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What Is A Vegavore?

Exactly … what is a Vegavore?  Think that’s odd – try Carnesparian

These are just two of the new buzz words out there and, add to that Sustainatarian and Reducetarian and you have a miriad of words that now define the nuances from the standard Carnivore, vegetarian and vegan.

You see, vegetarians can be those who don’t consume the flesh on animals (including seafood) but do still have animal protein in the form of dairy, eggs and honey. Of course the pure vegetarian or total or 100% vegetarian eat no animal protein at all and stick with the original meaning of the word – vege (vegetables) tarian.

And this is where the nuances begin.

So the vegavore is perhaps the oddest word, because one assumes it means no animal, but in reality is is a combination of vegan and carnivore (the two most outer reachers on opposite sides of the scale). So a vegavore is someone who very rarely eats meat … perhaps once a month.

The Carnesparian is perhaps better terminology as it comes from the words – carne (animal flesh) and sparse (infrequent, sporadic). These people are mostly vegetarian, but will have some meat on some occassions. Perhaps a bit less meat than a Flexitarian who is the flip side of an Omnivore

Keep up …..

More nuances. You see vegans come in different ways –

  • The vegan who say they’re vegan because they eat a pure vegetarian diet.
  • The vegan who does the food, won’t buy new animal products but will wear recycled.
  • The vegan who does the food and doesn’t buy or wear animal products new or recycled.
  • The vegan who does the food won’t buy new animal products nor use or condone anything that is associated with animals such as zoos, acquariums even pets.
  • … and then there is also the vegan who does all of the above and is zero waste as well.

Is it easy being a vegan?   Well, actually, yes it is.  It’s all in the WHY – why are you doing it and how far you wish to take it.

So welcome Vegavores and Carnesparians at least you’re doing your bit to help save your health, the health of the animals and the health of our planet.

p.s. Other new words – Climatarian, Reducetarian and Sustainatarian – pretty all self explanatory.

Which one are you?

Ciao
Fee



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The Wins Of 2016

Looking back on 2016 … it wasn’t too bad a year and we did have some wins.

There were some wonderful moments for the animals such as a group of little ducklings were saved by awesome firemen after they fell down a grate.  Mumma duck was sooooo thrilled to have her babies back.  And, firemen rescued swans from freezing on ice, not just once, but three times.

However, I want to look back on some of the “wins” that didn’t necessarily make the “headlines” but will make life a little easier on those animals who are constantly abused – that is: animals used for human purposes.  So here’s my top 12:

Let’s begin with a statistic I think shows why many people are turning to a plant based way of eating.

  1. 94% of Americans believe it’s important that animals used for food aren’t abused.  The way the industry is with factory farming, this is a good sign that people are starting to become aware.
  2. In New Zealand battery cages are to be phased out by 2022, a great “win”.  Unfortunately the egg industry managed to still have the cages by convincing the government to legalize the colony cage … still a cage, will be able to put more birds in – the campaign continues.
  3. Around the world many groceries, restaurants and even fast food outlets no longer support caged eggs.  In New Zealand, McDonalds announced its switch to only free range eggs in all outlets in 2017.  Many others committed to a particular date.
  4. In Australia the Woolworths supermarket chain went cage free and in N.Z. a campaign was launched for Countdown to do the same … Countdown is a subsidery of the above mentioned Woolworths.
  5. In North America the “Right to Farm” is a law that was brought in to deny nuisance lawsuits against farmers who use accepted and standard farming practices.  Well, the U.S. Humane Society along with other organizations set out to expose this law for what it really is : allowing farmers to use reprehensible measures like extreme confinement, mutilation with painkillers etc.  They were able to stop this Right to Farm measures from being introduced into some State legislatures.  Still a lot of work to be done.
  6. The Blackfish Bill was passed banning SeaWorld and other corporations from imprisioning Orcas for profit.  SeaWorld also announced that it would no longer have the Orca breeding program.  I believe that the movie “Blackfish” has had a huge role in getting both these “wins”.
  7. France became the 1st country to totally ban Neonicotinoids – the bee-killing component in pesticides.  This measure goes above and beyond the E.U. ban put in place in 2013.  The German company Bayer is not happy and, in fact, has a lawsuit pending against the E.U. Learn more  It’s almost like France has put up its middle finger to Bayer.
  8. And on the subject of bees, Canada is also trying to put in place a ban however, again Bayer has their lobbying hat on tight and the pressure is on.  You can help by signing the petition: Save The Bees
  9. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ended their elephant performances and took the elephants off the road in response to growing public concern over how the animals are treated.
  10. The number of  Tigers, Pandas and Manatees all increased quite substantially which, if this keeps going, these animals will be able to come off the endangered list
  11. On another note – the environment … 40,000 New Zealanders, who opposed the secret giveaway of community water resources, celebrated when The Ashburton District Council backed out of negotiations with NZ Pure Blue – a deal that would have allowed the corporation to extract billions of litres of waters from the aquifers beneath the town.  The message was loud and clear – the last thing the community needs is a bottled-water company sucking the town dry for profit, especially in a drought-prone region.  Mind you, this applies everywhere – as is being witnessed currently in U.S.A. with the town of Flint as well as the Dakota Pipe Line.
  12. This was a story that absolutely delighted me.
    The Australian mining company, OceanaGold, had a contract to build a massive gold mine in Cabanas, a country in El Salvador.
    Now this would have used the last remaining water source, so the country of Cabanas refused to issue permits.
    OceanaGold filed a lawsuit against El Salavdor.  However, because of worldwide people power, the lawsuit was dismissed.  But wait, there’s a bit of icing on this cake – OceanaGold had to pay El Salvador compensation and cover their court costs.

