24 October 2011

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

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This is such a simple, delicious dish that you can make with practically anything you have on hand! I will tell you my favourite ingredients to include though! I have made it a couple of different ways but there is one that really stands out and is just amazingly yum!

Ingredients for the mash potato topping:
Potatoes (about 7 medium size)
Soy milk
Vegan margarine (I use Nuttelex)
Savoury Yeast Flakes (aka Nutritional Yeast. This is optional but is does give a deliciously cheesy flavour to the pie and adds lots of B-12. Yum!)

Ingredients for the filling:
Mushrooms (as much as you like. I like lots!)
2 Carrots
Celery (1 or 2 stalks)
1 Onion
Garlic (to taste)
Vegetable Mince (for this recipe I use Eat Well Veggie Mince)
1 Vegetable Stock Cube (bullion cube)
Pasta Sauce (tomato based)
Soy Sauce
Garlic and Onion Powder (optional, to taste)
Pepper (to taste)

  • Preheat oven to 200° C.
  • Peel and cut the potatoes. Add to pot of water and let boil for 20-30 minutes.
  • Chop up all the vegetables and add to a well oiled pan over medium heat. Stir. Mix in about ½ the bag of veggie mince (you could use more). Once the vegetables have started to brown add the stock cube and about ½ – 1 cup of water. Mix in well. Add about ½ cup of the tomato pasta sauce and soy sauce (maybe 1 – 2 tablespoons) and stir. Once your filling is to your liking, pour it into a pie dish.
  • Once the potatoes are nice and mushy, pour out the water and start to mash the potatoes, slowly adding the soy milk and margarine until you’ve got the consistency you like. Then add the savoury yeast flakes to taste and mash well. Scoop on top of filling.
  • Cook in oven until filling is bubbling and the top is starting to brown.
  • EAT! YUMMY!

19 October 2011

Veganism Made Illegal in France

A new law made by the President of the Republic of France, Nicolas Sarkozy and his government, passed on the 2nd of October, 2011, states that ALL School meals in France MUST contain meat and animal products. Voted in last year, this new order will soon state that all meals in schools, hospitals, retirement homes, prisons, etc. must contain dead animals and animal product, effectively banning vegetarianism for a huge sector of the population.

As if this law wasn’t absurd enough, new information coming out of France suggests that this order was passed after a great outcry from French Farmers after hearing about Paul McCartney’s Meat-Free-Monday’s. In January of 2010, French Agricultural Minister, Bruno Lemaire stated that the governments aim in determining the nutritional policy of France was to defend and support the French agricultural model and to specifically counter initiatives made by those like Paul McCartney, aiming to reduce the consumption of meat.

At a time when health organisations, Cancer research agencies, environmental organisations and animal welfare groups around the world are calling for people to eat less meat for health reasons, environmental factors and animal cruelty, the French government are calling for the opposite. According to the European Vegetarian Union (EVU):

“The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which is binding on member states including France, holds that: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

The public debate regarding animal rights and the moral status of animals is active in France as in many other countries. Citizens are entitled to choose freely where they stand on these issues, and those who believe that they cannot, in conscience, accept to eat animals must not be discriminated against.

A government cannot settle a philosophical, ethical and political debate by restricting the rights of those who disagree with its own positions. For years, the official policy of the French government has been openly hostile to vegetarianism.”

Please sign the petition against this law, started by the Vegetarian Association of France, and you can go here to find out what else you can do to help our fellow Vegans in France!

4 October 2011

Happy World Animal Day

To celebrate World Animal Day today I have a very cool infographic on Veganism for you (click to make bigger). And if you’re already Veg or are just interested, you should take the pledge to go veg for at least a week as part of International Veg Week!

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On a more personal note to celebrate today I thought I would show you a couple of pictures of 2 of my favourite animals! Indiana and Duke!

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Happy World Animal Day!

1 October 2011

AnimalFest 2011

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At the start of Be Kind to Animals Week, 2011, AnimalFest was held on Parliament Lawns, Hobart, today! It was a great event and not even the weather could bring the festivities down.

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There was heaps of great information available and things to buy. At events like these, it’s always a good guilt free environment to buy things! You get some cool stuff and get to know that the money you spent is going somewhere wonderful! We came away with a cool Against Animal Cruelty Tasmania shirt and a super cute little orangutan toy from the Australian Orangutan Project! Plus a whole lot of completely delicious vegan food in our tummies! Vegan pies… vegan satay sticks… vegan nuggets… vegan sausages… vegan hot dogs… vegan chutney… YUM YUM YUM!!!

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There were also some gorgeous puppies like this one to adopt thanks to Brightside Farm Sanctuary and the Dogs Homes of Tasmania!

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There was a lot of entertainment for the kids as well, story book reading, painting, giant bunnies, pigs and chickens, like the bunny above to dance with. Groovy looking jugglers and the star of the event was a little baby piggy from Brightside Farm Sanctuary! The speakers and musicians were wonderful and inspiring too! It was a great day and one I hope you didn’t miss! I’d like to give a big thank you and congratulations to all of the event organisers, speakers, musicians, animals, wonderful cooks, my beautiful photographer for the day and all the supporters that turned up!

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