals suffer in some way when we use them as products. They are not products, but living sentient beings. There are a lot of other stuff we can eat that doesn't cause suffering.
http://vegankit.com/
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/