So I’ll end this post on that absolutely corker win … showing that the little guy can take on the giant.

You’ll be able to find lots of other stories on the internet, but these ones were either close to my heart, or a little different to the usual.

All my heartfelt thanks for supporting me with my journey this year.  May your 2017 be blessed for you and your family and may we have many more “wins” so we can ease the suffering of the many animals who endure so much for us.

Have wonderful wholefoods and enjoy life.

Ciao
Fee



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Back In Town

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The Story About A Sheep

Once upon a time there was a sheep who was all alone.

Well, the story goes like this.  While I was in the country (yes, I’m back in the city now), I would take a morning perambulation to survey the countryside around me and take in the beautiful refreshing air.

In the paddock that ran alongside the road, the sheep meandered, munching on grass, heads down as sheep do, until I walked past.  Then it was heads jerked up, ears attuned and when I got too close it was off with a race to put a bit more distance between us.

But, at the top of the road where there were no sheep, there, on his/her lonesome was a single sheep just sitting, doing nothing, almost like he (we’ll call it he – saves on me having to type the letter “s”), was waiting for something – or maybe someone?

The first couple of mornings he bleated when he saw me and actually wandered over to the fence.  However, I couldn’t get to him as there was a double fence line with quite a gap between, so I have no idea if I could have pat him as I would have liked to have done.

He was there every morning for a couple of weeks.  Then just as quickly as he’d appeared – he was gone.

Now, I’m going to make up the story that he had been feeling a little depressed and had wanted some “time out”.  Then, on feeling back to his old self again (maybe my visits helped), he’d gone back to join his mates in the flock.  That is a far better image than him having been singled out to fatten up for the Christmas table.

Oh, and just so you know that I really was in the country …. I photo bombed the sheep and the chooks where I was staying.

At time of writing I had, in fact, left the country and was already ensconced in the first of the house-sits for 2017 … actually had Christmas here.  Read about it in the next post.

Ciao
Fee



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Harbourmaster Uses Council Boat To Free Orca – Stood Down

A Coromandel (N.Z.) Harbourmaster has been stood down because he used a Council boat to go and free an Orca.

A breeding female orca was trapped in a cray pot line for 16 hours – Yup 16 HOURS!!!! and the DOC (Department of Conservation) peeps were “too busy” to go and free her.  So, in the end the Harbourmaster along with a volunteer who had training in Dolphin and Whale rescue went out to her aid.

She was being held up by other members of her pod – if that’s not distress I don’t know what is!

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They did get her free and she swam away.

But now the Waikato Regional Council is “checking whether any regulations were breached or operational procedures not followed during the rescue” and the Harbourmaster has been stood down.

This is P.C. gone afoul – as usual.  Who gives a toss if regulations have been breached – the Harbourmaster knew what he was doing, didn’t put anyone at risk and saved the Orca.  He should be commended not reprimanded!

I’ll get off my soapbox now.

