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Try Something Vegan

In Food For Thought on January 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm

It’s a new year, so why not try something new, something vegan? If you live across the pond, no doubt you’ve heard of the annual Veganuary event that takes place in January or seen their cute animal ads.

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Launched in the U.K. in 2014, Veganuary is a global charity dedicated to changing public attitudes, while providing information and practical support on making the transition to veganism. The campaign encourages people around the world to try vegan in January.

If you’ve ever entertained the idea, now is the perfect time as a host of international celebrities have shared their favourite vegan meals and recipes in a brand-new e-cookbook. The cookbook is free, to everyone who registers to take part in Veganuary online at www.veganuary.com, and includes fellow Canadians Pamela Anderson’s Gluten-free Pizza, and an Artichoke Salad, Fennel Salad and Blitzed Broccoli Salad from Bryan Adams. Once registered, participants will be sent information, advice and more yummy recipes.

Believe it or not, it’s true: vegans save lives – animal lives of course and perhaps our own human lives. Veganism is one of the most effective choices a person can make to reduce the suffering of animalshelp the planet, and improve personal health.

Last year 23,000 people from 142 countries took part in Veganuary worldwide, including almost 1,000 Canadians who ate no animal products in January. The move to meat-free foods in Canada has been extraordinary, with eight per cent now saying they are vegetarian or mostly vegetarian, while another 25 per cent are moving away from meat-centred meals to plant-based recipes and products. This dramatic change has seen stores and restaurants respond with 100 per cent vegan restaurants opening while others have added vegan options or created full vegan menus.

Says Clea Grady, Marketing Manager at Veganuary: “The rise in veganism may be influenced by celebrities but the number one reason that people give for taking part in Veganuary is to protect animals. Farming is a brutal business. Male chicks are killed at a day old because they aren’t able to lay eggs, unwanted calves are shot, and pigs are locked in crates and treated like breeding machines.”

Something to think about before you tuck into your next meal.

Happy Holidays!

In Food For Thought on December 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm

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Thanks for visiting and liking my posts. I am grateful to have this opportunity to reach out to you and let you know that I appreciate having you share my journey.

It’s easy to forget sometimes how lucky we are – surrounded as many of us are with relative abundance and the distraction of our first-world problems when there are so many others who are not as fortunate

As the year comes to an end, I’d like to wish you all the best for 2017. Health, wealth, happiness and all good things for the coming new year!

Vegan Airport Guide: Tips for a Stress-Free Travel Season

In Food For Thought on December 12, 2016 at 11:23 am

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Attention fellow vegans: Are you travelling this holiday season? Here’s some great tips to help you at any time of year!

Source: Vegan Airport Guide: Tips for a Stress-Free Travel Season

A Day For Celebration!

In Book Reviews, Food For Thought, Recently Reviewed on August 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm

I’m very excited and pleased to announce the launch of my first children’s ebook, My Father’s Nose. Now available though Amazon’s Kindle Store. I hope to have other formats available soon and will let you know when that happens.

51OosWASH+LWhen I was doing the upload the other day, it occurred to me that my ebook would probably go live on Aug. 3, which was my father’s birthday. I thought that was an interesting coincidence. It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since my father passed away. When I did the math, I figured if he was still alive he would have turned 77 today. Funny how we get caught up in our lives and then all of a sudden some realization like this comes to you and gives you pause for reflection.

While it was certainly not planned or part of my intention, somehow through some serendipitous coincidence the date and lucky numbers lined up. For many people, the number seven is considered auspicious – let’s hope it’s an omen of good things to come!


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Follow the White Rabbit?

In Animal Kingdom, Food For Thought on March 30, 2016 at 3:15 pm

Late! Are you late? For a very important date? Running here, running there…yet never getting anywhere?

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Enough of that madness…it’s time to escape from the rabbit hole! As tempting as it may seem, now that Easter has passed, there’s no need to chase that bunny. While the cold of winter’s last gasps may have you wanting to curl up in your cave and continue the hibernation…spring is already here.

You might not feel up to spring cleaning or power washing the terrace (particularly if it’s still covered in snow or ice) but it’s a great time to get organized. Start with one small task at a time: sort your seeds, plan your garden planters, check out some clips on proper pruning.

And there’s always the paperwork…finish the taxes, shred some old files, clear out computer files (shed or basement, too). The time has come to leave the den behind, dust off the winter cobwebs and emerge face first in the sunshine.

An Empty Space

In Animal Kingdom, Food For Thought on November 19, 2015 at 11:05 am

An ordinary trip to the pet store the other evening yielded some unusual results. As we went to pick up our hay, we noticed several empty shelves. Finding the manager at the cash desk, we asked what had happened to their stock. Turns out their suppliers were all out of hay… a result of recent droughts and poor crop yields it would seem.

Actually, this was no surprise to us. We had encountered a similar problem recently at our vet’s office, where we normally purchase our organic hay, and had been disappointed by substandard hay that our bunnies refused to eat.