Ciao
Fee



How To Make A Chestnut Wellington (Vegan)

This Chestnut Wellington is wonderful for any celebration.

Adapted from a recipe by Rose Elliot in her Fast, Fresh and Fabulous vegetarian cookbook.

I have broken this into parts to make it easier

Set the oven to 200°C – 400°F

Ingredients:

2 sheets Vegetarian Pastry – or make your own.

Group 1.

  1. 1 Tblsp olive oil.
  2. 1 onion finely chopped.
  3. 4 baby leeks finely chopped.
  4. 50gm mushrooms finely chopped.
  5. 1 clove garlic finely chopped.

Group 2:

  1. 50ml Red wine.
  2. 1 teaspoon Marmite.

Group 3:

  1. 200gm roasted (or jar) chestnuts chopped.
  2. Zest of one orange (organic and unwaxed).
  3. 1 teaspoon dried sage.
  4. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme.
  5. Sea salt to taste.

Method:

  • Saute the ingredients in Group 1 until the onions are soft.
  • Lower the heat.
  • Add in Group 2, wine and Marmite and keep stirring until the wine has reduced.
  • Add in Group 3 and cook for a further 5 minutes stirring frequently.
  • The mixture should thicken.
  • Take off the heat and allow to cool.

(Make your cuts a bit more even than this drawing!)

Put the two sheets of pastry together to create a large rectangle.  Roll a little to flatten out the join.

  • Cut strips on the sides – as in image.
  • Put filling in the middle.
  • Pull up each corresponding strip from each side and cross or plait.
  • By the time you’ve finished it should be all covered (or close to).
  • Brush with a little nut milk.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, if getting golden you can turn the oven down to a medium heat and cook a further 15 minutes.

Notes:

  1. In the oven, you are cooking the pastry as the loaf is already cooked, so cook the pastry until a beautiful golden colour.
  2. Have all your ingredients ready … makes it easier.




Stop With The Big Corp Bullying! Save The Bees

We really do have to save the bees.  And I’m over the big corp bullying.

It came to my attention yesterday that the chemical corporation, Bayer (Bayer is the German version of Monsanto … more about this corp below), is suing Europe!  The European Commision to be exact. – Because –

Back in 2013 scientific studies concluded that the pesticides with Neonicotinoids in them definitely killed bees.  So the E.U. banned three pesticides.  Now, Bayer want to be overturn that decision so they can start selling this stuff again.

I do find it rather ironic that this is coming now when Bayer is about to acquire Monsanto, the other big chemical giant.  If this happens, then Bayer will have world dominance over the seed production.

Stick with me here ……

Bayer produces seeds which have Neonicotinoids over them.  Now that means, once they are planted this chemical spreads throughout the plant and kills any insect that happens to come along to have a wee snack …. including bees which are there for the pollen.

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The plants are also unable to re-generate meaning that the farmer must get new seeds each planting time (my understanding is that is under the GMO part of seed raising) – I am actually going somewhere here.

  1. So Bayer takes over Monsanto.
  2. Bayer produces seeds that kills bees.
  3. Bayer produces GMO plants that can’t re-generate.

My little brain equates that to ….

Bayer wants total world domination of the food supply.

Do you agree?  Would love to see your views in the comments below.

Either way, it would be excellent if you would take a minute to sign the petition just click:

SAVE THE BEES

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Thanks

Ciao
Fee




The Friday Funnies On My Social Media

On my social media pages I often post up what I call the Friday Funnies.

Today I thought I’d put them all together on one page … well, maybe not ALL of them, but let’s go with 10 and see how we get on.  I’m a big believer in laughter, and as I swan about on the internet and funny cartoons get me to chuckle or even guffaw, then I know it’s a winner (at least for me).

Most of these are put up on the Instagram and into my Twitter feed with the hashtags like #govegan #veganfoodie or #justforlaughs and #mademelaugh …. usually with great response.  So it’s good to see that there are people out there with a sense of humour.

I hope you enjoy them too –

friday funnies

friday funnies on social media

friday funnies on social media

friday funnies on social media


friday funnies on social media

friday funnies on social media

friday funnies on social media

friday funnies on social media

friday funnies on social media

Hope you’ve enjoyed!

Have great food and be a conscious consumer
Ciao
Fee

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How To Make Vegan Cheddar Cheese

Ever wondered how easy it would be to make a vegan cheddar cheese that was melty as well as tasty?