Could this be a mere blip in time or sign of what is to come? Water rations, forest fires, drought – the effects of global warming are well underway. We forget how much we need clean air and water. It’s time we stopped taking nature for granted. We are all connected. Hay shortages today, what’s next, tomorrow?

 

A different perspective…

In Animal Kingdom, Food For Thought on July 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm

lucianfootFor Lucian, it’s no big deal if you put your foot in your mouth. In fact, it’s just another day in the life of a rabbit. No regrets, no worries.

Our lives could be so straightforward and uncomplicated…if we would only take a moment to embrace a different perspective on things, we’d see issues in a whole new light!

2014 in Review

In Food For Thought on December 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 720 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Thanks to everyone who visited this site in 2014. All the best for the new year ahead!

Muffin Madness

In Food For Thought, Food, Glorious Food, Recipes on August 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

Recently I submitted a muffin recipe to a national competition that claimed to be looking for new and innovative products. Ironically, the moment I mentioned to the taster that my muffins were organic and vegan, he glazed over and quickly became dismissive. “People want full fat, full sugar indulgences.” Seriously? His words are still ringing in my ears.

It was clear he wasn’t the least bit interested. Guess he wasn’t accustomed to tasting anything made from whole wheat flour! Despite this competition being hosted by a major grocery chain with their own line of organics, he obviously didn’t get the memo that some people are actually interested in healthy living. Sadly though, I think the majority of large grocers are more about making a profit from enlightened shoppers than being committed to offering consumers better food choices. Why else would they continue to sell GM foods and all the other processed junk you find disguised as food? Until consumers speak out, we’ll continue to be told what we want and what we can buy.

But I digress. Be your own judge and try these vegan muffins. They’re quick and easy to make plus you can substitute different fruit or fruit-and-nut combinations to suit depending on what’s in season.

Caramelized Apple-Blackberry and Sunflower Seed Muffins

Caramelized Apple-Blackberry and Sunflower Seed Muffins

 

 

 

Caramelized Apple-Blackberry and Sunflower Seed Muffins

Ingredients

To caramelize fruit, sauté on low heat

2 tbsp each                        coconut oil and coconut sugar

2 cups                                  apples peeled, cored and chopped

½ cup                                   blackberries

Mix together

1 cup                                    whole wheat flour

1 cup                                    rolled oats

1 cup                                    sunflower seeds

½ cup                                   coconut sugar

3 ½ tsp                                 baking powder

½ tsp                                    salt

1 tsp                                     cinnamon

pinch                                    fresh ground nutmeg

Whisk together

1 tbsp                                  ground flaxseed

3 tbsp                                  water

Add

1 cup                                    hemp milk (almond or soy can also be used)

¼ cup                                   safflower oil (or other vegetable oil)

1 tsp                                    vanilla

Method

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 12 medium-size muffin cups. To caramelize fruit, melt coconut oil and sugar over low heat until they become liquid. Add apples and berries cooking until soft. Remove from heat and let cool. Can be made ahead of time. Mix dry ingredients. Whisk together flaxseed and water to create egg substitute then add remaining liquid ingredients. Add liquid mixture to dry stirring until just combined. Fold in fruit. Fill muffin cups and bake in preheated oven until golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

High School Concession Confession

In Food For Thought on April 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

As the parent of a teenager, I sometimes help at her high school by being part of the volunteer snack concession team. I thought it’d be an easy job as it entails buying snacks and dropping them off at the school. Later, other volunteers sell them at school events to raise money. Since I spend enough time grocery shopping, I figured – I’m there already; grabbing a few more items would be no big deal.

The first shop proved this and was comprised of several cases of water and some pop. Then when I got my recent shopping list, it bothered me that the offerings were all things that no one in my family would touch: cream soda, root beer, orange and grape pop not to mention the array of chocolate bars – it made me feel ill just reading it.

Am I alone here in wanting healthier snacks? This was the question I posed to the coordinator when I had to confess that we personally have never purchased anything when we’re at the school because there were only junk food options. Thankfully, she welcomed my suggestions. So I sent back a list of real fruit juices, coconut water and tea drinks as possible beverages, and a selection of snacks including whole grain crackers and cookies, granola bars, veggie chips and popcorn. She seemed intrigued and willing to try a few to gauge response but first had to take my suggestions, which included price per quantity, to parent council. Although she soon decided we could sneak the juice in this time. Oh course, this was after I had already done the shopping – so it meant another run back to Costco to get it!

Interestingly, what I discovered during my shopping comparisons was that many of the healthier items I suggested cost less than the sugary ones. A win-win situation in my mind for everyone – a greater profit margin for the school and better food choices available. When I shared the story with my daughter, she seemed pleased at the possibility of change and thought people would pounce on the new offerings. In any case, we’re waiting to see what happens. I’ll let you know how it pans out.