This is a recipe I have used for quite some time now and do recommend it.  Before you go diving into it let me say that the taste is more perhaps like a smoked cheddar.  It’s really very tasty, easy to make, (although not quick), and lasts for awhile as long as it’s refrigerated.

So I made some last Sunday …. Sunday is always a good day for me to spend in the kitchen making stuff, like cookies or heaps of patties I can then freeze, sauces and, of course vegan cheese e.g. Feta – click for recipe, and this Vegan Cheddar.

It’s not as hard as cheddar, but it can be grated giving softer “strings” which is good for melting through a sauce.  Put into a basic white sauce to make it a “cheese sauce”.  I’ve grated it into pies to have the vegan version of “Mince and Cheese” pies … a Kiwi tradition!  And it’s also awesome in toasted sandwiches (toasties).  It melts better if grated rather than sliced.

So here’s how to make a great vegan cheddar cheese – with tips and photos …..

Put the following into a food processor.

  • 1 1/2 cups raw Cashews soaked overnight, drained and rinsed.
  • 2 packed Tblsp Sundried Tomatoes – dry packaged is best or if you can’t get them that way, really press as much oil out as you can to get them as dry as possible.
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast, also known as Savoury Yeast.
  • 1 Tblsp Sherry (optional), if you don’t use Sherry then 1 Tblsp water.
  • 1 heaped Tblsp White Miso.
  • 1 Tblsp raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt.
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ground Mustard powder.
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
  • dash of Black Pepper.
  1. It will take time to process and you will need to stop and scrape down the sides.  Process until smooth and everything is well blended.

Then add:

  • 1/2 cup refined Coconut Oil.
  1. Process again until all is mixed through.
  2. Place into a container that is lined with baking paper or aluminum foil.
  3. Shape into a “loaf” shape.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Tips:

  • Very important to soak the cashews for at least 4 hours … the longer the better.
  • I find it easier to snip the sundried tomatoes with scissors.
  • The black pepper is for triggering the Turmeric to release its health giving properties … you really don’t need much, just one grind is sufficient.

Photos:

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Ingredients and recipe … Check!

how to make Vegan cheddar cheese

Snip those SD tomatoes!

how to make Vegan cheddar cheese

Start processing … From this –

how to make Vegan cheddar cheese

To this – mmmm smoooooth

how to make Vegan cheddar cheese

Into the container

how to make Vegan cheddar cheese

Package it up and into the fridge!

And the bonus?  Because it has miso in it which is fermented – it’s great for gut health!!!!  This is my kind of cheese 🙂

Enjoy Great Food!

Ciao
Fee




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How To Stop Being Hungry On A Vegan Diet

Just gone vegan?  Here’s how to stop being hungry when going vegan.

So many new vegans tell me just how hungry they get.

Well, some of you may already know that I do suggest taking things slowly for example starting with two or three days a week going completely animal free.

But some of you may see a movie like Speciesism or Earthlings and just decide that you can’t go another day consuming animal flesh and by-products.

And when you jump right in, then hunger can be quite a factor.

So just how do you tackle the hunger and stop it from happening ?

The first thing you have to do is make sure you are getting enough protein such as beans, nuts, pulses etc and enough fats ..  again nuts, seeds and oils like coconut or olive.  Then there are the carbs (which seems to be especially true for men) and this can be potatoes and other root vegetables, bread or rice.

Get a list from the internet on both vegan carbs and vegan protein.

Unfortunately many new vegans think they just need to subtract the animal and they’ll be right.  Unfortunately this isn’t the case. you need to replace the protein and fats.  The beauty is that you’ll replace with much healthier protein and fats.

Another thing you can do is don’t go so long between meals.  Be prepared by having snacks at the ready.  Hummus and crackers are excellent as are a things like Sundried tomatoes with avocado or olive tapenade on pita.  Of course there’s fruit, I find a banana fills me up long enough before the next meal.

And last tip – Slow down … like really slow down.  This is so much better for your digestion anyway and  if you have gone to the trouble of preparing the meal, the least you can do is enjoy it.  So turn off the T.V. (unless you live alone) and enjoy your family and the meal together.

If you have any other tips, please leave a comment below … would love to have them added here.

Until next time – be a conscious consumer and enjoy life.

Ciao
Fee

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